Congratulations to NUS Asian Center for Social Enterprise and Philanthropy (ACSEP) for putting together an amazing 2016 crossingthechasmchallenge.com
Participants who came shared that they had learnt much from the students, what stood out was the disposition of humility and empathy that the students embodied as they went down to the construction sites to listen and learn from migrant workers on how best to connect them to valuable english classes that SDI Academy brings to migrant workers to improve english proficiency. I spoke with Manas, the Co-founder of SDI Academy and asked him what was the greatest insight that he had learnt from his experience and he shared, "That each of us have our own personal biases and presumptions, the fact that the students persisted in calling up the dormitories to introduce SDI Academy english classes through new channels as such, made him re-think how things can be done differently!"
A hearty congratulations to SDI Academy and the student team!
A wonderful hooray also to the runner up Kakoa Chocolate, who will be rebranding to KraKakoa, walking away with the runner up as well as people’s choice award.
Kakoa is a local chocolate producer that aspires to improve the livelihoods of Indonesian cocoa farmers. By buying directly from farmers, the high price premiums that Kakoa provides go directly to them. Beyond this, Kakoa also supports their farmers through training programs to improve their education.
Angels of Impact is proud to be a partner alongside an amazing group of dedicated mentors, judges and sponsors who gave of their time and energy to ensuring collaborative learning, success and value to students as well as the social enterprises.
We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to showcase our curated social enterprises' high quality Torajamelo artisanal gifts, wonderfully delicious Javara coconut chips and jam! They two companies were also participants in CCC2016. Also showcasing the 2016 winner of the DBS-NUS Social venture creation challenge, Siam Organics. Watch this space for our Christmas specials coming up!
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Torajamelo Founder Dinny Jusuf with Nadia, a student participant in CCC and Anay, their mentor from P&G.
As Prof Albert Teo puts aptly in his presentation, "Go beyond the transactional, aim for the transformation - Dacanay, 2015" I believe this was an immensely transformative experience for the students, mentors, founders of the social enterprises, as well as for many of us who watch with immense pride how our young minds can give of themselves, their precious time, ideas and energy to make the world a better place :)
There are many pioneering social enterprises in the region that are now too large for seed-funding yet too small for accelerator grants or impact investors. The Crossing the Chasm Challenge 2016 aims to fulfil a critical need for these enterprises, where students team up and work alongside partner social enterprises to co-create a marketing strategy and pitch. This year’s challenge theme is based on UN Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. The five selected teams present their marketing pitch on generating awareness for their social enterprises and promoting their solution to judges from Tanoto Foundation, MarkPlus, Inc., APCO Worldwide, GE Healthcare and Twitter Singapore. The students are guided by senior executives (industry mentors) from Akamai, APCO Worldwide, AutoWealth, Catalyst Health Asia, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, MarkPlus, Inc., MasterCard and P&G.