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Launch of the Asia Pacific Future 100 program

01 May 2009

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The Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship launched today the Asia Pacific Future 100 program that aims to inspire and empower young people in Asia to create a positive impact in their communities and countries.

As many countries cannot create adequate jobs to integrate all young people into the economy, youth entrepreneurship has emerged as an alternative, as it integrates unemployed youth into the labor market and tackles poverty through the creation of jobs.

Asia Pacific Future 100 program
Image credits: FYSE / Asia Pacific Future 100 program

However, many young people in Asia, even while suffering from unemployment, do not consider entrepreneurship as a desired career option as it has a negative image in their society or because society provides a negative image of entrepreneurs.

In addition to the negative image, young people lack entrepreneurial role models - young entrepreneurs of similar background and from their country who have succeeded and therefore could inspire young people to follow suit.

Furthermore young entrepreneurs in Asia face various challenges due to their age including the lack of supporting mechanism such as networks, training and mentoring.

The Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (FYSE) believes that contrary to the common perception, there are not just 2 or 3 successful young entrepreneurs in Asia, but that there are many young entrepreneurs and social changemakers realizing their dreams and ambitions.

For that reason FYSE annually identifies 100 of those young entrepreneurs, who will be extensively profiled to young people in Asia through blogs, interviews and videos to inspire other young people through their stories.

To reach out to young people, Future 100 fellows will go to schools and universities and share their experience directly with young people.

The nomination period for the program will last from the 1st May till the 31st of August and all young entrepreneurs and social changemakers under the age of 30 years from Asia Pacific would be eligible to apply.

Throughout their one-year fellowship Asia Pacific Future 100 fellows will receive mentorship and technical assistance as well as access a network of like-minded entrepreneurs to elevate their business performance.

About FYSE: The Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (FYSE) is a regional organization inspiring and empowering young people to make innovative suggestions and actions to create positive change and real impact in their communities, their countries and Asia.

Vision: Asia’s young people are inspired and empowered to change their community for good.
Motto: Unlocking potential. Igniting ideas. Empowering actions.

For more information about the program and the topic please contact Ms Andrea Krause at +852 8170 3587 or email

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