32 Socially Innovative Ideas To Watch For In Asia 2017

From affordable 3D printed prosthetics to a smartphone-based blood reader, check out 32 socially innovative ideas from DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017.

Top 32 socially innovative ideas in Asia - Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017

The social enterprise ideas featured in this listing are part of the 2017 edition of the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia – A regional competition for social enterprises, organised by DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise. The challenge identifies and supports new social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact.

This year’s competition saw 1082 entries from over 27 countries in both the Idea and Enterprise Categories. The 32 entries* below have been picked to proceed to the next round of judging, bringing them one step closer to the finals.

You can also download the PDF version of the list here

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite on Asia For Good when the top ten ideas are announced on 14 August 2017!

THE IDEA

COUNTRY

SECTOR

DESCRIPTION

1b GLOBAL

Singapore

Energy & Environment

1b Global seeks to provide affordable clean energy and lighting using a pay-as-you-go model to the one billion people worldwide who lack access to reliable energy.

3D PRINTED PROSTHETICS

Hong Kong

Healthcare & Sanitation

Sales of 3D printed prosthetics and eventually expanding that into the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.

ADIUVO DIAGNOTICS PVT LTD

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

Adiovo Diagnostics has invented a portable “Skinscope” that can non-invasively monitor any Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (SSTIs) such as diabetic foot ulcers, and burns within two minutes.

BIN STALK

Philippines

Healthcare & Sanitation

Bin Stalk is an innovative junk shop that caters technology-driven waste management programs to businesses that produce unconventional junk shop waste.

BIOMASS BRIQUETTE FOR TRADITIONAL TOFU PRODUCTION

Indonesia

Energy & Environment

This social enterprise hopes to train dairy farmers to produce biomass slurry briquettes – a biofuel substitute for coal, for boiler consumption.

COCOASENSO

Philippines

Agriculture

CocoAsenso have disrupted the way Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is traditionally manufactured in the Philippines by establishing a network of medium-scale coconut facilities, which creates economic opportunities for rural coconut farmers.

CROPTICS

India

Agriculture

Croptics is a solar-powered technological solution that prevents against food losses and wastage by increasing the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

DEEDEE LABS PRIVATE LIMITED

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

To develop a multi-grasp non-invasive myoelectric prosthetic arm using Static and Dynamic Surface Electromyography (sEMG)sensors and machine learning algorithms for people with trans-radial amputation.

EVOWARE

Indonesia

Energy & Environment

Evoware produces edible bioplastics made from seaweed that replaces plastic-based sachet packaging, sanitary napkins and other flexible packaging. They also produce edible cups and straws made from seaweed.

GASELO FOLKLIFE VILLAGE

Bhutan

Tourism

Gaselo Folklife Village will offer lodging facilities, a restaurant and several tourist attractions in and around the village in Gaselo to provide income opportunities to local communities.

GUVI

India

Education

Guvi is an online learning and mentoring platform, focused on IT-based technical learning in vernacular languages and through the personalized mentorship program from industry experts.

HONEY FOR HOPE

Singapore

Food & Beverage

Honey for Hope seeks to improve incomes for rural people in Myanmar through organic apiculture and beekeeping.

IHB: SMARTPHONE ASSISTED HAEMOGLOBIN TEST UNDER 10 CENTS

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

A smartphone-based haemoglobin reader that uses an affordable and simple dry blood spot assay strip and gives accurate results up to error margin of +-1 mg/l.

INST: SMARTPHONE BASED AFFORDABLE NON-STRESS TEST POC TECHNOLOGY

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

An affordable Internet of Things (IoT) based wearable device which records fetal heart rate and sounds, fetal movements and communicates the information to smartphone or tablet.

KRATU CENTRE FOR ACTIVE LEARNING

India

Education

Kratu works to improve the lives of the children and adults with specific learning difficulties by transforming mainstream schools, empowering parents, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

LOW COST MOBILE DIGITAL X-RAY

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

A low cost, portable and easy to use X-Ray Machine based on low radiation sources and collimated exposure.

MINO "MICROBUBBLE TECHNOLOGY"

Indonesia

Agriculture

MINO “Microbubble Technology” allows small scale fish farmers to increase their fish produce outputs without as much impact on the environment.

MOBILITUK

Cambodia

Transport

We convert existing tuk tuks (auto rickshaws) into accessible transport solutions for people living with disabilities.

MYPET MULTIFACETED PET BOTTLE RECYCLING CSR PROJECT

India

Energy & Environment

A retail PET recycling solution through MyPET Crusher Machine and 10 MyPET Street SmART Bins in a Hub & Spoke Formation at points of PET packaging consumption & PET waste generation

NEMO.CARE

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

A wirelessly connected wearable device worn on the newborn’s foot that addresses the need for a low cost, highly accurate user-friendly continuous monitoring system for the detection of Apnea and Hypothermia in newborns. It alerts medical professionals to provide timely intervention and securely stores the data.

NOSACLE - AN INTEGRATED PERSONAL AIR PURIFICATION SOLUTION

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

A non-membranous, mucus-inspired technology to trap pollutants from air, based on fluid mechanics and molecular trapping mechanisms to achieve high purification efficiency with minimal breathing resistance.

'ON THE SPOT' (WATER-QUALITY MONITORING)

Myanmar

Energy & Environment

A bottom up 'On-the-Spot’ Water-Quality Monitoring delivery service that empowers citizens to primarily monitor (and upload) their drinking water quality and secondly the water quality of their rivers, lakes.

PATHSHODH HEALTHCARE PVT LTD

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

A point-of-care medical device for management of Diabetes, Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) and anemia & malnutrition.

PENTAVALENT BIO SCIENCES PRIVATE LIMITED

India

Energy & Environment

An affordable tool which can detect tuberculosis infection and at least ten drug resistance profiling in less than five hours.

PIPE WATER SUPPLY MICRO-ENTERPRISE IN RURAL AREA

Cambodia

Healthcare & Sanitation

Provision of safe water at an affordable price to the rural populations using a pipe water-treatment system, which is a low cost technology.

REVIVING DEMOCRACY AT THE GRASSROOTS

India

Web/mobile

A decentralized data store which can be used by elected representatives, government officials and any member of the civil society to identify social issues more efficiently and distribute resources where necessary.

SMASH

Indonesia

Energy & Environment

Smash is an online-to-offline trash management system.

TACTOPUS

India

Education

Tactopus is an inclusive education tool for children with visual impairment to interact with smart tactile graphics.

TREASURES OF INNOCENCE

India

Education

An education programme to bring out the creative power of children, improve imagination, boost confidence, develop language skills, team-building, life-skills to become self-sufficient.

UPRIGHT  - MATCHING TALENT TO PURPOSE

Singapore

Web/mobile

An online platform to match Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) and professionals to offer their skills for projects at NPOs.

WOBBLE BASE BIORESEARCH PRIVATE LIMITED

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

Wobble Base provides a cheap HIV viral load testing system in point of care setting using an affordable glucometer used by diabetics as the primary detection machine.

ZUNOSAKI

Hong Kong

Healthcare & Sanitation

Zunosaki develops exoskeleton hands and elbows for stroke rehabilitation, which is both portable and affordable.

*The entries above are listed in alphabetical order. 

This list has been prepared and presented in good faith and is based on the information provided by the various enterprises in their submission to the SVC Asia. AsiaForGood by DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise do not take the responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of this content and this lies solely with the several content providers/social enterprises.

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