World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has join hands with Citi Foundation to organise ‘SMEs Business Plan Competition, the 2nd Year,’ which is part of Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme. The event has been honoured by Ms Wanvisa Komindr, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs of Citibank, who has given a speech to the youth competitors and joined the judge team. Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, National Director of WVFT, has given a warm welcome and provided an opening speech. In this special occasion, Mr Tinnapan Wattanaakkarapokin -- the owner of a small and middle enterprise (SME) under the brand “Tengneng Jelly Grass” and Master Nopporn Insawang -- Managing Director of Innova Link Company Limited and Founder of Noah Innovative Learning Center have joined the discussion under the topics “Start-up” and “Inspiration towards Success”. In addition, Mr Tohphan Tuchinda -- Head of Corporate Affairs of Citibank – has presented awards to the winners. The competition has been held at Auditorium 6A, World Vision Foundation of Thailand, Training Center.
In the SMEs Business Plan Competition, the 2nd Year, 9 teams of adolescents from the programme have nominated business plans in 8 fields: big bike business, beauty service, sewing, Thai cuisine, IT service, application developer, beverage and bakery. The winner of the business plan competition is Speed Bike Care – a big bike parts trading and big bike wash service - by Chanawong Sittisarikam, who has won the start-up award of 100,000 baht. The 1st runner-up is Fix2Fit in Bangkok – a quick clothing repair and alteration with delivery service - with the start-up award of 80,000 baht. The two 2nd runner-ups are Red Studio – a photo studio with all-inclusive make-up and hairdos service and Quickly Cute (Beauty Truck) – a mobile make-up and hairdos service, each of which has received the start-up award of 60,000 baht.
The Empowering Marginalised Youth of Bangkok for Productive Citizenship Programme has reached the 2nd year of the implementation carried out by WVFT in collaboration with Citi Foundation, with an objective to improve development assets for vulnerable adolescents, focusing on youth mental and intellectual development and social skills through the training module called ‘Youth Ready Work’. The course prepares youth to be ready for employability or entrepreneurship in the fields of their interest and preference that are in line with the market demand. Within only 2 years of the implementation under the support of Citi Foundation, the programme has educated and offered occupational opportunities to more than 392 vulnerable adolescents and supplied the Thai economics with 5 small and middle entrepreneurs.