Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship Program

7th Cohort

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Are you a passionate young social entrepreneur with an early-stage social business?

The Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship (Y&Y Fellowship) is a virtual, six-month program that is designed specifically for operating social businesses. The program is free, with no fee or equity stake required, and the application season is now open for the seventh global cohort.

Deadline: June 20, 2021 11:59 PM (GMT-3)


We offer Y&Y Fellows a high-quality experience that includes access to our online training platform, interactive projects, mentoring with Fortune 500 professionals, and access to top thinkers and institutions around the world. The experience culminates in a final pitch competition with a panel of impact investors.


The Y&Y Fellowship gives you the skills you need to achieve financial sustainability, plan how to scale your business, and measure your impact.


Long after you graduate, you will be part of the Y&Y community. The relationships you build will transform your social business and ultimately help promote sustainable global development and economic growth for our world.

What does the Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship include?

Online training

Y&Y Fellows access training on an online platform, including interactive assignments designed to help Fellows build a strong business plan.

Tailored to the needs of each Fellow

The Y&Y team works closely with each Y&Y Fellow to connect them with the specialized tools and training they need.

Mentors from Fortune 500 companies

Y&Y Fellows are matched with mentors from Fortune 500 companies, bringing know-how from the private sector.

Insights from top sources

Y&Y offers Fellows the opportunity to learn from top social business thinkers, such as Professor Muhammad Yunus and researchers from prominent institutions.

Final pitch competition

At the end of the program, Y&Y Fellows pitch to a panel of investors with deep knowledge of social businesses.

Global community

Y&Y Fellows become part of a network of social business leaders, building close ties that last long after their cohort graduates.

Deadline: June 20, 2021 11:59 PM (GMT-3)

What do Y&Y Fellows have to say?

“The support a Y&Y Fellow receives while going through the hardest stages of building their business is immense. From being given the chance to articulate our thoughts in the well-designed modules on the Y&Y online platform, to the regular meetings with the Y&Y team.”


Y&Y Fellow, India

“It was and will remain the best decision I made before turning 30 as a young female social entrepreneur in Africa. Yunus & Youth helped me grow, evaluate and strategize to scale.”


Y&Y Fellow, Nigeria

“I count myself lucky to have participated in the Y&Y Fellowship Program. It was a great opportunity and there’s no doubt that I have gained a lot in the past six months.“


Y&Y Fellow, Kenya

How do you select Y&Y Fellows?

We’re looking for candidates who:

    • Lead an early-stage social business that solves a social or environmental issue aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    • Hold primary decision-making power in the growth and strategic vision of their social business, typically as a founder or managing director
    • Can dedicate at least 5 hours per week to the Y&Y Fellowship
    • Will contribute to the growth and development of the Y&Y community
    • Can communicate effectively in English
    • Are between the ages of 18 and 30, with exceptions for outstanding applicants outside that range

Start growing your business now

For the Y&Y Fellowship, the learning begins with the application process. We offer resources that help you prepare a strong application.

Capacity-building training

(available to all candidates)

We offer all candidates an optional eight-hour capacity-building training, including webinars, activities and materials to better prepare for the Y&Y Fellowship application process. You’ll learn the principles of social business, tips on how to present your business model, storytelling techniques, and other topics that will make your application stand out.

Y&Y LinkedIn group

We have created a LinkedIn group where candidates can connect with the Y&Y team and one another.


Deadline: June 20, 2021 11:59 PM (GMT-3)