Young Social Entrepreneurs
Our Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme inspires, equips and enables youth of different nationalities to start or scale up their social enterprises in Singapore and beyond.
Since 2010, the YSE programme 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.
What we offer
- Network – Join an international ecosystem of changemakers including like-minded individuals, corporates, practitioners and successful entrepreneurs.
- Mentorship – Gain access to industry experts and professionals for mentorship.
- Study visits – Embark on overseas study visits to gain insights.
- Grants – Develop your social enterprise with up to SGD$ 20,000 in funding!
15 social enterprises from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand were shortlisted into the seven-month Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) 2019 programme after a 4 day Workshop which took place from 20 to 23 March in Singapore. Over the next few months, they will go through a mentorship with leading business professionals and experienced entrepreneurs and an experiential study visit in China. They will regroup in October to pitch for up to SGD20,000 each to launch or scale their social enterprises. Read more about these aspiring changemakers here.
16 shortlisted social enterprises from Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam participated in an eight-month programme including a four-day workshop in Singapore, a mentorship scheme and a study visit in Singapore. These young changemakers concluded their YSE journey at the 2018 Pitching for Change on 19 October 2018 where they presented their business ideas. Seven teams were finally awarded up to S$20,000 each to further develop their social enterprise ideas. Find out more about YSE 2018 and the winning teams here.
YSE launched our overseas workshops in Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai in 2017, and conducted our third and second run of the YSE Jakarta and Mumbai Workshop respectively. The workshops serve to further engage young changemakers in the region. Through the overseas workshops, YSE brings together Singaporeans, local leaders and business practitioners in the social entrepreneurship landscape to exchange best practices with the participants. More updates are available here.
Remarks by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, SIF Chairman, at the Young Social Entrepreneurs 2016 Workshop Closing Reception at Raffles City Convention Centre
Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, SIF Chairman, at the Young Social Entrepreneurs 2016 Dialogue at *SCAPE The Tree Top
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