In 2016, Leadership Corner partnered with INNOCO on UAE/Nepal/Connect (UNC). This program brought together youth and professionals from the UAE and Nepal, helping them to collaborate and contribute to the community through social innovation. UNC gave rise to the Nepal Youth Cluster that helped foster the “ME = WE” concept.

Applications for UNC2017 are now open and we take pleasure in inviting Nepali participants!

UNC2017 is a residential bootcamp for 25 selected Nepali youth and facilitated by a team of professors and field experts from the UAE and international community. The bootcamp is an opportunity for youth to explore innovative solutions and create their own social business ideas. This program attempts to widen the participants perspective allowing them to:

  • Experience design thinking as generating a big idea
  • Learning how your innovation space works
  • Understanding the relationship of innovation space and business model
  • Developing and refining a Business Model Canvas
  • Pitching a social business idea


UNC2017 is a residential bootcamp from 2nd to 10th June 2017 in Kathmandu at the ICA Training Center.



  • Nepali youth between 18 – 27 years of age
  • Youth should be able to communicate in English since the program is in English
  • Participants should aspire to become social entrepreneurs, program facilitators or community agents to do good
  • Commitment, hard work and healthy team spirit are required of all the participants



  • Applicants are required to fill out the online application form and must be committed to the full program. Application form is below.
  • Registration opens on 8 May 2017 and closes on 22 May 2017
  • 22 – 23 May 2017 – 30 shortlisted candidates will be interviewed
  • 24 May – announcement for the final 25 participants



  • The bootcamp is a residential program. Participants will be required to stay at the bootcamp site from 2 – 10 June 2017.
  • Bootcamp Fee per participant is valued at RS 17,600 for 9 days.
  • Partial or Full Scholarship will be granted depending on a need bases
  • The boot camp fee covers:
    o   Accommodation for 9 days
    o   3 meals and snacks per day
    o   Field trip and transportation
    o   Bootcamp equipment and materials
    o   Bootcamp Facilitation
Applicants can apply for the scholarship grants on a need bases through the application form below. Please note that at the time of your application submission, no payment is required. Only upon your interview and final selection will the grant be awarded, and your percentage of the payment will be made to Leadership Corner. 
The scholarships are available from 25% to 90% of the total Bootcamp Fee NRS 17,600. You can apply for the following scholarship amounts for the bootcamp: 
  • 25% = NRS 4,400 (USD 44)
  • 50% = NRS 8,800 (USD 88)
  • 75% = NRS 13,200 (USD 132)
  • 90% = NRS 15,840 (USD 158)


  • WORKSHOP SERIES: To engage 25 youth participants to build their creative confidence and develop a viable Social Enterprise (SE) model, or become community agents, or facilitators of the program. To investigate on social needs about food systems in Nepal.
  • ON-SITE LEARNING & CASE STUDY FIELD TRIPS: To provide hands-on learning opportunities with existing Nepal based social enterprise models with Dr. Mahabir Pun and Himalayan Climate Initiative, to name a few.
  • ECOSYSTEM BUILD-UP: To begin a mentoring network of organisations, experts, professionals, and community minded individuals to support the on-going work of the NYC.
  • DOCUMENTARY & INNOVATION MODEL: INNOCO will be working with the UAE, Nepal and International community to develop an interactive documentary series and innovation model towards youth empowerment and the power of social entrepreneurship.





Program Dates: 2 – 10 JUNE 2017

02 June FRI 1400 – 2100 DAY 1: Orientation
03 June SAT 0900 – 2200 DAY 2: Workshop 1
04 June SUN 0900 – 2200 DAY 3: Field Trip & Workshop 2
05 June MON 0900 – 2200 DAY 4: Workshop 2 continued
06 June TUE 0900 – 2200 DAY 5: Workshop 3
07 June WED 0900 – 2200 DAY 6: Workshop 4
08 June THU 0900 – 2200 DAY 7: Mentoring / Prototyping / Pitch Prep
09 June FRI 0900 – 2200 DAY 8: Mentoring / Prototyping / Pitch Prep
10 June SAT 1000 – 1600 DAY 9: Presentations & Closing Ceremony





INNOCO is a platform that cultivates youth to become social innovators. INNOCO means innovation co-designing through connection + collaboration + contribution. By connecting youth to local and international communities through project based learning, we foster these collaborations to help youth contribute and transform their lives and others for a greater good as social entrepreneurs and facilitators. INNOCO is a research initiative, based in the UAE and founded by Yunsun Chung-Shin and Joanne Renaux, professors at Zayed University. http://www.innoco.co/

NEPAL YOUTH CLUSTER (NYC) was founded in UNC2016 and is a youth cluster part of INNOCO’s initiative to flourish the concept of ME = WE. The youth of NYC is are positive minded individuals who are committed to work together with community, resources and like-minded organizations to improve the quality of life and learning through social innovation. NYC is co-organizing and program assisting towards UNC2017.

