United Nations Volunteers Youth Innovation Challenge in ASEAN | Diplomacy Opportunities

Impact ASEAN Innovation Challenge


The Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge (YVIC), under the theme “Impact ASEAN,” supports young volunteers throughout the ASEAN region in their journey to catalyze youth-led innovation for social impact and sustainable development by providing access to mentors and capital they need to start or scale up their projects. We are looking for innovative projects that focus on:




The 2-step process helps to accelerate the development of the innovative youth-led projects from being merely an idea to prototype and to scale up. Therefore, YVIC consists of:

  • 3 National Innovation Workshops in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand to start up youth ideas into tangible actions in their home country.
  • 1 Regional Innovation Workshop open to all ASEAN country applicants to scale up their innovation prototypes.


Aside from funding, the winning teams from the National and Regional Workshops are eligible for our Mentorship Program to guide them in their projects development both online and in-person. The YVIC Mentorship Program connects the national and regional winners with strong mentors within their communities and from UN Volunteers’ partner organizations in the ASEAN region.

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Impact Projects

Evaluation Criteria

Needs Analysis: An analysis of the social issue and its affected population.

Does the proposed idea address a significant and critical social problem?

Well-defined Target Group: Characteristics of the market and targeted population.

Who will benefit from this idea? What is the value to the end customers/beneficiaries?

Management: An assessment of the teams.

Can they demonstrate the passion, commitment, and perseverance required to overcome inevitable obstacles?

Creativity and Feasibility: A demonstration that the idea is unique and can be successfully implemented.

  • Does the proposal approach the social problem in an innovative, exciting, and dynamic way?
  • Can it be implemented effectively?

Sustainability: Long-term prospects for viability and success.

  • Does it consider the different dimensions of financial and social sustainability in a conscientious manner?
  • What resources (people, funds, permissions) would they need to try the idea out?
  • What partnerships are in place for sustainability?

Social Impact: The value that the new venture will bring to society.

  • How will the implementation of this social venture benefit the community and the multiple stakeholders to become more inclusive?
  • Does this idea foster and promote volunteerism?
  • How young people are engaged or involved in this social venture?

Scalability: Potential to scale up to the regional level

Is there a potential for significant social impact and engagement of the broader community?

Presentation: Overall effectiveness of the actual presentation.

  • Did the presenter(s) engage the audience and hold their attention?
  • Was the pitch exciting and compelling?


Start Up stage (National Workshops)

  • Up to 3 winning teams from each country will be awarded with Start Up Micro-Grants and provided with mentorship for the duration of 1 month after the workshop to prototype their ideas.
  • At the end of the mentorship period, the most qualified team out of the 3 teams is selected to attend and pitch their Impact Projects at the Regional Workshop.

Scale Up stage (Regional Workshop)

  • The 3 winning teams from the National Workshops alongside 7 selected teams from ASEAN countries will be invited to compete in a Regional Workshop.
  • 3 winners will win a Scale Up Grant worth up to 10,000 USD and mentorship on growth and expansion for the following 3 months.


  • A team of 2-3 people.
  • All team members should be aged 18-30.
  • All team members must be currently residing in their own home country listed below: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore.
  • Projects should demonstrate collaborative approaches of working with various partners from government, grassroots organizations, communities, networks.
  • If selected, the winning teams must be able to work with their mentor right after the workshop
  • If selected, the winning teams must be able to start implementing their project right after the workshop.

How to apply

  • All proposals for the Regional YVIC should be submitted through this online application.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • Supplementary documents can be made in the format of photos, videos and any other creative media and sent to yvic.asean@unv.org. It will contribute only to the Presentation category of the scoring process.

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