35 Global Changemakers & Social Innovators - Ready to Change the World After an Eight Month Journey of Cross Cultural Learning

Six teams from the Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme (YSE) awarded funding to turn their ideas for social impact into reality.

Singapore, 21 October 2016 – 35 young social entrepreneurs from 15 teams reached the culmination of an eight month, cross-cultural learning journey that took them through mentorship, an overseas study visit and finally today’s Pitching for Change event where they presented their business ideas to a panel of judges.

These teams, representing eight countries – Azerbaijan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Yemen were selected from an initial pool of 114 participants at the 2016 YSE workshop held in March this year. During the course of their journey, the teams received guidance  from a pool of volunteer mentors from McKinsey & Company and first-time supporter of the YSE programme, Temasek International. The group of young changemakers also had the opportunity to gain insights from established social entrepreneurs, opinion leaders, academics and  captains of industry from several businesss corporations – to tap into their range of expertise in the areas of legal, finance, investments and human resources. To widen their perspectives, the SIF also took them on an international study visit to understand the social enterprise landscape in Malaysia.

The programme culminated with participants pitching their business ideas to the judges and six teams were selected to receive funding of up to $20,000 each. The teams were chosen based on the impact, scalability and sustainability of their social enterprise. The winning teams are (in alphabetical order):

  1. BeBonobo – headed by Azerbaijani Jasur Hasanov, Malaysian Kay Kay Ong and Yemeni Madyan Aziz Hasan Malfi, aims to promote conscious consumption by disrupting current wasteful consumption patterns - through an online listing website which connects individuals and businesses to a list of unwanted items.
  2. KAMA BATIK – headed by Indonesians Ajeng Hilarysa Pramesti, Dyah Rasyid, Novi Anathasya Purba, seeks to solve batik companies' waste management issues while empowering women through employment who turn these waste materials into useful products such as bags and accessories
  3. NOMAD – headed by Singaporeans Muhammad Haziq Bin Mohd Rashid and Mohd Nasrul Bin Rohmat, seeks to partner local artisans with rural communities in India to create unique crafts.
  4. Praxium – headed by Singaporean Louis Puah, creates experiential projects, centered on careers that align with interests of youth with the support of industry professionals who serve as mentors.
  5. PsychKick – headed by Singaporeans Shafiqah Nurul Afiqah Binte Ramani and Sayid Hafiz Bin Sayid Zin, seeks to create a mobile application, in addition to traditional approaches, to assist clients and psychotherapists in the treatment process.
  6. Saadhan – headed by Indians Mohit Dave and Pranav Harshe, seeks to empower farmers in rural areas of India with greater ownership of the food value chain so as to reduce poverty and resource wastage.

Said Malaysian Kay Kay Ong, 27, of BeBonobo, “Beyond the business skills and knowledge from this programme, we have learnt that we are not alone in our journey to build a better world. Through the YSE programme, we work together with like-minded individuals to carve a path towards social change. I will never forget the network of global changemakers I have met here and I am confident that BeBonobo is able to create positive change by promoting a sharing economy and reduce the amount of waste in society.”

 “Millenials of today are catalysts for global change. Many are innovative and driven by a strong sense of social purpose. When they come together, they can be dynamic agents for positive social impact. I believe that the YSE platform celebrates diversity, strengthens international connections, bridges cultural differences and further enables the robust exchange of ideas for a better world,” said Ms Karen Ngui, Lead Judge and SIF Governor.

The SIF YSE 2016 programme is supported by several organisations including Ashoka and Asia Philanthropic Ventures, Harvard Club of Singapore, INSEAD, Kellogg HKUST Chapter, SAP, McKinsey & Company, NUS Business School, and Temasek International.

The closing session included a discussion titled “Innovation for Social Good” which focused on how the social sector can leverage technology to scale the impact and reach of their work. The discussion featured Mr Calvin Chu Yee Ming, Managing Partner from Eden Strategy Institute, Ms Lee Pui Kwan, Founding Chapter Leader from DataKind Singapore and Mr Varun Mehta, Regional Head of ASEAN from Tata Chemicals.

New applications for the 2017 YSE programme are now open at www.sif.org.sg/yseapply.




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