Supporting Young Social Entrepreneurs
We match Fellows with professional mentors, who are successful business professionals ready to lend their expertise to help Fellows maximize their businesses’ growth potential.
Online Learning Platform
Fellows receive a 6-month course in social business development. The step-by-step curriculum ensures that by the end, they will be ready to pitch to potential investors.
A Global Network
Being a Y&Y Fellow means having a support network of experts, business leaders, institutions and other like-minded social entrepreneurs around the world. If Fellows need a connection, we’ll make it happen!
Step 1: We select bright individuals with innovative business ideas that tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
Y&Y Fellows are passionate young entrepreneurs running early-stage social businesses. They are visionaries, talented, eager, and proven drivers of change determined to fight major social issues.
Step 2: Once Fellows are selected, we connect them to experienced business experts that will support them on regular one-on-one mentoring sessions providing the support they need to start up, grow, become investment ready and create sustainable social impact.
Each stage of the curriculum takes Fellows through the next step of development. Our sustainable and wide-scale approach involves sets of activities based on lean start-up principles, allowing Fellows to execute a unique and valuable strategic position.
Step 3: We immerse Fellows in a social business training ground where they receive all the resources they need to develop a strong business plan.
Entrepreneurs have access to a wide-scale online platform involving sets of activities based on lean startup principles, each stage of the curriculum takes Fellows through the next step of development.
Step 4: The Fellowship Program ends with a Virtual Pitch Competition.
Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to work on developing their pitch decks and present them to real-life social impact investors during an online competition.
“We believe that it is possible to change the world in a way that we have never seen before. We want people to dream as big as we dream!” – Igor Bonatto, Y&Y Fellow Class of 2015
“Getting advice from really smart people, honing my business skills and interacting with some amazing young entrepreneurs, helped me understand that I am capable of doing this.” – Lucas Corvacho, Y&Y Fellow Class of 2015
“I really enjoyed this experience and I feel it has changed the way I see my role as a social entrepreneur.” – Corina Angelescu, Y&Y Fellow Class of 2018
“The readily-available support my mentors were able to give me was so valuable. I never felt too shy to reach out and ask a question or set up a meeting. This kind of support meant I was able to get the most out of this experience in terms of what I could learn, and how my business could grow.” – Kasha Slavner, Y&Y Fellow Class of 2018
What you receive
You’ll be paired with a mentor who is right for you. You’ll work together to develop your social business throughout the 6-month program.
You’ll meet driven entrepreneurs from around the world. Each class cohort is made up of fearless young people who provide one another with feedback, connections and support.
We bring you experts from a diverse range of fields including social enterprise, business fundamentals, digital marketing, finance, learn start-up principals and more.
Just the Right Resources
We’ve developed a no-hassle, just-what-you need curriculum, resources, tools and exercises that will take your enterprise to the next level.
As a Y&Y Fellow, the world knows you’re a social entrepreneur destined to make a long-lasting impact.
Our network includes some of the world’s top social impact organizations, international institutions, incubators, and investors.
The Y&Y Team knows your time is valuable. We’ve structured the process to ensure that every step is as impactful as possible.
Our Fellows cite Y&Y as one of the most important and supportive experiences in shaping and growing their social businesses.