Empowering Malaysian Indian youth in creating local solutions to global challenges

The Malaysian Indian Youth Accelerator program by MITRA aims to enable the marginalised youth for the means of creating self sustaining and socially conscious businesses that assimilate ex-offenders and enable them to become positive influencers in their communities.

The program consists of an application processing period where ambitious individuals in disadvantaged situations will be selected for a 3 day Accelerator program. With the goal of becoming social entrepreneurs, they will learn key skills, gain valuable qualifications and engage with relevant impact organizations and industry players.

Focus will be placed on creating solutions for three global challenges, namely, Circular Economy, Sustainable Urban Community and Workforce of the Future. Through MITRA, a total of RM 150,000 of Social Enterprise assistance and mentorship would be provided. The business assistance intends to empower the Malaysian Indian youth in hopes of creating an inclusive, resilient and self sustaining community.

An Innovative Social Transformation Program

Transforming Malaysian Indians towards an inclusive and resilient community


If you are here, it means that you are passionate about improving the life of your community and solving the challenges it faces. We are happy to connect you with like-minded people to help you realize your changemaking potential.

Who is it for?

Indian Entrepreneurs

It is necessary to empower more Indian social entrepreneurs who can participate in entrepreneurship initiatives which are incentivised by the Government and Corporates in Malaysia.Moreover there is low awareness among Indian youths in the social entrepreneurship model. There are only a handful of Indian social entrepreneurs in Malaysia despite many opportunities available within Government organisations.

Marginalized Communities

There are limited career paths allowed for Indian youths who were ex-offenders or those who come from impoverished backgrounds. The lack of opportunities to employment and existing social stigma around such individuals hinder their confidence in starting their own self sustaining business, often resulting in reassociating to crime commitment. 

Program Objective

To facilitate the innovation of social solutions which bring together Indian youth and ex-offenders in providing economic empowerment and employment opportunities. This enables ex-offenders to form collaborations with the public in devising new social business models as part of a social assimilation as positive contributors to society. The program intends to boost ex-offenders confidence by further equipping them with skills for the future. 

To enlighten the marginalized youth and ex-offenders with ways they can start their own enterprises and how they can turn ideas into sustainable business models through an innovative mentorship program with local impact partners. The aim is to alter the social stigma and narrative around ex- offenders .These Private Partnerships will support the future hiring of former offenders.

The social innovations implemented through this program will serve as a guide for the formation of new Policy Inputs in the area of ex-offenders entrepreneurship development.  

the Global Challenges

The Accelerator aims to facilitate the work of youth entrepreneurs to develop new products, services and business models based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), combining commercial potential and a positive impact on people and planet.

The global challenges we face today offer a huge potential (estimated to about USD 12 trillion) for the private sector to become a part of the solution

Focus Areas

 Our mission is the advancement of lasting solutions from local youth entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems through localized solutions. 
Consider us a marketplace for social impact: we find youth entrepreneurs and broker partnerships across our community to scale their innovative work—driving lasting and transformational change.

Youth, Skills & Workforce of The Future

How can disadvantaged youth learn the skills they need to prepare them for the workforce of the future and thrive in the 21st century?

Circular Economy

How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable?

Sustainable Urban Communities

How can urban communities increase their access to sustainable and resilient food and water sources?

What do we offer?

SE Bootcamp

The S.E Accelerator Boot Camp will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown and Ipoh. The purpose of this  BootCamp is to equip the youth with the appropriate 21st century skills to design their own localized solution to solve real world challenges. 

Business Assistance

Following the Accelerator Boot Camp, a business assistance application will be launched to ideate a sustainable business model with a dimension of income generation for ex-offenders and a business plan to continue hiring ex-offenders


Paired mentorships  from within the social entrepreneurship space for winners. This will be a platform for the participants to collaborate with local heroes in the sector. This is to ensure their Business Plans are successfully implemented, and further scaled. 


The teams will also be connected to Private Partners and Corporates for long term business collaboration and creation of recurring revenue and long term employment. 

Accelerator Support

Finalists will be selected and supported by MITRA through RM150,000 of Social Enterprise assistance and mentorship, to help them scale and implement their ideas.

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Are You Ready to be a Changemaker?

Bootcamp Dates

KL, Ipoh & Georgetown
19th-20th October2019

Program Eligibility Requirements

  •  Malaysian Indian between the age of 18 and 35 at the time of application
  •  Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work, and/or community
  • Individuals from underserved communities, including people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive
  • Demonstrate commitment to or interest in community service, volunteerism, or mentorship
  • Preference will be given to candidates from B40 communities.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Malaysian Indian Youth Accelerator program by MITRA aims to enable the marginalised youth for the means of creating self sustaining and socially conscious businesses that assimilate ex-offenders and enable them to become positive influencers in their communities. The program aims to identify passionate and hardworking youths to receive a grant of RM15,000 to help kick start their Social Enterprises.

