The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) makes friends for a better world. We believe that cross-cultural interactions strengthen understanding, inspire action and enable collaborations for good. The SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme seeks to inspire, equip, and enable youth of different nationalities to launch or scale up their social enterprises in Singapore and beyond.

Since 2010, the YSE programme has nurtured a global network of youth with innovative business ideas focused on social good, which has grown to over 1,200 alumni from 577 social enterprises, representing 39 nationalities. Together with established social entrepreneurs, business consultants, and investors, they harness the power of ideas, know-how, and resources to effect systemic, sustainable change for a better world.

YSE kicked off its 2020 edition as a digital experience for the first time, in response to restrictions imposed by the global pandemic. YSE 2020 ran for eight months comprising an intensive online series of webinars and business clinics, customised mentorship, regional learning opportunities, and a final pitch for funding.
Shortlisted teams announced at the end of the YSE Workshop
Supported by McKinsey & Company, Temasek International, business leaders and entrepreneurs
Exposure opportunities through learning and networking with established social entrepreneurs and market players in the region
Shortlisted teams to present their final pitch for funding of up to S$20,000

YSE Pitching For Change Programme

Times are in GMT+8

Pitching Session 1
Pitching Session 2
Pitching Session 3
Judge’s Deliberation
SIF-Deutsche Bank Friends’ Favourite
Awards Announcement

Panel Discussion:
Sustaining Impact in a Time of COVID-19

YSE 2020 Pitching for Change Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony



“Sustaining Impact in a Time of COVID-19”

Join us for a special panel discussion on “Sustaining Impact in a Time of COVID-19”. Hear insights and
perspectives from the public, private and people sectors on opportunities, resources, and ideas to continue making a positive difference in challenging times.



Indonesians Shofi Latifah Nuha Anfaresi and M. Sayyid Tsabit Anfaresi
SDG: 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
Sector: Education & Training | Environment & Energy | Water & Sanitation

Aikite provides local communities in rural areas with affordable filters to treat polluted water. They also offer education and free consultation on water and public health.



Filipinos Raheemah Hafsah Pangarungan, Amalhayah Alikhan and Abdulhalim Ampuan
SDG: 13 – Climate Action

Sector: Agriculture | Consumer Goods | Environment & Energy | Public Services & Volunteerism | Technology & Digital Platform | Transport

BioPhil provides clean energy especially for off-grid communities by transforming water hyacinths into biomass. This produces a cleaner, cheaper, and more accessible energy source than coal, which can also be used to power transportation vehicles.

Built Empathy

Indian Bhavya Singh
SDG: 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sector: Urban Design

Built Empathy improves liveability in Indian cities by making community and public spaces safer, sustainable and more inclusive. With a practice rooted in human-centred design, their aim is to bring best design practices to the communities that need it most.


Indian Akriti Gupta
SDG: 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
Sector: Healthcare

India-based Canfem manufactures and markets unique and affordable product-service solutions for breast cancer survivors. Their external breast prosthesis and mastectomy brassier are aimed at helping survivors return to society with confidence and dignity.

CYOT (China Youth of Tomorrow)

Chinese Qiqi Wei, Cora Xia and Cecilia Zhao
SDG: 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sector: Technology & Digital Platform

CYOT (China Youth of Tomorrow) aims to help low-income and first-generation college students (FGCS), especially those from the countryside, break the cycles of poverty and injustice and become global citizens. Operating across China, Hong Kong and Macau, it provides mentorship, professional and personal development training, and a network of support for FGCS – who in turn give back to their community.

Fempreneur Secrets

Singaporean Huda Hamid
SDG: 5 – Gender Equality
Sector: Education & Training

Fempreneur Secrets aims to create a global community of economically independent women by empowering them to start profitable businesses. Members gain business knowledge and skills through monthly online courses. 20% of the course proceeds go to women from low-income households to build businesses – thus forming an ecosystem that supports and empowers one another.


Chinese Fung Ka Yan and Fung Kwong Chiu
SDG: 4 – Quality Education
Sector: Education & Training | Healthcare

Gabi identifies dyslexia in students between the ages of 3 and 10 years old through pre-screening, early-intervention, and training. They also provide referral services to registered specialists, should students require further assessment.


Singaporean Rahul Milan Paleja
SDG: 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sector: Food & Beverage | Technology & Digital Platform

Heirloom is an online platform that allows consumers to locate surplus food at discounted prices from restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores and cafés. Their goal is to relocate food items instead of letting it go to waste.

International Changemaker Olympiad

Indians Rahul Adhikari and P Sai Sindhu
SDG: 4 – Quality Education
Sector: Education & Training

International Changemaker Olympiad gives school children a platform to identify social and environmental problems, and launch initiatives to tackle them. They hope to develop children into empathetic, conscious citizens of the world with an action-oriented mindset.


Indonesians Febi Agil Ifdillah and Lintang Kusuma Pratiwi
SDG: 2 – Zero Hunger
Sector: Agriculture | Food & Beverage | Technology & Digital Platform

Neurafarm is a smart farming company that aims to improve productivity and resource-use efficiency in the agriculture industry. Through technology, they hope to achieve global food security and improve the welfare of farmers.


Ugandan Victo Nabunya, Nigerians Oludare Sunday Durodola and Francess Gbolare Awunor
SDG: 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
Sector: Consumer Goods | Consumer Services | Environment & Energy | Healthcare |
Public Services & Volunteerism | Water & Sanitation

RUWAFIKI (Rural Water Treatment Kit) is a portable, innovative, and environmentally-friendly kit for domestic water treatment on-site. Each kit comprises Moringa seeds as a coagulant, filter papers, and activated carbon made from sawdust. These allow individual households to treat water from unsafe sources by removing pathogens that cause water-borne diseases.


Bangladeshis Muammad Rafiquil Islam, Faysal Islam and Anas Hossain Makki
SDG: 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
Sector: Healthcare

Safewheel provides affordable ambulance and doorstep medical services to rural communities in Bangladesh.

Shoonya Environmental Solutions

Indian Vishal Saharan
SDG: 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sector: Environment & Energy

Shoonya Environmental Solutions aims to enable zero waste human settlements across the world. Presently engaged with the scientific disposal of non-recyclable plastics across 20 states in India, they hope to design an ecosystem that is ecologically wise, socially inclusive and economically sustainable.


Filipino Wincel Ong
SDG: 1 – No Poverty
Sector: Agriculture

Vianco is an agricultural marketplace that connects farmers directly to individual consumers and businesses through technology.





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