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๐Ÿš€ BfE Briefs, Vol. #13
Welcome to the May BfE newsletter! ๐ŸŽ‰

Dear BfE family, 

As summer is approaching, I hope you all have a happy and healthy June. Thank you, once again, for being part of this global community! As always, please reach out to me via email or Slack if you ever want to chat.

With lots of gratitude,


๐ŸŒ Global Updates

We've continued to make steady progress on various initiatives at the global level. Here's what each division was up to:

๐Ÿ“Š Incubation

  • Diagnostic Phase: We had fruitful discussions with BfE Advisor Aparupa about the diagnostic phase, and are in the process of finalising the workplan. The operational details have also been flashed out with the Singapore chapter presidents and Jeson (Global Operations Head). The next step is to engage with the mentors and prepare for launch
  • BfE Academy: The BfE Academy team had a meeting with BfE Technology to discuss details of the technology platform used to launch educational modules on BfE Academy

๐Ÿค Outreach

  • Partnerships: 

    • The Global Partnerships team is currently recruiting for Summer Research Interns (see JD here) to contribute to our efforts in building out a comprehensive research base of the social impact space in the regions we currently serve. Please share this opportunity with your network! ๐Ÿ™

    • Additionally, this summer BfE will be offering afree 4-week training course, hosted by CliMatr, on how to best integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics into startups. This interactive training will focus on how to best equip businesses with the agility and knowledge to develop sustainability best practices, accelerating both the ecological transition and positive social impact

  • Communications: The Global Communications team is planning to host an event with professional mentors in June. We also have 2 articles in progress that will be published on our Medium blog soon, discussing navigating the BfE application and the fundraising landscape for social entrepreneurs. Lastly, we have been working on finalizing the BfE annual impact report with the Global Impact Research Division. Stay tuned for more ๐Ÿ‘€

๐Ÿ”‹ Strategy & Operations

  • Strategy:
    • New Chapter Handbook: Currently in the works. A portion of the handbook has already been socialized to Chapter leadership during the April Monthly Call, with an anticipated completion in June
    • Onboarding Former SG President Erika Oshima as the New Global Strategy Manager. Erika is leading our internal strategy development and we are very excited to have her on the team ๐ŸŽ‰
    • Chapter Presidents & VP's Meeting: We held the Chapter VP and P meeting with the Global Incubation Division in May
    • Annual Impact Report 2021: The Annual Impact Report collaboration between Global Strategy, Global Impact Research, and Global Comms will be published in Q2 2022
    • Student Testimonial Video Project: We're reaching back out to a former summer intern for completion of the video project
  • Operations:
    • The Startup Review Committee for our Autumn 2022 cohort will take place on 25 Jun 2022 (see calendar invite from Jeson): attend the event to learn more about the 15 startups under consideration ๐Ÿฅณ
    • Mentorship Terms of Agreement in final stages: we will soon require all mentors to sign a terms of agreement like new BfE members and startups already do

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Impact Research

  • The Global Impact Research Division has finalized feedback surveys and will be sending them out for the upcoming Autumn cohort! These surveys will be crucial to populating our impact framework by collecting key metrics to demonstrate BfEโ€™s impact
  • Strategy, Communications, and Impact Research are continuing to focus on the Annual Impact Report to ensure we capture all that BfE has accomplished since inception and highlight key developments in the past year
  • The Division is also preparing to send out the Impact Wheel to startups and will be discussing with Tech ways in which we can automate and create a tech-enabled impact dashboard for startups

