Top 50 ASEAN Social Enterprises Participate in the ASEAN Conference on Social Entrepreneurship in Singapore

Singapore, 21 July 2016 – 50 developed social enterprises and 30 private-public sector partners from around the region will participate in the ASEAN Conference on Social Entrepreneurship. The conference is the first of its kind on such a scale for Southeast Asian social entrepreneurs and will be held from 21 to 22 July 2016.

Co-organised by UnLtd Indonesia and the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), and supported by the ASEAN Foundation and Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund, the conference aims to foster collaborations among social enterprises, supporting organisations, governments and the academia so as to achieve a stronger social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the ASEAN region. This invitation-only event will feature plenary sessions and interactive workshops for social enterprises to collaborate within their respective sectors under the guidance of industry experts.

The conference focuses on five themes that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Youth & Education; Environment; Health & Disability; Culture & Tourism; and Food & Agriculture. Panel discussions will be led by partner representatives including Oxfam International, AirAsia Foundation, Teach for All and World Vision. The two-day event will culminate in a pitching session where the top three social enterprise groups will be given the chance to regroup in Jakarta, Indonesia to showcase their collaborative projects to potential investors or funders in October 2016.

UnLtd Indonesia Executive Director Mr Romy Cahyadi said, “With the spirit of ASEAN Economic Community, it is very timely for social enterprises to form collaborations to better address social and environmental challenges while advancing more equitable economic growth in the region.”  

SIF Executive Director Ms Jean Tan said, “One of the main reasons why social innovation and entrepreneurship is flourishing is because many old policies and ways of working cannot solve some of today’s most pressing global issues. It requires truly novel solutions. It demands that we work together in new ways. In ways where we forge a common understanding of issues and foster collaborative problem solving. I believe complex challenges can be cracked when we bring together networks of professionals who share common values and goals, to collaborate. This is very much in line with SIF’s mission to bring world communities together to do good. And we are excited to be part of this conference for ASEAN social entrepreneurs that seeks to foster tri-sector collaborations - among policy makers, private sector and civil society – to creatively deliver on sustained development in ASEAN.”

ASEAN Foundation Executive Director Ms Elaine Tan said, “Southeast Asia has some of the most promising social entrepreneurs. Through people-to-people exchanges and continuous support, the social entrepreneur community can develop effective economy and social solutions for their community both in the local and regional context, making ASEAN a community of opportunities. I believe that stronger synergy amongst social entrepreneurs, governments and academia in their day to day life can contribute to advancing a people-centered and people-oriented ASEAN Community because of active participation and contribution from peoples.”

For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.aseanse2016.com.

 

 

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