Heard of the Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (RYSEC) 2011 yet? Started in 2009, it’s Singapore's only dedicated Social Business Plan Competition. It provides a unique combination of catalysing social entrepreneurship and experienced mentorship support to participants, which include previous winners GIVE.sg, Milaap, among others.
Since helping create RYSEC back then, the competition is back again. This time, Syinc is designing 2 capacity building workshops for potential RYSEC participants, to equip them with fundamental skills to getting things started! (well that's the idea anyway ;))
Picture this: Spending the day in a live art gallery, learning about Social Enterprise and how to get started with building one. Nice? Well that’s what 20 young people got to do at our first workshop at the White Canvas Gallery in Tiong Bahru – targeting folks relatively new to the concept of Social Enterprise.
Saturday, 6th August
White Canvas Gallery @ Tiong Bahru
11:30am - 6pm
We structured the day along the (presumably) logical series of questions that budding social entrepreneurs might ask themselves at the start of their journey with the following sessions (and guest speakers!):
Opening with James Norris' "What is a Social Enterprise",
Allan Lim's "How to get started with the right problem/cause",
Syinc's own "Creating user-centred solutions to problems (ie. with design thinking)",
Bernard Leong's "Essential pieces of writing a great business plan",
and ending off with Harveen Narulla's "Building a great team".
We also had a special guest appearance from a past participant - Han Ying from Project Node. She shared her journey in starting her team's initiative, which had all sorts of colourful tribulations any early-stage SEpreneur might face. It was great to see how far her team had come since participating in RYSEC 2010.
We’ll be posting up videos and notes from the sessions over at the RYSEC page, so if you haven’t already, head over there and like it now! You’ll benefit by receiving notifications about the competition deadlines, and whenever we post up workshop materials. Fair deal eh?
Of course, what event wouldn't be complete without Murphy’s Law visiting. First, imagine a rainy day. Not good right? Now imagine it raining INSIDE THE GALLERY. Yes that’s right folks, the air-conditioner decided start leaking gushing whilst setting up for the workshop. T’was thanks to the fast thinking of Haresh and Vikram who negotiated a settlement with the aircon – it would stop pouring as long as it was switched off.
Thanks to all our awesome speakers, team mates, the White Canvas Folks (Colin, Maria, Gerald, and Hanna), and most importantly, our participants!
That’s it from us for now. Stay tuned for a following post about RYSEC workshop 2 (and mystery surprise)!