Young changemakers from eight countries and territories convened in Mumbai for a week-long study visit as part of the 2017 edition of the SIF’s YSE programme. From 12-16 June, 16 multinational teams of 37 youths got to meet and connect with prominent Indian social entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and academics from Ashoka India, Dasra, Intellecap Network, YES BANK, Indian Institutes of Technology and TISS, to name a few. Four teams from India are among this shortlist and together with 12 other teams, will now work on enhancing their business plans for the final Pitching for Change session to take place in Singapore in November where they will have the opportunity to receive seed funding of up to S$20,000.
The study visit was designed for international participants to gain cross-cultural insights into the vibrant social entrepreneurship landscape in India and multi-sectorial business perspectives, to maximize the impact and viability of their work. Participants underwent an experiential learning itinerary comprising workshops, sharing sessions, dialogues, and site visits to Mumbai social enterprises, academic institutions and community locales – all aimed at enabling and equipping today’s youth to be effective social entrepreneurs.
One of the participating teams was Signs, a soft serve and crepes business in Singapore seeking to provide people who are hearing impaired or financially challenged with a livelihood. Song Jie Tan, co-founder of Signs, said: “We gained valuable exposure to a social enterprise landscape outside of our home country during our visit to Mumbai. We were introduced to different mechanisms of running a social business and viewpoints on meeting community needs. These exchanges opened up our minds and inspired us to