Yes, this program is designed to enable young Malaysian Indians in kick starting their social entrepreneurial careers.

The B40 group refers to a household which receives a monthly income of about RM3000. As of 2016, the average Malaysian household size was 4.1 persons, referring to a group of people (related or unrelated) who usually life together and make provisions (expenses) for daily necessities (food, clothes, rent) together.

We are looking to fund ideas that help solve important issues faced by local communities. The 3 main global issues we aspire to challenge are Circular Economy, Sustainable Urban Community and Workforce of the Future.

  • Circular Economy: The creation of a Circular Economy is vital in our planets survival. The current Take-Make-Waste system is detrimental to our planet and climate and thus, change must be made! We are looking for localized solutions to this global issue to help bring up any business that participates in a zero waste initiative.
  • Sustainable Urban Community: The majority of our planet’s population now live in urban cities. Cities help in putting communities and ideas near each other, contributing to a large portion of a country’s growth and innovation. Consequently cities also account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, a large amount of which is resulted from supplying resources to urban residents (energy, food, water and materials). gaining access to sustainable food and water is a key factor in ensuring long term sustainability. The aim is to find solutions to help provide key resources such as food and water through sustainable practices to support marginalized urban communities.
  • Workforce of the future: The 21st century has brought countless paradigm shifts in technology and has allowed for a transformation in job structures. A guaranteed job for life is now a thing of the past. It is estimated that 4 out of 5 children entering primary school today will eventually work in jobs that don’t even exist today! Thus in the fast pace ever changing world, it is necessary to be educated on the skills of tomorrow.

Any Ideas pertaining to these themes will be eligible for the grant, we look forward to viewing all your innovative solutions to these real world issues.

No, any Malaysian Indian is welcome to submit their application however priority will be given to individuals who come from marginalized and underprivileged homes so as to help them start a business for themselves to sustain them and their family members.

The accelerator program will equip you with valuable skills and necessary knowledge which will help you in beginning the journey of starting your own business. You will also learn life long skills to help market yourself and better present yourself as a valuable asset to any corporation.

The accelerator bootcamp event requires 2 days of your time. After which your on your own to form a team and create a grant proposal! If your selected you will be given the opportunity to present your proposal in front of industry leaders. Once selected you will be paired with industry partners and begin on your 3 month mentorship program. After which your on your own! Get ready to embark on your own social entrepreneurial journey!

Your idea must include a dimension of paid employment for ex-offenders in order to help them become positive contributors to society. You could also incorporate uplifting programs where you teach useful skills and help them in finding job opportunities.

Yes! All Malaysian Indians are welcome to apply, feel free to submit your application and should you be accepted, then come join whichever city that is convenient for you.

Yes! The top 10 teams will receive business assistance and a mentorship program with industry partners from MITRA to help build their ideas into sustainable businesses.

Priority will be given to those individuals who attended the boot camps in either of the cities (KL, Georgetown, Ipoh) as you will learn valuable skills on how to start and implement your ideas as well as learning how to write grant proposals. The grant however is open to all Malaysian Indians across the country.

Yes! You have full control over who you want to be in your team. Your teammates do not have to be from the Boot Camp.

This program is funded by MITRA, a government organization and focuses on empowering Malaysian Indian youth with finding solutions for problems faced within their communities. The program also aims to remove the social stigma around ex-offenders and help them join the workforce.

Kindly apply here.

  • Registration is open for all applicants until the 16th of October, 2019.
  • The grant application is open from the 21st October to 3rd November 2019.

No, it is completely free! Apply now!

The program will be held at Georgetown, Ipoh & Kuala Lumpur

The finale will take place at Me.reka, Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

You will be assigned to teams during the boot camp; but registrations are on an individual basis only. 

You are welcome to form your own teams during the grant application period.

You might want to bring a laptop and the right attitude! You’ll be provided with printed and digital materials and necessary stationery. 

Transportation will only be provided for finalists to and from the venue of the finale.

Accommodation will not be provided. If you are not from the area, please arrange for your own stay for 2 days near the location.
Accommodation will be provided to finalists only for the finale in Kuala Lumpur. Transportation between the accommodation and venue of the finale will also be taken care of.  F&B will be catered for the duration of the finale.

The program you are applying for is highly competitive. Out of all the applications received, we will select only 100 to participate.

If for any reason you won’t be able to attend the boot camp let us know as soon as possible and your place will be given to another participant.

Selected participants will be informed by Thursday, 17th of October 2019

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