Innovation Programme 2018

800 Applicants - 24 Youth - 8 Countries - 1 Mission

In our inaugural YSI SEA Innnovation Programme, we created 6 start-ups, all of which had youth from at least 3 Southeast Asian countries. Their conviction towards pushing their concepts forward is a clear sign that youthful energy and diversity are key drivers of sustainable development innovation. We’re excited to have youth on board to scale our collective impact together over the years.

If you are looking to fund innovative solutions or want to hear more about any of our teams, do get in touch with us!


Our 2018 Cohort


Continuing their startup venture


Working on original solution


Accepted into an incubator/competition within 2 months of YSI SEA's programme


Affordable agricultural irrigation technology to farmers. Reach Cube with sensors control and monitor water and nutrients


•Finalist for Hanyang Social Venture Challenge (Nov 2018)

•Surveyed farms for market validation in Philippines

Prototype-testing with PMHaze in Indonesia

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Tackling agricultural waste management by converting unwanted food into environmentally dyes.


•Accepted into SDG Innovations Incubator by UNDP Vietnam

•Actualising new product idea

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New business model for recycling systems - Removes intermediaries between scavengers and recycling factories. Mobile application for households to engage scavengers directly.


•Applying to SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs programme

•Increasing participating households in Jakarta to 20

•Improving prototype based on stakeholder interviews

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E-commerce platform for indigenous products utilizing Indigenous ‘story-telling’ to sustain heritage

•Accepted into Citypreneurs: Urban Innovation Challenge
(Oct 2018) by UN ESCAP for side project

•Improving prototype by finding more PoC

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Healthcare providers’ e-learning platform for nutrition education.


•Finished as semi-finalists for Startup Campus SDG Camp

•Improving prototype based on camp mentor feedback

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Sustainable Financial Management through innovative remittance system for migrant workers


•Accepted into ASEAN-Korean Youth Centre’s Startup Competition

•Improving prototype based on expert feedback

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