Singapore is to host the inaugural ASEAN-China-India Youth Leadership Summit 2023 from 29 October to 3 November, organised by OSG Youth Alliance, a Singapore-based youth development social enterprise.
Supported by the ASEAN Foundation, City Developments Limited, National Youth Council and Temasek Foundation, the six-day Summit is a dynamic platform for tertiary students aged 18-25 years old from across ASEAN, China and India to collaboratively tackle the most pressing sustainability challenges of our era with youth-driven innovation, entrepreneurship and cross-cultural understanding.
Since July 2023, more than 3,600 young individuals from 12 countries in ASEAN, China and India have competed in the qualifying Sustainability Startathon: Country Rounds – the starting point and qualifying phase of the ASEAN-China-India Youth Leadership Summit. The top three teams from each country in the Country Rounds will be invited to participate in the Summit.
The qualifying Sustainability Startathon: Country Rounds seek to empower youths with the sustainability-related resources and entrepreneurial know-how needed to team up and innovate solutions for real-world challenges.
Akin to a hackathon, the Startathon is designed to spark the beginning of their entrepreneurship or career journey. This endeavour is also aimed at problem statements informed by UN Sustainable Development Goals 11 and 12, making a profound impact on the social and environmental fabric of their local communities.
In September 2023, 180 finalists will be selected from these Country Rounds to advance to the Startathon: Grand Finals, which will take place at the ASEAN-China-India Youth Leadership Summit. Over these 6 days, youth teams will learn, interact, innovate and connect through its curated programme, from the Sustainability Quest and Forum to the Networking Dinner and Showcase.
On this stage, the young leaders will also form cross-cultural bonds with their peers in diverse, multi-national teams and draw upon their hard-earned experience – months of research and training – to make an impact on the broader regional stage.
The top three teams will win up to S$18,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to be mentored by industry experts – to further fine-tune, develop, and scale their solutions to meet growing sustainability needs.