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