New Support for Youth-led Social Enterprises in ASEAN Member States

 The ASEAN Social Enterprises Development Programme (SEDP) is an accelerator programme which aims to help the ASEAN youth in the region to drive positive changes within the community. ASEAN-SEDP will provide 20 selected social enterprises from 10 ASEAN Member States with access to more significant opportunities to improve their ventures through capacity building, mentorship, financing and access to marketplaces.

ASEAN Foundation will implement the programme with support from GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and SAP. SEA is collaborating with ASEAN Foundation on leading on the capacity building for the programme.

The programme aims to:

  • Sustain youth entrepreneurship through structured capacity building and mentoring programmes
  • Empower youth-led social enterprises across the ASEAN region through (a) Promoting productivity, technology and Innovation; (b). Increasing access to finance; (c). Enhancing market access and internationalisation, and (d). Promoting entrepreneurship and human capital development
  • Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals: Achieve SDG 1 – No Poverty, SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4 – Quality Education, SDG 5 – Gender Equality, SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, and SDG 13 – Climate Action through social enterprises empowerment

Jess Kemp, International Projects Manager at the Social Enterprise Academy said:

“We are delighted to be collaborating with ASEAN Foundation on this exciting Accelerator programme for young social entrepreneurs across the ASEAN region. With the pressure on SMEs and youth-led enterprises being felt across Asia, this programme will be vital in strengthening capacity, skills, and networks within this group of young changemakers.”

Are you a social entrepreneur in Southeast Asia looking to strengthen your business model and learn from peers? Find out more about the programme below: