The Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) initiative provides opportunities that enable young people to become active leaders in the world’s transition to a more sustainable future. It consists of two pillar programs: the Sustainability Ambassadors (SA) and the Future Sustainability Leaders (FSL). Mentorship, engagement opportunities and educational programs are developed for students and young professionals to strengthen the talent pipeline of the world’s sustainability leaders.
At ADSW, Y4S is represented by an interactive hub that attracts around 3,000 students throughout the week. The Y4S Hub also includes the Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX), a unique marketplace connecting entrepreneurs and investors to enable partnerships that power sustainable climate change solutions through knowledge, innovation and funding.
Future Skills 2030
Future Skills 2030 is an engaging and interactive mentorship opportunity for students and young professionals to network with industry experts, and gain key skills to pursue a future in sustainability. The ultimate aim is to prepare and equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in the future.
Taking students and young professionals through a comprehensive journey, to explore the future of education, industry, business, and jobs in the context of sustainable development.
Future Skills 2030 also demonstrate how the UAE’s national agenda, specifically the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031, is enabling the country to remain at the forefront of the changing global landscape by empowering youth to advance high-priority areas.
Another key element of the Y4S Hub is the Climate Innovation Exchange, or CLIX, which is a unique marketplace connecting entrepreneurs and investors to enable partnerships that will power sustainable climate change solutions through knowledge, innovation, and funding.
CLIX is aligned with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment’s (MoCCE) strategy to enable the sourcing, funding and commercialisation of climate change solutions and technologies.
The initiative is focused on solving the world’s most pressing climate change issues by connecting local and global entrepreneurs (concepts, start-ups and innovative companies in different stages of funding), with an audience of potential and series investors (angel, seed investors and venture capitalists). The entrepreneurs will pitch conceptual ideas, new products and transformative business models that are aligned with the MoCCE’s three pillars of sustainability, namely Sustainability in Space, Future of Energy, and the Future of Food & Agriculture.
In 2019, CLIX received 811 applications from young innovators and entrepreneurs in 83 countries. The 41 Investors expressed their intent to invest $17.5 million in these innovations. The 41 finalists showcased their inventions during ADSW and met with investors. Over the course of four days, startups discussed with visitors, investors and authorities and reported a total of $53.9 million USD of potential involvement in projects and investment intent in the region.