This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Social Entrepreneurship, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


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Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Caroline Seow, Chris Cusano, Grace Sai, Jack Sim, James Norris, Robin Low, Lu Shijie, Lynna Chandra, Sasa Vucinic, Vadivu Govind, Watanan Petersik, Willie Cheng

International Initiatives

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. It now has a Singapore office.

SG Initiatives

SocialEnterpriseSG is a networking platform for individuals and organisations involved in social enterprises in Singapore, and sometimes touches on the topic of social entrepreneurship.

The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP)in NUS Business School does research on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Asia.

Social Entrepreneurship Forum is a student-organised forum that aims to create an enabling environment for social entrepreneurship in Singapore, and educate the local market about the value of social entrepreneurship.

Syinc is a youth group in Singapore that connects people to seek innovative solutions for social change.

GCL@NUS is a partnership between the Grameen Creative Lab and the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. The objective of the GCL@NUS Initiative for Social Business is to leverage the global resources and networks of the Grameen Creative Lab to promote and incubate innovation-based social businesses in Singapore that have the potential to generate scalable, sustainable social impacts in Emerging Markets, especially social groups at Bottom of the Pyramid.

Key Projects

Jack Sim of the World Toilet Organization is an Ashoka Global Fellow, and Singapore-based Sasa Vucinic of the Media Development Loan Fund is an Ashoka Fellow.

Social Innovation Park co-organised the 2006-2008 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year award for Singapore. These are the awardees:

Sara Mavrinac of aidha (winner)
Hazel Menon of Immanuel Beauty School (runner-up)
Lawrence Khong of Project SMILE (runner-up)

Kenny Low of City College & O School

Jack Sim of the World Toilet Organization

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation occasionally runs Social Conversations featuring various social entrepreneurs.

Videos & Publications

How to Change the World by David Bornstein remains the seminal book that helped mainstream the movement.

Start Up and Change the World

Changing Asia is Ashoka Singapore’s blog to share news about Ashoka's work in Asia and keep in touch with its growing community.

Toolkit for Social Entrepreneursis a guide designed to provide budding social entrepreneurs the foundation and key principles necessary for creating a social enterprise in Singapore.

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