Indian teams emerge winners in Global Programme for Young Social Entrepreneurs

Six winning teams from the Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) Global programme received up to S$20,000 each in seed funding to kickstart or scale up their social business ideas.

It was the first time the programme was conducted completely online.

After an eight-month programme of learning, cross-border exchanges, and online mentorship, 14 teams – comprising 27 youths – reconvened for the YSE Global’s Pitching for Change finale, at which they presented their social enterprise ideas virtually to a panel of judges.

These teams – from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, and Uganda – were shortlisted from 54 teams comprising 109 youths who took part in the SIF’s 2020 YSE Global programme last July 2020.

It was the first time in the 11-year-old programme’s history that it was run completely online, according to a communication from the organisation.

At the closing ceremony of YSE Pitching for Change, SIF Chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong said: “In the past eight months of the YSE programme, our young changemakers have embodied the spirit of resilience while navigating real world challenges.

Six winning teams received up to S$20,000 each in seed funding.

They were chosen based on the impact and scalability of their social enterprises, as well as the commitment level of team members.

The winning teams are (in alphabetical order): Canfem (India), Fempreneur Secrets (Singapore), Gabi (Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China), International Changemaker Olympiad (India), Neurafarm (Indonesia) and Safewheel (Bangladesh).

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