Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed a convention of French youth, titled as SenseMorning organized by Danone Communities and youth organization MakeSense. French Minister of Youth and Sports were among the youth attending the convention. The goal of the meeting was to select 5 top Social Business start-ups that use technology to solve social issues selected by MakeSense's SenseCube incubator. The Social Business entrepreneurs pitched their ideas and plans in presence of Professor Yunus.
Second European Social Business Week was held in Lund and Malmö on 12–16 May, 2014. Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus participated in the week long Forum as the chief guest. Social problems in Europe and their solutions were discussed and explored by and with academics, entrepreneurs, students, NGOs and public officials during the Week. The Week was launched by the vice Chancellor of Lund University, the largest university in Sweden with 47 thousand students, in the Medicon Village of Lund University.
The topic of this year’s European Social Business Forum was “Social Business in the European Union” which aimed to foster discussions and collaborations and enabled the participants, a rich diversity of the social economy as well as entrepreneurs and students, to share ideas and experiences.
Professor Yunus opened the forum in front of an audience 500 people with his speech on “The role of social business to exit the crisis in Europe“. By means of examples of social businesses in Bangladesh and other countries, he explained the concept of social business and the effect of every individual’s creative power to society. Through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops the Forum elaborated on the relevance and implementation of social business in Sweden and the European Union.
The 15th Social Business Design Lab took place on May 03, 2014 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium, participated by 200 representative of national and international organizations.
At the 15th design lab, nineteen new social business plans were presented. These included eighteen Nobin Udyokta projects, businesses launched by young entrepreneurs who are the children of Grameen Bank families. The ones selected for presentation were Meghla Beauty Parlour by Morzina Akter Meghla; Dairy Foods, a social business to produce sweet meats employing members of the Santal community and implemented by Lustre; Lima Tailors, a social business selling different items of clothing and tailored products where the entrepreneur is the 18 year old Lima who is daughter of Grameen Bank members; Nimai handicrafts producing bamboo and cane related products made by a young man from Dalit community named Sree Nimai Chandra Roy; Faisal Fish Farm project implemented by a young entrepreneur named Faisal to produce 4 different types of fish in several ponds. Another Nobin Udyokta project is Meghna Carrom Board Factory was presented by Md. Yeasin who is a Grameen higher education loanee. Yeasin had a well developed business plan, and assembled a carrom board on the spot in front of the audience. This project got on the spot approval for funding by Grameen Trust.
The 14th Social Business Design Lab took place on 19 April 2014 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium. Over 150 participants from national and international organizations attended in the program.
The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. He began by welcoming the guests including those participating via live stream.
Professor Yunus then provided a summary of the projects presented at the lab so far. Of a total of 113 projects, 97 projects approved for implementation, 36 projects are operational and 54 projects received investments, getting prepared to start the business soon.
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited Taiwan from April 10 to 14, at the invitation of National Central University, Taiwan and the Rotary Club of Taiwan. A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) was ceremonially signed on 14th April, 2014 between Yunus Centre and National Central University (NCU), the prestigious 99 year old public university, in the presence of the Mayor of the County, Mr. John Chils-Yang Wu, deans, and faculty members, to create Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) in the NCU. The objective of the centre will be to offer courses and research facilities in social business, conduct social business design labs, conference, undertake exchange program, academic workshop, encourage and train business executives to create social businesses, promote Yunus’s vision of creating a world without poverty and unemployment. A Director has already been appointed for the Centre and the university has allocated space for it.
Professor Yunus on behalf of Yunus Centre, and Dr. Jing-Yang Jou, President of the NC University, Taiwan signed the MOU.