โš™๏ธ Technology

  • This month we are sad to announce that our Global Technology Head โ€“ Kevin will step down from his role and devote more time to his current work in interpretable machine learning. A big thanks to Kevinโ€™s unremitting effort and contributions to BfE Technology and the entire BfE community, and he will keep staying with us as a technology advisor to offer invaluable suggestions and guidance. There is no doubt that Kevin will continue to deliver impact in technology through his academic research, and wish all the best to Kevinโ€™s new journey
  • In the meantime, Hua who was originally the software development manager inside the BfE Tech team, will step up and take Kevinโ€™s role as the new Global Technology Head. He is currently working as an application developer inside PwC Deals Technology team, and has been with us since last July. As a technologist, Hua has experience with a wide range of technical exposure which can be brought to the BfE Techโ€™s leadership. Please feel free to reach out to him with congratulations or any questions and suggestions to support BfE altogether to greater heights
  • We are thrilled to welcome Jordan, our new Global Tech DevOps Manager who will be taking charge of overseeing the design, development and deployment pipelines inside BfE Technology Divisionโ€™s infrastructure. Jordan is a professional systems engineer based in Bristol who has years of experience focusing on IT architecture and infrastructure. Weโ€™re very confident that his concentrated technical expertise and sharp business sense will provide solid support to multiple BfE Tech teams and help us build great DevOps infrastructure
  • We are also absolutely delighted to welcome Adam as our new Global UI/UX Manager who will be leading the team of 4 UI/UX designers, and working together with them on various design projects including Intranet UI design mockups, BfE design system projects, style guides and usability testing. Adam is currently a senior Experience Designer at Dyson. He has been a professional UI/UX Designer for more than a decade and held mentoring and managerial roles in the last 3-4 years. We have utmost faith in his seasoned experience and strong expertise in diverse areas of design, from research to hands-on, as well as his superb organization and management skills and we are excited to see what the design team will bring to the table!
๐Ÿ“š Chapter Updates

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Cambridge

  • The Cambridge Chapter has no new updates for the month of May, as our engagements have wrapped up and students are sitting for exams. Best of luck to all those studying! ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ New York

  • The New York Chapter wrapped up all of its engagements successfully and are now on break for the summer. Congrats to all chapter members for their hard work!

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore

  • We're wrapping up most of our advisory projects for this cycle and our members had a really fruitful and fun time engaging with clients! 
  • Our chapter leaders are really heartened to see that our members were really participative in our inaugural Bridging Buddies Initiative, launched earlier this year to enhance cohesion within the chapter. Our members submitted their #whyBfE posters, which have also been posted on our Instagram page, and voting for the best poster will close very soon!

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vancouver

  • Consulting: The Vancouver Consulting team did a great job presenting their final deliverable for Beyond Solid Waste Management (Kenya)! The chapter leadership is proud of the team members for their hard work and successful completion of the engagement ๐Ÿ‘

  • Communications: Our team has completed our case study on Afyaboost (Kenya) and is hard at work posting recruitment content for our chapterโ€™s 2022/2023 hiring period
  • Recruitment: We have launched hiring for our next cohort and are sourcing candidates for 2 new teams โ€“ Finance Advisory and Growth & Partnerships!

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ New Delhi

  • Recruitment: We recruited Senior Consulting Associates for the year 2022-23 to expand our team, since we'll be beginning a Finance Advisory team in the upcoming semester
  • Consulting: We started the month off meeting with our mentor from Singapore, Tag Yujie to receive feedback on our Consulting engagement. We incorporated all of his feedback and suggestions, and successfully wrapped up the project with the presentation of our final deliverable for Ladewin Educational (Nigeria)
  • Upcoming Plans: We're working on a casebook to upskill chapter members, and also come up with a comprehensive consulting resource for chapter members preparing for upcoming consulting interviews
๐Ÿ™‹ Members Corner

We are so grateful for the outstanding contributions made by the following BfE members this month. Thank you and well done! ๐Ÿ‘

  • ๐ŸŒ From BfE Global Strategy: A big shoutout to Erika for joining the team and leading on the Platform Model Strategy Development
๐Ÿ’ก Startup Spotlight

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ From BfE New Delhi: Mr. Segun Abiri, founder of Ladewin Educational responded positively to the final deliverable presented to him. He has already put some of the suggestions by team into action. It was a delightful learning experience for BfE New Delhi working on their first consulting engagement with Ladewin ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ From BfE Singapore: We'd like to highlight E&L Suppliers as an outstanding Consulting engagement we had this semester. The startup's product offerings include biomass briquettes, which has  huge market potential amidst Malawi's transition to a more environmentally-friendly means of energy usage. The company has a strong growth trajectory given the promising addressable market. Our members have learnt a lot from the founder's business acumen and passion to ensure sustained impact

๐Ÿ“† Upcoming Events

The next iteration of the BfE Startup Review Committee is coming up next month! This biannual event is where BfEโ€™s Autumn 2022 cohort will be voted on. Attending the event โ€“ which is open to all BfE members โ€“ allows you to get a sneak peak of our Autumn 2022 cohort and support your colleagues in Startup Recruitment teams across the chapters. This is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the continued traction BfE has in our target communities all over the world and commit to empowering the best startups we can ๐Ÿš€

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