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Do you want to make lifestyles more sustainable in Asia and the Pacific?

Entrepreneurs, citizens, community leaders, activists, chefs, scientists and students - we invite you to apply for the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge!

We are looking for early stage start-ups that make sustainable goods and services more readily available.  From low carbon mobility options, to products that reduce plastic waste, to solutions that reduce the carbon footprints of our lifestyles – pitch your solution to us for the chance to win $10,000, training, production of your very own video, and business mentorship from industry experts, and lots more.

Apply here.

What can you win?

We want to support entrepreneurs with innovative solutions that make our lifestyles more sustainable.  How do we do that? 

  • Grants: $10,000 to give you a little more runway.  All entrepreneurs can use a little more cash – whether that helps you invest in prototyping, build up your marketing, keep your staff on board, or stock up on inventory to prepare for demand.  
  • Bootcamp: Meet your cohort and delve into topics that can help you scale. This year’s topics?  Getting investment ready, digital marketing, sustainability.  
  • Video production: Grab attention online with a professional video that tells your story.
  • Carbon footprinting: Can you quantify how sustainable your product is?  Our science partners will data crunch with you.
  • Partnerships: Industry mentors to help you develop your business strategy, network, and provide technical know-how. You will be invited to a demo day to pitch to investors, and a policy dialogue to share your experiences as an entrepreneur with policymakers.

Categories

The Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge is seeking entrepreneurs/startups in one of the following categories: 

  • Low carbon energy: can you cut the amount of energy we use in our everyday lives?  Can you help make the switch to cleaner source of energy?  This category is for you. 
  • Low carbon mobility: electric vehicles, non-motorised transport, shared mobility – or surprise us with your ideas to help us get from A to B more sustainably.
  • Plastic waste prevention: Reuse, sharing, upcycling, extended product lifespans, sustainable materials – the options to reduce plastic waste are endless!

Partners 

This is an initiative funded by the Ministry of Environment Japan, as part of the One Planet network (the network of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10 YFP)).  Our partners include the Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Massive Earth, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Mitsui Chemicals International, GCL Power, and Nissan.

Contact 

For more information, please contact Janet.Salem@un.org

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