You’re invited to the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia Awards Ceremony!

September 2013 marked the launch of the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, an Asia-wide competition for early-stage social enterprises. From over 400 breakthrough ideas, solving some of the most challenging problems in Asia, three social ventures will receive up to SGD 55,000 in seed funding to scale their social impact.

Join us at the Awards Ceremony to hear the winning social venture ideas, get inspired by renowned social entrepreneur Mr. Sebastien Marot, answer your burning questions on starting a social venture and network with impact leaders and like – minded individuals.

Event Schedule (10am- 12:30pm)

9:30 – Registration

10:00 – Sharing by social entrepreneurs

10:30 – Arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Dr. Tony Tan, President, Republic of Singapore

10:30 – Welcome address by Dr. Lily Chan, CEO, NUS Enterprise

10:35 – Address by DBS Representative

10:40 – Keynote address by Mr. Sebastien Marot, Founder, Friends International

11:10 – Pitching by Finalists

11:55 – Video presentation of Social Venture Challenge Asia

12:00 – Presentation of awards by Dr. Tony Tan

12:10 – Tour of exhibits & Lunch Reception

12:30 – Guest-of-Honour takes leave

Keynote Speaker : Sebastien Marot, Founder, Friends-International

After studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Sébastien Marot worked with the department of French Foreign Affairs and in marketing for l’Oreal, before being inspired to work with marginalized children. During his travels through Cambodia in 1994, he launched the award-winning Mith Samlanh project in Phnom Penh to address the many issues faced by marginalized children and youth. From Phnom Penh, he developed the internationally acclaimed social enterprise Friends-International, to provide protection, support and care for marginalized children and youth around the world, using a series of social business models. His awards include: the Order of Australia for Service to Humanity; the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; and, the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Asia (2009). Friends-International was named a Top 100 Non-Governmental Organization by The Global Journal in January 2012.

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