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OUR START-UPS which is now online, 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 Voluntary Welfare 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 disability who work remotely on the transcription, 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 disability in Singapore by providing digital learning, empathy training and experiential workshops to empower school students to become advocates for persons with disability which makes up 15% of Singapore’s population.

It also hopes to embed empathy training into the core curriculum in schools. 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 democratises 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 in one place. The marketplace is specially designed to benefit the community of caregivers and persons with special needs via the use of intuitive search functions, curation and features that encourage product innovation.

It hopes to connect buyers to solutions that help them enjoy a high quality of life and also vendors to their target markets.

Jaga-Me is a health technology company which aims to make healthcare more responsive, more affordable and more 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.

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 them during inclement weather.

It is expecting to test bed Raincheck across various households and smart city initiatives for further product feedback before manufacturing.


Award Ceremony

“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, (Community Chest Sustainable Giving Recipient)


Chia Boon Chong, Associate Director, Group CSR, announcing the launch of Singtel Future Makers at the World Summit Awards Social Innovation Congress 2016.
Catching up at the award ceremony dinner.
Group picture at the WSA award ceremony dinner.
Andrew Buay, VP of Group CSR & Talent Coach, Singtel sharing his thoughts on the social entrepreneurship scene in Singapore and the objectives of Singtel Future Makers.
Manokaran s/o Narayanasamy, Founder, Enabled, sharing how his own disability affects his daily life, and the lack of disability awareness education in Singapore, with the final shoutout to the audience: “It is not about them and us. It’s about us becoming them.”
The team, in addition to receiving the Singtel Future Makers grant, was presented with the Sustainable Giving Award from Ng Ling Ling, Assistant CEO of NCSS, & Managing Director of Community Chest, and Andrew da Roza, Executive Committee member, Community Chest.
Aashish Mehta, Co-founder and CEO, Medarwin, explaining on the benefits of their retractable clothes hanger, RainCheck, particularly for elderly as opposed to the cumbersome traditional clothes hanger and the high-energy consuming dryer.
The Singtel Future Makers team and our start-ups during the award ceremony.
Singtel Future Makers start-ups walking away with concrete tools & processes to better assess their social impact.
Getting to know everyone at the start of Social Impact Assessment workshop.
UX workshop participants carrying out live demo of user testing to get feedback for their respective products and services.
Attendees having an icebreaking session before the Singtel Future Makers Panel Discussion and Information Session.
Monica Tsai, Senior Director, Singtel Innov8, sharing her thoughts on the social entrepreneurial scene in Singapore from her experiences and observations.
Q&A session with members oof the audience asking the panel questions on the challenges of being a social enterpreneur in Singapore.
Chia Boon Chong, Associate Director, Group CSR, Singtel, addressing questions from the floor on the inaugural Singtel Future Makers programme.
Networking after the panel discussion and information session.
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 they do for the community especially the disadvantaged youths and elderly.
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, VP of Group CSR, Talent Coach, Singtel, sharing his thoughts with the Bompipi team.
Anand Ramachandran, Director, Group Strategy, Singtel, learning more about Jaga-Me and their solutions.


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


Key dates:

29 Jun '16

Application Opening Date

14 Aug '16

Application Closing Date

1 - 26 Sep '16

Evaluation and Selection

11 Oct '16

Award Ceremony

Oct '16 to Mar '17

Start of Programme

End Mar '17

2nd tranche funding for eligible applicants

After going through a rigorous selection process, 7 start-ups have been selected and will be provided with follow-up support network to grow and scale their social impact. As part of Singtel Future Makers, they will receive monetary support of up to S$20,000 on a need and business relevance basis, critical non-monetary support such as industry insights, individual mentoring and coaching, networking opportunities and potential collaboration with the Singtel Group and its partner organisations. Most importantly, Singtel does not take any equity for the critical support offered which includes but not limited to:

Attractive Programme Benefits

Up to 7 start-ups will receive S$180,000 of monetary and non-monetary support

Focused Capacity Building

Competency workshops, dedicated mentoring and 1-on-1 business coaching will be provided by seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts from Singtel, and its partner organisations

Comprehensive Community Network

Opportunity to be exposed to the Singtel Group, its Associates and a cross-sector ecosystem for partnerships, business and market collaboration


Singtel Future Makers is launched to help build and support an ecosystem of change agents, innovation, capacity building and collaboration that will help transform the lives of the needy and the vulnerable in the community, as well as support care givers and Voluntary Welfare Organisations. The programme was built on past year’s success of community engagements, mentorship and funding support for social entrepreneurs across Singapore and Australia. The programme is open to passionate individuals who believe that technological innovation plays a key role in making wide-scale social impact that will help shape future success for Singapore.

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.


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.

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.

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 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.

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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