Sep 07, 2021

U.S. Department of State: Call for Applications: The YSEALI Academy at FUV Seminar on Navigating the Startup Ecosystem

  • Christine
  • Remote (Vietnam)


The YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) announced that applications are now open for the new Entrepreneurship Seminar on “Navigating the Startup Ecosystem”. 
Launched in 2020, YSEALI Academy’s main mission is to organize seminars and workshops fostering capacity for young professionals, junior- and middle-management-level individuals aged 25-40 from across Southeast Asia (YSEALI Fellows). Each year, the YSEALI Academy offers three flagship seminars on Public Policy, Technology & Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


“Navigating the Startup Ecosystem”


This year’s Entrepreneurship seminar is geared towards young professionals who plan to embark on their own entrepreneurial journey to change the world.

Over the course of two weeks, the seminar will provide an overview of how to navigate the startup ecosystem to bring business ideas to life. The YSEALI Academy will be inviting energetic entrepreneurs from all stages of the startup life cycle, investors, marketers and leadership coaches to inspire and share their own lessons learned with all the Fellows. The seminar will also feature a Hackathon, in which fellows will work in teams to present conceptual business solutions to the most pressing societal challenges of today. A panel of experienced entrepreneurs will mentor the teams during the Hackathon, which culminates in startup pitches and an award ceremony.

The Entrepreneurship seminar on “Navigating the Startup Ecosystem” will be open to 35 YSEALI Fellows who are young professionals between the ages of 25-40, highly qualified and motivated, from all 10 ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste. Once selected, all participants will be fully funded by the U.S. Department of State to attend the seminar. Due to the COVID pandemic, this seminar will be conducted online.

The seminar will be hosted by the YSEALI Academy faculty and supported by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fulbright University Vietnam.

Seminar Schedule

  • Enrollment: September 6-24, 2021 

  • Participant selection announced: October 21, 2021

  • Seminar dates: November 29–December 10, 2021 (two weeks, ten working days, Monday – Friday; anticipated about 3.5 hours of synchronous programming/day held Monday to Friday. Sessions will take place during business hours and in the evenings Vietnam time. Anticipated 12 hours of asynchronous work during the program) 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be: 

  • Between the ages of 25 to 35 years old (no YSEALI alumni status required); between the ages of 36 to 40 years old (YSEALI alumni status is required) 

  • Citizen of and currently residing in one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam; 

  • Fluent in written and spoken English; 

  • Be able to participate in all workshop sessions from November 29 – December 10, 2021


How Can I Apply?

Apply before September 24, 2021. Please note that: 

  • All applications submitted after September 24 will not be accepted. 

  • The seminar will be full-virtual and will require a full-time commitment between November 29 – December 10, 2021

Apply here before September 24! 

Join the Info Session

If you have any questions about this entrepreneurship seminar, join the info session on September 14, 2021, at 14:00-15:00 Jakarta/Hanoi/Bangkok time (GMT+7) on YSEALI’s Facebook.


Contact Information

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline

September 24, 2021

Age Range

Between the ages of 25 to 35 years old (no YSEALI alumni status required); between the ages of 36 to 40 years old (YSEALI alumni status is required)