Welcome to the SALY-B Virtual Enterprise Fair
The second cycle of Raleigh Borneo’s green enterprise training programme, Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods for Youth in Borneo (SALY-B), has now concluded with the awarding of seed funding to successful participants and their planned businesses.
This Virtual Enterprise Fair is an opportunity to showcase our young Malaysian entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas for protecting rainforest ecosystems and reducing the negative impacts on biodiversity in the Heart of Borneo.
The Next Generation of Green Entrepreneurs
Check out our short film chronicling the participants’ journeys through the programme over the past 9 weeks, from the seed of an idea to pitching for start-up funding.
What is SALY-B?
Borneo, the world’s third largest island, accounts for just 1% of the world’s land, yet holds approximately 6% of global biodiversity in its rich tropical forests. However, over the last few decades, over half of these forests have been lost or degraded and the remaining rainforest is increasingly threatened with disturbance or fragmentation.
Raleigh Borneo is committed to conserving and restoring this vital and unique forest biodiversity by empowering local communities to be the stewards of its sustainable management. From this objective, the Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods for Youth in Borneo programme was developed. The program seeks to support young people to develop green micro enterprises that improve the conservation of the forest and strengthen efforts to interdict wildlife trafficking.
Over 100 young people from 42 communities across the Telupid watershed area of Sabah have been engaged in the SALY-B programme since April 2017. The programme included training from environmental experts and district departments in wildlife monitoring, sustainable forest management and citizen science.
Following this, the participants were invited to take part in a 9 week enterprise training programme, where their sustainable business ideas were fostered and developed into viable business propositions. Across the enterprise programme, the participants honed their business skills in modules including market research, competitive analysis, financial modelling and marketing strategies. The participants were also invited to undertake a short internship with a successful Sabahan enterprise to shadow and learn more about business operations.
At the end of the programme, the prospective entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to a panel of representatives from Raleigh Borneo and our project partners. The most viable businesses which met the programme’s objectives were awarded seed funding to launch their new concepts.