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 Thailand 

Strengthening Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship skills for youth in Thailand is an important work under UNDP Thailand Youth Strategy. UNDP Thailand is organizing an initiative - Youth Co:Lab Thailand, a platform to empower youth in Thailand to create social impact and enhance livelihood through social innovation and social entrepreneurship, thus contributing to resolving existing social, economic and environmental challenges in Thai society. The programme has been established in Thailand since 2017.

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Youth Co:Lab programme was launched in Thailand since 2017. The project is committed to empower youth all around Thailand to create livelihood through social innovation and building the foundation of ecosystem that connects them and leaders in the fields of technology, development, innovation and business together to advocate the sustainable development for tomorrow.

The programme module including 2 modules:

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Training (Learning Module): Targeting youth with an early stage innovation ideas

Experiment & Implementation (Doing Module): Targeting youth who are ready to prototype  the social innovation ideas

 Our Impact in Thailand 

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Youth Applicants

Youth Participants

Social Innovation Ideas Incubated

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Social Innovation Ideas Implemented

Mentors

Local Hubs

Trained as Social Incubators

 Youth Co:Lab Thailand Winners Showcase 

2021

Youth Co:Lab 2021 l What it takes to leave no one behind

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading in Thailand, inequalities were even more exacerbated. Those without any social safety net were constantly exposed to both life-threatening health problems and severe economic precarity, a direct result of the pandemic-induced recession. The challenges of vulnerable groups are targeted as a theme for Youth Co:Lab 2021

Winners

OrigiZagat ThailandCarterChanceWe are the same

2020

Youth Co:Lab 2020 l Youth for Covid Recovery

Based on A Survey on Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Young People and Their Needs, youth have faced 4 main challenges during the Covid-19 Outbreak: Financial Stability, Mental Health, Education and Gender-based Violence.  In Youth Co:Lab 2020, we were looking for youth innovative solutions to ease these challenges.

Winners

Peace of Art, Bangchalong ModelIY4SDHintMindventure

2019

Youth Co:Lab 2019 l Respect Differences, Embrace Diversity

 

Sustainable Development can not be achieved without social inclusion. In 2019, UNDP has invited youth to come up with innovation to address the issues related to the driver of conflicts such as Identity, Resource Distribution, Belief and Religion, Political Participation,  Education and Access to justice and the rule of law.

Winners

Local Chef to Peace ProjectMedia for Citizenship

2018

Youth Co:Lab 2018 l 3 Trends in 2018

Based on the idea submission in Youth Co:Lab 2017, UNDP has picked up 3 topics that are most mentioned and it has been associated with various SDGs: Disability and Social Inclusion, Sustainable Tourism, Food Consumption and Production.

Winners

Seed JourneySaturday School International Volunteer

2017

Youth Co:Lab 2017 l SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In Youth Co:Lab 2017, we were looking for social innovation to contribute to 3 main areas under SDGs which are People, Prosperity & Planet.

Winner

Handican

 Startups Showcase 

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Younghappy

Younghappy creates a platform where they bring together the technology and the elderly. Their motto called ‘High Touch to High Tech’ which consists of 6H solutions: Happy Trip, Happy Job, Happy Health, Happy Value, Happy Time and Happy Tech. The platform provides elderly people not only online access to information but also offline access to physical socializing and education opportunities, making sure that they can live happily in the digital era.

 Youth Co:Lab Thailand Highlights 

A Throwback to Youth Co:Lab Thailand 2021, a youth innovation and entrepreneurship incubation programme organized annually. This year, we invited the youth to formulate ideas under the topic 'Innovative ideas that  leaves no one behind'.

Even though Youth Co:Lab Thailand this year was organized virtually, the youth still got a fruitful learning experience. They learned through participating in workshops providing practical experiences, received consultation from private and civil society experts, and most importantly, from their peers representing diverse groups such as persons with disabilities, ethnic youth, youth from the deep south among others.

Watch the experiences of the youth in this video!

#YouthColab2021 #Leavenoonebehind #YouthInnovation #SocialInnovation #SDGs

 National Research Publications 

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This report outlines the structure, elements and tools of activities, and examines the outputs, as well as shares lesson learned from Youth Co:Lab Thailand in 2017-2018. It also catalogues young talents’ innovative solutions that were generated and accelerated during the programme.

This study investigated and consolidated knowledge on the types and amount of support provided by existing supporters as well as the current status of the social enterprises and their needs so as to provide an overview of the landscape and also insights into the gaps and opportunities in scaling social impact investment in the country.

This report outlines the structure, elements and tools of activities, and examines the outputs, as well as shares lessons learned from Youth Co:Lab Thailand in 2020. It also catalogues young talents’ innovative solutions that were generated and accelerated during the programme.

This report outlines the structure, elements and tools of activities, and examines the outputs, as well as shares lessons learned from Youth Co:Lab Thailand in 2021. It also catalogues young talents’ innovative solutions that were generated and accelerated during the programme.

 Partners 

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ChangeFusion

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Young Entrepreneur

Chamber of Commerce

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HandUp Network

 Partnerships and Collaborations 

If you are keen to know more about the Youth Co:Lab initiative in Thailand and would like to explore partnerships and collaborations, you can write to us to Ms. Nitchakan Daramatat (Kadae) (nitchakan.daramatat@undp.org)