YSE Inspiring and Enabling Action for a Better World

The Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme started with a workshop from 13 to 15 March, where our growing network of friends, partners and YSE alumni generously shared advice and insights into the world of social entrepreneurship with 69 young changemakers of 12 nationalities.  Through the programme, we inspire, equip and enable these young people to develop their social enterprise ideas, and nurture them into sustainable businesses to bring about positive change.

YSE 2014 – “”We are the Changemakers!”
Judges and partners include (from left) INSEAD Affiliate Professor Paul Kewene-Hite, SIF Executive Director Jean Tan, Ashoka Fellow and World Toilet Organisation Founder Jack Sim, Stephen Lim, Yuhyun Park, apV Executive Director Ng Song Wah, Elim Chew, SIF Governor Karen Ngui, McKinsey & Company Associate Principal BV Vaidyanath and apV Chairman Keith Chua.
YSE judges deliberating on a shortlist of 12 social enterprises.
YSE participants presenting their business proposals to a panel of judges for the opportunity to progress onto the next stages of the programme.
YSE Alumnus Danial Muhammad Bin Hamdan (right) of Inclusive Arts Movement shared his YSE learning journey with this year’s participants.
Benny Se Teo spoke on how he turned his life around, paying it forward by training and employing former drug offenders at Eighteen Chefs.
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Chief Operating Officer Kevin Teo shared how to communicate the social impact of businesses.
Asia Philanthropic Ventures (apV) Founding Member Stephen Lim reminded participants to “do good well”, stressing the need for sound financials in any business plan.
YSE participants ended the day gaining insights into Singapore as a ‘city in the garden’ at our first nomination for UNESCO world heritage site – Singapore Botanic Gardens.
YSE participants ended the day gaining insights into Singapore as a ‘city in the garden’ at our first nomination for UNESCO world heritage site – Singapore Botanic Gardens.
INSEAD and NUS MBA programme alumni and students working with the participants on their business plans.
Social entrepreneurs sharing their journeys with YSE participants. From left: Empact Founder Peter Yang, Ashoka Fellow and InfollutionZERO Co-Founder Park Yuhyun, Gone Adventurin’ Co-Founder Jacqui Hocking and YSE Alumnus and StartNow Founder Keith Tan.
SIF Governor Elim Chew recounting the development of Singapore’s social entrepreneurship scene in her keynote address.
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