A Cross-cultural Learning Journey

Fifteen Young Social Entrepreneur (YSE) teams embark on an eight-month experiential learning programme.

The Social Entrepreneurs Exchange Session conducted at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences saw founders of five successful social enterprises and Mr Vishnu Swaminathan, Leader – South Asia of Ashoka sharing tips, insights and an overview of the Indian social enterprise landscape with the young changemakers.

Fifteen teams, consisting of members from China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam, were shortlisted from the 2015 Young Social Entrepreneurs workshop held in March, out of 43 teams that were admitted. Since then, our young changemakers have started on a mentorship scheme with leading consultants from McKinsey & Company to enhance their business plans, and have participated in two study visits to India and Malaysia as part of experiential learning.

 

 

 

Participants gained insights into what it takes to truly impact lives from their interactions with social enterprises and NGOs representing various causes, and as well as with different communities. From left: Community Walk to gain insights into on the

They got to learn from and interact with leading social entrepreneurs, business professionals and other youths who are keen on social innovation.

The overseas study visits were made possible by the collaboration with SIF’s partners in the social, corporate and academic sectors, who shared with the YSE participants tips on how to leverage the efforts of government, corporates and local communities to further their work, through site visits and sessions with industry leaders. These partners include Ashoka, Intellecap, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, UnLtd India, Taj Hotels and Tata Motors in India and British Council Malaysia, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Iskandar Regional Development Authority and Scope Group in Malaysia.

YSE participants visited MaGIC in Kuala Lumpur to learn about the new Malaysia Social Enterprise Blueprint. New friendships were formed with fellow aspiring social entrepreneurs and YSE alumni.

The YSE journey will culminate in the Pitching for Change 2015, where teams will pitch for funding of up to SGD 20,000 to launch or scale up their social enterprises. In conjunction with the event, we will also be holding a dialogue session on “Nurturing Young Leaders for a Better World”. Join us for the session happening on Friday, October 23, from 4pm to 7pm at the Suntec City Convention Centre – RSVP at yse@sif.org.sg.

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