The Climate Group Beijing launches China youth entrepreneurship program for low carbon leaders of the future

Clare Saxon Ghauri
16 July 2013

BEIJING: The Climate Group, jointly with a group of leading Chinese businesses and NGOs, today launched a young entrepreneur program in China, the China Youth Project, to help low carbon leaders of the future realize their green business ideas.

Consisting of a five-month competition, intensive entrepreneurship training, business incubators and more, the China Youth Project aims to drive China's most talented young people towards low carbon business.

The partners include China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN), The Climate Fund of China Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation, La China IncubatorDeloitte China and TEDxShanghai. The Climate Group announced the initiative at the Fifth Summit on Energy and Climate Change in Beijing.

The China Youth Project calls for submissions among students in 450 Chinese universities, which will be judged by a 12-member expert panel. The panel's task is to analyze the design and market potential of the green technology solutions presented by the participants. The panel members are: Wu Changhua of The Climate Group, Liu Qu of China Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation, Hellen Song of La China Capital, Lawrence Jin of Deloitte China, Qin Haiyan of China General Certification Center, Daniel Zhu of Tsing Capital’s China Environment Fund, Dr Zheng Kangbin of the Asian Development Bank, Calvin Xu of Olympus Capital Holdings Asia Environment Fund, He Bin of Pudong Venture Capital, Peter Cook of IFC, Tang Maoheng of Bank of China, and Zeng Xiaodong of the Z-partk (Zhongguancun and Administrative Committee).

Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, said: "Training young green entrepreneurs on low carbon innovation and entrepreneurship through the collaborative China Youth Project, is an opportunity to identify potential talent that will become the mainstay of China's green economic and social development.

“In recent years, China’s green-related education and research and development investment has accelerated. The contest should inspire more young people to opt for green entrepreneurship and employment. This is the hope of our green transformation.”

China Youth Climate Action Network General, Zhan Yufeng, said: "Working with youth in the Chinese community to address climate change is the backbone of an increasingly serious employment situation today. Choosing green business and jobs, and becoming 'green-collar', has become an important youth employment trend."

On July 17, the China Green Youth Business Plan competition officially starts, with a call for entries to kick-off the program.

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