NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator (NewGen) Programme 2024

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

The NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator (NewGen) Program is now accepting applications.In an effort to encourage young people to take an active role in the energy transition, IRENA has created the NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator (NewGen) initiative for the second year in a row. As a worldwide platform for youth-led innovation, NewGen facilitates the creation and execution of youth-led solutions in the climate and sustainable energy sectors.

The program’s objective is to give young people the resources, information, and encouragement they need to create and carry out their ideas. startups headed by youth, sc

IRENA will collaborate closely with its partners to provide successful participants with access to funding opportunities, business networks, and other resources to help them bring their ideas to market.

The programme comprises of a series of training, mentoring, and knowledge-sharing activities, along with market/investor linkages designed to scale business impact, boost youth climate/sustainable energy impact, and help them secure investments to implement their business plans and solutions.


Youth-led start-ups, scale-ups, and growth businesses now can be supported by IRENA to foster their growth and business acceleration.

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Call for applications is open to young people between 18 and 35 years old from all over the world.
  2. At least one founder of the start-up must be between 18 and 35 years old.
  3. Start-up main business line should be in the following categories:
    • Renewable Energy technologies (solar, wind, hydropower, green hydrogen, geothermal and bio energy)
    • Climate adaptation technologies (Water Security, agriculture & Irrigation, livestock, Flood safeguards, Resource efficiency)
    • Climate Mitigation technologies (transportation, decarbonization, circular economy, energy efficiency, energy transformation and smart grids)
  4. At least two of the start-up founders are committed by 16 hrs each month for attending the accelerator sessions.
  5. By entering the selection process, participants guarantee that the submitted documentation is an original work created solely by the applicants and that it does not infringe on copyrights, trademarks and the rights of privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity.


NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator participants will benefit from:

  • Webinars, workshops, and dedicated mentorship by IRENA experts
  • Access to pitching events and investment matchmaking
  • Dedicated Climate Impact forecasting workshop
  • Tailored acceleration program in renewable energy and climate technology

Deadline for applications:

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

NewGen Renewable Energy Accelerator participants will be announced on 1 May 2024.

Click here to apply 

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