Singtel Future Makers: Scaling Social Impact with Technology


Thank you everyone for the support and overwhelming response! Due to limited seats available, we have closed the ticket sales for the panel event. If you are still interested in the event, please join the waitlist and we will email you when there are tickets available!

Please also note that the application closing date for Singtel Future Makers is 14 August. To apply for the programme, click here.

Join us for an amazing panel discussion happening on the 11th of August! Key esteemed experts from the social impact technological ecosystem, ranging from venture capital, corporates, to social enterprises, will be at the Hub Singapore to share with you their insights on this emerging field.

On the panel, we are excited to have Monica Tsai, Senior Director for Singtel Innov8, venture capital arm of Singtel Group which invests in and partners with innovative startups worldwide, Vishal Harnal, Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm and accelerator with a portfolio of over 1,500 companies across 50 countries, Alvin Ng, Chief Coach at UNFRAMED, Co-founder at AfterYou, an online marketplace for homeowners to find and hire freelance home helpers nearby and Assem K Thakur, co-founder of GIVE.Asia, Asia’s leading charity and personal crowdfunding platform.

In addition to the panel session, learn more about Singtel Future Makers – a six-month programme that provides young, passionate entrepreneurs with socially impactful ideas a unique opportunity to grow their organisation and scale their social impact in ways that will help shape the future success of Singapore.

Singtel Future Makers aims to help build and support an ecosystem of change agents, innovation, capacity building and collaboration that will help transform the lives of the needy and the vulnerable in the community, as well as support care givers and Voluntary Welfare Organisations.

Format of the event:
6.30pm to 7.00pm – Registration and mingling

7.00pm to 8.00pm – Panel Session

8.00pm to 8.30pm – Information sharing by Singtel Future Makers

8.30pm to 9.00pm – Networking with food and drinks

Key takeaways from the session include:
1) Gaining knowledge and inputs on the social entrepreneurship landscape in Singapore

2) Learning strategies utilised by established social entrepreneurs and key ecosystem players through their industry experiences

3) Understanding the role of how technology can play in amplifying your social impact, and the know-hows of corporate engagement

The event is free for everyone! Seats are limited so reserve your seat today!

Read more about the speakers:

Monica Tsai

Monica is Senior Director for Singtel Innov8 and supports the fund’s investment activities as well as the fund’s operations since 2011 in Singapore. Singtel Innov8, the venture capital arm of Singtel Group, invests in and partners with innovative startups worldwide. It has a fund size of US$250m.

Prior to Innov8, Monica was Director of Strategic Investments at Singtel, where her remit included coordinating and executing M&A activities undertaken by the Singtel Group. Before that, Monicaworked at Publigroupe, a media company in Switzerland, and Capital One Financials in the US.

Monica received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Operational Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. She also has an MBA from INSEAD.

Vishal Harnal

Vishal is a Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm and accelerator with a portfolio of over 1,500 companies across 50 countries. Based out of Singapore, Vishal was brought on to lead and scale 500’s operations in South-East Asia. Vishal’s efforts at not only investing, but building the teams, systems, processes and operations have enabled 500 to become the most active venture capital firm in the region. In the past 24 months, 500 Startups has invested in over 120 of the region’s most promising, high-growth startups including Grab, Carousell, Bukalapak, KFit and 99.co. Prior to joining 500, Vishal practiced law for 5 years at a global top-ranked firm, Drew & Napier, in Asia-Pacific’s top-ranked dispute resolution team. In that role, he advised and represented conglomerates and governments on some of the world’s most complex, high-stakes and sensitive commercial and political disputes.

Alvin Ng

Alvin is the co-founder of AfterYou, an online marketplace for homeowners to find & hire freelance home helpers nearby. His passion for startups and drive to make scalable social impact bring him to UNFRAMED, where he now develops program curriculum and coaches startup teams to reach sustainable impact. He is also an alumni of the NUS Overseas Collage in Stockholm, during which he has immersed in cultures that are vastly different from Asia.

His expertise is in business development, technology integration and user experience; a unique combination that enables him to identify scalable business opportunities in previously untapped markets. His recent achievement is deploying a tech platform that capitalises on the billion dollar home services market in Singapore.

Assem K Thakur

Aseem is the co-founder of GIVE.asia, Asia’s leading charity and personal crowdfunding platform that has raised over S$ 10 million dollars for social causes. He also runs Givola Labs which is a digital innovation consultancy that is built on simple business model of doing interesting work for interesting clients.

He is a regular speaker at international nonprofit technology related conferences and has co-authored articles in a charity fundraising book published by Resource Alliance. GIVEasia has won several awards including SPRING NTU Ideas.inc challenge, President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Special Mention Award and PACT Incubator Programme by DBS Foundation

Aseem did his Bachelors degree as a Singapore Airlines scholar from National University of Singapore and studied technology entrepreneurship from Stanford University. He is a Karate black belt, enjoys playing soccer and co-inventor of two patents from his days working at a biomedical device startup in Silicon Valley.


Singtel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. We have presence in Asia, Australia and Africa with over 600 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. We also have a vast network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and United States.


Community Chest supports about 80 charities in Singapore, allowing them to focus on caring for the disadvantaged. 100% of your donations go towards helping children with special needs and youths-at-risk to reach their potential, adults with disabilities to integrate into society, relationships of families in difficulty to stay resilient, elderly to age graciously in the community and persons with mental health issues to integrate into society.

SPD is a voluntary welfare organisation that focuses on helping people with disabilities maximise their potential and integrating them into mainstream society. Through close to 20 programmes that encompass early intervention, therapy, employment support, training, education, consultation and assessment in assistive technology, day care, and social service support, SPD serves more than 5,000 people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, helping them to become self-reliant and independent.

IDA Labs aims to provide physical lab spaces for individuals and companies to collaborate, generate new ideas, build prototypes, and test out proof of concepts as Singapore moves towards becoming a Smart Nation. IDA Labs has a series of programmes and activities taking place in the two focus areas – Building Prototypes and Inspire with Tech. The labs are currently located at IDA's headquarters in Mapletree Business City, the National Design Centre, and Jurong Regional Library.

The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and raise support for social enterprises in Singapore. raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs.

UNFRAMED is a social-impact startup incubator by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of individuals to address the most prevailing social challenges. We work with the most committed and promising social-impact entrepreneurs, and nurture such doers with the community and the support of an ecosystem of amazing partners. By enabling remarkable entrepreneurs to realise their full potential, UNFRAMED builds great startups with clear social impact.

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Building ecosystems that bridge early stage startups to mature ventures, the HUB Singapore is Singapore's largest community of entrepreneurs, creatives and techies. We are a co-working space in the heart of Singapore and also offer mentorship, incubation, workshops, events, marketing support, shared services, regional outreach and a dedicated corporate engagement program.

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