The Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) Global is a six-month programme that inspires, equips and enables youth of different nationalities to start or scale up their
social enterprises in Singapore and beyond.
Since 2010, YSE Global has nurtured a network of youth with innovative business ideas
focused on social good. Together with established social entrepreneurs,
business consultants and investors, we harness the power of ideas,
know-how and resources to effect positive change for a better world.
Join Us as a Participant
Looking to start or scale up your social enterprise?
If you are aged between 18 and 35, and have a viable and innovative business solution to a social issue, submit your application now!
Gain access to an international ecosystem of investors, industry experts, experienced mentors, and a growing network of more than 1,400 young changemakers representing 43 nationalities. Be inspired by leading social innovation trends and market insights from the region. Shortlisted teams will stand a chance to start or scale up their social enterprises with up to S$20,000 in funding.
S$910,000 grant funding awarded to 53 social enterprises (2010-Mar 2022)
86% of grant winners remain in operation
75% of social enterprises grew from seed stage to start-up stage and beyond through YSE Global
94% of alumni gained network expansion through YSE Global
S$2 million worth of employment created by alumni annually
Social Return on Investment (SROI) of S$3.91 for every S$1 invested in YSE Global
See more in the YSE Impact Study, which evaluates the programme’s impact on its alumni and their social enterprises from 2010 to 2019.
What You Can Expect
Application Period30 Jan — 22 Mar 2023
YSE Global 2023 — Workshop in Singapore
May — Jun 2023
Mentorship & Regional Learning SessionsJul — Oct 2023
Pitching for ChangeNov 2023
Hear from Our YSE Global Alumni
“YSE is a big family. Sometimes, being a social entrepreneur can be lonely, because you need the right network of support in this journey. One of the best things I have gained from YSE Global is that network of friends and support. Apart from that, we received great mentorship from McKinsey & Company. I cannot say enough thanks to SIF for the whole experience – the insights we gained, people we met... the experience is just invaluable.”
2014 YSE Global Alumnus (India)
“It has been very rewarding to join the SIF's YSE Global programme and to be inspired by the efforts made by Singapore to effect social impact beyond borders and across disciplines.”
Fadhila El Discha
Co-Founder and Director, Bhumihara
2017 YSE Global Alumnus (Indonesia)
“I always admired the way people solve things in Singapore and I wanted to take those things and bring them back to India. During the YSE Global Study Visit, we went to the Enabling Village, which was an engineering marvel for me. Everything there was usable for the disabled, even down to the spoons. Now when I think of my Kisan Kiosks, I can think of how to design them so disabled persons can use them too.”
Co-Founder, The Kisan Union
2018 YSE Global Alumnus (India)
“YSE Global is such an innovative programme that helps growing social enterprises create a positive impact. I see YSE Global as one of Singapore’s most valuable and important social innovation efforts, which helps build better communities in the region. I can see the many social innovations that come from the YSE Global programme and believe that this is how we can make a better world together.”
Co-Founder, The Licht
2019 YSE Global Alumnus (Cambodia)
Support Us as a Mentor
Mentorship is a key component of YSE Global. Our dedicated business and industry mentors are leaders in their fields and provide guidance for our participants to achieve their social entrepreneurship goals. If you are interested in joining us as a mentor, get in touch with us!