Young entrepreneur sets lifelong dream in motion

Support from his father and Futuremakers’ entrepreneurship programme has inspired Jinying to create economic value for his community and improve people’s lives.

China’s economic prosperity has bypassed Dushi Village, where Jinying grew up. But his father’s rural-urban migration showed him what you could achieve with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Jinying says: “From a farmer to a construction worker in the city, my father became not just a contractor, but also an entrepreneur who talked to the villagers to understand their concerns and help them find a job in the city using his network.”

Reaching for the future

Jinying is a hard-working and diligent student who went to Guangdong Pharmaceutical University to study preventive medicine. Then, he joined Futuremakers’ Entrepreneurs for Growth programme, delivered in partnership with the Standard Chartered Foundation and Enactus China. He says: “I entered the Reach for the Future innovation competition as part of a team, where we had the opportunity to meet industry people and introduce our business project, gain skills and secure investment.”

Jinying led the team to explore the use of eco enzymes from food waste to feed animals. He explains: “It is tough for graduates to start a successful business in China because young people don’t have access to the tools, expertise and right partners. Luckily, we got all this support from the programme and won the competition.”

On the road to change

The Entrepreneurs for Growth programme empowered Jinying to fulfil his ambition through business training, mentorship and networking opportunities. He says: “By continuing my business project, I hope to bring positive value, help create jobs, and build economic and social value to society.”

Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, our global initiative to tackle inequality by promoting greater economic inclusion, supports disadvantaged young people to learn new skills and improve their chances of getting a job or starting their own business.

Since 2019, Futuremakers programmes have reached more than 366,000 young people across 35 markets.

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Our Futuremakers' Entrepreneurship for Growth programme has helped 8,342 young people gain improved business knowledge and skills to start up or grow their business in 2019 and 2020.

Our target is to reach 50,000 micro and small businesses between 2019 and 2023.