Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia Innovation Program

Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia Innovation Program focuses on shaping you into an innovator and enables students to work in strong teams or individually to create lasting solutions to Southeast Asia’s pressing Energy, Food & Circular Economy problems.

Also, it supports people who have the potential and the willingness to create tangible social impact. So if you’re applying in search of a founding team, fantastic! We specialize in forging strong regional teams and supporting them during their initial phases of running an impact company.

Although applications for this year’s Program are closed. you can get relevant information about this program to help you in the next application dates.

About Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia Innovation Program

YSI’s Innovation Program aims to build strong and effective startup teams which create solutions to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The aim is for you and your team to create a real startup that helps solve the sustainable development goals and are economically viable.

Fellows of the YSI SEA program are put in international teams of 4 people and will go through 5 modules and 10 objectives in three months online.

You will spend about two weeks in Singapore where you get a fully-funded trip to meet mentors, your teammates, investors, and other stakeholders in the sustainability space.

Level/ Field of Study

Young Sustainable Impact Program is a Conference that focuses on Technology/ Innovation.

 Eligible Nationality

This innovative program is for students from Asian Countries.

Host Nationality

This program is to be taken in Singapore.


As long as you are residing in the region, you are eligible to apply. You do not have to be a citizen of the Southeast Asian countries. The program is looking for:

  • Dedicated and Passionate youths who are ready to commit to setting up a startup
  • Youth who have a proven track record of excellence in their SDG of interest.
  • Youth who display specific skills are encouraged to apply, so long as they can propose how their skills can be used towards product/service development.
  • Have the time to use 15-25 hours each week from April-June and the time it takes to create a real startup after the program.
  • Open minded people who respect different cultures, willing to understand different walks of life, see things in a new perspective, with the intention of creating a positive impact.
  • Able and willing to learn how to work online with a team from all over SEA.
  • People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, and bold enough to actually do it.


Entire program will be fully funded.

YSI programs are 100% free for all participants and it includes a fully funded trip to Singapore (including flight, accommodation and food). 

You will live in Singapore from  19th – 30th July. It does however take a lot of time, and it’s expected to use between 15 and 25 hours each week from April 15th – July 30th.

Program Details


The online program will last a total of 12 weeks, and will comprise 5 modules with 10 objectives, which allows teams to determine their own pace. 6 groups of 4 participants will be guided through the program by their assigned facilitators with 3-4 contact hours a week, and would have 3-4 contact hours a month with an industry mentor

  • You will meet your teams from across Southeast Asia – individuals with similar passion and interests as you.
  • You will work with your teams online through team-building, design thinking, problem identification and market validation strategies.
  • Facilitators and experienced mentors will be present to guide each team.

Singapore Innovation Program:

  • Arrive in Singapore in July to physically meet your teams.
  • Prototype, perform market validation and obtain feedback from professional mentors and investors.
  • Refine and validate your business model and startup idea.

Singapore Sustainability Conference:

  • Pitch your solution to Investors, Venture Capitalists and Accelerators that YSI SEA has gathered for you.
  • Get funding to bring your startup to the next level!


  •  Apply as an individual, not as a team.
  • Apply only if you are of 18-25 years of age and reside in the Southeast Asian Region.
  • You do not need to have a startup idea before applying.
  • There will be 3 rounds in the application process. 6 teams will be chosen to work together at the end of March.

Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia Innovation Program 2022 Deadline

There are 3 rounds in the application process, each with specific purposes. Anyone eligible is welcome to apply for Round 1. Those who qualify for subsequent rounds will be informed via email.

  • Round 1 (15th Dec – 18th Jan): Program comprehension and motivation assessment
  • 2nd round (1st Feb- 8th Feb): Value alignment and skills assessment
  • Round 3 (13th Feb- 25th Feb): Final interviews

Passionate about the SDGs and willing to make an impact? Apply now.