Welcome to the upGen Program
The upGen Program is a 10 month long entrepreneurial challenge that runs in parallel to the school year. upGen empowers youth to become social innovators who leverage next generation technology in order to serve their local communities.
Participating students will identify challenges in their community that align with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and they will receive the entrepreneurial and technological skills needed to build and launch their society-centric solutions.
...of building solutions to the world's complex challenges
...eligible to participate in the program (12 - 18 years old)
3 stages of competition
...where the boldest ideas get to advance
20+ social startups
...launched with guidance from experienced coaches
How does the program work?
The upGen Program is comprised of three phases that enable an accelerated learning experience for youth between 12 - 18 years old. Each phase helps students build the skills, tools and mindsets needed to come up with innovative social products and services that align with the UN SDGs. Learn more about each of these phases below.
Phase 1: Explore
Equips youth with the fundamentals of design + tech-enabled social innovation in the context of the UN SDGs.
September to December, 2019
Phase 2: Apply
Empowers youth to apply 21st Century skills towards solving real world challenges by using technology for good.
January 24 to 26, 2020
Phase 3: Build
Enables youth to launch social businesses under the guidance of expert coaches and mentors, through a curated program.
February to May, 2020
An immersive and transformative experience for young change-makers
Highlights from last year's program
Made possible this year thanks to our incredible community
Proud partners of the City of Montreal - Fier partenaire de la Ville de Montréal
Lead Industry Partners