Are you a start-up, a social enterprise, a for-profit or nonprofit entity? Future Makers, a social innovation program of the Singtel Group of Companies within the Asia Pacific Region, is now open to Philippine applicants.
What is Future Makers?
Future Makers is a program that “seeks to recognize the most innovative technology solutions focused on solving social issues in Singapore, Australia, Philippines, and the region. The program is open to passionate individuals who believe that technological innovation plays a key role in making wide scale social impact to help drive social development in the Philippines.”
Launched in 2016 in Singapore and Australia, Future Makers selected seven local social start-ups in both Singapore and Australia from more than 150 applicants. These start-ups received mentoring and financial backing to scale up their ideas.
This year’s Future Makers sees Globe in partnership with Singtel and Optus. Here in the Philippines, the program is dubbed the Globe Future Makers. The top participants from Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines with the potential to scale their solutions regionally will have the chance to participate in a regional tier of funding and a workshop for regional capability building.
What are the mechanics of the Globe Future Makers?
Globe Future Makers program is open to Philippine-based initiatives who are committed to achieving wide-scale positive societal impact and believe in the power of technology to change the world. Similar initiatives are available for Singapore and Australian participants.
1. Start-ups, social enterprises, for-profit and nonprofit entities are welcome to apply.
2. The program is open to individuals and groups who are based in the Philippines.
3. Group entrants are requested to choose one team lead to be the main applicant.
4 The entries should clearly articulate how they are using technology to optimize the social impact of their organization.
5. The innovation must be addressing at least one of the focus areas affecting Poverty: Climate Change and Displacement, Health and Wellbeing, Learning and Education, and/or Peace and Security.
6. Entries must be beyond the ideation and conceptual stage, with at least a working prototype having been deployed and the team having worked on the initiative for at least six (6) months.
7. All entries must be submitted in English.
The rigorous selection process will result in 5 start-ups being selected for mentorship and a support network to help them grow and scale their social impact. As part of the Globe Future Makers, the selected mentees will receive technology support worth PhP 200,000 on a need and business relevance basis; critical non-monetary support such as industry insights, individual mentoring, and coaching; networking opportunities; and potential collaboration with the Singtel Group and its partner organizations.
March 21, 2017 – Start date of submission
May 7, 2017 – Last day of submission
June 2017 – Evaluation and selection
July to October 2017 – Mentorship series
November 2017 – Regional pitch day (exact date in November still to be announced)
To learn more about Future Makers and to submit applications, visit these links depending on where you are located:
- Singapore: futuremakers.singtel.com
- Australia: www.optus.com.au/about/sustainability/community-grants
- Philippines: www.globefuturemakers.com