Urban Lab for Youth Innovation in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago
Project under implementation

Description

The Lab for Youth Innovation in Trinidad & Tobago will impact 300 young people in 2021, providing young innovators with state-of-the-art innovation and technology training, as well as access to collaboration spaces, and more to promote STEM education and entrepreneurship. DIA-Democratizing Innovation in the Americas is a regional initiative launched to foster innovation and empower new generations to create low-cost, high-impact, innovations that improve livelihood opportunities and solve daily challenges in their communities. From 2016 to 2020, over 1,350 youth took part in the DIA Urban Lab in Kingston, Jamaica. For 2021, The Trust and Citi Foundation proposes adding a DIA  Lab in Trinidad and Tobago. Both of the Labs will form the basis of a Caribbean regional ecosystem.

Project purpose

Promote youth innovation and disruptive solutions to the communities of Trinidad and Tobago, while developing skills through training and access to state-of-the-art technology.

Project goals

Launch a DIA Urban Lab that trains at least 100 young innovators/entrepreneurs.

Provide $15,000.00 in seed-funding to support disruptive and innovative projects.

Empower at least 200 young people through training and access to state-of-the-art technology.

Structure

1
DREAM HUB

Young innovators develop their ideas for potential projects.

2
SHAPE HUB

Participants develop their business model through the ICI accelerator.

3
MAKE HUB

Participants use state-of-the-art tools to materialize projects: make prototypes.

4
LINK HUB

Participants pitch their ideas, receive feedback from experts, and are ready to go out, market, and implement their ideas.

5
VENTURE HUB

Financial and technological resources and mentorship for projects demonstrating potential to transform communities.

Strategic partners

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