Catz student recognised in 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30

A Catz student has been recognised in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.

Edward Yee, a current MBA student at St Catherine’s, features on the 2021 list for co-creating Givfunds, an organisation designed to help support small social enterprises.

Partnering with large, well-funded organisations, such as the United Nations Development Programme, Givfunds helps to channel funding to small social enterprises which are often otherwise overlooked.

Since its launch in 2017, Givfunds has invested in 48 social enterprises, having a direct impact on 45,000 people. In more than 80% of these enterprises, this was the first investment that they had received.

From Singapore to Oxford

Edward came to Oxford from Singapore in 2019 to study for an MSc on a Rhodes Scholarship, before staying at Catz to undertake his MBA.

Commenting on his inclusion in the list, he said: ‘I am really grateful for being selected in the list, and I hope it will bring more attention to the groups of change-makers we’ve been trying to support at Givfunds.

‘These include neglected social entrepreneurs that are creating tremendous impact but have a lack of access to resources and capital.’

About Forbes 30 Under 30

The Forbes 30 Under 30 list highlights young entrepreneurs, all aged under 30, from across the globe. This year’s theme focuses on individuals, ‘who are braving the challenging environment brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and finding new opportunities amidst the new normal.’

Individuals are chosen for continent-wide lists, within ten categories, which include: The Arts, Entertainment & Sports, Healthcare & Science, and Social Impact. Edward features in the last of these, on the Asia list.

This is not the first time that the Catz community has featured, with three alumni featuring last year.

You can read more about Forbes 30 Under 30 on its website.

St Catherine’s extends its congratulations to Edward.