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JOIN SINGTEL FUTURE MAKERS 2017 AND CREATE A POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT!

If you are a changemaker, impact entrepreneur or social innovator who are looking to scale your impact – we are definitely interested to hear from you!

Singtel Future Makers is a 4-month social innovation programme in Singapore, comprising up to S$20,000 grants for each selected start-up, mentoring by cross-sector experts, competency workshops, networking and strategic partnership opportunities with the Singtel Group and its partners.


*Singtel is pleased to announce that Home Nursing Foundation (with an additional grant of up to S$10k) and The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore have issued two separate problem briefs through Singtel Future Makers 2017. To find out more about the briefs, please click on the respective links below*

Click here to view HNF-Singtel Future Makers 2017 Brief_ Healthcare Service Matching App
Click here to view MINDS-SMRT-Singtel Future Makers 2017 Brief_ Independent Transport for PWiDs


By 7 May 2017 (Final Round)

* applications on a rolling basis

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WHY JOIN SINGTEL FUTURE MAKERS

Singtel Future Makers aims to help build and support an ecosystem of change agents, innovation, capacity building and collaboration that will help transform the lives of the vulnerable in the community, as well as support caregivers and Social Service Organisations. This social innovation programme comprises community engagement, mentorship, coaching and funding support for social entrepreneurs in Singapore. Singtel Future Makers is open to passionate individuals who believe that technological innovation plays a key role in addressing social causes in Singapore and beyond.

Attractive Funding
Attractive Funding

More than S$500,000 grants for start-ups across all Singtel Group Future Makers programmes in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines

Capacity Building
Capacity Building

Tailored competency workshops, dedicated mentoring, 1-on-1 business coaching and community networking events

Regional Network
Regional Network

Regional cross-sector ecosystem for collaboration and market opportunities

Key Dates in 2017

23 Mar

Application Opening Date

23 Apr

Application Closing Date (Round 1)

7 May

Application Closing Date (Round 2)

26 May

Acceptance into Singtel Future Makers 2017

Jul to Oct

Start of Programme

Nov

Regional Track (for local finalists)

21 Mar

Application Opening Date

23 Apr

Application Closing Date (Round 1)

7 May

Application Closing Date (Round 2)

23 & 24 May

Panel Evaluation

28 Jun

Start of Programme

Nov

Regional Track

(for local finalists)

Our Partners' Insights

Our Mentors In 2017

We have assembled a pool of great mentors and speakers with cross-sector experiences and expertise:

Anand Ramachandran

Director, Group Projects & Consulting, Group Strategy, Singtel

Andrew Buay

Vice President, Group CSR, & Talent Coach, Singtel

Audrey Chia

Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Cheong Hai Thoo

Head, Digital Mobile, Singtel

Evelyn Phang

Director, Strategic Alliances & Partnerships, Group Strategy & Partnerships, Singtel

Frank Young

CEO, HungryGoWhere, Singtel

Jan Croeni

Principal, Croeni Foundation

Jane Lim

Consultant, Shopee

Jeff Kwan

Director, Social Enterprises & Employment Development, MINDS

Kobita Desai

Director, Group Strategy & Partnerships, Singtel

Monica Tsai

Senior Director, Investments & Operations Singapore, Singtel Innov8

Ng Ling Ling

Assistant CEO, NCSS, & Managing Director, Community Chest

Richardo Chua

Managing Director, Adrenalin Group Pte. Ltd.

Vishal Harnal

Partner, 500 Startups

OUR ALUMNI

Bompipi.com is an online marketplace that sells popular fast-moving consumer goods and groceries. It offers its customers a reward system, which supports social inclusion and develops the community through volunteering. It expects 70% of its shoppers to volunteer through the reward system and will contribute 15% of its profits to Social Service Organisations and Non-Profit Organisations.

Using a cloud-based platform and speech recognition technology, CaptionCube provides high quality, fast captioning, transcription, and subtitling services for e-learning and media content providers who are inclusive to a hearing impaired audience. They employ persons with disabilities who work remotely on the transcript, giving them flexibility and convenience. CaptionCube has improved communication engagements by over 30% among its clientele. It believes everyone has equal rights to communicate and be heard.

Enabled tackles stereotype and discrimination of persons with disabilities in Singapore by providing digital learning, empathy training and experiential workshops to empower school students to become advocates for this group, which makes up 15% of Singapore’s population. It also hopes to embed empathy training into the core curriculum in schools.

