If you are a social tech changemaker, entrepreneur and innovator who is looking to scale your impact – we would love to hear from you!
Singtel Future Makers is a 4-month social innovation programme in Singapore comprising up to S$140,000 grants for the start-ups, mentoring by cross-sector experts, competency workshops, networking and strategic partnership opportunities with the Singtel Group and our partners.
In 2017, we held our inaugural regional programme in Sydney for six of our Future Makers start-ups from Singtel, Optus and Globe to participate and pitch at the Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific as well as receive further regional capacity-building support by our business and community partners in Australia.
- Singtel Group announces six winning social impact start-ups of Asia Pacific Future Makers 2017
- Singtel, Optus and Globe collaborate on Singtel Future Makers programme to promote social innovation across the region
- Singtel Future Makers Names Seven Winning Singapore Social Impact Start-ups
- Singtel Future Makers Launched to Help Social Entrepreneurs Amplify Community Impact
Co-funding of up to S$50,000 per start-up available for Singtel Future Makers 2018
What raiSE is looking out for:
- A compelling local and human centric societal impact,
- Viable business proposition, and
- Team commitment
Decision to award will be made at the end of our 2018 programme for deserving participants that show significant potential and progress. More info will be available upon selection of the finalists.
Accredited Mentor Partner
Opportunity to receive the Startup SG Founder Grant of S$30,000 per start-up available for Singtel Future Makers 2018
Singtel Future Makers as an Accredited Mentor Partner (AMP) under Startup SG Founder:
The grant is open to all Singaporeans/Permanent Residents who are first-time entrepreneurs. In addition, the applicant would need to adhere to the following conditions at the time of application:
- Applicant(s) must hold or propose to hold at least 30% equity in the underlying company;
- The company must have at least 51% local shareholding and must not be incorporated for more than six (6) months at the point of application to Enterprise Singapore;
- The applicant(s) must not have registered or incorporated any business entity;
- The applicant(s) must not have received any funding for the proposed business idea from another government organisation
Singtel supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals with 11 SDGs aligned to our corporate sustainability agenda (click here for more info). We are looking for social impact start-ups that are solving community and environmental issues which fall under these SDGs. Apply now and be a changemaker!
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.
Tailored competency workshops, dedicated mentoring, 1-on-1 business coaching and community networking events
Regional cross-sector ecosystem for collaboration and market opportunities
More than S$500,000 grants and technology support for selected start-ups in the Singtel Group Asia Pacific Future Makers local and regional social innovation programmes
Singtel Group Asia Pacific Future Makers (Regional track)
A maximum of seven start-ups will participate in the local track of Singtel Future Makers 2018. Upon completion of the 4-month programme in Singapore, up to two of the most promising social impact start-ups with regional potential will be selected to compete in the Singtel Group Asia Pacific Future Makers, together with finalists from Optus and our regional Associates.
Programme Highlights & Statistics
In our second run in Singapore, we received 103 applications, an overwhelming increase of 46% from 2016. The top 22 social entrepreneurs, helming 7 social impact start-ups, were then selected to undergo training for the programme.
Provided to the start-ups from Singtel Future Makers
Fund pool for regional Finalists from Singtel, Optus, and Globe Future Makers
54 INDUSTRY EXPERTS
With 18 Singtel staff volunteers
104 CROSS-SECTOR ORGANISATIONS
Group topical mentoring sessions
Coaching and mentoring sessions delivered
Community and other events
Key Dates in 2018
⬤ Application Opening Date
⬤ Application Closing Date (Round 1)
* Acceptance is on a rolling basis
⬤ Application Closing Date (Round 2)
⬤ Preliminary Shortlisting and Pitching
6 & 7 Jun
⬤ Panel Evaluation (Final Round)
⬤ Start of Programme
⬤ Singtel Future Makers 2018 Local Track
⬤ Regional Track Selection and Commencement
Application Opening Date
Application Closing Date (Round 1)
* Acceptance is on a rolling basis
Application Closing Date (Round 2)
Preliminary Shortlisting and Pitching
6 & 7 Jun
Panel Evaluation (Final Round)
Start of Programme
Singtel Future Makers 2018 Local Track
Regional Track Selection and Commencement
AEvice Health is a medical device start-up based in Singapore. It designs and develops an asthma monitoring device that uses smartphone notifications to alert users when a child is on the verge of an asthma attack. It ensures both early medical intervention and greater accuracy in asthma diagnosis.
B-Change is developing an app to help people of diverse backgrounds overcome physical accessibility barriers, unconscious bias, or discrimination, to find accessible and friendly service providers. Proximity and inclusivity data enables users to find wheelchair accessible restaurants, gender and sexuality agnostic clinics, deaf-friendly banking services and more, in minutes.
Third Sector Asia is using a new tool called Pay For Success (PFS) to help governments and philanthropies maximise the impact of their social spending. In a PFS project, impact investors make upfront investments into a promising social programme, and are repaid by the government if and only if the programme works.
SDI Academy empowers the 1.4 million migrant workers in Singapore with customised English communication and vocational skills for them to comprehend safety instructions at workplace. It is developing a language learning and management software that utilises speech recognition and Artificial Intelligence to help blue collar migrant workers for a safer workplace and lesser workplace accidents.
Timeliss is a late-life technology innovations company that brings health, wealth and legacy planning matters onto one platform, empowering people to prepare and provide peace of mind for their loved ones.
TreeDots is developing tech distribution channels such as chatbots and a website to help F&B businesses sell food that they would otherwise throw away or help businesses source for affordable food supplies with a wholesale distribution business of unsold and underappreciated food.
XCLR8 Technologies develops wearable sensors and software applications. We create access to affordable physiotherapy services for patients in need and accelerate their recovery process through our tele-rehab solution.
What It’s Like To Be A Part Of Us
As a community partner of Singtel Future Makers, MINDS has benefited from the increased awareness of our causes with the biggest takeaway as the joint development of an independent travel support app by Hapticus with the support of Singtel and SMRT.
Jeff Kwan, Director of Social Enterprises and Employment Development, MINDS
NCSS Sun Ray Social Service Professional
Past Mentors and Speakers
We assembled a pool of external industry experts, in addition to our corporate skilled mentors, with cross-sector experiences and expertise:
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
Director, Social Enterprises & Employment Development, MINDS
Head of Telco, Partnership Solutions, Google
Ng Ling Ling
Assistant CEO, NCSS, & Managing Director, Community Chest
Managing Director, Adrenalin Group Pte. Ltd.
Partner, 500 Startups
Assistant CEO, SG Enable
Head (Social Finance), raiSE
COO, iCandy Interactive Limited
Mouna Aouri Langendorf
The Singtel Group Asia Pacific Future Makers programme provided us with the tools, framework, and mentorship support which allowed us to better understand and refine our social impact and business proposition. It has also introduced us to the wide network of community partners that Singtel has, and players in the social space ecosystem to learn, interact and share.
Amir Nivy, Founder and CEO of Hapticus
Regional Finalist of Singtel Future Makers 2017
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
Singtel is Asia’s leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses. For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband and TV. For businesses, Singtel offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics and cyber-security capabilities. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches over 650 million mobile customers in 21 countries. Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities. For more information, visit www.singtel.com.