Young SDG Innovators

Program Overview

The Young SDG Innovators Program (YSIP) is an opportunity for participating companies of the UN Global Compact to identify young talent within their organizations to accelerate business innovation to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This ten-month accelerator program activates future business leaders and change-makers to solve the SDG challenges of their respective companies by developing innovative solutions through new technologies and design thinking.

YSIP will equip young professionals with the knowledge tools and skills they would need to translate their innovative ideas into tangible projects that not only forward their company’s sustainability objectives, but also bring potential market value for the company.

To learn more about the program and its structure, please navigate through the below tabs.

Interested in Participating?

Companies who meet the below eligibility criteria can participate in the program through Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC). Please note that participation will involve a one-time registration fee. For details on fee structure, please read through the ‘Participation FAQs’ tab below.

  • The program is open to all companies who are members of the UN Global Compact and are based in Canada
  • Companies who are not members of the UN Global Compact are required to join the UN Global Compact before they can apply for the program; in lieu of this decision, their program registration fees will be waived.*
  • Companies must be capable of travelling to Toronto to attend five in-person innovation camps
  • UN Global Compact companies who are not located in Canada but have subsidiaries based in Canada, can encourage their subsidiaries to participate
  • Subsidiaries who are not members of the local network (GCNC) will be required to join the network before they can participate. For subsidiaries who join the local network, their program registration fees will be waived.*
  • UN Global Compact Signatories and Participants in Canada are encouraged to join the local network but this is not a prerequisite; in lieu of a decision to join the network, their program registration fees will be waived.*

*Conditions apply – see ‘Participation FAQs’ below

Companies who meet the above criteria can apply using the Company Application Form available at the end of this page. Due to program capacity that may be exceeded by demand, GCNC will need to review all applications before companies can participate in the program.

After applying and once GCNC approves the application, companies can nominate up to three young professionals (Innovators) to form a team, and one senior-level manager (Champion) to support the team.

To learn more about these roles, please navigate through the below tabs which describe each participant’s role, qualifications, and expectations.


Calling all Innovation Experts to join YSIP

Are you an expert in breakthrough innovation, disruptive technologies, sustainable business models, or product development for sustainability?

You can join the program as a Mentor and coach the young professional participants in the program  (‘Innovators’) in their efforts to advance SDGs in their companies.

This is a great way for non-Global Compact companies to participate in the program. Alternatively, companies can contribute Facilitators to the program.

Learn more about these roles and how you can apply below.

Ready to Apply?

Interested companies who meet the above eligibility criteria can apply by contacting . Companies must be confirmed before nominating Innovator/Champion candidates to join. If you are a young professional/senior executive interested in becoming an Innovator/Champion, please talk to your company’s Global Compact contact to see how your company can join the program.

Non-eligible companies may participate as Mentors or Facilitators, in the program. To learn more about these roles, please navigate through the tab above, or contact us at

March 2020 – June 2020 Application period
July 2020 – August 2020 Call for Mentor/Facilitator applications
September 2020 –  June 2021 Accelerator program period
June 2021 Program End