About The Youth Social Entrepreneur Initiative (YSEI)
Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) is a high-engagement social venture program for emerging young social entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Through the Emergence Fellowship , YSEI aims to invest in young visionaries who have big ideas and who need crucial startup support to turn their ideas into action. View the YSEI website here - Youth Social Entrepreneurship Initiative
The start-up support includes:
• Startup financing up to USD15,000
• Essential development knowledge & tools on social entrepreneurship
• Technical consulting through mentorship
• Access to diverse networks
On a practical level, some of the qualities of the ventures we invest in are:
• Social ventures with blended values (value creation that consists of economic, social and/or environmental value components)
• Information & communication technologies (ICTs) are recognized as an integral part of the venture/solution-provided
• Ventures are led by youth from developing countries aged between 19 to 30 years
• Ventures that are specifically targeted to poverty reduction, improving disadvantaged/marginalized groups, environmental protection, gender equality & human rights
If this sounds like your venture, please proceed to the fellowship section to apply. Before applying, you may want to read the resources below:
The Emergence Fellowship recognizes emerging young social innovators from developing countries. The fellowships provide start-up support for young social entrepreneurs to develop and test their innovative ideas.
Emergence Fellows are action-oriented - they launch, manage and develop their ventures that implement and continually expand their ideas for lasting social change.
View the YSEI website here - Youth Social Entrepreneurship Initiative
We have projects underway in India (3), Bangladesh (2), Philippines (2) and Timor Leste (1). You can view the 8 YSEI fellows projects here
More About YSEI
BECOME A MENTOR: Become a YSEI mentor ...If you are an entrepreneur, business person, retired, still working or just someone who believes they have knowledge and business skills that would be useful to youth led, social business ventures in developing nations then consider becoming a part time YSEI Mentor. Complete the mentor application form here
HELP PROMOTE THE MENTOR PROGRAM BY LINKING TO US: If you would like to place a link to the mentorship program please use one of the links here. We appreciate your support.
YSEI BACKGROUND: A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture that creates social change. Social entrepreneurs are innovative, resourceful, and results oriented individuals who utilize the best of the business, nonprofit and technology worlds to develop innovative solutions that maximize their social impact.
Youth Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (YSEI) believes in providing support to any young person from any developing region with innovative ideas, commitment and vision for social change to emerge as a social entrepreneur and create lasting impact.
YSEI was founded in 2005 as a Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) multi-stakeholder partnership program between its members - Thai Rural Net (TRN), Mitra & OrphanIT.
The cofounders and management of YSEI include Sunit Shrestha (Executive Director, TRN), Rahul Nainwal , (Director, Mitra), Simon Healy (CEO, OrphanIT) and Sailendra Dev Appanah (TRN Partner).
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