Tembusu Alumni leading the way for young ‘earthpreneurs’

July 29, 2020

Tembusu alumni, Sai Surya Yarlagadda and Irsyad Ramthan founded Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia while they were engineering students at NUS. They were featured on Eco-Business to share tips on how students can convince rising start-ups and big investors to believe in them.


The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.