Yunus&Youth Global Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs 2020
Deadline: February 16th, 2020 11:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Are you building a business to create a better world?
The Yunus&Youth Fellowship Program is a six-month online program designed to empower young social entrepreneurs to develop their full potential by strengthening business models, building compelling strategies for social ventures and expanding professional networks.
Y&Y Fellowship Program
Young social entrepreneurs and corporate professionals are connected by Y&Y to turn their business expertise and passion for social change into an actionable plan. Mentors are matched with a co-mentor and a Fellow based on mentors’ strengths and the needs of the entrepreneur. Fellows are educated through a structured 6-month online program, ensuring an effective transfer of knowledge and guidance due to mentoring guides, Y&Y monitoring, as well as frequent performance reviews.
Business Plan Development
Fellows join the Y&Y online platform, an exclusively curated learning journey designed to meet early-stage social entrepreneurs’ main needs and challenges. With the support of their peers and mentors, Y&Y Fellows complete a series of assignments comprehending the following modules: Solution and Strategy, Revenue Model, Marketing Strategy, Impact Measurement, Partnerships, Funding and Grants, and Pitch and Storytelling.
Final Online Pitch Competition
This is the very last phase of the Y&Y Fellowship Program. It is an opportunity for Y&Y Fellows to present their social businesses to a team of real investors, shape their presentation skills and test their pitch decks. Pitching competitions offer a unique platform where startups stand to gain early exposure and attention from investors and other stakeholders.
Global Y&Y Alumni Community
Y&Y Fellows who successfully complete all mandatory assignments receive a certificate of graduation and join our exclusive Alumni Network. Being a Y&Y Fellow means having a support network of former fellows, business leaders, institutions and other like-minded social entrepreneurs around the world that will help them grow their business even further.
Be part of an individually tailored online mentoring program with an experienced mentor who will provide professional guidance
Participate in expert webinars with our social business professionals
Increase your network by being part of a global class of exclusively selected young social entrepreneurs
Receive support on focus areas and see your business grow and be taken to the next level
What are the eligibility criteria?
Y&Y Fellows are selected based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated dedication and commitment to building a social business and solving a social issue in their community;
Willingness to receive professional guidance and work hard to grow and develop their social business;
Being the founder, co-founder or having full decision-making power in the organization;
Fluency in English;
Generally between 18-30 years old with a few exceptions made for outstanding applicants over 30.
Special consideration for:
Solutions that represent an advance in the way of tackling a problem to accelerate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
Ideas that integrate new technologies;
Innovations that specifically target problems faced by any of the following groups: youth, women, ethnic/racial minorities, LGBTQ+, refugees and displaced persons or persons with disability.
The Selection Process will comprise a total of four consecutive and eliminatory steps.
First Step: online applications. Approved applicants will receive detailed instructions for the completion of additional assignments.
Second Step: online individual interviews.
Third Step: a 10-day online introductory training, including an opening webinar and two learning modules with mandatory deliverables.
After the conclusion of the Selection Process, Yunus&Youth will communicate the final results individually to each applicant via email.