Ghanaian youth leader and physician, Patrick Fynn, has been admitted into the prestigious Yunus&Youth Fellowship, among 30 young social entrepreneurs around the world, to receive business support.
Founded with the support of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, Yunus&Youth (Y&Y) combines social entrepreneurship training with technology to remove educational barriers between countries and generations. Since 2014, Y&Y has trained over 1,500 people, building a global mission-driven community with amplified resources to advance social change.
The fellowship is an international network of exclusively selected young social entrepreneurs, with the objective of recognizing social businesses that provide a new dimension of capitalism — a business model that, rather than maximize profits, strives to serve humanity’s most pressing needs.
The selection was made after reviewing over 1,000 applications, conducting over a hundred online interviews, and running a pre-acceleration program.
“This year, we had the toughest selection process ever. We are proud to say our cohort is beautiful, diverse, and ready to create change in their countries. In total, we have 32 fellows — 60% of them being female — from 22 different countries working on various impact areas, including poverty alleviation, education, health, human rights, clean energy, and many others,” organizers explain.
Fynn’s acceptance into the fellowship comes on the back of his contributions to community health in Ghana as team leader of STandOut Care: a primary healthcare organization that provides basic health services such as mobile clinic sessions, free public medical screening to destitute persons, including prison inmates, deprived communities, and organized groups.
The non-governmental organization — of which Fynn is founder — comprises of health professionals from varying backgrounds and has, since 2016, provided basic health services with the aim of promoting wellness, increasing access to health in Ghana, and ultimately contributing to the World Health Organization’s goal of achieving universal health coverage.
“Being part of this social impact fellowship program comes at a time when I need such a platform to help maximize impact and take my social business a notch higher,” Fynn, also an author, told Daily Mail GH.
“Coming so far after an extremely competitive selection process has enhanced my appreciation for this privilege,” he added. “Hopefully, the next six months of this journey will build my capacity in a more formidable way and help our initiative grow for better impact.”
Fynn and other members of the 2020 Yunus&Youth Fellowship would benefit from mentorship, business plan development, expert connections, pitch competitions and funding.