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Yunus & You Social Business Design Contest (YY Contest) 2018 will be back!

Yunus and Shiiki Social Business Research Center (SBRC) will host the 7th YY Contest 2018. From the previous contests, we have produced some businesses that solve social issues independently and sustainably.

The characteristics of this contest are that participants receive mentorship program services and workshops with guests from various fields. Please sign up if you want to start a social business or review your social business.

Four Opportunities on the Contest
①To learn about the theory and practice of Yunus Social Business
Participants will learn about the theory and practice of Yunus Social Business and business planning through workshops.

②To improve your business plans with experienced mentors 
Over a two-month period, participants will work to improve their business plans for making them more business-ready by receiving advice from experienced mentors.

③To participate in the Global Summit and build wider a network 
The winning team will be invited to the annual Global Social Business Summit. At the summit, the team will give a presentation on their business plan to participants involved in social business from all over the world. It is a great opportunity to start networking worldwide.

④To get continuous follow-up to help commercialize business plans 
Participants and teams who aim to bring their plans into shape as Yunus Social Businesses will have access to continuous support from the SBRC, cooperative companies and mentors even after the contest ends. From this year, other support will be planned including funding and investment for new businesses from the social business fund. 

※For mentors
The continuous mentorship support after the contest is highly appreciated but please consult with us if you can’t.

■Orientation Meetings: [Tokyo] 15:00, April 14th & [Fukuoka] 15:00, April 15th
■Application Entry: April 1st – May 12th
■Announcement of the Selection Results (screening of the entry forms): May 26th
■Workshops (4 times): [Tokyo and Fukuoka] 10:00 – 18:00
 ①June 17th ②July 8th ③July 29th ④September 1st
■Preliminary Contest for Student Division: [Tokyo] 10:00 – 17:00, September 29th
■Preliminary Contest for Adult Division: [Tokyo] 10:00 – 17:00, September 30th
■Grand Champion Contest: [Tokyo] Mid-October

Workshop Contentstentative)>
Introduction to Yunus Social Business by Professor Masaharu Okada, Executive Director, SBRC, Kyushu University
Importance of your own real experiences/Build a Business Model (Value Proposition Canvas & Business Model Canvas)/Picto Zukai/Lean Startup/Networking/Budget Planning/Presentation Skills/Financing/Mentoring

<Cost> Free
*Please be advised that participants pay for their own costs for transportation, lunch etc.

Awards for a Grand Champion Team

  • Invitation to the 2018 Global Social Business Summit (including travel expenses and registration fee)
  • Promotion via Kyushu University SBRC Website
  • Commemorative gift

Company Awards

  • Technical, funding support and others.

Application Guidelines

Please visit our official website for more details.

Inquires Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
2018 YY Contest Executive Committee: info@yycontest.org

Organizer: Yunus&Shiiki Social Business Research Center
Address: 6-10-1 Hakozaki Higashi-ku Fukuoka, 812-8511 
Email: info@yycontest.org

Planning and Management: 2018 YY Contest Executive Committee
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Sponsors: Avergence Inc./NTT WEST/SoftBank Corporation/Borderless Japan Corporation/Grow As People Association/mediavague Co., ltd./Asukare Co., ltd./2.5 LLC

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