We operate from student chapters across the globe.
Our student teams are based across Cambridge (UK), New York, and Singapore, with new chapters being piloted at Vancouver and Rotterdam right now. Stay tuned!
The BfE Cambridge Chapter was founded in Autumn 2015 at the University of Cambridge. Founders Shaun Teo and Tanya Chiaranussati travelled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2015 to help run a social entrepreneurship programme for East African startups. It was there that they witnessed the power of social entrepreneurs to scale bottom-up solutions that addressed local challenges. They also recognized the pitfalls many face, with relatively fewer resources and financial support, and wanted to make it easier for more social entrepreneurs to create impact and become investor-ready.
They created BfE to aid these local entrepreneurs while providing a platform for students to bridge the gap between career success and making a difference in the world. Five years later, BfE Cambridge has done that and more. The chapter has worked with over 100 different students across multiple disciplines, dozens of passionate entrepreneurs around the world, and forged new partnerships with social impact ecosystem players. While they initially connected external student consulting societies with BfE clients, the Cambridge Chapter shifted to a full-suite internal model in 2018. The chapter now provides consulting, finance, legal and technical advisory services to social entrepreneurs, in addition to its four other teams that support the chapter.
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BfE New York
The BfE New York Chapter was founded in Fall 2018 by Jordan Wolken at New York University (NYU). Jordan joined BfE in Spring 2017 after pursuing his passion for social impact and public service through an immersive NYU course in rural Ghana, where he advised a female-led small business to improve its operations. Motivated to bring BfE to New York, he joined the organisation when it first considered international expansion outside of Cambridge. Initially overseeing outsourced engagements with external consulting partners, BfE New York gradually expanded to comprise multiple internal teams working with, and supporting, social enterprise clients.
A successful recruitment cycle paved the way for the chapter to lead its first Finance Advisory engagement with a solar energy startup in Zimbabwe. The chapter slowly expanded with each semester and recruitment cycle. By May 2020, BfE New York had grown from two people to 38 students across four teams, developed a year-long social impact education programme for freshmen and completed six different client engagements. The New York Chapter continues to break new boundaries by improving the quality of its engagements and setting itself up as the premier social impact consultancy for NYU students.
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- Fall Semester:
- Applications open in April (of the previous semester)
- Applications for the Freshman Education Program open in September
- Spring Semester:
- Applications open in November (of the previous semester)
Want to apply? Click below to learn more:
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The BfE Singapore Chapter was founded in October 2016 by Jeremy Soh and Sim Jia Qing. As an inter-university organisation, the chapter’s student members hail from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The team has grown from 16 members to a team of 40+ students today. The team has also expanded from the initial Consulting and Finance Advisory teams to include the Growth & Partnerships and Startup Recruitment teams in 2019, and the Communications and Technology teams in 2020.
The Singapore Chapter has worked with social enterprise startups across the African and Latin American regions, and has recently developed a larger focus on the Asian region. Through the efforts of the Startup Recruitment and Growth & Partnerships teams in reaching out to regional incubators and startups, the Singapore Chapter has worked with five Asian startups in the past year alone. As part of the larger BfE organisation, the Singapore Chapter aims to be the premier advisory organisation for social enterprise startups in Asia and beyond, delivering high-impact projects and connecting them to funding while providing a meaningful learning experience for its student members.
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Interested in starting a new student chapter?
We want you to help us expand our impact!
Bridges for Enterprise (BfE) is an ambitious organisation that strives to create positive value for social entrepreneurs, students and professionals. We strive to expand to more chapters so that we can support more social enterprises on their journey to scale, in addition to empowering students and professionals to become socially conscious leaders. There is a significant unmet need for the services BfE provides.
If you’re studying at a university where there is not a BfE chapter, we encourage you to consider applying to start one. We’re seeking passionate, talented, entrepreneurial, and self-motivated individuals to join us on this journey.
Please note that starting a chapter is a very rigorous process. We’d like to maintain high quality and operational excellence, so we want to ensure that all chapter founders are very dedicated and self-motivated. To those who may apply: it is important to know that while starting a branch is extremely rewarding, it is also a big time commitment – founding teams usually spend roughly 10 hours per week to plan, launch and manage their chapter. The good news is that our global management team is here to support you along the way!
After submitting the application, you will be working directly with Global President Jordan Wolken to develop your plans, provide feedback and assist you throughout the process. In the meantime, we will provide you with training resources, access to our global community and IT on-boarding to ensure sustained success.
The first step in the process is to express your interest by filling in the following form. If we think it’s worth moving forward, we will get in touch with you about the next steps.
You can download an overview of the new chapter creation process here: