What is YESxBOP?

Young Enterprise Solutions for China’s Bottom of the Pyramid (YESxBOP) challenges young people ages 18-30 from around the world to develop innovative businesses that address low-income communities in China as consumers, producers, or partners. By using business as a tool for empowerment, young entrepreneurs can create sustainable solutions that improve the lives of the millions of people living on less than $2.25 USD a day in China while also generating profit. YESxBOP participants will show the world that it is possible to both do good and do well!

YESxBOP will be at your side every step of the way as you venture forth into the empowering and meaningful world of entrepreneurship.

First, take a look at the YESxBOP Library to learn more about China’s BOP, start-up development, and what young people just like you are doing to change the world through business.

Next, participate in a local event, such as the YESxBOP Launch Party, YESxBOP Lab events, or other “Seeking YES Youth” Campus Events at universities across China and the world.

When you are ready, submit a business plan explaining your innovative idea that incorporates China’s BOP into the formal economy as consumers, producers, or business partners to the YES competition.

Finalists will be invited to present their business plans to a panel of expert judges, competing for a comprehensive start-up package including seed money, mentorship, and exposure to potential investors.

What is Junior Achievement China?

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Each year, JA reaches over 9 million students in more than 100 countries around the world, inspiring and preparing young people for their future career development and to succeed in the global economy. JA is a partnership between the business community and educators, and we develop and implement economic and business education programs reaching students in grade schools through universities.

As the economy becomes increasingly globalized, China needs strong global business talent. To meet this critical need, JA China partners with the business and education sectors to deliver our innovative business and economics programs in schools ranging from primary schools through universities. Taught by first-class business volunteers possessing first-hand business experience, our programs are preparing China’s youth for their future career development and entrepreneurship, while cultivating character, creativity and leadership among China’s future business leaders.

JA China impacted 815,329 students in the 2011/2012 school year. 8,129 volunteers from businesses and universities participated in JA China programs. Since its establishment in 1993, JA China has impacted a total of 3,779,716 students.

What is the John Templeton Foundation?

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation supports unique research on a variety of scientific and philosophical fields. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

The Foundation’s vision is derived from the late Sir John Templeton’s optimism about the possibility of acquiring “new spiritual information” and from his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation’s motto, “How little we know, how eager to learn,” exemplifies its support for open-minded inquiry and its hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough discoveries.