There are over 2 billion individuals under the age of 30 living in Asia and the Pacific (AP), representing 54% of the global youth population. In order to drive sustainable growth in the clean energy space, young people need to be engaged as active co-leaders of change. The combination of resourcefulness, innovative thinking, and empathy for others that young people possess generates a new kind of leader, one who can contribute significantly to next generation development solutions.

Keeping this in mind, ACEF has partnered with ADB Youth for Asia, to empower of the next-generation of Energy leaders to find innovative solutions to the Energy problems within the region.

ADB Youth for Asia is an initiative under the NGO and Civil Society Center at ADB, working to increase meaningful youth participation in ADB operations.

To support the vision of harnessing youth innovation for impact, ADB Youth for Asia is co-organizing two events at ACEF. The first is the Crash Course, a capacity building workshop for young people with an educational/professional background in the energy space. The workshop, run by the STEAM team from KMUTT Thailand, is designed to empower young people in building a more sustainable future. The “Crash Course – Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship” will focus on the lifecycle of specific projects and how to make them greener and more “intelligent,” relating the energy innovation with industry 4.0. The Crash Course workshop is designed for young participants and is by invitation only.

Following the Crash Course, there will be an exhibition of the results of the workshop in the format of the popular American TV show Shark Tank. The “Voltage Tank – Youth Clean Energy Solutions” will provide a forum for young entrepreneurs to present their business solutions, developed as a part of the Crash Course, in front of a panel of experts and to receive mentoring and feedback. The youth participants will pitch their business solutions to a panel of “Sharks” who will decide on the most investable solution.

Youth for Asia is also supporting the Youth Lounge at ACEF, which will be a space for youth participants to network with each other as well as with other attendees of the forum. The youth lounge will also feature select presentations from some of the Youth Participants, showcasing some of their work in clean energy.

Join us in welcoming the future of Clean Energy.