60 Social Enterprises To Watch For In Asia 2017

From baby clothing that saves newborns to a food delivery platform that improves the lives of refugees, check out  the top 60 social enterprises from DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017.

The social enterprises featured in this listing are participants of the 2017 edition of the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia – A region wide 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.

DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017 saw 1082 entries from over 27 countries from both the Idea and Enterprise Categories. The 60 entries* below have been picked to proceed to the next round of judging, bringing them closer to being one of the top 15 teams in the enterprise category of the competition.

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 15 enterprises are announced on 14 August 2017!

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

COUNTRY

SECTOR

DESCRIPTION

ACESOME - PERSONAL CARE PLAN SOLUTION

Hong Kong

Healthcare & Sanitation

A communication and coordination interface for family members and caretakers of patients who need long term care

ACTXPLORER

Singapore

Tourism

Actxplorer is an online travel platform that connects travellers to local communities and social organisations to engage in fun and meaningful activities that create a positive social impact.

AL MAUN DEVELOPMENT & EMPOWERMENT NETWORK (AMDEN)

Pakistan

Agriculture

AMDEN uses agriculture to eradicate chronic hunger and poverty through a ‘revolving livestock model’.

ANA BY KARMA

Hong Kong

Arts & Fashion

Ana by Karma trains female Bhutanese to adapt traditional cloth making into fashionable scarf making for sales to a global market.

ATEC BIODIGESTERS INTERNATIONAL

Cambodia

Energy & Environment

Offers pre-fabricated biogas systems that give rural farming households renewable biogas and fertiliser

BABY HERO

Hong Kong

Arts & Fashion

Baby Hero is a socially responsible children's clothing brand that makes beautiful, super-soft, organic products. Each product funds a neonatal survival kit for a mother and her child in the developing world.

BARAKA NUSANTARA

Indonesia

Agriculture

Baraka Nusantara allows farmers to cultivate Arabica coffee and improve the quality of education through their programmes.

BATIK GIRL FOR ASEAN 2017 (DOLLS & TALES FOR ASEAN CHILDREN)

Indonesia

Education

This social enterprise works with female inmates in Indonesia to produce and sell dolls.

BEYOND VISION PROJECTS

Hong Kong

Education

Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) is a simple-to-create multi-sensory interactive platform that allows visually impaired users to understand visual elements and visual information through touching and hearing

BUBBLENUT WASH

India

Energy & Environment

BubbleNut Wash processes soapnuts into chemical-free and biodegradable detergents for laundry and dishwashing.

CATTLE METTLE

India

Agriculture

An online-offline model for dairy nutrition products where farmers can input data on their cattle breed, get the right information, and order quality assured products which are delivered by our network of partners.

CENTRE FOR TEACHER ACCREDITATION (CENTA) PRIVATE LIMITED

India

Education

Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) aims to create a career path for the teaching profession and make teaching a rewarded, recognized and celebrated profession, thereby creating a catalytic effect on the quality of education in India

CROWDE

Indonesia

Agriculture

We are a crowdfunding platform that enables farmers to raise working capital from investors with a win-win profit sharing scheme.

DID MY ACADEMY OF LIGHT

Malaysia

Education

DID MY Academy of Light is an entrepreneurial training platform to inspire and train PWDs to be financially independent entrepreneurs.

DU'ANYAM

Indonesia

Arts & Fashion

Du'Anyam provides additional, off-farm employment for women of childbearing age by leveraging existing community skills and resources.

ECOACT TANZANIA

Tanzania

Energy & Environment

Ecoact recycles and transform post-consumer waste plastics into building materials - plastic lumbers that are durable and affordable alternative to timber, thus reducing the need for wood and deforestation.

FARMTO THAILAND

Thailand

Agriculture

An online marketplace platform for agricultural products, which allows the customer to purchase products at the beginning of a farming process to establish ownership, while allowing farmers to pre-empt the sales price of their produce.

FUN WITH SIGN AND SPEECH - EARLY SIGN BILINGUAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Hong Kong

Education

Provision of early language development programme for families with children of 0-6 years old who are in the critical period of language development with both signed and oral language.

GREEN PRICE

Hong Kong

Food & Beverage

Online and offline storefront which sells edible food which are close to best before dates at affordable price in order to reduce food waste

HABIBI GARDEN

Indonesia

Agriculture

Habibi Garden is an IoT of precision agriculture, it enabling farmers to feed crops precisely based on real time soil- environment data collected.

HAQDARSHAK EMPOWERMENT SOLUTIONS PVT LTD

India

Financial Services

Haqdarshak is a mobile and web technology platform working on delivery of government and non-government schemes to eligible citizens through a network of community entrepreneurs.

HARNESS ENERGY

Pakistan

Energy & Environment

Harness Energy sells clean energy products – solar lanterns and clean cook stoves – to low-income households in Pakistan.

HELPUSGREEN

India

Energy & Environment

Helpusgreen is preserving the River Ganges from becoming by ‘flowercycling’ or upcycling the waste from temples and mosques, which make up 16 percent of the pollutants in the river.

HEYCOINS

Hong Kong

Financial Services

Coin kiosks which solve the daily problems caused by coins by collecting physical coins from people and exchanging out online values for various purposes.

IGOODS 愛物資

Taiwan

Healthcare & Sanitation

IGoods is an online platform for the aggregation of items to be donated.

IMAGTOR

Vietnam

Education

Imagtor provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the area of computer graphics and image processing service.

