Why did you choose to study Social Entrepreneurship and in the UK?
Firstly, I think my greatest motive in choosing social entrepreneurship is my questioning on the impact of traditional business models on the environment and to the next generation. I disagree with the mainstream capitalism ways in solving poverty and improving quality of life as the model does not consider human and environmental factors. Although I was a business student, I admire the social entrepreneur rather than the successful businessmen. Similar to many people, I had the great ambition to change the world when I was young. I found my passion in serving the community when I was in my diploma. Then, I asked myself if there is a way to integrate doing goods and my skill set, which is business together.
That was the point where I found out about the “social enterprise” model. I was fascinated by the concept and have constantly researched about different social enterprises around the world. Unfortunately, the social enterprise ecosystem in Malaysia is still in its infant stage. There are limited institutions that provide courses or incubators to inexperienced individuals to learn about social entrepreneurship. Thus, I decided to study social entrepreneurship in the UK that has developed a mature ecosystem and structure for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.