The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) has been designed to create meaningful people to people links between entrepreneurs across Asia. The focus of the program this year will be in the social impact space. The program will bring together ten social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia and five from Australia to take part in a series of innovative learning and development opportunities in 2017.
The program is designed for individuals who have up to 2/3 years of experience working in organisations that generate social impact. The program is looking for applicants with proposals to expand a social enterprise or create a new social venture. Participation in this program is fully funded, including travel and accommodation in Australia.
Over a four-month period, participants will:
- build knowledge of scalable business models to create long term social impact
- develop skills to engage a range of stakeholders, including pitches to potential investors
- receive training in cultural intelligence, lean start-up methodology and impact gaps canvas
- participate in networking events, including visits to innovative social ventures in Australia
- discuss the latest thinking and ideas in social impact with academic experts and industry leaders
- foster professional connections with participants through peer mentoring exercises and alumni engagement
The program will be delivered in three phases:
1. Pre-departure preparation
Following a competitive application process in January 2017, virtual meetings will be convened with program participants. These sessions are designed to introduce participants to each other, provide online learning materials and brief participants on program content, expectations, travel preparations, visa applications and customs requirements. Participants will submit a video at the conclusion of pre-departure training which pitches their social venture proposal.
2. Intensive training in Australia
Participants will travel to Melbourne and Sydney for an eight-day program in March 2017, where they will take part in a range of workshops, site visits, masterclasses, peer learning sessions and networking events. Participants will refine their proposal using the skills developed through these activities and present the final version to the Australia-ASEAN Council Board in Sydney.
3. Implementation and ongoing network
Following the program, proposals will be circulated to social venture leaders and program partners to seed potential ideas for collaboration. Participants will be invited to form smaller interest-based groups and will receive regular check-ins and invites to selected activities in the region, including Asialink and DFAT-sponsored dialogues and networking events.
Program participants will need to meet the following criteria:
- a medium to high level of English language capability
- aged between 25-35
- at least two years’ experience working in a social venture or related organisation
- able to travel to Australia for eight days to participate in the program, with additional time for pre-departure preparation and post-program engagement
- actively interested in Australia-South East Asia and how interaction with peers from across the region would enhance their professional and personal development
- awareness of challenges in their entrepreneurial area which can be explored during the program
- access to required technology to film and submit short videos during the application, pre-departure preparation and program delivery processes
- a social venture idea which is scale-able
- able to both contribute to and benefit from the program
- able to provide two referees (one professional, one character)
The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program aims to showcase Australian and South-East Asian creativity and innovation in social impact. Applicants will be judged on the likelihood of their proposal delivering measurable impact; the potential for their social venture to develop links across the region over time; and their capacity to become an ambassador for social entrepreneurship and contribute to regional policy dialogues and industry roundtables.
The final selection of participants will reflect a diversity of professional and personal backgrounds, with one representative each selected from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. All participants should have an active interest in learning and collaborating with peers from across Australia and South-East Asia.
The AAC generates opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in South-East Asia. The Council's mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in South-East Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and South-East Asia.
Asialink is Australia's leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. We are a key provider of information, training and professional networks. Our purpose is to build an Asia-capable, deeply Asia-engaged Australia through thought leadership and innovative programs that build knowledge, skills and partnerships.
As Australia’s National Centre for Asia Capability, Asialink Business provides tailored solutions to help businesses seize the potential of diverse Asian markets. Asialink Business will deliver a workshop on cultural intelligence as part of the program. This will provide the intellectual tools and communication strategies for participants to collaborate with peers from the region, build international networks and to scale up their social ventures across Australia and Southeast Asia in the future.
Australia Global Alumni
The Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy is a whole of government initiative developed in collaboration with Australia’s education sector. The Strategy recognises the lasting, powerful impact of Australia’s global alumni connections. It reaches out to the global alumni community – people from overseas who have had an Australian educational experience and Australians who have studied and worked abroad - inviting alumni to connect and engage with Australia and each other.
Melbourne Accelerator Program
MAP's aim is to create a more entrepreneurial Australia and our mission is to launch high-growth ventures into the world. We believe that innovative, scalable businesses will play a crucial role in driving prosperity for Australia’s future. Originally founded in 2012 as a startup accelerator, MAP has evolved into a Centre of Entrepreneurship that reaches thousands of founders a year. MAP supports founders at all stages of their startup journey with talent development and accelerator programs. MAP provides the networks and expertise to accelerate the growth of world-class business, bringing leaders, University of Melbourne alumni and investors to our door.
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).
The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is made possible by our partners. Asialink is proud to announce the 15 social entrepreneurs selected from across South-East Asia and Australia. In March 2017, participants will travel to Melbourne and Sydney for an eight-day program, where they will take part in a range of workshops, site visits, masterclasses, peer learning sessions and networking events to expand on their social enterprise or create a new social venture.
Natalie is Founder and CEO of My Green World, a wildlife and environmental organisation developing youth-focussed solutions to global ecology crises. She also created World of the Wild, the first mobile game app which allows young people to participate in virtual wildlife conservation scenarios. Natalie has a Bachelor degree in Journalism and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, as well as a scholarship degree in Gender and Security from the University of Delhi. Since 2010, Natalie has been creating pioneering youth programs that aim to increase engagement in nature conservation efforts worldwide.
