Nine social enterprise teams gathered for the Singapore International Foundation (SIF)’s YSE Regional | Hanoi from 22 to 23 October. It was YSE Regional’s second time, but first in-person programme, in Hanoi. The SIF organised it together with Vietnam National University – International School (VNU-IS).
YSE Regional made its debut in Hanoi last year as a three-day online workshop. The 2021 edition, themed “Unlock your Digital Solutions for Social Good”, saw 22 participants with proposals that sought to bridge the digital divide and leverage technology to address social problems and uplift lives.
YSE Regional | Hanoi was designed to empower Vietnamese youths who aspire to take their social enterprises to the next level. This year’s theme was “Build Solutions for Sustainable Well-being”. It focused on ideas that promote health and well-being, including solutions for physical and mental healthcare, and caregiving support.
A total of 26 budding social entrepreneurs took part in workshops, business clinics and sharing sessions. These activities covered topics such as design thinking and growth strategies, social impact assessment and impact pitching.
One of the participants Mr Luong Duc Son was the Founder and CEO of Vietnam Together, a social networking mobile application that connects individuals who are looking for volunteering opportunities to organisations or communities in need.
He said: “The YSE Regional programme has given us the opportunity to connect with other young people from the social entrepreneurial space in Vietnam and beyond. We were able to envision the potential of our social enterprise after going through the workshops. It has been a very motivational experience and I have learned a lot.”
The youths will have the opportunity to further their YSE journey by applying to join the 2023 edition of the SIF’s main international programme, YSE Global. The annual YSE Global and YSE Regional programmes have, in their 13 years, nurtured more than 1,400 changemakers of 43 nationalities, and created an international network of 674 social enterprises.