You’re invited to the 2016 Awards Ceremony!

When: 15 September 2016, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Where: NUS University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent

Register at

Join us as we celebrate the 2016 winners of the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia!

Selected from over 1000 entries, the winning teams will receive a total of SGD 170,000 in seed funding to accelerate their social impact.

Find out how these social enterprises are improving lives through their innovative ideas, in more than 12 countries across Asia. Meet the dynamic social enterpreneurs behind these impactful ventures, and mingle with like-minded changemakers. Be inspired to #ChangeAsiaToday!

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Programme Overview:

2.00 – 2.30pm: Registration and arrival of guests

2.30 – 4.00pm:

  • Welcome Address by NUS Enterprise and DBS Foundation
  • Keynote Address by Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever
  • Pitching by Finalists and Q&A
  • Presentation of Awards

4.00pm onwards: Tea Reception and Social Enterprise Showcase

Social Venture Workshops across Asia (Mar-May 2016)


Not in a location where a workshop is being held? Fret not! (you can also check out our Resource page)

[Self-paced Online Course] Innovative Business Models for Better Impact

Thanks to our knowledge partner the World Bank Group, this is a self-paced course exclusively for participants of SVC Asia. This course is only available until 15 May 2016.


Course description: Social entrepreneurs often neglect to operationalize essential business functions for their innovations. Not having a formal business model can prevent entrepreneurs from acquiring capital and maximizing the scale and impact of their efforts. This course will help social entrepreneurs formalize and validate their business models.

To enroll for the course, click here.


[Webinar] Investment Readiness: perspectives from both sides of the table

(in partnership with the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network)

When: Thursday, 14 April 2016 ● 4.00pm – 5.00pm SGT (UTC +8) [timing revised]
Missed it? Fret not! You can find the recording of the webinar online here.

An authentic funder-investee relationship forms the basis of a good investment. When there is mutual respect and trust, both parties are set to gain the most from the partnership. However, in many occasions both parties have communication challenges, different expectations and understandings which set the relationship off on a wrong note. How can both parties cultivate and maintain a win-win relationship?

In addition to the soft, relationship-building skills, what are the practical and hard skills that investees need to prepare and work on to become “investment ready”?

Join us in this unique webinar to hear perspectives from a funding organization and a social enterprise on their experience funding(raising) to help you with your own journey.


Patsian Low, Head, DBS Foundation

Patsian Low

As the Head of DBS Foundation, Patsian Low drives the focus on championing social entrepreneurship in Asia. The Foundation is an endeavor from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs.

Patsian was the former Director of the Philanthropy division in the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) to provide programmes that promote and engage philanthropy from different donor sectors in Singapore. Earlier to NVPC, she conducted independent research and consultation in microfinance and social finance, worked on white papers on Microfinance in Asia, Non-Profit Media Strategies, Social Finance, Venture Philanthropy, among others. As a mentor/trainer for the UNITAR Afghan Fellowship Programme, she contributed her bit to Afghanistan’s post-war redevelopment. She is also accredited United Nations Capital Development Fund/Asian Development Bank Institute Microfinance Trainer of Trainers.

Patsian sits on the Boards of Social Venture Partners (Singapore), a venture philanthropy society, the Microfinance Society (Singapore), Singapore’s first microfinance interest group, Forum for the Future SE Asia and was previously a Governor with Banking with the Poor Network.

Patsian has senior-level financial sector experience in U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore within various global institutions like Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and State Street. She holds an MBA (Marketing) from New York University’s Leonard N Stern School of Business, and a B.Sc. in Finance from Binghamton University (State University of New York).

Neil D’Souza, CEO & Founder, Zaya Learning Labs


Neil D’Souza is the founder and CEO of Zaya Learning Labs, a disruptive educational startup brining affordable blended learning solutions to the mass market. Over the last 5 years, Zaya has pioneered an implementation model that allows any Low Cost Private School to implement a fully adaptive curriculum for under $2 per child per month. Today, Zaya reaches over 30,000 students who use personalized instruction with technology as a core part of their learning everyday. With over 150,000 students signed up next year, Zaya aims to become the largest affordable learning solution for the market that was historically underserved. Neil has over 10 years experience in education and technology spreading across US and India markets. Before Zaya, Neil worked at Cisco Systems in the Bay Area on Mobile Internet products that form the core of U.S telecom infrastructure.

Jayesh Parekh, Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures

Jayesh Parekh

Jayesh Parekh is a Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures, a Singapore-based pan Asian early-stage Tech, Internet, Mobile & Digital Media fund. Jayesh is the Chief Mentor & Investor-in-Residence at The HUB Singapore.

He is a Co-Founder of Sony Entertainment Television (a joint venture with Sony Pictures), and on the Boards of Shemaroo Entertainment and One Animation. Jayesh is also an active impact investor and on the Board and Investment Committee of Aavishkaar India II Fund, a major social impact fund. Earlier he was on the Board of United Way International and SONG (Soros, Omidyar Network and Google) Fund. He is also an Advisor to Dasra and Blume Ventures, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, a mentor at NUS Enterprise, a member of TiE Angels, Indian Angel Network and Mumbai Angel Network.