ISEE MOBILE APPS

Hong Kong

Web/Mobile

Mobile applications developed for visually impaired users.

JAGA-ME

Singapore

Healthcare & Sanitation

Jaga-Me platform matches nearby healthcare professionals to clients (young, old or with disabilities) who need nursing or caregiving at home.

KETTO

India

Web/Mobile

Crowdfunding platform for NPOs in India

KHEYTI

United States

Agriculture

Kheyti helps small farmers battle income variability through a “Greenhouse-in-a-Box” (GIB), a low-cost, modular greenhouse kit integrated with end-to-end support.

MAGATHI SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

India

Agriculture

A sustainable development initiative in the rain-fed agriculture of tribal populated locations in Tamil Nadu

MODULUSTECH

Pakistan

Energy & Environment

ModulusTech has developed a low-cost housing design that can be flat-packed and built in less than four hours by refugees

MUSICOIN.ORG

Hong Kong

Arts & Fashion

Musicoin is a global platform to enable indie musicians to release their musical works on blockchain, and get remunerated instantly with a license called "Pay-Per-Play"

NABET INDIA

India

Education

An organization that trains youth including the blind and handicapped for self-dependence.

POS!BLE.NET

Philippines

Financial Services

A B2B2C platform which allows hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop ventures to offer financial services such as domestic money remittance, bills payment services, and micro-loan payments which are normally associated with larger, well-funded enterprises.

RECYCLOGIC

Singapore

Energy & Environment

Our online platform helps businesses to recycle their good reusable items through donations to organisations with a cause, their beneficiaries, and through market partnerships that are focusing on recycling.

IGNIS - RENNIS JOSEPH

India

Education

Ignis promotes capacity building in the areas of English and life skills among students of affordable private schools and government run schools.

SAI

India

Agriculture

Low-cost, one acre agro-forestry model to provide sustainable livelihoods to small and marginal farmers.

TEMU

Indonesia

Web/Mobile

TEMU is an online low-skill jobs marketplace.

THAIBIOMASS

Thailand

Energy & Environment

ThaiBiomass is driven to alleviate poverty in rural farming communities through supporting additional incomes from selling under-utilized agricultural wastes, mainly wood, and growing energy plantation of Leucaena trees.

THE PICHA PROJECT

Malaysia

Food & Beverage

The Picha Project is a social enterprise that runs a food delivery and catering business but all our cooks are refugees that are currently living in Malaysia

TWOPRESENTS LIMITED

Hong Kong

Web/Mobile

Twopresents is designed to tap into a growing pool of inefficiently utilized funds in today’s commercialized gifting economy and to teach children to help the needy through celebrations.

URDHVAM

India

Healthcare & Sanitation

Provision of groundwater mapping and analysis services for addressing the acute groundwater crisis in India

VIETHERB

Vietnam

Healthcare & Sanitation

Promotion of herbs, herbal cuisine, and Vietnamese traditional medicine to consumers.

VIRTUALAHAN

Philippines

Education

We train and employ people who are victims of employment discrimination because of their medical condition and disabilities to work online as remote employees for digital start-ups around the world.

WAKATOBI EYEWEAR

Indonesia

Arts & Fashion

Wakatobi Eyewear, an Indonesia eyewear tailored specifically for Indonesian facial features.

WECARE.ID

Indonesia

Healthcare & Sanitation

P2P crowdfunding platform enabling underserved patients to secure funding for necessary medical treatments

YTODAY SDN BHD (YOUTHSTODAY.COM)

Malaysia

Education

Sponsorship and event matching platform for charity, youth development, leadership programs between youth and brands.

ZGCC: A HONG KONG COFFEE GROUNDS UPCYCLING SOLUTION

Hong Kong

Energy & Environment

Collection of coffee grounds and recycling of the coffee grounds to daily household products

佳聖生物科技有限公司

Taiwan

Agriculture

Increasing the bee population by improving the living conditions of bees and working with farmers to provide bees a safe environment

俠客數位科技有限公司

Taiwan

Transport

System to match large delivery trucks to jobs to reduce the occurrences of them making empty trips and wasting fuel in the process

元方泰清洁能源气源机项目

China

Energy & Environment

Development of a more efficient, safer and environmentally stove

元沛農坊-沃畝股份有限公司

Taiwan

Agriculture

Reduction of bio-waste by converting small plots of land into compost grounds

广州市植趣文化传播责任有限公司

China

Arts & Fashion

Integration of patients with mental health issues through learning of art and craft

慕渴股份有限公司/鮮乳坊-小農鮮乳直送

Taiwan

Agriculture

Improvement on the Taiwan dairy industry by empowering farmers and provision of better veterinary care to milk cows

玖樓(共宅一生)

Taiwan

Energy & Environment

Solving the urban housing issue through redesign of existing living spaces

玩轉學校/習元國際教育有限公司

Taiwan

Education

Complementary education materials for students via games and case studies

視鏡科技 FITGLASSES 公益夥伴行銷育成計畫

Taiwan

Healthcare & Sanitation

Empowerment of marginalised communities through sales of glasses

陽光伏特家 - 綠能群募平台

Taiwan

Energy & Environment

Crowdfunding platform dedicated to solar energy projects

零分贝

China

Web/Mobile

Provision of big data analysis services for government agencies to be able to better distribute resources while addressing poverty issues

*The 60 social enterprises 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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