Social entrepreneurship is generating ever-increasing interest as an innovative and sustainable approach to development, job creation, and poverty alleviation. The Yunus&Youth Fellowship Program supports young social business leaders in building financially sustainable organizations while also growing their positive social impact by connecting them to corporate business professionals anywhere in the world.

Y&Y aims to increase awareness about the social business movement, encouraging the young generation to engage in sustainable dialogues and empowering youth to take action by creating social businesses to solve local social and environmental challenges.

This year Y&Y received over 800 applications from all around the world, 300 of those social business leaders were invited for one-on-one interviews and only 22 were selected as part of our exclusive cohort.

Learn more about the 22 social entrepreneurs that stood out this year.

 

Allan C’oredo | Founder at FarmIT

30 years old, Kenya

Business Area: Agriculture

UN SDGs: GOAL 1: No Poverty, GOAL 2: Zero Hunger, GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

FarmIT is a social enterprise committed to supporting small and medium-sized farmers as they strive to increase efficiency, lower operating costs, and maximize profits. It provides large scale benefits to small scale farming business.

 

Alparslan Demir | Co-Founder at Biryudumkitap

27 years old, Turkey

Business Area: Education & Training

UN SDGs: GOAL 4: Quality Education

Biryudumkitap is a social enterprise that aims to increase literacy and provide good readings to Turkish people. It creates libraries in rural communities in Turkey by reinvesting part of the profits coming from a premium app that provides users with literature every morning.

Andrea Rangel | Founder at María Josefina

25 years old, Mexico

Business Area: Education & Training

UN SDGs: GOAL 1: No Poverty, GOAL 5: Gender Equality, GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

María Josefina is an online platform that promotes women entrepreneurs living in vulnerable situation. The platform transforms them into formal microentrepreneurs by integrating them into high-value market chains in order to improve their quality of life and generate income.

Chidi Nwaogu | Co-Founder at Publiseer

29 years old, Nigeria / Ghana

Business Area: Media

UN SDGs: GOAL 1: No Poverty, GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Publiseer is a platform that allows independent African writers and musicians to publish, protect, promote and monetize their creative works on more than 400 partner stores in 100 countries for free.

Chido Dzinotyiwei | Co-Founder at Zimbabwe Economic Youth Foundation

23 years old, Zimbabwe / South Africa

Business Area: Education & Training

UN SDGs: GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production 

The Zimbabwe Economic Youth Foundation (ZEYF) is committed to empowering the youth, aged 18-35, and including them in the economic development sector of Zimbabwe by facilitating access to job opportunities in the private and public sector.

Diana Orembe | Founder at Divine Recyclers Industry

23 years old, Tanzania

Business Area: Health

UN SDGs: GOAL 1: No Poverty, GOAL 2: Zero Hunger, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Divide Recyclers turns eggshells into calcium supplement to fight malnutrition in Africa.

Emmanuel Okon | Co-Founder at Vmedkit

23 years old, Nigeria

Business Area: Health

UN SDGs: GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Vmedkit is an edtech initiative enabling the convergence of immersive technology and validated content to improve healthcare. It combines virtual reality with real-life surgical experiences to practice medical operations.

Ignacio Rodriguez | Co-Founder at Epix

30 years old, Venezuela

Business Area: Arts & Culture

UN SDGs: GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Epix’s mission is to connect Venezuelans through unique individual’s memoirs by narrating personal stories with portraits and testimonies while promoting empathy, creating a bigger sense of what really means to be from Venezuela and keeping the culture and legacy alive.

Janica Echavez | Co-Founder at PolyMore

24 years old, Canada

Business Area: Waste

UN SDGs: GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

PolyMore produces sustainable products from 100% reclaimed plastic with a piece of unique equipment that converts plastic into yarn. Its main activities include the collection of processed plastic, the conversion of the plastic to flexible fiber or filament, and the production of high-value custom-products from the fiber or filament.

