The Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme seeks to inspire, equip and enable youth of different nationalities to embark on social enterprises in Singapore and beyond.

The programme nurtures a network of social entrepreneurs, where the power of ideas, know-how and resources can be harnessed to enrich lives and effect positive change for a better world.

Through the YSE programme, participants learn from and interact with leading social entrepreneurs, business professionals and other youths who are keen on social innovation, while expanding their networks for potential collaborations and partnerships for good.

YSE 2015 Components

Latest Happenings

  • YSE 2016 applications is now open! Find out more about how you can contribute or join our network of changemakers at

  • 6 teams were awarded a total of S$100,000 at the YSE 2015 Pitching for Change held on 23 October. These teams represent Singapore, Indonesia and India, with social change ideas ranging from empowering local craftsmen to produce fashionable handbags and souvenirs to providing employment and safe transport options for women. 

    Guests at the event got to learn about all 15 shortlisted teams’ work at the event showcase. We also held an insightful dialogue on “Nurturing Young Leaders on a Better World”, featuring Ms Kuik Shiao-Yin, Nominated Member of Parliament and Co-founder, The Thought Collective and Mr Deny Raharjo, CEO of Kinerja International and Partner of the Business Indonesia Singapore Association. Find out more about the event here.

  • 31 shortlisted participants representing 15 SEs from 6 nationalities participated in a Study Visit to Mumbai, India from 7 to 13 June, followed by an inaugural visit to Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, Malaysia from 4 to 10 September. Read about how they improved their business model through learning sessions and interactions with practitioners and experts within the vibrant social enterprise from the different sectors across borders, HERE.

    Find out also about the study visit experience from our 2014 alumnus Timothy Low who participated in the visit to Mumbai last year.

  • The first YSE 2015 group mentorship session by McKinsey & Company was held on 6 June, followed by a second session focusing on mock pitching on 11 September in Singapore. Shortlisted teams shared updates on their achievements and work done so far, learnings, as well as challenges and plans going forward.  Mentors were able to provide direct feedback to both individual teams and to the group as a whole to facilitate their progress.

  • 15 social enterprises were shortlisted on the fourth day of the YSE 2015 workshop held from 18 to 21 March after presenting their refined business plans to a panel of judges. In the next eight months they will be mentored by leading business consultants and participate in two study visits to Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur. Read more about the teams HERE.

    More information on our alumni and previous events are available in the archive below.

  • Programme factsheet

  • Six teams from the YSE programme were featured on Channel Newsasia’s Friends for a Better World – On The Red Dot series. This TV series is a weekly current affairs programme that seeks to showcase the people and the communities that make up Singapore. It also highlights efforts by different groups of Singaporeans who make a difference to people’s lives.
    • Ep 1: Malaysia (YSE Little Marios) and Singapore (YSE Society Staples)
    • Ep 2: India (YSE IMPad)
    • Ep 3: Philippines (YSE Bagosphere)
    • Ep 4: Indonesia (YSE The Dorsal Effect)
    • Ep 5: Indonesia (YSE Agrisocio)
    • Ep 6 : Cambodia (YSE Backstreet Academy) 


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To be Among the Change Makers of How Business is Done.

YSE returned in 2011 with exciting new components; a two-month mentorship programme and a social enterprise study trip to the Population and Development International (PDI) facilities in Buri Ram, Thailand .
YSE 2011 saw the participation of 32 youths, representing seven nationalities. These youths from Azerbaijan, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam attended sessions on the theoretical grounding in social entrepreneurship, learned from and interacted with leading practitioners in Singapore and the region, went on an experiential learning trip to an overseas social enterprise, and participated in a two-month mentorship programme to develop their social enterprise plans.

The Programme

Workshop & Coaching

The main three-day workshop, held from 31st March to 2nd April, started with a The Ideas for a Better World Forum on the topic “Here today, gone tomorrow?: A perspective on sustainable social enterprises” by Dr Tanatat Puttasuwan, Executive Director and President of PDI.

During the workshop, participants were coached on developing plans for social enterprises, assessing their social impact, marketing their enterprises through social media, as well as the various financing and fundraising techniques.

Leading social entrepreneurs and business consultants who spoke at YSE 2011 included:
•    Ms Elim Chew, founder  of ‘77th Street’
•    Mr Benny Se Teo, founder of ‘18 Chefs’
•    Mr Richard W. Blossom, Chapter Chair of World President’s Organisation Singapore Chapter
•    Mr Nawal Roy, Associate Principal of McKinsey & Company, Singapore

At the end of the workshop, participants pitched their business proposals to a judging panel.  The Vocational English Training Organisation (V.E.T.O.) business idea won the Best Business Plan award for its programme to teach English to migrant workers in Singapore, and SocBiz won the Most Innovative Business Plan award for its plan to provide “free training and informal education while allowing orphans and panhandlers to get a job.”

Social Enterprise Is Not About Doing Volunteer Work

"The mind of a businessman and the heart of a social worker.” That quote, describing social entrepreneurs, was a powerful takeaway for Fatin bte Isa, 20, participant of the Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme 2010. The inaugural YSE 2010 was a five-day in-residence programme designed to equip socially minded youths with the fundamentals of starting a social enterprise. Held from 3rd to 7th March, six teams of students, who were studying in Singapore but came from China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore, were invited to participate based on pre-submitted business proposals.

YSE provided the teams opportunity to think carefully about the future of their nascent social enterprises. More than learn from speakers, staying in-residence meant that teams had the opportunity to engage across cultures, especially given that many of the team members consisted of foreigners.

The Programme

Through hands-on workshops, the students learnt how to assess the feasibility of their business plans, measure social impact and ultimately, raise funds for their enterprises. They also received lessons on pitching their ideas to potential funders and partners, and being effective leaders and team builders.

Topics covered at YSE 2010 included:

  • Douglas Abrams, Managing Partner of Extream Ventures - Business Plan Assessment
  • Nancy Frohman, General Manager of SingHealth Foundation -  Pitching Skills
  • Bjorn Lee, CEO of JABFISH - Social Media Marketing
  • Lee Junior, Executive Director of Silver Capital Investment -  Fundraising
  • Sarah Marvinac, President of aidha - Social impact and Assessment

At the end of the camp, the six teams pitched their business proposals to a judging panel. The winning team, Soule from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, walked away with a prize of S$3,000. Soule’s business idea is to donate a pair of shoes to underprivileged school children in China for every pair of flip flops purchased.


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