Singapore, 15 September 2016 – Healthy, organic, nutritious Jasberry™ rice provides Thai farmers 14 times higher income than growing regular rice; A one-stop platform with content to help disabled individuals live well; A sugarcane planter that improves planting efficiency by 80%; These are some of the innovative solutions developed by winners of the 2016 DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (SVC Asia) that have the potential to improve lives around the world.

This is the third consecutive year of the challenge, which is co-organised by DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise, and supported by the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) and Syngenta. The winners were awarded a total of $175,000 in seed funding and grants. This year, two new awards were introduced – the Syngenta Agriculture Social Enterprise award for the Best Agriculture Social Enterprise and another award for the Best Use of Technology and Innovation for Agriculture. These awards aim to recognise social enterprises with innovative business models in agriculture that can bring benefits to farmers and rural economies in Asia. Read on for more information about the winners!

Grand Prize Winner: Siam Organic (Thailand)

– S$75,000 in seed funding –

Siam Organic aims to alleviate farmers’ poverty through innovative organic products, including its nutritious Jasberry™ rice. Jasberry™ rice combines the taste of world-famous Thai Jasmine rice with berries’ nutritional, antioxidant benefits, accounting for its global appeal.

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Jury Prize Winner: OurCityLove Social Enterprise (Taiwan)

– S$30,000 in seed funding –

OurCityLove Social Enterprise has developed an accessibility information structure that links data of cities’ accessible restaurants, transportation, other facilities and services together on a cloud-based platform. OurCityLove also provides employment training and certification for businesses.

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raiSE VentureForGood grant award: AbleThrive (Singapore)

– S$50,000 in grants –

AbleThrive is a one-stop platform with curated high-quality resources about living well with a disability, sourced from a growing network of over 100 blogs, organisations, companies and hospitals worldwide. In addition, it provides consulting services for companies interested in fostering disability inclusion. This raiSE grant is part of SVC Asia, targeted at helping social enterprises address a social gap or need in Singapore.

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Syngenta Agriculture Social Enterprise award for Best Agriculture Social Enterprise: Kamal Kisan (India)

– S$10,000 in funding –

Kamal Kisan develops machines and tools suitable for smallholder farmers to reduce their dependence on labour and increase their profitability. One of their products, a sugarcane planter, has been able to demonstrate improvements in process efficiency by up to 80%.

As the Kamal Kisan founders were unable to attend the Awards Ceremony, Supriya from the Villgro Innovation Foundation (in red) accepted the award on their behalf.

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Syngenta Agriculture Social Enterprise award for Best Use of Technology & Innovation: Naireeta Services (India)

– S$10,000 in funding –

Naireeta Services develops “Bhungroo”, a unique rainwater management solution which helps poor farmers adapt to disasters like drought and prolonged water logging. “Bhungroo” filters, injects and retains excess storm water underground for reuse in dry season.

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