“Young people are not the future of the movement. They must be the present, because the urgent
problems of today mean the future of our movement and our civilisation is at stake.”

-President Ariel Guarco, International Cooperative Alliance (ICA)

About APCYS 3.0

ICA-AP in collaboration with the ICA-EU Partnership, the ICA-AP Committee on Youth Cooperation (ICYC), and the ICA Domus Trust is organising a virtual Asia Pacific Cooperative Youth Summit 3.0 (APCYS 3.0) to “Celebrate Youth as Torchbearers of the Cooperative Identity.

APCYS 3.0 will provide a platform to discuss the merits of the values-based cooperative model, know each other’s experiences in cooperative entrepreneurship, hear innovative Coop Pitch, and inculcate a culture of youth cooperativism. 

To know more,  click here.

Coop Pitch Competition

Cooperative (or Coop) Pitch Competition is integral part of the Asia Pacific Cooperative Youth Summit (APCYS). It is designed to find new and sustainable enterprise ideas on cooperatives. Participants get the opportunity to pitch cooperative business solutions to cater to the needs and aspirations of the youth and community in their country.

Coop Pitch competition will begin on 23 July. The shortlisted teams will participate in the orientation and mentorship sessions to develop their cooperative pitches. All teams will submit their final pitches on 27 July to qualify for the finals. The selected finalists will make a live pitch to a panel of judges on 29 July.

To know more, click here.

Prizes for Coop Pitch Winners


The top 3 winning teams will receive prize money of USD 3,000 (1st – USD 1,500; 2nd – USD 1,000; 3rd – USD 500), organizational support and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement coop models developed.

For detailed instructions and guidelines, click here.

1st prize

USD 1,500

2nd prize
USD 1,000
3rd prize
USD 500



H.P. Rathod
Cooperative Services & Administration, AMUL
Rohan Clarke
Co-Founder, Incubator.coop & Director, Wayfairer.coop
Salonie Muralidhara Hiriyur
Senior Coordinator, SEWA Cooperative Federation

Program Schedule

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Opening Ceremony
60 minutes
Name of Session

Welcome and Introduction - 5 minutes

Opening Address - 10 minutes

Keynote Address - 10 minutes

Message from ICA-AP Committee on Youth Network (ICYC) - 5 minutes

Message from Global Youth Network (GYN) - 5 minutes

Messages from Mentors focused on Coop Pitch (3) - 5*3 = 15 minutes

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Orientation & Housekeeping
30 minutes
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Networking Session
60 minutes
12:30 pm - 01:30 pm
60 minutes
01:30 pm - 03:00 pm
Youth Engagement in Asia and Pacific - ICA-AP Committees and Initiatives
90 minutes
Name of Session

Introduction of ICYC - 15 minutes

Introduction of ICA-AP Committee on Cooperatives in Educational Institutions - 15 minutes

Introduction of ICA-AP Committee on Research - 15 minutes

Youth Related Initiatives - GCE, Coopathon, Replication Project, Coop Pitch - 15 minutes

Breakout Rooms - 30 minutes

03:15 pm - 04:45 pm
Spotlight on Coop Youth Entrepreneurs
90 minutes
Name of Session

CamSur Multi Purpose Cooperative, Philippines (Agriculture)

Urban Origins, Singapore (Food Security)

Minsnail Housing Cooperative, South Korea (Community Housing for Youth)

My Cool Class, Poland (Platform Coop owned by Teachers)

Innocircle Initiative, Indonesia (Incubator)

Karunachal Foundation, India (Environment Consciousness

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Get Inspired! A Talk by Youth Leader
45 minutes
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cooperative Identity: A Competitive Advantage for Your Cooperative (60 minutes)
90 minutes
Name of Session

Cooprative Identity, Coop Marque

Dot coop Domain

Tools for Digital Empowerment of Coops

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Student Cooperative Clubs in Asia and Pacific - Precursor to Community Leadership
90 minutes
Name of Session

Student Committee, National Federation of University Cooperatives Association, Japan (10 minutes)

Batu Pahat MARA Junior Science College Coop Ltd., Malaysia (10 minutes)

University Coop, Madurai College Mangalore, India (10 minutes)

Break Out Group Activity (90 minutes)

02:00 pm - 02:30 pm
60 minutes
02:30 pm - 03:30 pm
ATW movie screening
60 minutes
Name of Session

Around the World Film Screening - Bhabishya Nirman Sana Kishan, Nepal - 20 minutes

Message from Film Protagonists - 10 minutes

Message from ATW team on fim making experience - 10 minutes

Q&A - 15-20 minutes

03:30 pm - 04:00 pm
Networking Session
30 minutes
04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
The Cultural Show
120 minutes
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Panel discussion on enabling environment for youth in coops?
120 minutes
Name of Session

Innovation & Incubation (15 min)

Funding/ Finance (15 min)

Legal and Policy Framework (15 min)

Government Perspectives & Initiatives (15 min)

Mentoring & Education (15 min)

Coops as a people's movement (Bottom's up Approach) (15 min)

11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Coop Pitch Finalists Announcement
15 minutes
12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
60 minutes
02:30 pm - 03:00 pm
Summarising Session
30 minutes
03:00 pm - 04:30 pm
Closing Ceremony
90 minutes
Name of Session

Welcome - 5 minutes

Keynote Address - 10 minutes

Remarks by Judges + Announcement of Coop Pitch Winners - 20 minutes

Winning Speech by 3 winners - 15 minutes

Experience sharing by participants & speakers - 15 minutes

Valedictory Address - 10 minutes

APCYS 3.0 Programme Schedule

Thank you for your interest in APCYS 3.0. The registrations are now closed. You can still attend the live summit at the ICA-AP Youtube Channel.


Australian Representative to UN Women's Generation Equality Youth Task Force
APCYS 3.0 SPEAKER John Hayes
Creator & Co-Founder, MyCoolClass
APCYS 3.0 SPEAKER Deepak Ramola
Founder and Artistic Director of Project FUEL
Navitha Varsha
Co-founder of Karunachal Foundation and Founder of Wetransform.


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