Introducing the IRENA NewGen RENEWABLE ENERGY Accelerator Program

Applications are now open for the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator (NewGen) Program.

For the second consecutive year, IRENA has launched the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator Program to empower young people to actively engage in the energy transition.

NewGen supports the development and implementation of solutions led by youth in the climate and sustainable energy sectors, serving as a global platform for showcasing youth-driven innovation.

The program aims to equip young participants with the necessary tools, knowledge, and support to develop and execute their ideas. Youth-led startups, scale-ups, and growing businesses can now receive support from IRENA to nurture their development and accelerate their business growth.

IRENA will collaborate closely with its partners to provide successful applicants access to funding opportunities, business networks, and other resources to aid in bringing their ideas to fruition.

The program consists of a series of training, mentoring, and knowledge-sharing activities, as well as connections to markets and investors, all designed to amplify business impact, enhance youth contributions to climate and sustainable energy efforts, and facilitate securing investments for implementing business plans and solutions.

Eligibility Requirements

Youth-led start-ups, scale-ups, and growth businesses can now receive support from IRENA to enhance their growth and accelerate their business endeavors.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be young individuals aged between 18 and 35 from any part of the world.

2. At least one of the startup’s founders must fall within the age bracket of 18 to 35.

3. The primary business focus of the startup should align with the following categories:

   – Renewable Energy technologies (including solar, wind, hydropower, green hydrogen, geothermal, and bioenergy).

   – Climate adaptation technologies (such as Water Security, agriculture & Irrigation, livestock, Flood safeguards, and Resource efficiency).

   – Climate Mitigation technologies (encompassing transportation, decarbonization, circular economy, energy efficiency, energy transformation, and smart grids).

4. At least two of the startup founders must commit to attending accelerator sessions for a minimum of 16 hours each month.

5. Participants entering the selection process must ensure that all submitted documentation is original work created solely by the applicants, and that it does not violate any copyrights, trademarks, or the rights of privacy, publicity, or intellectual property of any individual or entity.


Participants in the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator will enjoy the following benefits:

– Engaging webinars, workshops, and personalized mentorship sessions led by IRENA experts.

– Opportunities to participate in pitching events and connect with potential investors for investment matchmaking.

– Exclusive access to a Climate Impact forecasting workshop designed to enhance understanding of climate-related impacts.

– Customized acceleration program focused on renewable energy and climate technology.

Application Deadline:

– Saturday, April 13th, 2024 – 23:59 GST (Abu Dhabi Time)

Announcement of NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator participants:

– May 1, 2024.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator (NewGen) Programme 

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