Few issues are as complex and multifaceted as climate change. Meeting the many pressing challenges that climate change presents, and is forecast to present, is an urgent, global priority. According to the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, “the world needs leaders in all sectors who can connect the massive economic opportunity of clean energy to the moral imperatives of addressing climate change and protecting all communities and ecosystems.”

And this is where you come in. The Youth Assembly Climate Entrepreneurship Academy will help emerging leaders address and connect the moral imperative and opportunity. For a young entrepreneur, it is a once-in-a-generation calling. 

Breakthrough Energy, a venture founded by Bill Gates to invest in startup companies accelerating innovation in sustainable energy, identify “five grand challenges” that will need to be tackled to mitigate or prevent the worst-case scenario impacts of climate change: how we plug in, make things, grow things, get around, keep cool and stay warm. They note that tackling these will require, “unprecedented technological transformations in almost every sector of modern life”. The undertaking is both critical and massive, but if done right, “also a major economic opportunity that can promote growth, create jobs, and accelerate the transition to low-carbon development in a wide range of sectors,” according to the International Finance Corporation.

We need climate entrepreneurs. By responding to specific problems, demands, or gaps in the market, climate entrepreneurs help identify and pursue opportunities that deliver environmental benefits for the communities they serve and the world. 


FIND OUT MORE: A Day in the Climate Entrepreneurship Academy: A Journey of Discovery

NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA) is the official Partner for the Climate Entrepreneurship Academy of the 29th AFS Youth Assembly. 

Climate Entrepreneurship Academy Fees

Includes:
  • This Academy + the AFS Youth Assembly conference
    • Dates: August 14-18, 2024
  • Accommodation in a hotel in New York City for 5 nights
    • Double room – $3150
    • Single room – $3450
  • See what special perks, certificates, activities and meals are included below

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NOT INCLUDED:
  • Round-trip flight arrangement
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa application and fees (if applicable)
  • Travel/healthcare insurance
  • Personal incidentals and expenses
  • Transportation outside the programs

See what is included

This Academy includes accommodation in a hotel in New York City for 5 nights. Meals included in the Climate Entrepreneurship Academy:

  • Aug 14: Welcome dinner
  • Aug 15: Breakfast + lunch
  • Aug 16: Breakfast + lunch
  • Aug 17: Breakfast + snacks + dinner
  • Aug 18: Breakfast + snacks

The AFS Youth Assembly was a truly transformative experience. It gave me the knowledge, the skills, and the confidence to be a climate change leader. I am committed to using my voice and my platform to make a difference in the world.”

—Meaza Haregewoin Fiseha, 26 years old, Ethiopia

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Scholarships for the Climate Entrepreneurship Academy

Scholarships applications for the all AFS Youth Assembly Academies are now closed.

Scholarships for the Youth Assembly Academies cover the program registration fees, which gives you access to everything listed as included in the program, plus a travel stipend in the form of a reimbursement for your transportation costs.

Candidates must meet all of the requirements below to be considered eligible for this scholarship:

  • Ideal candidates are actively working, studying, or researching in the Climate, Climate-Tech, and/or Sustainability field(s). If they are a student, they should be majoring in a related field (STEM, business, law, etc.) and be able to demonstrate at least 1 year of relevant experience in the Climate/Sustainability space (internship, work, research, etc.);
  • Have never attended the AFS Youth Assembly before;
  • Be between 18 – 32 years old at the time of application;
  • Be able to actively participate in program sessions conducted in English;
  • Have the ability to secure a travel visa and travel to the United States (the Academy is an in-person event).

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