SPARKS Lite OCT 2017
Dr Chan on Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Champions For A Better Future

Winners of DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017


From converting floral waste into natural products, to financial solutions for the poor and illiterate, find out what are the innovative solutions with positive and sustainable social impact that won S$180,000 in funding in the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (SVC Asia) 2017.


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The Inaugural National Lean LaunchPad

Create An App & Take Flight

With SIA App Challenge 2017


Build an application that solves real world corporate challenges using technology; stand a chance to further develop the idea in a proof-of-concept with Singapore Airlines; and win a grand prize trip to Silicon Valley or S$5000 cash and an air ticket to any SIA destination!


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Startup SG Founder Grant

Startup SG Founder Grant

The Startup SG Founder Grant gives first-time entrepreneurs a head start, through mentor matching and up to S$30,000 grant. Apply through NUS Enterprise for an additional S$20,000 cash investment*, as well as 12 months of corporate secretarial and accounting support.

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Social Enterprise SDI Academy

SDI Academy.

Co-founder of SDI Academy, Sazzad Hossain, started helping Bangladeshi workers when he was still in junior college. SDI Academy was the winner of the raiSE grant in SVC Asia 2015.

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Your Burning Questions
Fire your questions on start-ups and entrepreuneurship, and get answers from NUS Enterprise start-ups, mentors, and staff.

Q: "What motivates governments and corporates to support social enterprises? What are some tangible and intangible outcomes they may expect?"

— NUS FoE Alum (15")

A: Successful social enterprises, those that are financially self-sustaining after an initial injection of resources, are powerful mechanisms of social changes. Unlike not-for-profit organisations, they are subjected to market forces and must create products or services that the consumers are ready to pay for at a fair value – translating into optimisation of resources to reduce cost and wastage. Governments and corporates are becoming increasingly aware about the strength of investing into social enterprises as a form of sustainable community support. Resources are better utilised through a self-sustaining venture that is driven to continuously innovate and adapt to market forces, while providing long-term solutions to address social issues.

— David Pong, CEO, WateROAM

David Pong is the CEO of WateROAM, a water innovation social enterprise that develops highly portable water filtration systems to communities in rural and disaster-hit regions, to provide rapid access to clean and affordable drinking water. WateROAM has since provided clean water access to more than 30,000 people across Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, and Myanmar. In 2016, the social enterprise was recognised by the United Nations as global Young Leader for Sustainable Development Goal 6 on clean water and sanitation.

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SIA App Challenge - Kick-Off
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