Student Innovator Program

Welcome to the Student Innovator Program

At the AIC RAISE, we believe young people can positively change the world. We witness their commitment to make a meaningful impact every day, and our goal is to support their ideas and actions through initiatives like the AIC RAISE Student Innovator’s program. 

The AIC RAISE Student Innovators’ program is an opportunity for school students to build vital skills to become socially conscious leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs the world needs today. 

A strong focus on social impact

The program seeks applications from 6th Std up to all High School Students (ages 10-17) who are motivated to start or continue a social impact initiative. Through a competitive application review process, the AIC RAISE will support up to 1000 students every year to create, innovate or expand on an impactful project of their own design. Finalists will receive access to a newly expanded network of peers and program funding to transform their powerful idea into reality.

AIM and the AIC RAISE collaborating to support young change makers

AIM has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, identifying and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs since its inception. The AIC RAISE and AIM both see that in a rapidly changing world, the capacity to adapt and make change is a critical skill in growing up. This is why we have asked AIM to offer strategic guidance for the Student Innovator Program.   Looking for inspiration from young changemakers? AIC RAISE student innovator program is an initiative that aims to demonstrate the power of a young person who has identified a problem, formed and led a team, and created a solution. We encourage you to apply and be part of the change makers!

How to apply 

The 2021 SIP application is now officially opened. Our finalists selected as MYP Student Innovation fellows receive: 

-Collaboration with a peer-to-peer network of AIC RAISE innovation fellows spanning up to 30 AIC RAISE World Schools 
-Mentoring and guidance from a career-level or industry expert to provide knowledge and expertise 
-Program-based funding to enable their idea to become reality, with varying awards based on project needs 

Eligibility for MYP Student Innovators 

Students from age 14-16 enrolled in an AIC RAISE World School MYP years 4-5 programme are eligible to apply for this year’s program. To complete the application, students must have the nomination and support of their school coordinator or Head of School.   See the complete terms and conditions 

Application details 

In the written application, students will be asked to describe their project or initiative, why it is personally meaningful, and how they plan to implement it. To be eligible for a program, students must provide a specific funding request and a justification within their written application. We will highly regard projects or initiatives with a strong social impact component that contributes to a community need in an innovative, ethical and entrepreneurial way.   

Semi-finalists move on to the second-round application and invited to complete a required video interview to support their initial application 

Application sample

To help you prepare your application, we’ve created a sample document of how the application will look. Use the questions in this document to help you build your application, so when the time comes you can apply easily. The format may differ slightly, but the questions will be very similar to the ones in this document.  

Connect Locally

Join the AIC RAISE network as one of our AIC RAISE Innovator program ambassadors to power up your resume and gain an unforgettable experience that will unlock a number of opportunities for you and your university.

our Program team

Ebin Ephrem E.

Senior Manager, AIC RAISE

Startup evangelist who wants to help aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups working on sustainable development goals. Main interest is in matters climate change and life on the planet. One who cares about ‘network’ than ‘net-worth’ 

Dinesh Manikam

Manager, AIC RAISE

Believer in Social Impact and Sustainability. Working on various initiatives around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and making the world a better place! He is also the Co-Founder & Executive Director of  No Food Waste

Sunil Subash

CEO, SDG SCHOOLS

If there’s someone who can explain anything, Sunil is the one. He teaches you not just how to do something, but why to do it this way and not the other.

Learn from the very best

This program is aimed at College Students who want to become innovators/entrepreneurs or who are on the innovation path already. We cover everything, so even if you’ve never been an entrepreneur in your life, you’ll be able to quickly jump in.

Partner With Us

If you’re interested in sharing your career/internship opportunities, partnering with us to host an event + workshop, or potentially sharing your contact with our network, drop us a line. We’d love to see how we can collaborate! 

Our Program Partners

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