ZAYED UNIVERSITY is a leading university in the United Arab Emirates and recognized globally for its participation in educational and cultural achievements and enrichment of economic and social development. Zayed University prepares graduates who are able to contribute to building the nation through offering specializations and programs of study which match international standards and by providing an excellent learning environment to strengthen the role of the university as a leader in the progress of scientific research and community service. http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/

LAND AND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE (LAGI), provides a platform for artists, architects, landscape architects, and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward human-centered solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes.  http://www.landartgenerator.org/


Yunsun Chung-Shin is a visual design educator, researcher, and community builder focusing on empowerment of young generations. She has designed and facilitated numerous empathy-driven, design-thinking workshops for youth since 2009, locally and internationally; INNOCO, GYEM and Tasmena, which are UAE based initiatives. INNOCO is a current initiative, set-up in collaboration with UAE youth and professionals in the industry as a platform for youth to become social entrepreneurs through a workshop program. She earned her BFA degree in Visual Communication Design from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and MFA in Multimedia Graphic Design from Indiana State University in USA. She taught graphic design at Eastern New Mexico University from 2003-6. Currently she is an associate professor teaching graphic design in the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University (ZU) in Dubai, UAE. She is leading a research cluster at ZU on Designing Food Revolution For Social Change. 
Joanne Pereira Renaux is a Fine Arts educator, freelance Arts & Education consultant and practicing illustrator. Her B.F.A and M.A were received from Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA), USA in 2004. She currently holds an Adjunct Instructor position at ZU, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises. Renaux continues her practice as an illustrator through drawing, painting and printmaking. Her passion to empower youth, has also lead her co-create an initiative, INNOCO. The platform cultivates youth to become social innovators in the UAE and internationally (www.innoco.co).

Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian are leading the global conversation on the aesthetics of renewable energy. Through the LAGI project they have published, exhibited, and presented globally on the role of public art and creative placemaking in providing functional solutions to post-carbon energy infrastructure. Their publications include Regenerative Infrastructures (Prestel Publishing), The Time is Now: Public Art of the Sustainable City (Page One Publishing), New Energies (Prestel Publishing), Powering Places: LAGI Santa Monica, (Prestel Publishing), and A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies. They have developed an array of unique STEAM materials, including Art+Energy Camps, Art+Energy Flash Cards, a 13- step STEAM Toolkit, information graphics, publications, and more. LAGI is the recipient of multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has beenawarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Amin Matni established two companies in the creative industry in Lebanon and Qatar to service a myriad of public and private entities between 2001-2011, managed the center of Design Innovation for 4 years during which he developed and delivered the Social Innovation Initiative at Qatar Foundation. He coached students, faculty, staff and professionals to collaborate, co-create and generate seed ideas with high social value. He joined Qatar Business Incubator Center as a program manager to lead programs’ content creation, management and dissemination. He is passionate about innovation processes and value creation. He lately co-founded PASSA, an NGO that addresses the drowning challenge across Lebanon, Qatar and Dubai.


Amin Matni




Dr. Michael Ogden is a Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Communication and Media Sciences at Zayed University. He is an experienced teacher-scholar and practicing media producer with over 30 years of experience as a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, and editor of documentary and independent narrative films, episodic entertainment television, and interactive transmedia storytelling.



Marianne Bruyers moving to the vibrant city of Montreal, Canada, has  definitely been one of Marianne’s most influential decision. After three years of art school, several work experiences, a couple of formative backpacked trips and lots and lots of drawings, she is now ready to sail towards new horizons. Inquisitive about everything life related, she tries her best to record mentally the highlights of everyday to fuel her mind with inspirations and stories to put on paper. She truly believes that new encounters and cultural diversity shape creativity and that comfort zones need to be shaken once in awhile. She met Yunsun in Montreal who presented her Innoco and the Nepal Youth Cluster and brought her on board this amazing project.


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