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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

  • Mentoring Relationship

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.



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