Schweigaardsgate 34 C,
Oslo 0191

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1. What is the YSI Innovation Program?
Online program: March 25th - August 12th

Live in Oslo, Norway: August 12th - 26th

The aim is for you and your team to create a real startup that helps solve the sustainable development goals and are economically viable. Brilliant individuals are put in international teams of 3 people, and will go through 5 modules and 10 objectives in five months. 4,5 months is online and the two last weeks is in Oslo, Norway where you get a fully funded trip to meet mentors, your teammates and investors.

Our program offers knowledge and tools in innovation, creativity and leadership. We train the teams to operate their own startup, as well as going from nothing to a fully fledged startup in 5 months. We provide close mentorship and follow up through our innovation team, access to the YSI network of talents, partners and mentors. We also train the team's to find the necessary information and help they need for themselves. The program will be facilitated online, primarily using an education platform named

1. Team and leadership (Objective 1 - 2)
- Understand, communication and trust
- Common vision

2. Research and Empathize (Objective 3-4)
- Triple research
- Define

3. Ideation and conceptualization (Objective 5-6)
- Ideation
- Conceptualization

4. Re-shape, Retest, Repeat (Objective 7-8)
- MVP-test/Market-validation + pitch
- Re-shape and test more

5. Build brand and prototype (Objective 9-10)
- Brand and full shape
- Prototype and action plan
2. How do I apply?
From January 15th - February 15th you can apply through our form found on our website ( for round 1. You apply as an individual, and you do not apply with ideas but rather who you are as a person and your previous accomplishments.

Further, there is round 2: February 20th - February 28th
and 3: March 5th - March 10th

Round three we will continue with the core YSI team, with expert help, picking out a group to interview. If you are called into an interview you are one of the absolute last ones left to be chosen for the program. The interview is for us to ensure that you are the right fit for the program, as well as making sure we are the right fit for you.

Criteria for applying is not shared in details because it will influence your answer. We are however giving some overview of who we are looking for.
3. Who are we looking for?
"I don't want to start another company until I find a problem that I care about. A problem that I eat, sleep and breathe. A problem worth solving"
- Charlie Guo, Co-founder of FanHero

  • 16-25 year old people
  • All countries are welcome to apply
  • People with 15-25 hours to use every week from April-August.
  • Dedicated people with a real drive for solving the world problems.
  • People who are willing to make time and wants to create a real startup.
  • People with a proven track record of excellence in resilience, drive, and who are passionately able to use their skills and knowledge towards a project of any kind.
  • Open minded people who are willing to understand different walks of life, see things in a new perspective, and with an intention of creating a positive impact.
  • People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, and bold enough to actually do it.
  • People who doesn't get discouraged by creating a startup remotely with new people from different continents.
  • People who can make decisions and keep their cool under extreme uncertainty.
See also 13. What do we expect of you?
4. How did it go last year?
3 out of 5 teams are still going strong, and are in a stage of prototyping and developing. The other teams found out their markets didn't want their concepts - which is why we focus heavily on MVP and prototyping before arriving Oslo, Norway this year.

Xyla Water is a social startup founded to defy the challenge of affordability in providing clean drinking water to masses. By providing affordable, biodegradable and suitable water filters.(Xyla Water filter was developed and prototyped at MIT.)

HeatGrade aims to mass-measure heat loss in low rise buildings – commercial and residential - to save money and emissions. Our product provides a non-invasive way to measure the efficiency levels of towns and cities with the aim of improving homeowner awareness and council/community awareness of building efficiencies.

Decdis uses a variety of data sources and our own proprietary artificial intelligence algorithm to provide accurate, actionable, real time health data to people within closed environments to halt the spread of disease. We're launching in the workplace, providing office specific recommendations to HR departments, helping them implement proactive measures that increase overall productivity and keep employees healthy and happy.

We also have a cool team from our 20 under 20 conference in 2016:

Aquasolis is a Norwegian high technology startup, specializing in highly efficient RO based water recovery and desalination, saving huge on operational costs and environmental impact.

5. What do you get? (Benefits)
- All expenses covered (Flight, food and accommodations) and trip to Norway
- Meet the entrepreneurial community of Oslo, Norway!
- Mentors, access to investors, and some of the best talents under 25 years in the world in your team.
- Learn about innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship through action and our curriculum.
- A golden chance to create a real startup tackling the sustainable development goals.
- Learn to work online, with a diverse team.
- Get access to a huge network of young talents and a community of driven people.
- Unknown amount of money to mvp-test and prototype

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