YSI expansion
YSI Local and Regional
In 2017 we decided to find some great young people who wanted to create YSI in their country or region. We ended up with fantastic teams who started YSI for Southeast Asia (based in Singapore), Bangladesh, and China.
The programs
Each YSI organization is created from scratch with few resources in each region or country. While collaborating with YSI, using the brand and program structure - the real work lies in building their organizations. Read more about the amazing teams below:
YSI Southeast Asia (SEA)
YSI SEA has the most similar structure, considering that they have people from several countries, therefore being a regional program. In their first iteration, they had 800 applicants from 10 SEA countries, got 40 mentors, and 8 corporate and state partners. They also managed to build a driven team of 20 from scratch in one year. Read more about their mission empower youth in Southeast Asia:
More on YSI SEA
YSI Bangladesh
YSI Bangladesh has a big challenge considering that innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship is quite new in the country. They still managed to create a 3-month version of the program, an online opportunity platform, as well as an education platform. As the pioneers of sustainable development & innovation in their country they have big plans to tackle the knowledge gap, sustainability challenges, and make impact in the future - read more:
More on YSI Bangladesh
YSI China
With 6 teams, a 3-month program, and a 5-day conference, they have established partnerships and structures in Shanghai. Government partners and investors are now a part of their network, enabling them to create opportunities for youth.

Look forward for their plans to do more operations in Greater China!
Local and regional
The new YSI teams was chosen based on where they wanted to create an impact. We ended up with one regional program for South East Asia (SEA), with their base in Singapore. They get applicants from all the countries in SEA.

Bangladesh and China, are programs which is based locally in their countries. Given their significant population sizes (164 million in Bangladesh; 1.2 billion in China), they capture a great deal of youth in their countries to empower and maximize impact.
How are they different from YSI Global?
YSI Global was created in Oslo, Norway by a bunch of young people, driven to create a platform for youth to perform innovation towards the SDGs. To make this happen in other places on planet earth, we need the same drive, but in the local or regional context. Therefore, there are teams who look a lot like the global teams, that started the YSI program from scratch. They are part of YSI, but still they make their own way under guidance of YSI Global, with similar structures like the innovation program.

They have autonomy in terms of making hyper-localized business models, marketing, as well as how they deliver the innovation program.
Will there be more programs?
The first programs outside of Norway is also a learning experience we use to ensure great programs in new regions in the years to come. As of November 2018 there is no new regions of the world decided on, but it will happen - we are just not sure when.
Feel free to contact our country directors directly with any relevant requests
Suman Saha
Managing Director of Bangladesh
Sai Surya
Managing Director of Southeast Asia (SEA)
Kai Dai
Managing Director of Greater China
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