Singtel Future Makers 2017 aims to help build and support an ecosystem of change agents, innovation, capacity building and collaboration that will help transform the lives of the vulnerable in the community, as well as support caregivers and Social Service Organisations. This social innovation programme comprises community engagement, mentorship, coaching and funding support for social entrepreneurs in Singapore.
During the event, Singapore’s Minister of State for Education, Dr. Janil Puthucheary, gave a speech and touched on the topic of disobedience, which is this willingness to jump in take risks despite resistance from others.
Singtel Future Makers 2017 follows the success of the inaugural launch in Singapore and Australia last year, where seven local social start-ups were selected in both Singapore and Australia from more than 150 applicants. They received mentoring and financial backing to scale up their ideas.
In this year’s edition, successful applicants will receive more than S$500,000 in cash grants and four months of business workshops, mentoring, and coaching support from industry experts.
Through this programme, successful applicants will gain a unique opportunity to grow their organisational capabilities, refine their business models, and make a bigger social impact. The top participants from Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines with the potential to scale their solutions regionally will have the chance to participate in a regional tier of funding and a workshop for regional capability building.
Mr. Andrew Buay, Singtel’s Vice President of Group Sustainability said, “We believe in the power of technology and innovation to tackle the challenges faced by the vulnerable in our communities. The fact that many social issues transcend geographical boundaries, makes it all the more important that we expand the Singtel Future Makers programme beyond Singapore, to give change makers with the most promising solutions the opportunity to scale regionally. Through Singtel Future Makers, our goal is to nurture a vibrant social innovation ecosystem by collaborating with our associates, partners and social enterprises to deliver greater positive social impact where it matters.”
Singtel Future Makers 2017 is open for applications from 21 March to 7 May. The programme will commence in June and conclude with a regional pitch day in November 2017.