About the Challenge

The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia is an Asia-wide competition for social enterprises, open to any member of the public. Organised by NUS Enterprise and DBS Foundation, 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. Now in its 5th year, the Challenge aims to raise awareness of social entrepreneurship and build a robust community of social entrepreneurs and capacity builders across Asia.

The Challenge also provides multi-dimensional support for budding social entrepreneurs and builds capacity through public education in social entrepreneurship. Participants will be supported and mentored by some of the most experienced practitioners in this field. Furthermore, participants who qualify will have the opportunity to travel to Singapore for mentoring & coaching with experts, before facing the final round of judging. The Challenge will culminate with a prestigious awards ceremony.

With a dedicated learning platform and meaningful networks as well as increased awareness and support for budding social entrepreneurs, the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia will accelerate the impact of winning entries to solve today’s most pressing social problems.

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About the Organisers

As a corporate foundation in Asia solely dedicated to championing social entrepreneurship, DBS Foundation contributes towards building a more inclusive society so that those at society’s margins can enjoy productive and rewarding lives. DBS Foundation works with Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurs in Singapore, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong with programmes ranging from venture challenges, learning forums, intensive incubation, grant support, financing and skilled volunteer mentoring. The Foundation is an endeavour from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs.

Visit us at: www.dbs.com/dbsfoundation

A leading global university centered in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university. NUS Enterprise was established to provide an enterprise dimension to NUS teaching and research. It nurtures talents with entrepreneurial and global mind-sets and promotes the spirit of innovation and enterprise through a wide variety of programmes and activities. As Asia’s thought leader for innovation and enterprise, NUS Enterprise engages in active industry partnerships, and provides experiential entrepreneurial education and holistic entrepreneurship support for the NUS community.

For the entrepreneur community, NUS Enterprise actively organises year-round outreach and education programmes and events. Such activities are triggered upon anticipation of industry trends and occur regularly. One such initiative is the Social Venture Lab@NUS which promotes and incubates innovation based social ventures with potential to scale. Its programmes cultivate awareness and encourage participants to respond and react to the rapid developments within the social entrepreneurship space. Worthwhile ventures may also receive help in securing funding from grants like the Lotus-NUS Fund. Events are often organised in collaboration with investors, industry contacts and Institutes of Higher Learning, reinforcing our belief in the importance of the community.

For more information, please visit – NUS Enterprise