13 August 2023

Young Entrepreneurs Shine at GenU imaGen Ventures Youth Challenge 2022

Through an exceptional blend of unique ideas and determination, a young cohort of entrepreneurs in Bangladesh is leading the charge for a climate-friendly transformation. “From where I come, innovations often go unnoticed. Not many of us get the chance to represent our community on a national level platform like this. Being part of this…, Youth-Driven Climate Responses, Bangladesh is one of the most high-risk countries in the world, when it comes to the adverse impact of climate-change due to rising sea-levels and extreme weather events. The GenU imaGen Ventures Youth Challenge brought together the young minds of the nation to develop solutions for climate issues that impact the country. The challenge began with…, Catalysts of Progress, With a shared commitment to combatting climate change, each team presented their incubated solutions at the national event. From the 19 exceptional youth ventures, two teams stood out as national winners. BD Highway Turbine, from Dhaka, has designed and tested innovative vertical axis wind turbines that harness the wind pressure generated by fast-…, The winning teams celebrating their victory while posing for the camera., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Satu The winning teams celebrating their victory while posing for the camera., The winning teams celebrating their victory while posing for the camera., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Satu The winning teams celebrating their victory while posing for the camera The winning teams celebrating their victory while posing for the camera. Both teams will get the opportunity to take their solutions to the global level, where 60 teams from 30 countries will compete. Top 10 teams will be titled global champions and…, Positive forces towards Climate Action, The GenU imaGen Ventures Youth Challenge is accelerating youth entrepreneurship in Bangladesh and has laid the foundation for other initiatives that can nurture the ideas of the nation's youth. In her closing remarks, Marianne Oehlers, Programme Manager – Generation Unlimited, UNICEF Bangladesh, said that “the success of the imaGen Ventures Youth…
09 August 2023

Empowering indigenous youth for building community resilience

Rangamati, a picturesque town located amidst lush hills, rivers and lakes of the Chittagong Hill Tracts is known as the Lake City of Bangladesh. This idyllic town is grappling with a significant problem – the rampant growth of water hyacinths.     The water hyacinth issue in Rangamati is a multidimensional challenge. The invasive plant's…, A journey of passion and purpose, “The rapid growth of water hyacinths has turned our daily commutes into hour-long struggles and has also threatened the livelihoods of the majority of our community,” says Mariyan Tanchangya, a young entrepreneur from the indigenous community of Rangamati. Mariyan grew up in Rangamati district of Chittagong Hill Tracts region, witnessing the…, Addressing the challenge, As transportation, fishing, and daily life gets severely affected,  determined to tackle these issues, Mariyan and Assad hatched a transformative plan of turning water hyacinth into sustainable fertilizer, curbing the need for chemical alternatives in agriculture. This initiative not only addresses the environmental impact but also offers…, Strength in unity, Mariyan and Assad's collaboration proved to be a powerful force. While Mariyan's family could not accompany her to Dhaka for the final selection event, their support and Assad's encouragement propelled her forward. "Being able to present our idea to a distinguished panel of judges and exchanging knowledge with hundreds of like-minded individuals…