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GIVE.asia is a free-to-use platform that empowers people and organisations to create crowdfunding and donation pages in a matter of minutes, without a designer or developer. It gives easy access to technology for charities, companies and individuals and harnesses the power of peer-to-peer fundraising for social causes. So far, 200,000 people have joined this social movement and raised S$10.8million to support 15,000 social causes.

Irisada is creating a specialised marketplace for the special needs community to find hard-to-reach products all at one place. The marketplace is specially designed to benefit the community of caregivers and persons with special needs using intuitive search functions, curation and features that encourage product innovation. It hopes to connect buyers to these specialised products that help them enjoy a high quality of life.

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Jaga-Me is a health technology company, which aims to make healthcare more responsive, affordable and personal. It has developed a mobile app to help patients and their families engage home care services from qualified professionals within the community. These healthcare professionals are matched according to patients’ requests based on skillset and availability. To date, Jaga-Me has successfully served over 2,500 hours of safe nursing care across Singapore. Nurses are carefully screened and have at least three years of experience working in a hospital with valid clinical skills.

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Medarwin is looking to change the way the elderly and people with physical limitations dry their laundry – with its product Raincheck. Through a smartphone app, Raincheck automatically deploys wet laundry outdoor and retracts it during inclement weather. Medarwin expects to test its solution across various households and smart city initiatives for further product feedback before manufacturing.

What it’s like to be a Singtel Future Maker

What They Say

  • With Singtel’s networks, connections and expertise in technology, they can be really strong partners for these start-ups and help them succeed and scale.
    Vishal Harnal, Partner, 500 Startups
  • I think it’s a very exciting platform for people to come and co-create ideas.
    Ng Ling Ling, Managing Director, Community Chest,
    Assistant CEO, National Council of Social Service
  • The Singtel Future Makers programme is a very relevant programme for our time. I think they are all ready to disrupt for a good cause.
    Richardo Chua, Managing Director, Adrenalin Group Pte. Ltd.
Journey - Workshop 1
Monica Tsai, Senior Director, Singtel Innov8, sharing her experiences on the venture capital landscape in Asia and tips on effective pitching
Singtel Future Makers start-ups walking away with concrete tools & processes to better assess their social impact
Start of the Social Impact Assessment workshop
UX workshop participants carrying out live demo of user testing to get feedback for their respective products and services
Group photo of Singtel Future Maker 2016 start-ups at our Singtel Recreation Club
Aileen Tan, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, Singtel, sharing her insights on human capital management
Chia Yong Yong, NMP, President, SPD, sharing pointers on the importance of IP rights and its relevance to start-ups
Chia Boon Chong, Director, Group Sustainability, Singtel, addressing questions from the floor on the inaugural Singtel Future Makers programme
Representatives of the various social sector organisations in Singapore having a discussion with the Singtel Future Makers start-ups at our monthly community event
Keat Chow, Executive Committee Member, Brighton Connection, sharing about the work and challenges faced in their organisation
The Singtel Future Makers start-ups meeting their mentors for the first time during our Mentors Mixer
Vishal Harnal, Partner, 500 Startups, introducing himself and his experiences in the venture capital scene in Southeast Asia
Andrew Buay, Vice President, Group Sustainability, Singtel, sharing his thoughts with the Bompipi team
Anand Ramachandran, Director, Group Strategy, Singtel, learning more about Jaga-Me and their solutions
Our Mentors in 2016

We assembled a pool of great mentors and speakers with cross-sector experiences and expertise:

Anand Ramachandran

Director, Group Projects & Consulting, Group Strategy, Singtel

Andrew Buay

Vice President, Group Sustainability, Singtel

Audrey Chia

Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Cheong Hai Thoo

Head, Digital Mobile, Singtel

Evelyn Phang

Director, Strategic Alliances & Partnerships, Group Strategy & Partnerships, Singtel

Frank Young

CEO, HungryGoWhere, Singtel

Jan Croeni

Principal, Croeni Foundation

Jane Lim

Consultant, Shopee

Jeff Kwan

Director, Social Enterprises & Employment Development, MINDS

Kobita Desai

Director, Group Strategy & Partnerships, Singtel

Monica Tsai

Senior Director, Investments & Operations Singapore, Singtel Innov8

Ng Ling Ling

Assistant CEO, NCSS, & Managing Director, Community Chest

Richardo Chua

Managing Director, Adrenalin Group Pte. Ltd.

Vishal Harnal

Partner, 500 Startups

Testimonials

  • With Singtel’s networks, connections and expertise in technology, they can be really strong partners for these start-ups and help them succeed and scale.