Prior to his third nationality in Singapore, Jayesh spent over 12 years at IBM based in Houston and Singapore, and was part of the team that brought IBM back to India. Jayesh studied at the University of Texas at Austin and Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

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In-person events in Singapore for budding changemakers and existing social entrepreneurs to skill-up!

To register, go to

1. Match Me Up!

When: Wed, 30 March 2016 ● 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: NUS Enterprise @ Blk71, #02-01 Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139951

Do you have a social problem you want to solve? A solution to test out but looking for partners? A skill to contribute?
Do you want to be part of something bigger?

Come along for an evening of networking and team formation. Pitch your solutions to a like-minded community for partners and feedback. Discover likeminded co-founders and friends who share your passion and social mission.

2. Business Model Design & Validation [for budding entrepreneurs]

When: Sat, 9 April 2016 ● 9.00am – 5.00pm
Where: NUS Enterprise @ Blk71, #02-01 Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139951

Looking for guidance on how to test and execute your idea? Turn your mission-driven idea into a well-designed, viable and impactful venture. This workshop will introduce tools and methods that will provide you with a structured, evidence-based approach to getting your social venture idea off-the-ground.

3. Purpose-Driven Approach to Business Model Design *in partnership with raiSE*
[for social enterprises in operation]

When: Fri, 15 April 2016 ● 8.30am – 5.30pm
Where: NUS Enterprise @ Blk71, #02-01 Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139951
Fee: SGD 40 (fee is waived for raiSE members and NUS staff/students)

Targeted at social entrepreneurs who are already running their social ventures, this workshop introduces a framework that puts achievement of social impact as the primary design goal, while also exploring different financing models. The framework ultimately demonstrates how the tensions between achieving social impacts and meeting financing requirements can be resolved through the design of an appropriate stakeholder model that generates a “shared-purpose” between the social entrepreneur and other stakeholders (more details here).

4. Check-in Session with Mentors

When: Sat, 23 April 2016 ● 8.30am – 1.00pm
Where: NUS Enterprise @ Blk71, #02-01 Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139951

For teams* participating in SVC Asia, check-in with our mentors to make sure you’re on the right track, and gain deeper insight to refine your business model.

*only teams who have started an application for SVC Asia will be considered for this session. Your participation will be confirmed via email from the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre.


Skill up by attending these workshops:

Purpose-Driven Approach to Business Model Design

The Purpose-Driven Approach to Business Model Design guides you to analyse, design and visualise your business model, with the achievement of social impact as your primary design goal. This workshop will also explore how to manage and resolve tensions of achieving social impact and meeting financing requirements.

Details and registration: Click here

1. Workshop in Jakarta (for social enterprises already in operation)

Date: 8 April 2016, 9am-5pm

Venue: DBS Tower Lv 34 Jln. Prof Dr Satrio Kuningan Jakarta Selatan

2. Workshop in Surabaya

Date: 14 April 2016, 9am-5pm

Venue: C2O library & collabtive, Jl. Dr. Cipto 22 Surabaya


In partnership with:

Unltd Indonesia



Date: 31 Mar 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 1930 hrs – 2130 hrs (Registration starts 1900h)
Venue: Taipei SE-DBS Hub Level 3 (No. 28, Lane 174, Section 2, Bade Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104)

Programme Outline

  • Introduction to Social Venture Challenge Asia
  • Keynote speech by  Wang Zhao Yun, Founder of iHealth Express (2nd Runner Up, 2015)
  • Idea Toolbox- How to develop a Business Model for Social Enterprise
  • Submission kit  -How to fill in the application documents + video production

To register, go to


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Hong Kong

A Purpose-Driven approach to Business Model Design: A workshop for Social Entrepreneurs

Date: 4th May 2016
Time: 7.00 – 10.00pm
Venue: TU 201, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, KLN

Have you wondered how you could increase or maximize your social impact, while maintaining financial sustainability?

Tailor-made for social entrepreneurs, this workshop introduces a framework that puts achievement of social impact as the primary design goal of the business model, to ensure delivery of social impacts that were intended. The workshop will also cover tensions between social impact and different financing needs, and how it can be resolved through shared purpose-alignment of stakeholder and entrepreneur.

For more details and registration, click here.

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Date: 15th April, 2016 (Friday)
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Toong, 98 Tô Ngọc Vân, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội

Come learn about the lean startup methodology, but adapted for social entrepreneurs! Register here.

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Date: 30th April, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

MORNING: 9:30am-12pm Learn about the venture challenge, how it can benefit you, and how the application process works

AFTERNOON: 2pm-4pm Meet with experts and discuss your application with them- get your burning questions answered, discuss your idea and get tips and advice on how to improve your application.

Please feel free to join either session, or both! Register here.

In partnership with:

Impact Hub Phnom Penh


Date: 4 May 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 6.00 – 9.00pm
Venue: GALLERY at A SPACE, 5/F 110 Legazpi Makati City


Registration details will be available soon. Write to for more information.

In partnership with:

A Space