DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017 - Winners of the SE Challenge 2017

DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017

DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017 is in its fourth consecutive year. Started in 2014 with approximate 300 plus entries to today, over thousands of submission, the scale has grown exponentially. This competition is organised by DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise for any social enterprises in the Asia region, opened to members of the public. It aims to identify and support innocative new ideas and existing social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact.


Numerous multi-national organisation has stepped forward as sponsors in terms of monetary and mentoring support.


DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017 - HelpUsGreen


1080 entries from 345 enterprises, 735 ideas across 31 Countries competing for the 13 awards worth a total of $180,000 cash prizes over a 6-month period since April 2017. To find out who are the 16 Finalists who made it to the last stage of competition, click here. The compete in 2 categories, namely the Idea and Enterprise.


DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017 - Panelist


At the event, Isaac Tay (Co-Founder and VP of Special Projects at honestbee), Jayesh Parekh (Managing Partner of Jungle Ventures) and Rebecca Lim (Head of Our Better World, Singapore International Foundation) together with Leona Tan (Head of DBS Foundation) as the moderator for the Fireside Chat on “The Social Power of Storytelling – Resonate and Connect”. Though it was a short 20 minutes sharing but the takeaway message was impactful.


In short, storytelling has to capture both the heart and head by providing the empathy side of the story and the financial numbers. At the same time, remember who the audience are, then weave the what, why and where together and ensure that it is memorable, shareable and relatable. 



Winners of the SE Challenge Asia 2017


Asia For Good Reader’s Choice Award

SLCO Community Resources – Hong Kong


Dell Digital Awards

TEMU – Indonesia

Imagtor (Education) – Vietnam


Syngenta Innovative Social Enterprise Award (Agriculture)

Crowde (Agriculture) – Indonesia


The Head Foundation Innovative Social Enterprise Award (Education)

Imagtor (Education) – Vietnam


Idea Category Winners

Evoware (Energy & Environment) – Indonesia

CocoAsenso (Agriculture) – The Philipines


Enterprise Category Winners

TEMU (Web & Mobile) – Indonesia

ANA by Karma (Arts & Fashion) – Hong Kong

Crowde (Agriculture) – Indonesia

Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions (Financial Services) – India

HelpUSGreen (Energy & Environment) – India

Imagtor (Education) – Vietnam


DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017 - Imagtor


Judges’ Choice Award Winner

HelpUsGreen – India


Remaining Finalists

Beijing Ofenbei Technology 零分贝 (Web & Mobile) – China

Cattle Mettle (Agriculture) – India 

EcoAct Tanzania (Energy & Environment) – Tanzania

iSEE Mobile Apps (Web & Mobile) – Hong Kong

Jaga-Me (Healthcare & Sanitation) – Singapore

Knight Digital Technology (Transport) – Taiwan

POS!BLE.NET (Financial Services) – The Philippines

WeCare.id (Healthcare & Sanitation) – Indonesia



NAHMJ Verdict


DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2017 is certainly meaningful, creating a network of contacts for the Social Enterprises. If you can help them in anyone or if you know of someone who can help, connect with them.



*Disclaimer: This was an invited event.