Cherrie is a founding farmer in AGREA Philippines, an agri-social enterprise on Marinduque island. AGREA aims to develop a replicable “one island” economy model founded on sustainable agriculture and quality education for the children of local farmers and fishermen. In 2016 Cherrie received one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service awards, in recognition of her work in the Filipino agriculture sector over the last 18 years.
Josh is a Worimi man from the Mid North Coast of NSW, who uses Indigenous wisdom and values, alongside his environmental and agricultural knowledge, to shape modern society. He works as a Senior Consultant with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, and has received several awards, including Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Green Globe Young Sustainability Champion. In 2015, Josh was named in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 as one of the top 25 most influential people in Australia for his work in climate change and agriculture.
Ex-Radio DJ with a program that inspires young people to start their own enterprises, Emily is known in Singapore as the “Chief of Awesome”. She delivers a program called Beyond Awesome to at-risk students, providing education and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities through work experience and training. Emily’s achievements have been recognised by Yahoo! Singapore 9 Awards, Cosmopolitan Singapore’s ‘Fun Fearless Female’, Singapore International Foundation’s Young Social Entrepreneur Program, and the GOOD 100 Global Changemaker.
Gigih co-founded and runs a medical crowdfunding platform, WeCare.id, that helps fund medical treatment for patients in Indonesia’s underserviced communities. With a computer engineering background and passion for building things, Gigih has also established a tech agency which consults to the government and local start-ups in Indonesia. Gigih has received numerous awards, including the Asia Social Innovation Award, the Bayer Aspirin Social Innovation Award, and has also been a Mandiri Young Technopreneur.
Aimi is Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Tyne Solutions, a consultancy firm building custom software that lets businesses focus on what they do best. Previously an Associate Director at Institutional Investor Forums and Memberships in London and Hong Kong, she co-directed the Asia TraderForum and helped to establish the Asia Institute. Aimi has also been an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education in Brunei and a writer for NewsBites.com.au in Melbourne.
Michael is CEO and Co-Founder of Global Patient Portal, a digital health company based in Melbourne. For the past 3 years his focus has been on India, where he has rolled out an award winning electronic health record product. Michael advises on digital health policy across India and has recently been named as one of the 100 Most Impactful Healthcare Leaders in the country. He is currently expanding his focus across Asia. Prior to his current role Michael worked as a Commercial Lawyer in Melbourne, he also holds as Master of Laws degree.
Emme is Founder and Chairman of Teky Academy, the first STEAM Academy for children between 6 and 18 years old. The ambition of Teky Academic is to empower the next generation with computer science skills and knowledge for the digital economy, nurturing Vietnam’s future “technopreneurs”. Emme also co-founded Nexttech Group, a pioneer in cross border e-commerce, fin-tech and e-logistics solutions, with a commercial presence in the US, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Souliyo is a co-founder and CTO of Bizgital Company, a startup that aims to bring technology and media to underdeveloped areas in Laos. Partnering with the only co-working space in Laos, Toh Lao, Souliyo is working to expand the start-up and entrepreneurial culture in his country. He is currently researching and building a platform to host service providers and businesses in one place to maximise the efficiency and convenience for local users in Laos.
Hsu is an administrator of Youth Doctors Healthcare Group, which organises young doctors and medical students to give free and reliable medical services in Myanmar’s remote areas. She is a volunteer doctor for other NGOs and INGOs to support medical check-up programs and is also a freelance trainer for community health workers. She was the 2011 Miss SMART (Outstanding Youth) in the Youth Development Program of the United Nations Population Fund and is currently working as medical officer for an epilepsy project at the World Health Organization.
After working in commercial banking for 6 years, Koy co-founded CAMSOLAR, a social enterprise which provides solar systems to rural communities. With an academic background in Finance and a Master’s degree in Risk Management, Koy has also created GROW, a microcredit operator which provides finance for people to purchase solar technology through affordable instalments. Under his direction, CAMSOLAR has already installed solar systems in more than 300 rural households across Cambodia.
Wen Shin is the Founder of Green Yards, a social enterprise which reduces water pollution in Malaysia. Green Yards provides a channel for local communities to dispose of used cooking oil by reprocessing grease into eco-friendly soap and candles. Since being established in 2016, Green Yards has already prevented 1.8 tons of used cooking oil from polluting waterways. Wen Shin is now organising soap making workshops across Malaysia to raise community awareness and participation in recycling projects.
Thanapon is a social entrepreneur with professional experience in Thailand’s corporate and social impact sectors. After years of working in advertising, he decided to leave the business world and jumped into his country’s social sector. Joining the ChangeFusion Institute, Thanapon managed an incubation program for emerging social entrepreneurs before founding Nokhook Group in 2014, a social enterprise that aims to lift small-scale farmers out of poverty.
Celia is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of SHE Investments, a social enterprise in Cambodia. SHE supports women micro entrepreneurs to scale their businesses through culturally tailored incubator and accelerator programs. Celia’s background in international development across multiple countries, combined with her passion for women’s economic empowerment, also led her to recently launch a socially responsible café in Phnom Penh.
Annisa is the Founder of Ecofunopoly® environmental interactive Board Games. Her social enterprise, Ecofun Indonesia, aims to develop more understanding of environmental issues and science through interactive games. Annisa is also a founder and leader of the Ecofun Community, a voluntary community in Indonesia which has been active since 2009. Aside from developing Ecofunopoloy, Annisa recently authored 'Student Traveller', a book about her travel experiences.
For further discussion about the program, please contact David Schaefer, Research Associate, on firstname.lastname@example.org or +613 8344 0680.