Young entrepreneurs to solve climate challenges

Friday 12 Oct 18


Marie Louise Møllebæk Pollmann-Larsen
Project Manager
+45 61 65 56 69
Start-ups and young entrepreneurs from around the world will be gathering at DTU for the Next Generation P4G meeting on the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.  

Young entrepreneurs from around the world will meet at DTU in advance of the international P4G Summit on partnering to deliver on the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development goals, to be held in Copenhagen on 19-20 October.

The side event for young people—Next Generation P4G—is an initiative developed by Danish universities and take place at DTU Skylab, which has extensive experience in supporting innovation among young people.

“DTU is deeply committed to the Global Goals, which is also reflected in the projects which students throw themselves into and develop in DTU’s ecosystem of start-ups. At the P4G Summit, we look forward to welcoming students and young entrepreneurs from around the world to DTU, where they will exchange ideas and solutions with each other and with the attendees,” says Marie Louise Møllebæk Pollmann-Larsen, a project manager from DTU Skylab.

DTU Skylab is used to thinking in terms of partnerships that support innovation and entrepreneurship. Initiatives include the Young Academics, Young Entrepreneurs, and Young Influencers initiatives, all of which fall under the P4G Next Generation umbrella, and which have been developed in close partnership with, among others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, P4G, State of Green, Hansen & Ersbøll Agenda, and SDG Student Ambassadors.

At Next Generation P4G, 15 tech start-ups from Denmark, South Korea, Kenya, and Ethiopia will present their sustainable solutions in the fields of water, energy, food, the circular economy, and sustainable cities. In addition, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs, Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation, and Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40, will present their perspectives on the P4G partnerships and the role of the next generation in accelerating solutions to the UN’s Global Goals.

P4G summit in brief

Denmark invites you to the P4G Summit—Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030—which is held in Copenhagen on 19-20 October.

The purpose of the summit is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable global economy. The focus is on developing, promoting, and financing public-private partnerships which can lead to collaboration on specific solutions to, for example, food waste, plastic in the oceans, overuse of resources, water scarcity, pollution, and traffic congestion in major cities.

The summit extends over two days. On day one, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen will welcome participants at the offices of the Confederation of Danish Industry. Subsequently, the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, and the City of Copenhagen will host a number of sessions on food and agriculture, water, energy, sustainable cities and the circular economy. On day two, heads of state and governments will gather at the DR Concert Hall. Here, the focus will be on political leadership at a global level. Not just for politicians, but for global leaders representing cities, trade and industry, civil society, and knowledge institutions.

P4G is a global initiative with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships on a large scale to deliver on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.     

The summit will be attended by participants from 47 different countries, representing 73 per cent of the world’s population. Moreover, the heads of state and government from, for example, Vietnam, South Korea, and the Netherlands, as well as 20 ministers from a number of other countries will be attending the P4G Summit.