Commitment to Action

Empowering Chinese Social Entrepreneurial Leaders - ECSEL

Commitment by

Schoenfeld Foundation

In 2009, the Schoenfeld Foundation committed to launching the 'Empowering Chinese Social Entreprenurial Leaders' (ECSEL) project, which is a series of projects to help young entrepreneurs on the Chinese mainland to use innovative, for-profit business to solve social and environmental problems. The goal of this commitment isto empower talented, young Chinese to build transformative social businesses and allow their success to inspire others by connecting strong ideas and exceptional young Chinese entrepreneurs with the capital to get their projects off the ground. ECSEL provided funds for 30 outstanding entreprenurial-minded Chinese to attend CGI-U 2010. While in the US in April of 2010, the delegation spent 3 days in California at the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, before traveling to Miami for CGI-U.
Additionally, ECSEL is providing 330,000 RMB in prize money for the first annual Sustainable Innovation Student Competition (SISC), a CGI-Asia Commitment by the Chinese NGO 51SIM, which seeks to spread awareness about the power of green entreprenuership to mitigate climate change and to provide fiscal support and media exposure for the best approaches. ECSEL is also planning to mobilize exponentially more capital, to provide substantial seed funding to Chinese social enterprises.





Empowering Chinese Social Entrepreneurial Leaders - ECSEL



Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value



Asia, Northern America


CHINA, United States

Commitment by

Schoenfeld Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Calvin Chin, 51sim, Ron Cordes