    Vishal Harnal Singtel Future Makers Evaluation Panel Judge, Partner, 500 Startups

  • Richelle South

    It’s been a wonderful, quick journey so far. We had a great time pitching to the advisory board and then getting to know the other start-ups, learning about all of the different support they’re offering us. It’s been a wonderful experience.

    Co-founder & COO, CaptionCube

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  • With Singtel’s networks, connections and expertise in technology, they can be really strong partners for these start-ups and help them succeed and scale.

    Vishal Harnal
    Singtel Future Makers Evaluation Panel Judge, Partner, 500 Startups
  • It’s been a wonderful, quick journey so far. We had a great time pitching to the advisory board and then getting to know the other start-ups, learning about all of the different support they’re offering us. It’s been a wonderful experience.

    Richelle South
    Co-founder & COO, CaptionCube
  • What’s really exciting is that Singtel has partnered with Community Chest this year for the Sustainable Giving Award and we’re really excited to be working on real world challenges to promote giving and make it more attractive and more sustainable for givers in Singapore.

    Aseem K Thakur
    Co-founder, GIVE.asia (Community Chest Sustainable Giving Recipient)

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  • The journey with Singtel is extraordinary with great mentorship and programme support. We are thus able to achieve tremendous results! Clear direction is given to guide us towards being a sustainable social enterprise.
    Jackie Ho, Co-founder, Bompipi

  • Singtel Future Makers deeply impacted and accelerated CaptionCube's progress in more aspects than we've expected. If you are committed to building a sustainable social enterprise, Singtel Future Makers 2017 would be the best nurturing ground for you. Sign up now for this invaluable journey!
    Li Kunqi, CEO, CaptionCube

  • Singtel Future Makers has been a great learning experience for GIVE.asia. Our team is super grateful to everyone at Singtel Future Makers for putting this amazing programme together as it challenged us to raise the bar higher and connected us with great opportunities.
    Aseem K Thakur, Co-founder, GIVE.asia, Community Chest Sustainable Giving Award Recipient 2016

By 7 May 2017 (Final Round)

* applications on a rolling basis

Singtel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. We have presence in Asia, Australia and Africa with over 600 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. We also have a vast network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.

Our Partners

Community Chest supports about 80 charities in Singapore, allowing them to focus on caring for the disadvantaged. 100% of your donations go towards helping children with special needs and youths-at-risk to reach their potential, adults with disabilities to integrate into society, relationships of families in difficulty to stay resilient, seniors to age graciously in the community and persons with mental health issues to integrate into society.

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Founded in 1976, Home Nursing Foundation (HNF) is one of the oldest and most established charities that provides home care in Singapore. We deliver comprehensive care programmes that are dedicated to our patients. From nursing to medical-care, to looking after patients’ social well-being and other practical daily needs, we bring care and support into the homes of those in need.

The IMDA PIXEL Labs provide convergence spaces for individuals and companies to work collaboratively on ideas, developing new technologies and testing out proof-of-concepts. PIXEL Labs provide access to prototyping equipment, mentorship by experts, as well as opportunities to demo and showcase innovative products and solutions. With a nurturing environment that aims to inspire with technology, the PIXEL Labs also seek to ignite a bold passion for innovative thinking and inspirational experimentation in passionate individuals. Currently, there are three PIXEL Labs and they are located in IMDA’s headquarters at Mapletree Business City, National Design Centre and the Jurong Regional Library.

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) was founded in May 1962 by a group of philanthropists who saw the need to provide equal opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to receive education and later, to be integrated as contributing and responsible citizens in Singapore.

The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and raise support for social enterprises in Singapore. raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs.

SPD is a voluntary welfare organisation that focuses on helping people with disabilities maximise their potential and integrating them into mainstream society. Through close to 20 programmes that encompass early intervention, therapy, training, assistive technology, day care as well as education, employment and social service support, SPD serves more than 5,000 people with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities, helping them to become self-reliant and independent.

NUS Enterprise plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. As Asia’s Thought Leader for Innovation & Enterprise, its initiatives complement and add a unique perspective to NUS teaching and research at the University and beyond.

UNFRAMED is a training academy and accelerator which builds entrepreneurs for social impact! Through our hands-on trainings and startup programs, we equip the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders with the right skills, network and resources to build great startups. We leverage community engagement, entrepreneurship and technology to accelerate positive change in our society – #beUNframed!

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