Revealing the 2018 Finalists!

They breathe innovation.
They want to drive change.
They're ready to make an impact.

Asia is calling for its social heroes.

Do you have a business solution that can significantly improve the community around you in a sustainable manner? The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia is back, and we want the spotlight on you! With total award money of over SGD$100,000, this can be the crucial boost to take your social impact to the next level.

Top teams will be flown into Singapore in October 2018 for a four-day finale programme, where you can network with industry experts and impact funders, attend a 1-day Special Boot-Camp training, and more!

Applications are now closed for this year’s Challenge.

View this year’s finalists here.

Our Impact: 2014 - 2017

Since 2014, we have committed to providing multi-dimensional support for budding social entrepreneurs and building a robust community of changemakers across Asia to solve today’s most pressing social problems. With support from a strong network of over 50 partners, winners of the Challenge have accelerated their impact and touched more lives in communities across Asia.
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Number Of Applications
3208
Countries Reached
35
Winners
22
Funding Given Out
645,000

About the Challenge

The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (SVC Asia) is an Asia-wide competition for social enterprises, open to any member of the public. Organised by DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise, the Challenge aims to identify and support innovative new ideas and existing social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact.

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What They’re Saying

“Through winning the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia in 2014, we received operational and financial support from the Organisers, which helped us drastically scale our business and impact a lot more students.”

Neil D’SouzaCEO of Zaya Learning Labs (India), 2014 Winner

“The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia provided us with a platform to expand our network in Asia, and enabled us to receive the necessary support to achieve greater sales.”

Sabrina MustopoFounder and CEO of Krakakoa (Indonesia), 2015 Finalist

“I would like to thank the organisers for the great experience and interactions with the judges and mentors, that will allow us to shape our social venture to be even more successful in the future.”

Pornthida WongphatharakulCo-founder of Siam Organic (Thailand), 2016 Winner

“The Challenge is a great platform to encourage not just the young, but also the aspiring social enterprises, to really reach for their dreams and create that impact that they set out to do.”

Cindy Lim Head, Sustainable & Responsible Business APAC, Syngenta (SVC Asia Partner)

Organised by:

DBS Foundation
NUS Enterprise