Deadline: 29th May 2023 | Impact entrepreneurship is the process of creating and scaling new business models that aim to generate positive social and environmental impact, in addition to financial returns. It is a form of entrepreneurship that prioritizes creating positive change in society and the environment as a core part of the business strategy, rather than simply generating profits as the primary objective. Impact entrepreneurs often focus on addressing pressing societal issues such as poverty, inequality, and climate change through innovative and sustainable business models.

Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 25 to 35 years old (no YSEALI alumni status required); between the ages of 36 to 40 years old (YSEALI alumni status is required)

  • Be citizen of and currently residing in one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam

  • Be fluent in written and spoken English

  • Be able to participate in all engagement sessions in June 26 – July 8 2023 (online) and attend the seminar in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from July 10 – 14, 2023 (in-person).

  • Possess a passport that is valid for at least six months after your intended return date from Vietnam in July 2023 when the Entrepreneurship seminar ends.

Information Webinar: Date and Time: 7PM, May 19, 2023 (Hanoi/Bangkok Time). Register here:

The Curriculum:

· Online engagement

The five online engagement sessions (90-120 minutes each) are to get the class familiar with effectuation and ideation. At the same time, the teams are formed, and the fellows get the opportunity to know more about the social business they will be working with.

· Action learning week

The Action Learning Week lasts for five days in Ho Chi Minh City. Each day consists of three sections: a knowledge discovery session (morning), an immersion session (afternoon), and a reflection session (evening). The knowledge discovery sessions, with each session of 120- minutes, will introduce new concepts and frameworks to social enterprise leadership challengers.

· Knowledge Discovery Sessions

The Knowledge Discovery sessions feature novel concepts and frameworks related to the five leadership challenges for social enterprises: impact measurement, business modeling, ideation and experimentation, funding and investing, and stakeholder negotiation.

· Immersion Sessions

The Immersion sessions in the afternoon will be focused on learning through action which follows the Design Thinking methodology. Each of the nine teams of fellows works with one of the social enterprises. Eight of the nine seats for learning partners have been filled, when broken down according to Yunus (2018)’s World of three Zeros : three on Zero-Net-Carbon emissions, two on Zero poverty, and three on Zero Inequality

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 29th May, 2023