Applications are now available for the 2015 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation Startup Weekend from August 4 to 6 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The YSEALI Generation Startup Weekend is hosted by Techstars Southeast Asia in partnership with the United States Department of State. It will take place during the Asean Regional Forum, which will be held in KL in the same week.
Interested applicants should join YSEALI if they are not already members by submitting a one-minute video pitch describing their idea for helping Southeast Asia grow in the areas of economic development, civic engagement, environment and education.
A total of 110 aspiring entrepreneurs from South East Asia, aged between 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 US 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.
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/regional activities that revolve around the themes of environment, education, civic engagement, and economic development.
More information and free registration can be found on the website youngsoutheastasianleaders.state.gov, while the complete instructions and the application for the workshop are available at yseali.state.gov/regional-exchanges.