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Irsyad Ramthan

Deeply interested in sustainability education and innovation. Sometimes makes music: youtube.com/channel/UCZiBQfqtRUCB1j5kIfGUQHA

Irsyad Ramthan

Co-Founder and COO at Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia

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Deeply interested in sustainability education and innovation. Sometimes makes music: youtube.com/channel/UCZiBQfqtRUCB1j5kIfGUQHA

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Co-Founder and COO at Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia

Irsyad Ramthan

Co-Founder and COO at Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia

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Entrepreneurship

Generally, so long as you are able to hit the milestones that are set out by you and the grant giver, you should be fine. The key challenge with grants is that you actually have to hit those milestones, and it is difficult to change. So it will take time and energy to strategize how to set them, which could be used to talk to users and create a product. But yeah, don't be too worried about the whole thing about giving back money. So long as your intentions are serious, it's highly unlikely that you'll find yourself in a position where anyone's gonna demand such a small amount (yes $30k for a grant is small in the grand scheme of things) back. It may cost the grant givers more than $30k in man-hours to try to demand it back.

Entrepreneurship

I run a social enterprise (www.ysisea.com), and if you'd like to see an overview of the SE scene: http://bit.ly/ysisea-social2019

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The most straightforward answer I'd suggest is not to do so right off the bat if you have neither experience nor capital. Entrepreneurship is an incredibly difficult endeavour, and layering sustainability on top of it increases the difficulty by an order of magnitude because of the niche of people who would pay extra to engage in a sustainability-related activity. Rather than creating a hotel chain which is a capital intensive endeavour, would instead suggest understanding the sustainability landscape and knowing people in the community first. In place of experience, doing research on eco-tourism and understanding key challenges behind doing so (and even visiting a few around the region) would be a good way to build up a mental picture before you decide that it's a good idea to embark on your own.
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