Kuala Lumpur, 15 August 2007 ? The most famous social entrepreneur today is 2006 Nobel prize winner Mohammad Yunus. Less famous, but equally inspirational are young up-coming social entrepreneurs ? over 500 have so far applied under the Global Young Social Entrepreneurs? Competition 2007 and more are doing so everyday. Young women and men that have latched onto the vision of changing the world through business: business with a social or ecological twist. Given the tremendous interest, Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is extending the Competition deadline to 9 September 2007. The Competition is supported by GKP members UN Development Programme (UNDP), Microsoft, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
54% of the world population is aged below 25 years old. Many of these youths ? in developing and developed countries alike ? are motivated by a job that helps make the world a better place, yet also earns them a living. Enter the young social entrepreneurs of our time.
These young and up-coming social entrepreneurs from all around the globe are in good company ? for example the company of Mohammad Yunus, the most prominent social entrepreneur these days who received the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering microfinance social business in Bangladesh (Grameen Bank). But high-profile social entrepreneurs have also made their entry into the World. Economic Forum and taken top places in awards programmes such as the World Challenge 2006. They all testify to the increased interest in the concept of social business over the last years, resulting in the coining of the term?social enterprise?.
What exactly is a social enterprise? Mohammad Yunus in his Nobel Lecture said:?Let us suppose an entrepreneur, instead of having a single source of motivation (such as, maximizing profit), now has two sources of motivation, which are mutually exclusive, but equally compelling - a) maximization of profit and b) doing good to people and the world.?
Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Executive Director of the GKP Secretariat, says: ?The quality of applications received to date indicates that there are a lot of ingenious, innovative young entrepreneurs who are contributing towards a better future with new business models. With our support, they can go a long way?. All submissions are viewable by the public.
The Competition is part of GKP?s ongoing programme in the area of youth-led social enterprises. It is fully web-based and open to applicants worldwide until the (extended) closing on 9 September 2007. 100 winners selected by an international online jury will be announced on 20 October 2007.
The winners receive more than just sponsorship to attend the dedicated Young Social Entrepreneurs? Forum, 11-13 December 2007, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia . In true entrepreneurial spirit, they are presented with the unique opportunity to potentially secure funding, networking, mentoring and knowledge for themselves ? key areas in which young social entrepreneurs need support, especially in their early years. 10 of the winners will pitch for secure funding in real-time sessions. All 100 winners will meet various funding organisations, mentors, experts, potential partners or the media; be part of a crowd of innovative and motivated young social entrepreneurs; network and showcase with the 2000 participants of the larger GKP Event on the Future (GK3) ? of which the Forum is a special highlight.
The Competition is supported by GKP members UN Development Programme (UNDP), Microsoft, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
How to apply?
Apply online at: www.globalknowledge.org/ysecompetition07
Application criteria: www.globalknowledge.org/ysef07/index.cfm?&menuid=11&parentid=7
Submissions to-date: www.globalknowledge.org/ysef07/index.cfm?&menuid=10&parentid=7
Deadline: 9 September 2007
For further information:
GKP Event on the Future (GK3) www.gkpeventsonthefuture.org
11-13 December 2007
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia
YSE Forum www.globalknowledge.org/ysef07
11-13 December 2007, Kuala Lumpur Convention
Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) www.globalknowledge.org
Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) www.ysei.org,
GKP Programme in the area of young social www.futureshifters.net
Ms Gabriele Siegenthaler Mr Anthony David
Lead, Young Social Entrepreneurs? Coordinator, Young Social
Forum @ GK3 Entrepreneurs? Forum @ GK3
Phone +60 3 2162 3000 Phone +60 3 2162 3000
Mobile +60 17 22 67 302 Mobile +60 12 228 0395
Fax +60 3 2162 2823 Fax +60 3 2162 2823
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