Citypreneurs: Urban Innovation Challenge day – Young SDGs Start-up Competition in Seoul

Citypreneurs provides a platform for young innovators to showcase innovative solutions that can assist in tackling sustainable development issues in Seoul, build an ecosystem around youth entrepreneurship for the SDGs, and accelerate the implementation of these goals by connecting public officials, private entrepreneurs and investors, experts, and young innovators.

This year completion was hosted by Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Digital Foundation, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme, World Federation of United Nations Associations, and World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization, this year’s competition focuses on the themes of Green Energy, Urban Mobility and Social Protection. Main focuses were green energy, urban mobility and social protection.

STO members, Alessandra Apicella Head of the STO and Julien Ngao Project Manager were invited to the VIP Breakfast Meeting which was held in conjunction with the startup competition and focused on “Inclusion in Science and Technology”. The event took the form of an interactive discussion between the moderator and VIP speakers, which consisted of around 40 policy makers, government officials, researchers, civil society organisations and private sector firms with an interest in the area of inclusive innovation policies.

The session was organized as a roundtable. All participants were encouraged to share their experiences, research, or perspectives as a response to the moderators’ questions, or other participants’ comments. This session was informal and interactive. The discussion was fruitful and inspiring.

The breakfast was followed by 2 panel discussions on “Policies Enabling Entrepreneurship for the SDGs: Experiences in Seoul & Beyond” and “Youth Innovation for SDGs in the 4th Industrial Revolution”. It was an interesting moment were young entrepreneurs and experts had the opportunity to exchange about their experience and challenges.

The lunch was combined with a Speed Mentoring moment for the young entrepreneurs who participated to the competition.

In the afternoon, ten finalists (from Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, Slovakia and Canada) participated to the energetic final pitching and the Awards & Closing Ceremony.