This is a press release from The Embassy of the United States of America, Manila
MANILA, Philippines— Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation Startup Weekend August 4-6, which takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The YSEALI Generation Startup Weekend is hosted by Techstars SE Asia in partnership with the United States Department of State and YSEALI and will take place during the ASEAN Regional Forum which is being held in Malaysia the same week.
Launched in 2013, YSEALI is US President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Programs and engagements include US educational and cultural exchanges, project-funding, competitions, networking, and international.
Interested applicants should join YSEALI if not already members and submit a one-minute video pitch describing their idea for helping Southeast Asia grow in the areas of economic development, civic engagement, environment and education.
The deadline for applications is July 3, 2015.
One hundred and ten aspiring entrepreneurs from South East Asia, aged 18 to 30, will be selected to take part in the event. Participants will receive entrepreneurship training and build online apps. The team that creates the best app will win a free trip to the United States to meet entrepreneurs, business and technology incubators, and key companies. Second and third place winners will receive seed money.
All teams will receive long-term mentoring and coaching. Training, transportation, food, and lodging are provided at no charge to selected participants.