VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ENTERPRISE TO CHANGE ASIA

Get inspired by these 15 trailblazing social enterprises and vote for your favourite in the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017.

The top enterprise will receive the Asia For Good Reader’s Choice Award 2017, which will be presented at the awards ceremony in October. The top team will also receive digital marketing support from Asia For Good.

Help them create a better future for Asia. Cast your vote today!

Voting period for enterprise category: 4 - 22 September 2017.

Find out more about the Top 25 finalists (10 ideas & 15 enterprises) here.

 

  • Hong Kong
    ARTS & FASHION

    ANA by Karma empowers Bhutanese women weavers to utilise their talents to achieve financial independence and support their families, by finding functionalities for heritage weaving techniques that will appeal to the modern consumer. It also funds training and development programmes for the weavers and their children.

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  • China
    WEB & MOBILE

    Beijing 0fenbei Technology makes poverty alleviation more efficient and sustainable by using big data and internet technology to connect communities in need with resource providers such as NGOs, local governments and commercial institutions. It enables more social resources to be channelled into less developed regions to help address poverty issues.

     

     

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  • India
    AGRICULTURE

    Cattle Mettle helps marginal and small rural dairy farmers increase their cattle productivity and household income. It manufactures quality, natural and affordable cattle feeds by restructuring locally available fruit and vegetable waste into edible products. Their holistic online-offline model helps farmers choose the best nutrition for their cattle at a cost they can afford, delivered to their doorsteps.

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  • Indonesia
    AGRICULTRE

    Crowde is a crowd-investing web platform that helps poor farmers raise working capital by connecting them to retail investors, with a win-win profit sharing scheme. By partnering with trusted farming communities, it commits to increasing farmers’ capabilities while also ensuring a profitable return for investors.

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  • Tanzania, United Republic of
    ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

    EcoAct Tanzania uses an innovative plastic extrusion technology to recycle and transform post-consumer plastic waste into plastic lumber for building, construction and furniture. It acts as a durable and affordable alternative to wood timber, helping to reduce deforestation and addressing pollution caused by plastic waste.

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  • India
    FINANCIAL SERVICES

    Haqdarshak helps poor citizens discover and apply for government and non-governmental financial schemes they are entitled to, by training a network of community entrepreneurs to deliver this service through an AI-based mobile and web platform that assesses their scheme eligibility. It also works with government and private organisations to digitise scheme information.

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  • India
    ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

    HelpUsGreen upcycles waste discarded into sacred Indian rivers by temples and mosques through a ‘flowercycling®’ concept. It provides livelihoods to manual scavenger women by employing them to process floral-waste into organic fertiliser, natural incense and Florafoam®, a biodegradable alternative to plastics.

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  • Vietnam
    EDUCATION

    Imagtor helps People with Disabilities (PwDs) have a successful career through equipping them with employable skill sets and providing an empowering work environment. It employs and trains PwDs to provide competitively priced high-quality digital services for international clients, such as video and photography editing.

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  • Hong Kong
    WEB & MOBILE

    iSEE Mobile Apps aims to build a barrier-free society to facilitate the equal participation of the visually impaired in society. Its suite of user-friendly mobile applications helps visually impaired individuals with daily activities such as identifying money, deciphering restaurant menus, and news updates.

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  • Singapore
    HEALTHCARE & SANITATION

    Jaga-Me is a technology platform that connects family caregivers with care professionals nearby, enabling families to access fast, quality and affordable care anytime, anywhere. It creates jobs for freelance healthcare professionals, and empowers them with training to enhance their skills.

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  • Taiwan
    TRANSPORT

    Knight Digital Technology is generating a circular economy for furniture in Taiwan. Its automated platform matches empty delivery trucks to jobs along their return journey, minimizing wasted man-hours and fuel. Its digital marketplace for donating unwanted large furniture enables such furniture to be re-used by those in need, reducing the amount of pollution generated by discarded furniture.

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  • Philippines
    FINANCIAL SERVICES

    POS!BLE.NET makes financial services and e-commerce more accessible to underserved communities. Its B2B2C platform enables community-based microbusinesses to become local touchpoints for financial and e-commerce transactions, through equipping them with low-cost, internet-enabled, portable point-of-sale machines.

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  • Hong Kong
    EDUCATION

    SLCO Community Resources provides a bilingual language development programme for parents and young children, both deaf and hearing. Using both sign and oral language as a medium of instruction, it enhances children’s language and cognitive development, and promotes social inclusion through having a mixture of deaf and hearing individuals in its classes.

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  • Indonesia
    WEB & MOBILE

    TEMU wants to break the cycle of poverty in urban slums through providing low-skilled workers with access to job opportunities. Their mobile and web application collects data from job providers and job seekers, and synthesizes the data to match individuals with the right job opportunities.

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  • Indonesia
    HEALTHCARE & SANITATION

    WeCare.id is a peer-to-peer medical crowdfunding platform that enables poor and underserved patients to secure funding for their medical treatments through direct case-based donations. Its membership scheme also acts as a form of micro-insurance to ensure long-term care for patients.

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ABOUT DBS-NUS SOCIAL VENTURE CHALLENGE ASIA

The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia is in its fourth year and is shortlisting the region’s top social enterprises. It is an Asia-wide competition for social entrepreneurs, open to any member of the public. Organised by NUS Enterprise and DBS Foundation, the Challenge aims to identify and support innovative ideas and social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact.

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READ MORE ABOUT THE WINNERS FROM LAST YEAR’S COMPETITION

Read about last year’s winners

Siam Organic from Thailand and OurCityLove from Taiwan took the top two Prizes at the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2016. Read on to find out about the innovative social enterprises who are changing Asia for the better.

Find out more about last year’s Asia For Good Reader’s Choice Award

I’m Soul Inc is the Reader's Choice Award winner of the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2016. They are a Singaporean social enterprise that wants to make the healing benefits of music accessible to everyone – whatever their age, ability or disability.