437th Social Business Design Lab Held: Over 100 Crore Invested

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Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan to Establish Yunus Social Business Centre

New Entrepreneurs (NU), whose business plans are approved for equity investment by social business funds during 437th Social Business Design Lab, are seen with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. The 437th Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 19th December 2016 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium.


The 437th Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 19th December 2016 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 140 national and international participants from Afghanistan, Brazil, Austria and Italy. The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. 

Six new Nobin Udyokta (New Entrepreneur) business plans were presented at today's Lab. All Nobin Udyokta businesses, presented at the Design Lab are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers’ families. The business plans included an agricultural lemon farming project, retail ready made clothing store, ICT venture and agri-tool manufacturing, like paddy thashing machine.

Ms. Rabeya Begum (Sima), a mother of two, presented her business expansion plan for Village Multimedia. Being considered as an enterprising and entrepreneurial role model for young women in the area, Ms. Rabeya has established herself as an independent ICT entrepreneur. She wants to scale up her business and provide more technology related services besides the basic ones like printing, typing, scanning, internet browsing to the people of the area. 

Deadline Extended - KHAZANAH ASIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 2017

Yayasan Khazanah is a foundation established by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah Nasional) - the investment-holding arm of the Government of Malaysia. In line with Khazanah's commitment to selecting and grooming exceptional Malaysian citizens to take on high-level positions at the national level, Yayasan Khazanah is equally committed to developing leaders from fellow Asian countries.

Yayasan Khazanah, in collaboration with Yunus Centre and investee companies, is offering the Khazanah Asia Scholarship to deserving candidates from Bangladesh to pursue their postgraduate education at selected leading universities globally and in Malaysia.

Deadline: December 14, 2016
Age limit: 40 as of December 10, 2016

For Details Please Click Here.

Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Calls on Yunus

Press Release (29 November, 2016)

Dr. Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, Speaker of Indian state of Andhra’s Legislative Assembly called on Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at Yunus Centre on November 29, 2016 to address the political leaders and the high level government officials on development issues and invited him for addressing the upcoming National Women’s Parliament (NWP) on February 10 -12, 2017 at Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Dr. Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh called on Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at Yunus Centre today.

Dr. Rao visited Bangladesh especially to invite Professor Yunus to address the political leaders and the high level government officials on development issues as well as to address the upcoming National Women’s Parliament (NWP) on February 10 -12, 2017 which has as a theme ‘Empowering Women for Nation Building’.

Yunus hands over International Children's Peace Prize to 16 year old environmental activist at the Hague

Press Release (06 December, 2016)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus presents the 2016 International Children's Peace Prize to 16 year old Kehkashan Basu from UAE for her remarkable activism in protecting the environment. The Prize which was conferred by Professor Yunus on 2 December at the Knight's Hall in the Hague was instituted in 2005 to recognize outstanding contributions made my a child  to protect the rights of other children around the world. Photo: ©KidsRights, Photographer Rick Nederstigt

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus presented  the International Peace Prize on December 2 to 16 year old environmental activist Kehkashan Basu at the Grand Hall of Knights at the Hague. The Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional child, whose courageous or otherwise remarkable actions have made a difference in improving children’s rights. The prize was launched by KidsRights during the 2005 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome.

Professor Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his efforts for economic and social development, in his keynote speech at the ceremony underlined the urgency and importance of Kehkashan’s work, as more than three million children under the age of five die every year from environment-related diseases and many more suffer deeply from environmental issues. Professor Yunus said: “It is a great achievement for such a young person to already have such reach and impact with her important message. A healthy environment is essential for the survival, well being and development of children, and therefore it is a precondition for the realization of the rights of the child. Kehkashan teaches us that we all have a responsibility to work towards a sustainable future.”

Kehkashan who was born in UAE of Bengali parents began at eight to  educate neighbours on the importance of saving the environment. She planted her first tree and brought together children to collect and recycle waste. She founded her organisation Green Hope at the age of twelve, through which she has initiated countless cleanup operations and awareness campaigns. Kehkashan then became the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the Major Group for Children and Youth of the United Nations Environmental Programme. Green Hope has become an international organization with activities in more than ten countries and over a thousand young volunteers.

Earlier in the trip Professor Muhammad Yunus delivered key note speech at the Trust Women Conference on December 1, 2016 in London on the role of entrepreneurship in shaping societies in the right direction to achieve the three zeroes - zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.

Trust Women is a conference organized by Thomson Reuters Foundation which is committed to find real solutions to empower women and to fight slavery worldwide. The annual event brings together global government representatives, corporations, lawyers, and pioneers in the field of women’s rights and anti-slavery.

Professor Yunus also delivered a speech on Social Business - the Business Model for the Future at London Business School(LBS) at Regents Park, London on the same day. The LBS event which is ranked by Financial Times as at #2 business school in the world, was attended by a standing room only audience of students, alumni and faculty .

In the Netherlands, Professor Yunus addressed Leiden University College in the Hague on the theme of "The Power of Social Business - a Future for All" attended by 250 students and faculties. LUC is a part of the Leiden University and dedicated as a college to address global challenges.  Both LBS UK and LUC in the Hague are working to set up social business centres in the near future following Prof Yunus' principles.

Social Business on Safe Water and Three Social Business Centres launched at Design Lab; New Entrepreneurs cross 10,000

Press Release (22 November, 2016)

Investments into five New Entrepreneur (NU) projects were announced on Thursday at the 415th Social Business Design Lab. The New Entrepreneurs, children of Grameen Bank borrowers are seen in the photo with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.  This Lab marked crossing 10,000 new entrepreneurs financed from Grameen's Nobin Udyokta fund.

The 415th Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 22ndNovember 2016 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 155 participants from national and international organizations attending. The Design Lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Five new Nobin Udyokta business plans were presented at today's Lab. All Nobin Udyokta businesses, presented at the Design Lab are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers’ families. These five plans included Putul Kutir Shilpa by Putul Rani, who has 15 years of experience in making traditional handicraft items. Rashid Cycle Store project was presented Md. Jewel Hossain who is expert in repairing bicycles and has decided to become an entrepreneur using his skill. Rina Rani Roy presented Prokriti Beauty Parlor project. Ms Rani, mother of one, is a trained beautician and determined to become a self reliant entrepreneur. Other two projects are Tanvir Garments by Nur Mohammad who is an entrepreneur with a physical disability and Shourav Tailros and Cosmetics by Mst. Shahina Begum.

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