Empowering youth to unleash their genius and build a better future for all

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.

 

10 months

...of building solutions to the world's complex challenges

1K teens

...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

Community Partners

Sponsors

ABOUT

UpstartED is a Canadian nonprofit whose mission is to empower all Canadian middle and high school students to thrive in a complex world as positive change makers.

CONTACT

Tel: +1 (514) 699-6227

E-mail: hello@upstarted.org

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