I-CAN Presents

I-CAN has initiated Youth for Atmanirbhar Bharat (Y4A) to unite young changemakers from India to take action on the impact of Covid-19 in their communities.

Youth for Atmanirbhar Bharat is challenge where youth across India will help the communities in their respective regions to become Atmanirbhar through a model of entrepreneurship.

The program will serve as a roadmap to build hyper-local ecosystems where youth can contribute in solving the biggest challenge of livelihood in post covid scenario.


Y4A Program aims to build a team of passionate people who want to change their respective communities by creating new income generation opportunities for the people or enhancing the employability skills for a better livelihood.

STAGE 0 - Call for Applications

Teams from various colleges and universities across India to fill in their application form and submit. The participants are required to complete the substages of the application

STAGE 1: Collect Challenges

An online bootcamp training will be conducted. The individuals and teams will be collecting and analysing the livelihood challenges faced by a user group in their respective communities

STAGE 2: Create solutions

The individuals and teams will be creating (ideating) customised solutions that can create income generating opportunities for the user group.

STAGE 3: Change Lives

The individuals and teams will implement selected solutions with their user group in their communities to make them ‘Atmanirbhar’.

STAGE 4 : Final Showcase

The Individuals and Teams will showcase their journey at the end of the challenge through an online final showcase


Passionate Changemakers from age 16-25 years who are currently in college or have graduated

You can participate as an individual or form a team of 2-10 Members

Participants studying in any stream or working professionals can apply

Application is open for individuals from anywhere in India

A commitment of minimum 6-10 hours a week


Instruction to register Yourself or Your Team

Step 1: Individual Registration/ Team Admin Completion Process

  • Log in using the following link: Y4AB Portal

  • Complete the signup process by filling in your details

  • Verify your Mobile Number through the OTP received on your Email & Number

  • Complete the registration by filling your profile

Step 2: Inviting Team Members

  • After completion of your profile, go to the competition option from the dashboard

  • Add Team Members details using the ‘+’ sign from the option (You can add 5-10 Members Including Yourself in one team)

  • Mention the Name, Email Address and Mobile Number of the team member to complete the process

  • An email confirmation will be sent to the member with their password

  • Request the Team Member to complete their profile


We will go out of our way to award our changemakers through the following ways


Unique chance to develop entrepreneurial skills relevant in post crisis world


Free/ Discounted access to world-class entrepreneurship educational resources


Mentoring and coaching from domain experts


Personalised Certificates from esteemed coaches/ organisation




Cash prize*



  • You are eligible to apply for the program if you are a student and between 16-25 years studying in any college course. We are inviting participants from villages, towns and cities to participate in the challenge.

  • You are required to fill the pre-registration form to receive the details of the program. The application form is to be submitted with a case study and the guidelines provided. Our screening team will evaluate the applications and we conduct a telephonic interview with the team if you are qualified in the process. The final teams will be announced on the website.

  • The program is for a duration of 3 months starting from August 2020 and ending in November 2020.

  • The program and the training will be conducted online.

  • The participants will be working on solving their community challenges by ideating on solutions to create local leadership and entrepreneurship.

  • No, you do need not have a working model to apply for the challenge. The program will help you identify the challenges in your community and build a solution. We would require you to submit the case study to understand your approach toward solving a problem.

  • Weekly we are looking for 10-15 hours of commitment by individual participants.

  • We would require the participants to attend the training sessions, weekly follow meetings and submit their assignments on time. The attendance and participants of the team is compulsory through the program.

  • No, the program will be conducted in hindi and english.

  • Yes, since all the training and events will be conducted online.

  • Yes, you can apply for the challenge.

  • No, we are looking for participants who are passionate to learn, unlearn and relearn during the program.