Create 4 Good

Create4Good, A social entrepreneurship initiative

HELPING YOU BECOME THE CHANGEMAKER OF TOMORROW

 

Have a passion for making an impact in the world around you? If you have the drive, we have the tools.

 

Create4Good (C4G) Innovation Fund is an accelerator-like programme aimed at enabling individuals to fulfil their passion for helping the community through entrepreneurship while building a sustainable model to ensure a lasting impact in the community they serve. We want to help you become the next exciting social entrepreneur.

We create the platform for you to fulfil your mission to help the underprivileged communities by providing you with the tools, network and support so you can be the driver of your cause. You will learn the latest start-up methodology, attend panels and discussions, and get involved in the community – all within the context of social ventures.

Create4Good (C4G) Innovation Fund is a social venture programme by the late philanthropist Mr Kwek Leng Joo, who made a personal mission to help youths focus their talents on tackling current and pressing social problems. To do this, the programme has sharpened its focus on reducing inequality in society, aligning with the United Nation’s Development Goal #10 (info).

Together, we believe you can make a difference.

C4G 2022

In 2022, the C4G social entrepreneurship initiative shall be solely coordinated by SUTD. Interested teams are encouraged to identify problem statements to address social and economic inequalities amongst the vulnerable groups in Singapore.

Objectives:

Shortlisted teams will be provided incubation support from SUTD along with curated workshops and relevant industry domain experts to be their mentors. They will finally present their ideas to an evaluating panel comprising of representatives from the family of the late Mr. Kwek Leng Joo.

Selected teams will receive funding of $50,000 each.

ALL GOOD SOLUTIONS START WITH A GOOD PROBLEM

 

You will start your journey by identifying a problem that resonates with your passion. Dive in and research, ideate and tell us how your solution can provide a deep, lasting impact in the community you wish to serve.

 

If you are new to the social impact space, we will be partnering with social service agencies to provide you with a head start in the space. We will be launching problem statements from our partner in stage across 18 Jul 2022 and 17 Sep 2022.

Who can apply?

Minimum 3 and a maximum of 5 members in each team, with the majority being SUTD affiliated.

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Partner organisation 2022/2023

Our partner organisations have been part of the ecosystem and understand the challenges faced by marginalised communities in Singapore. Teams working on their problem statements will have an opportunity to be coached, mentored and supported by these partner organisations across the course of the programme.

AGAPE CP

Agape CP has been transformative in the upscaling and rescaling of marginalised communities – providing them with an opportunity to secure meaningful and dignified roles in society. They have worked with a myriad of marginalised individuals, including PWD, individuals with a history of drug abuse, previously incarcerated individuals and others.

PROBLEM STATEMENT (click below)

1) Social Mobility

GIVING FUEL TO PASSION

Through this programme you can be expected to:

social innovation and entrepreneurship course

Gain deep insights into how entrepreneurship can be a driver for social causes.

social innovation and entrepreneurship course

Develop your solutions and impact-driven business model for your social venture

social innovation and entrepreneurship course

Interact with peers with the same passion for social causes

social innovation and entrepreneurship course

Rub shoulders with industry players who have walked the journey

Validate and test your ideas with the community you serve

Receive mentorship from social entrepreneurs to guide you through the process.

Rundown of our recent programme here.

By the end of the programme, selected teams will also receive additional support through:

A S$ 50,000 pre-seed venture grant to kickstart your venture

Incubation support from SUTD’s Venture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship team

An opportunity to learn about the social innovation ecosystem in the region

Programme Timeline

7 Nov –
5 Dec

Call for Proposals wave 1


19 Dec –
2 Jan

Shortlist announcement 1

5 Dec –
2 Jan

Call for Proposals wave 2

16 Jan –
28 Jan

Shortlist announcement 2

28 Jan –
3 Apr

  • 10-week Program – Immersion in week of 20 Mar

* Read here to learn more about the early-bird privileges

RUNWAY TO PROGRAMME

Still unsure about the programme, join us for a series of events to better understand the programme and our partners.

Social impact and technology

Tech for Good: Can we Marry Social Impact with Technology?

Speaker

  • Representatives from HealthServe, SANA and SAVH
  • Weiren Loh (Senior Ecosystem Development and Programme Manager, Venture Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SUTD)

Synopsis

We sit down with our partner organization to discuss their view on technology, social enterprises and their role in creating impact in Singapore.

Platform: Zoom

social entrepreneurship

The Social Entrepreneurship Journey: Is it for me?

Speaker

  • Ken Chua (Founder, (these)abilities)
  • Weiren Loh (Senior Ecosystem Development and Programme Manager, Venture Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SUTD)

Synopsis

Ken shares his journey as a social entrepreneurs in a candid, no-frill conversation. Learn about the good and the bad about social entrepreneurship to help you learn if this is a journey for you.

Platform: Gathertown

How to apply

STEP 1: Invitation for proposals

Your proposal must include the following:

  • Problem Statement to tackle
  • Proposed Partner Organization
  • Preliminary Market Analysis
  • Preliminary Ideation / Customer Discovery summary (200 words or less)

You can either submit your application in teams or individual:

  • Team application:
  • Team Lead
  • Title and Education background of applicants
  • Team Biography (50 words)
  • Resume for each member (2-page)
  • Declaration of any existing funding status of proposed solution
  • Individual application:
  • Technical/Non-technical background
  • The problem statement they wish to work on.
  • Proposed idea
  • Biography (up to 300 words)
  • Resume (2-page)

STEP 2: Shortlisting

Shortlisted teams will be notified via email with further instructions.

  • The 1st wave of shortlisted teams will be notified around mid – December 2021 (Early bird advantage – Access to domain expert mentors to help on their problem statements).
  • The shortlisted team from the 2nd wave of proposals will be announced around mid – January 2022.

Eligibility

Selection criteria and team composition:

  • Minimum 2 pax, Maximum 5 pax
  • Majority members are SUTD students/alumni  
  • Have not incorporated an enterprise in prior experience  
  • Teams who received more than S$50K grant or funding are not eligible to participate   

TAKE THE LEAP

Ready to dive in? Here’s how you can apply to the programme

For teams between 3 - 5 members

Your proposal must include the following:

Team application:

Selection criteria and team composition:

Application is now open. Apply here.

For solo/pair applicants

For solo applicants:

*Solo applicants should be matched to existing teams or form new teams with other solo applicants before the end of the programme. Only successfully matched teams will move forward with the support venture support from the office.

Eligibility criteria for solo/pair application:

Application is now open. Apply here.

GETTING ON BOARD

To help you get a head start, selected early applicants will be informed by mid-December 2021.

Early successful applicants get 2 hour session with our entrepreneur-in-residence to help refine their solutions.

For other applicants, including the remainder of the early applicant, the outcome of your applicants will be announced in mid-January 2022.

Meet the 2022 teams

In the 2022 programme, five teams are selected to receive further support from VIE to realise their impact ventures, each receiving additional support of $50,000 pre-seed grant, incubation support and a dedicated venture partner.

The other teams will continue to receive support and resources to help set their projects up for better chances at success. Get to know all the teams here.

GET TO KNOW OUR ALUMNI

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AND MANY MORE

WHY WAIT? BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE

Applications are open now!

Have a question? Write to us here.