Following a pitch battle involving 12 outstanding finalists chosen from a pool of over 70 applicants, Singtel has today announced seven winning Singapore social impact start-ups from its inaugural Singtel Future Makers programme.
Singtel Vice President of Group Corporate Social Responsibility, Mr Andrew Buay, said: “Singtel’s Future Makers are those who can leverage technology and innovation to address a real social challenge faced by vulnerable members of our community. After a rigorous selection process, the judging panel felt these seven recipients stood out with the best plans to enable positive change. We are excited about the positive social impact that they can create.”
Each recipient will receive cash funding of up to S$20,000. Over the next six months, they will work in a co-working space provided by iMDA Labs. They will also benefit from access to business workshops, mentoring and coaching support from Singtel and its partner network – the Community Chest, SPD, iMDA Labs, raiSE and UNFRAMED. This is on top of networking opportunities as well as potential commercialisation opportunities with the Singtel Group and its regional mobile associates.
The winning startups are as follows.
Bompipi.com which is now online, is an online marketplace that sells popular fast-moving consumer goods and groceries. It offers its customers a reward system which supports social inclusion and develops the community through volunteering.
It expects 70% of its shoppers to volunteer through the reward system, and will contribute 15% of its profits to Voluntary Welfare Organisations and Non-profit Organisations.
Using a cloud-based platform and speech recognition technology, CaptionCube provides high-quality, fast captioning, transcription, and subtitling services for e-learning and media content providers who are inclusive to a hearing impaired audience. They employ persons with disability who work remotely on the transcription, giving them flexibility and convenience.
CaptionCube has improved communication engagements by over 30% among its clientele. It believes everyone has equal rights to communicate and be heard.
Enabled tackles stereotype and discrimination of persons with disability in Singapore by providing digital learning, empathy training and experiential workshops to empower school students to become advocates for persons with disability which makes up 15% of Singapore’s population.
It also hopes to embed empathy training into the core curriculum in schools.
GIVE.asia is a free-to-use platform that empowers people and organisations to create crowdfunding and donation pages in a matter of minutes, without a designer or developer. It democratises technology for charities, companies, and individuals and harnesses the power of peer-to-peer fundraising for social causes.
So far, 200,000 people have joined this social movement and raised S$10.8million to support 15,000 social causes.
Irisada is creating a specialised marketplace for the special needs community to find hard-to-reach products all in one place. The marketplace is specially designed to benefit the community of caregivers and persons with special needs via the use of intuitive search functions, curation and features that encourage product innovation.
It hopes to connect buyers to solutions that help them enjoy a high quality of life and also vendors to their target markets.
Jaga-Me is a health technology company which aims to make healthcare more responsive, more affordable and more personal. It has developed a mobile app to help patients and their families engage home care services from qualified professionals within the community. These healthcare professionals are matched according to patients’ requests based on skillset and availability.
To date, Jaga-Me has successfully served over 2,500 hours of safe nursing care across Singapore. Nurses are carefully screened and have at least three years of experience working in a hospital with valid clinical skills.
Medarwin is looking to change the way the elderly and people with physical limitations dry their laundry, with its product – Raincheck. Through a smartphone app, Raincheck automatically deploys wet laundry outdoor and retracts them during inclement weather.
It is expecting to test bed Raincheck across various households and smart city initiatives for further product feedback before manufacturing.
GIVE.asia received a special accolade, as the startup also got an additional S$10,000 prize money granted by the Community Chest Sustainable Giving Award.
“The partnership with Community Chest for this special award underscores the commitment of the Singtel Group to explore different ways to build inclusive communities through social and technological innovation,”said Andrew Buay, Singtel Vice President of Group Corporate Social Responsibility, in a press statement.
Ms Ng Ling Ling, Community Chest Managing Director & Assistant CEO of National Council of Social Service said “Through Singtel Future Makers, we hope to involve the community in the generation and development of new ideas to enhance the whole giving experience to meet community needs, through technology and innovation. We also hope to better understand motivations and behaviours that encourage giving, particularly within the digital space.”