Lizzie Lahey | Founder at Phoebe

31 years old, United States of America

Business Area: Beauty & Fashion

UN SDGs: GOAL 1: No Poverty, GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, GOAL 4: Quality Education, GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

PHOEBE partners with artisans in Kenya to produce ethical, everyday jewelry essentials for the modern woman.

Lourdes Soares | Co-Founder at Sabrcare

30 years old, India

Business Area: Health

UN SDGs: GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Sabrcare is a digital patient navigator to help cancer patients, caregivers and health experts with information support, emotional support and medical practical advice from the ease of their mobile phones.

Lungelo Ndhlovu | Founder at Waste Generation Initiative

34 years old, Zimbabwe

Business Area: Waste

UN SDGs: GOAL 1: No Poverty, GOAL 2: Zero Hunger, GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, GOAL 5: Gender Equality, GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, GOAL 13: Climate Action

Waste Generation Initiative gives waste a new life by recycling and transforming it into useful artifacts and products such as mats, bean bags to which we add bold indigenous African flavors.

Madhav Datt | Co-Founder at Green the Gene

23 years old, India

Business Area: Water & Sanitation

UN SDGs: GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, GOAL 13: Climate Action

Green the Gene is building extremely low-cost machine learning driven point-of-use water filtration devices for local communities in crisis. Initiated less than a year ago, the project has led to the deployment of 8,000 devices which are already being used to provide safe water access to over 40,000 people in rural Mwanza, Tanzania.

Natalia Gonzalez | Co-Founder at Cuteca

22 years old, Colombia

Business Area: Community Tourism

UN SDGs: GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, GOAL 13: Climate Action, GOAL 15: Life on Land

Cuteca is a platform that designs community tourism experiences and ecologic volunteering using the local art and the empiric knowledge to create value through workshops and learning experiences.

Nicole Ryan | Founder at Alex’s Adventure

26 years old, Ireland

Business Area: Health

UN SDGs: GOAL 4: Quality Education

By working and collaborating with students, teachers and schools, Alex’s Adventure develops and delivers a program that is comprehensive, interesting, engaging and relevant for adolescents to understand the impact of substance misuse.

Rebecca Thomson & Rachita Saraogi | Co-Founders at Sisterhood

27 years old, United Kingdom

Business Area: Education & Training

UN SDGs: GOAL 4: Quality Education, GOAL 5: Gender Equality

Sisterhood’s purpose is to raise awareness and develop an understanding of the positive impact being a confident young girl can make on her future success. Sisterhood School delivers creative programmes for young girls (age 13-17) to build confidence and self-esteem.

Rihab Hasanain | Founder at Blooming Bs

35 years old, Saudi Arabia

Business Area: Food

UN SDGs: GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Blooming Bs raises awareness about the importance of healthy eating choices and physical activities. It also provides school children healthy and nutritious lunch boxes.

Steven Stavrou | Co-Founder at CyprusInno

29 years old, Cyprus / United States of America

Business Area: Education & Training

UN SDGs: GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality, GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

CyprusInno uses entrepreneurship and innovation as peacebuilding mechanisms to bring together divided communities in post-conflict regions with the help of technology.

Tolulope Adeyemo | Co-Founder at She Hacks Africa

31 years old, Nigeria

Business Area: Education & Training

UN SDGs: GOAL 4: Quality Education, GOAL 5: Gender Equality, GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

She Hacks Africa is an intensive in-person training boot camp where women from low-income families or disadvantaged communities in Nigeria learn computer programming and entrepreneurship at a subsidized fee or free.

Tyler Vogel | Co-Founder at Wings of the Night

25 years old, United States of America

Business Area: Health

UN SDGs: GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, GOAL 15: Life on Land

Wings of the Night strives to support sustainable, community-centric approaches to combating malaria. Wings of the Night partners with rural communities of Peru in constructing large volume bat houses to deplete the micro-population of mosquitoes surrounding the community.

Yasmin Morais | Co-Founder at RefEd Initiative

22 years old, Brazil

Business Area: Education & Training

UN SDGs: GOAL 4: Quality Education, GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

RefEd is a student-led initiative designed to close the gap of access to education among refugee children through an innovative, engaging and mobile application.