YSE 2017 Workshop

Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) 2017 kicks off with 138 global youth participants gathering in Singapore for a robust four-day Workshop. 16 teams, who presented social business ideas with the most potential, have been shortlisted to embark on YSE’s eight-month long incubation programme.

The shortlisting of YSE 2017 teams was made possible with our panel of judges (in alphabetical order) Mr Calvin Chu, Managing Partner of Eden Strategy Institute; Mr David Chong, SIF Governor; Ms Divya Patel, Founder & CEO of Impactfull Advisors; Mr Dorji Tashi, Executive Director of Loden Foundation; Mr Eugene Ho, Head of Corporate Affairs, Southeast Asia of SAP; Mr Jan Croeni, Principal of Croeni Foundation; Mr Lian Wee Cheow, SIF Governor; Mr Ng Song Wah, Executive Director of Asia Philanthropic Ventures; Mr Paramesh Prasad, General Manager of Networks, Logistics and Optimisation of Swire Shipping; Mr Rajan Raju, Special Advisor to the SIF; Mr Siddharth Pisharody, Associate Director of Temasek International; Ms Sumitra Pasupathy, Country Director, Singapore and Malaysia, of Ashoka; Mr Tee Yu Jin, Representative of Asia Philanthropic Ventures.

We would like to thank our Dialogue panellists (in alphabetical order) Ms Amita Chaudhury, Regional Director of Sustainable Business for South East Asia and Australasia of Unilever; Ms Christy Davis, Executive Director of Asia P3 Hub of World Vision International; Dr Ji Xiaocong, Director of Entrepreneurship Centre of the Youth League of Tsinghua University; Mr Vincent Loka, YSE 2015 alumnus and Co-founder of WateROAM; and Mr Wilson Ang, Executive Director of Global Compact Network Singapore (Moderator).

We also extend our gratitude to our Fireside Chat session’s panellists (in alphabetical order) Ms Elim Chew, Special Advisor to the YSE and entrepreneur (Moderator); Ms Jassy Lin, SEP Business Director of Non-Profit Incubator; Mr Jamon Mok, YSE 2013 alumnus and Founder of Backstreet Academy; and Mr Martin Tan, Executive Director of Institute for Societal Leadership. 

Professor Satyajit Majumdar a faculty member of the Centre of Social Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), shares with the YSE 2017 participants on what the TISS offers in their Master’s Degree in Social Entrepreneurship programme.
Panellists from the non-profit, private, academic and social entrepreneurial sectors share and exchange insights on partnerships as key to sustainable development on Day 2 of the YSE 2017 Workshop.
Participating teams at the YSE 2017 Workshop learn how to further develop their social business brand, as well as leverage digital marketing channels to reach their target audience at a training session on Branding and Digital Marketing by international advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide.
YSE 2017’s global youth participants collaborate during the Social Innovation through Design Thinking workshop conducted by Republic Polytechnic where they brainstorm ideas on how to create value in their products using a human-centred approach.
Participants hone their social entrepreneurial skills at the YSE 2017 Workshop’s business clinics with guidance from students and graduates of Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and the Distinguished Universities Alumni Link network. These mentors also shared tips on delivering impactful business presentations.
Good for Food from Singapore, one of the 63 social enterprise teams at the YSE 2017 Workshop, pitches their social business plan to a panel of judges for a spot in the YSE’s eight-month long incubation programme. Good for Food seeks to reduce food wastage and promote equitable food distribution.
The audience and panellists loosen up with a fun warm-up exercise at the start of the YSE 2017 Workshop’s Fireside Chat session themed Youth Leadership and Development: A Generation of Change.
Panellists share their experience and views on youth leadership and development at the YSE 2017 Workshop’s Fireside Chat session on Day 4.
YSE 2017 Workshop participants visit Healthserve, as part of social enterprise Geylang Adventures’ walking trail, to gain knowledge of how social enterprises work with multiple stakeholders to provide better services to the communities they work with. Healthserve is an NGO that provides various support services to migrant workers in Singapore, often with the help of volunteers.
The YSE 2017 Workshop welcomes its most diverse group comprising 138 youths from 18 countries including Canada, Indonesia and India for a four-day programme encompassing business clinics, training workshops, a dialogue, a fireside chat session and peer learnings and exchanges.
138 youths from 18 countries are now part of the YSE’s global network of 511 changemakers connected by a shared vision to solve today’s social challenges and effect positive change through entrepreneurial means.
12 judges from different professional backgrounds take one for the photo album with SIF Executive Director Ms Jean Tan and SIF Chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (seventh and eighth from left) at the YSE 2017 Workshop.
16 teams whose business ideas demonstrate the most potential are shortlisted for the YSE eight-month long incubation programme.
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