Yenching Social Innovation Forum 2018 | Diplomacy Opportunities

Yenching Social Innovation Forum
Yenching Social Innovation Forum

The interconnected and evolving nature of our cities, economies, and well-being form the theme for the 2018 Yenching Social Innovation Forum. Inspired by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals 3, 8, and 11, we invite young innovators to Beijing to learn, network, and pitch solutions for “Smarter Living: Cities, Jobs, and Health for the Future.”

YSIF delegates can bring a wide range of solutions to this year’s forum. We are interested in early-stage startups as well as unproven ideas.

Every YSIF delegate must also bring a “potential solution” for at least 1 of the 3 U.N. SDGs in this year’s theme: SDG 3 (Good Health & Well Being), SDG 8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth), and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities). Your “solution” can take many forms (a startup, non-profit, civic campaign, etc.) at ANY stage of development (design, implementation, funding stage, etc.). Or, it can just be an idea you would like to implement, given time and resources. During YSIF, delegates will share their solutions in a pitch competition, receiving feedback from experts and innovators. The questions at the end of this form ask you to describe your solution.

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Transportation to and from Beijing, hotel accommodations, meals, and conference materials will all be accounted for by the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Participants will have to bear visa expenses (if applicable) and other personal expenses.

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The application deadline for the 2018 Yenching Social Innovation Forum is September, 10, 2018 at 23:59pm China Standard Time (GMT+8)


Both young professionals and students can apply. We especially encourage applicants with interests or work related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the YSIF ‘18 theme. YSIF is geared towards creative people who will share and pitch business ideas. In addition, you must be between 18 and 30 years old as of September 10, 2018.

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