40 teams from 20 Asia and the Pacific countries to gather at Summit
Cyberjaya, Selangor 28 January 2019 – Two teams with the idea to create a one stop platform for building and owning affordable houses and a solution that transforms wastewater to energy will represent the country at the inaugural United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Co:Lab Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam this April.
Youth Co:Lab is a UNDP Asia-Pacific youth entrepreneurship initiative to position young people front and center in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In Malaysia, the initiative focussed on three themes designed to explore viable solutions that impact marginalised communities in Malaysia which are Income Generation for Undocumented Persons, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability and Financial Inclusion for Marginalised Communities.
Co-led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation, powered by Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Youth Co:Lab Malaysia was executed in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Penang. with a vision to connect young innovators with subject matter experts, leaders and businesses to develop their ideas and business models for social impact within their communities.
The two winners selected were team iReka from the Penang comprising of Muhammad Najhan, 27, Wan Muhamad Fadzli, 23, Mohd Razman, 35, and Cyril Ng, 30, and WastetoPower from the Cyberjaya comprising Muhammad Ikram, 27. iReka will be pitching their idea on designing a one stop platform for building and owning affordable houses while WastetoPower will pitch on their solution that transforms wastewater to energy. The two teams will be receiving weekly mentoring sessions to identify ways to test product, establish traction and to further strengthen their pitch for the finals. All participants will receive up to five mentoring sessions.
Asfaazam Kasbani, Assistant Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam said, “The Sustainable Development Goals are now in its third year and to achieve all 17 goals requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to ensure we leave a better planet for future generations.
Recognizing the vital role that youth play in our journey in implementing SDGs by 2030 is the main driving force for UNDP Malaysia to be part of the Youth Co:Lab initiative which is being held simultaneously in 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific.”