Awards and Recognitions


Global Social Benefit Incubator, Santa Clara University,
July-August 2005


  • Teach fundamental business plan and planning skills that focus not just on the product or service, but also on the creation of markets.
  • Through action learning, assess and strengthen entrepreneurial skills.
  • Engage with technologists, entrepreneurs, and foundations in Silicon Valley.
  • Provide the training and coaching needed to develop a business plan for ensuring sustainability.
  • Form a learning community for generating best practices for scaling successful innovations.
  • Publish results to positively influence the development of the field--especially strategies for "scaling up" and achieving sustainability for social benefit innovations.


Youth and ICT Award, WSIS, November, 2005

This award recognized six young social entrepreneurs who "have transformed social development opportunities into a sustainable social enterprise through innovative use of ICTs."

Award Includes:

  • A cash award of US$500
  • Travel and accommodation to Phase 2 of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, Tunisia
  • Access to an exclusive one-day capacity building workshop prior to WSIS
  • The opportunity to showcase social enterprise on a panel at the WSIS to policy makers, private sector and civil society groups during WSIS
  • Media exposure through a profile in i4d Magazine and a feature on YATV.


Asian Open Source Software Symposium, Colombo, December 2005

Sponsored by Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization


  • To develop OSS Training materials
  • Customized (localized), suited for their needs
  • Regional OSS community feel ownership
  • To create OSS promoting communities


YSEI Capacity Building Workshop, Kuala Lumpur, March 2006

The Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI) Capacity Building Workshop brought together the YSEI finalists, selected mentors and the implementing partners.

The workshop aimed to achieve the following:

  • Help YSEI finalists further develop their ventures/ideas
  • Finalise the 3 - 6 months operational/implementation plans
  • Integrate Gender Evaluation Methodology within the workshop content
  • Evaluate the finalists' proposals, operational plans and viability of receiving support from YSEI
  • Include the insights and experiences of social entrepreneurs from Africa


Global Knowledge Partnership Annual Meeting, Colombo, May 2006

  • Strategize and network with other members
  • Showcase YSEI Initiative


YSEI Fellow, July 2006

  • Grant from youth social enterprise fund
  • Member of network of youth social entrepreneurs
  • Mentoring
  • Relevant tools and knowledge for capacity building