YSI SEA 2018 Innovation Programme

24 Youths
8 countries
1 mission

Our inaugural Innovation Programme was designed to build strong and effective startup teams which create solutions to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). We are dedicated to making real solutions happen and to impact the world in a real and measurable way. By pushing the frontiers of online working, we bring together youths from across Southeast Asia to unite in their efforts to creating viable startups addressing pressing issues in the world. 


Online innovation programme

15th April - 18th July

The first part of our Innovation Programme consisted of a 3-month Online Innovation Programme. After a rigorous selection process, 24 participants were chosen and split into teams of 4 members each. They were then introduced to fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability through our online modules and assignments. All these serve to build the basic competencies that allows teams to build business pitches for tackling the UN SDGs, which would prepare them for the next parts of the programme.


Singapore Innovation Programme

19th July - 30th July

Having gone through the 3 months of Online Innovation Programme, participants were flown in to Singapore in the second half of July. Here, teams met each other physically for the first time, and refined their business models in preparation for the upcoming conference and showcase. 


Singapore SUstainability Conference (SSC)

29th July

After more than 3 months of hard work, participants got to deliver their business pitches to a select group of investors, venture capitalists, and accelerators. Arguably the highlight of the Innovation Programme, teams stood to receive funding to bring their startup to the next level.

Additionally, we were very proud to have Mr Lim Hock Chuan, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation Ecosperity, to be our Guest-of-Honour for SSC! 


Singapore sustainability showcase (SSS)

29th July

In addition to the Singapore Sustainability Conference, YSI SEA also organised the Singapore Sustainability Showcase, that took place on the same day as SSC. In this showcase, we had the privilege to introduce organisations and partners that are working on various sustainability initiatives in the region. With "Rethinking Innovation" as our central theme for the showcase, we believe that it was an incredibly insightful and educational experience for participants and public alike.

Additionally, we are glad to have had Minister Desmond Lee, Minister for Family and Social Development and Second Minister for National Development, to be our Guest-of-Honour for SSS!