Are You Asia’s Next Top Social Entrepreneur?

Sabina-Leah Fernandez

If you’re thinking of starting your own social enterprise, a purpose-driven company that leaves impact beyond shareholder profit, congratulations. You’re one of the brave changemakers bringing social consciousness to the next level.

The good news is that you’re not alone on this journey. There are supporters who want to see you succeed. Enter the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, a regional competition that gives grants to promising young startups “that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact.” The competition, in its third year, has prize money in various categories totalling a whopping SGD$170,000.

But it’s more than just prize money, participants will be guided and mentored by some of the most experienced practitioners in this field. The shortlisted entries will also have the opportunity to travel to Singapore for coaching with experts. Several workshops about social entrepreneurship will be held.

 Past winners run the gamut of verticals and industries, including: affordable biotech platform Micro X Labs (India); fitness for the able-bodied and disabled Society Staples (Singapore); fair trade chocolatiers Kakoa (Indonesia) and; Math and Science specialists Learn Education (Thailand).

 Applications close 15 May 2016. Visit to submit your proposal

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