Irene NewGen 2024: Accelerating Youth-LED Renewable Energy Start-Ups

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Applications are currently being accepted for the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator (NewGen) Programme. IRENA has initiated the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator (NewGen) programme for the second consecutive year to empower youth to actively engage in the energy transition. NewGen aims to support the development and implementation of youth-led solutions in the climate and sustainable energy sectors by serving as a global platform for showcasing youth-led innovation.

The objective of the programme is to equip youth with the necessary tools, knowledge, and support to develop and implement their ideas. Youth-led start-ups, scale-ups, and growth businesses can now receive support from IRENA to facilitate their growth and accelerate their business endeavours.

IRENA will collaborate closely with its partners to offer successful participants access to funding opportunities, business networks, and other resources to assist them in bringing their ideas to fruition.

The programme consists of a series of training, mentoring, and knowledge-sharing activities, in addition to facilitating market/investor linkages aimed at amplifying business impact, enhancing youth climate/sustainable energy impact, and assisting in securing investments for implementing their business plans and solutions.

Eligibility Criteria:

Youth-led start-ups, scale-ups, and growth businesses are eligible for support from IRENA to foster their growth and accelerate their business endeavours.

Eligible candidates must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The call for applications is open to individuals aged between 18 and 35, hailing from any part of the globe.
  2. At least one founder of the startup must fall within the age bracket of 18 to 35.
  3. The startup’s primary focus should align with the following categories:
  4. Renewable Energy technologies (such as solar, wind, hydropower, green hydrogen, geothermal, and bioenergy)
  5. Climate adaptation technologies (including Water Security, Agriculture & Irrigation, livestock, Flood safeguards, and Resource efficiency)
  6. Climate Mitigation technologies (covering transportation, decarbonization, circular economy, energy efficiency, energy transformation, and smart grids)
  7. A minimum of two startup founders must commit to dedicating 16 hours per month to attending the accelerator sessions.
  8.  By participating in the selection process, applicants affirm that the documentation submitted is original work created solely by them, without infringing on copyrights, trademarks, or the rights of privacy, publicity, or intellectual property of any individual or entity.


Participants in the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator will enjoy:

  • Webinars, workshops, and personalized mentorship from IRENA experts
  • Opportunities to participate in pitching events and connect with potential investors
  • Access to a dedicated Climate Impact forecasting workshop
  • Customized acceleration program focused on renewable energy and climate technology

Application Deadline:

Announcement of NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator participants will be made on May 1st, 2024.

For further details,

Application Deadline: 13th April 2024

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