The Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is a three month leadership program for 15 social entrepreneurs from ASEAN and Australia. The program includes: pre-program education, a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney including workshops, networking events, field visits, cultural activities, and support for implementation.
The A2ELP 2018 aligns with the ASEAN-Australian Special Summit, a high-level event which aims to strengthen Australia’s strategic partnership with ASEAN. A2ELP 2017 alumni and 2018 delegates will partake in a range of activities associated with the Summit, including high level dialogues with leaders in government and business.
A2ELP is designed to:
- Enhance the leadership potential of participants;
- Strengthen and expand people-to-people, professional, and institutional networks between Australia and South-East Asia and;
- Showcase contemporary Australian and South-East Asian creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
A2ELP is an Australian Government initiative and is a flagship program for the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) with co-funding contributions from the Australia Awards and Alumni Branch (AWB) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The 2018 program will also include co-funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) for the 2017 alumni. The A2ELP is implemented by Asialink, at The University of Melbourne. The 2018 workshop delivery partners include Asialink Business and BlueChilli.
Over a three-month period, participants will:
- build knowledge of scalable and sustainable business models to achieve long term change
- develop skills to engage a range of stakeholders
- receive training in cultural intelligence and lean start-up methodology
- participate in networking events and field visits to innovative social ventures in Australia
- discuss the latest thinking and ideas in social impact with academic experts and industry leaders
- foster connections with participants through peer mentoring exercises and alumni engagement
Participants will travel to Australia from 10 to 19 March 2018 to participate in a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney.
The program will be delivered in three phases:
1. Pre-departure preparation
Following a competitive application process from September – October, participants will be selected in November 2017. Virtual meetings will be convened with program participants. These video meetings are designed to introduce participants to each other, provide learning materials and brief participants on program content. Participants will also receive support for travel arrangements, visa applications, and other immigration requirements.
2. Intensive training in Australia
Participants will travel to Melbourne and Sydney for a ten-day program from 10 to 19 March 2018, where they will take part in a range of workshops, site visits, master classes, peer learning sessions and networking events. Participants will cultivate their leadership capabilities and refine their business proposal using the skills developed through these activities, presenting their final version to members of the Australia-ASEAN Council Board in Sydney.
3. Implementation and ongoing network
Participants are required to prepare an implementation plan to follow the intensive training. Asialink and DFAT will support participants to identify potential activities, events, mentoring, connections, and other opportunities that align with their post-program goals. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in Asialink and DFAT-sponsored dialogues and networking events. Opportunities will also be explored to involve participants in regional projects relevant to their professional interest. Through this activity, A2ELP alumni will be connected with DFAT and Asialink’s regional networks.
Program participants will need to meet the following criteria:
- Citizens of Australia or an ASEAN country (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines)
- founder or co-founder of a social enterprise
- aged between 25-35 years old
- can demonstrate said enterprises potential impact in social / economic / environmental causes while being scaleable and profitable
- be able to demonstrate relevance to a relationship with, or ability to scale in South-East Asia
- be able to commit to the three-month program including pre-departure preparation, ten-day intensive, and post program requirements
- be able to access digital technology to engage in all three stages of the program
- be able to provide one professional written reference
- professional working knowledge of the English language
In addition to these criteria, applicants will be assessed on their:
- demonstrated awareness of the challenges in their entrepreneurial area that can be explored during the program
- commitment to actively seeking to network opportunities with peers from the region to enhance their professional and personal development
Applications open 1 September, 2017.
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 scale up their social ventures across Australia and South-East 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.
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).
BlueChilli is a leading Australian accelerator. Their mission is to ‘connect corporates, investors and entrepreneurs to solve the world's biggest challenges’. BlueChilli will deliver workshops designed to address the foundational elements of managing a start-up including demonstrating a deep understanding of the customer problem and then a high level framework for the implementation of a solution to match. BlueChilli’s workshops and master classes are designed to provide participants with the tools they need to develop, execute and amplify their ventures and to succeed as social entrepreneurs.
To apply for the A2ELP, please register your interest by completing this registration form. Once you complete the registration form, a link to the application form will be provided to you and sent to you email.
Please note, you cannot save your application part way. Therefore, we recommend you prepare answers to the following questions in advance.
- Tell us about yourself and your organisation. What is the problem you are trying to solve? What is your solution? (250 words)
- How have you and your business contributed to improving this issue? What are your future goals? (250 words)
- Tell us about an initiative or project where you had an active leadership role. What was your contribution? What was the outcome? (250 words)
- How will you and your community benefit from your participation in the A2ELP? (250 words)
For further discussion about the program or application process, please contact A2ELPfirstname.lastname@example.org or +61 3 8344 4800.
Interviews will be conducted the week following the submission of applications. Due to the expected number of applications, we regret that unsuccessful applicants will not be provided with individual feedback.
Applications close 5pm Friday 13 October 2017.