The objective of this program is to create a new brand of socially conscious leaders that are connected to their communities. Selected students, designated at Future leaders undergo a leadership curriculum based on innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Students then receive world class mentoring, an immersive experience in a UC Berkeley Smart Village and finally a global exposure at the United Nations in New York. The Future leaders learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.

  • 1M1B's ideation workshop: This consists of orientation to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This is conducted in selected schools by 1M1B Faculty, which includes, UN Global Youth Advocates.
  • Mentoring: Young leaders who have ideas to impact indigenous and underserved people are identified and then groomed through a world class 6 months mentoring and entrepreneurship program.
  • Selected students are taken for a weeklong immersive experience in a smart village. These future leaders are given an opportunity to mobilize village communities, pilot their solution, co-innovate with the people at the bottom of the pyramid, pivot and establish a use case.
  • Impact Report: All the students who successfully complete the program and demonstrate impact are invited for a demo day and a pitch competition.
  • Opportunity to scale and demonstrate: Future Leaders who demonstrate impact are selected to showcase their initiative at a high level youth forum to global leaders at the United Nations in New York.

1M1B's Future Leaders Program secures the linkages between leadership and entrepreneurial thinking to take decisive actions for indigenous communities leveraging the energy of young people in urban areas. Future Leaders was launched in 2015 (earlier called Changeships) and has been implemented in the Caribbean's, India and United States of America.

Watch the full video, on UN TV, of Future Leaders presenting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, October 2015:

1M1B Future Leaders (2017 Batch) selected to participate at the high level UN CSW Youth Forum held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in March 2017


Arul, Class 11 student, Step by Step School, Noida

Arul is working to revive the 1083 weavers of the village Mori in Andhra Pradesh, India. These weavers are facing extinction as demand for their product is going down. Arul is empowering the weavers by mobilizing support and is establishing an ecommerce marketplace.


Esha, Class 9 student, United World College, Singapore

Esha is teaching English to women healthcare workers (Asha workers) in the village Mori, Andhra Pradesh India. These healthcare workers learn business english from Esha (over Skype) and are now much comfortable interacting with expert doctors from all across the world during tele-clinics.


Karan, Class 11 student, CMR National Public School, Bangalore

Karan's passion is to enhance the income of the people at the bottom of the pyramid leveraging internet and digital technologies. He is piloting an app that indigenous people (in particular weavers and artisans) can use to upload their products and sell them directly to shops in urban areas eliminating the middle men.


Lakshya, Class 7 student, Delhi Public School, DPS East, Bangalore

Lakshya is spreading awareness and creating youth projects to fulfill UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Using an ideation and design thinking framework, Lakshya conducts his Ideas to Action, workshops. His passion is to inspire actions on SDG's and showcase them at a TED style, youth event.

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November 2017:
Smart City Challenge launched in partnership with GSVC, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business to develop skills and innovations for the fourth industrial revolution. Click here for details

3rd August 2017:
1M1B Foundation and TATA Trusts commence the 'StartUp Gurukool' program in 4 states of India-Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. Click here for details

10-13 March 2017:
1M1B team to present at the United Nations in New York around the CSW Youth Forum on "Economic Empowerment of Indigenous and Underserved Communities through Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship" Click here for details

29 December 2017:
1M1B launches the first Smart Village Accelerator and Tele-Health Center in the village, Mori, Andhra Pradesh, India

17th-18th June 2016:
1M1B initiates its project to establish a mobile telemedicine clinic in Mori, Andhra Pradesh, as part of the Smart Village Initiative in partnership with UC Berkeley Click here for details

12th June 2016:
Hero's Mindset Workshop organized at Bangalore. Click here for details

March 3, 2016:
1M1B kickstarts its Rural Tourism based Social Volunteering program in Uttarakhand. Click here for details.

February 13, 2016:
1M1B starts its Telemedicine services in Uttarakhand. Click here for details.

December 21-23, 2015:
1M1B Team visits Uttarakhand, with the newly appointed 1M1B Fellows, to set up its first microaccelerator. Click here for details.

December 22, 2015:
1M1B announces the '1M1B E-Weekends' program. Details here. Pre-registrations open. Last date for application is 22nd January 2016.

December 19, 2015:
1M1B, in partnership with NavBharat Times, organized its first in series Entrepreneurship Workshop (Level-I) in New Delhi. Click here for details.

November 19, 2015
1M1B announces the '1M1B Fellowship Program 2015-2016'. Last date for submission of application is 30th November 2015.

October 18, 2015: Forbes features 1M1B & its co-founder, Manav Subodh (Click Here)

October 16, 2015: '1M1B Change The World Internship' winners from Caribbean Islands, India and the United States present their work at the United Nations Headquarters, New York (Click Here)

October 14, 2015: '1M1B Change The World Internship' winners from Caribbean Islands, India and the United States present their work to DC ArchAngels at Washington DC (Click here)

September 12, 2015
Winners of the 1M1B 2015, Change the World Internships announced:

  • Caribbean : Josanne Arnold, from Trinidad and Tobago ( Team: G.O.T GREENS) and Janice McLeod, from Jamaica ( Team: Agro Central)
  • India : Harsh Aggarwal and Shreya Gupta, from New Delhi ( Team: Sanjeevani), Malvika, Akshita and Apoorva, from New Delhi ( Team: Basta) and Vrinda Aggarwal ( Team: Windmill)
  • United States of America (USA) : Caseena Karim ( Team: Crave)
These winners will present their work on 14th October 2015 at Washington DC and on 16th October 2015 at United Nations (UN) in New York.

Winners of 1M1B Change The World Internships to present at the United Nations (UN's) International day for the eradication of poverty (IDEP) on 16th October 2015 at NYC.

1M1B's Women Entrepreneurship Summit on 12th September 2015 at New Delhi. Click here for details.

August 26, 2015: 1M1B launches its crowd funding campaign to fund the finalists of 'Change The World Internships 2015' to showcase their work at the United Nations in September/October 2015. Click here for details.

August 20, 2015: 1M1B, in partnership with McKinsey Social Initiatives, kick start the 'Generation' mentorship program in Delhi & NCR. Click here for details.

August 20, 2015: 1M1B partners with Washington DC Arch Angels. Under this partnership 1M1B Entrepreneurs will not only get an opportunity to pitch their biz to the executive team of the DC Arch Angels but will also get opportunities to connect with multilaterals, bilateral, governments, investors, and accelerators on the East Coast

On 17 March, 2015 UN Habitat and A Million for A Billion (1M1B) Foundation signed an MOU for youth skill development and entrepreneurship.



We see youth and women getting skilled in creating jobs not just for themselves but also others and overcoming conversations like:

  • There are no jobs.
  • I am at a disadvantage.
  • The government should give me a job.
  • I have to migrate for economic opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship is for people with good financial backing.
  • Enterprise creation is hard and not for me.

1M1B is a skill development, entrepreneurship education and an enterprise acceleration initiative that will solve the challenge of unemployment of youth and women in underserved economies.

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