Deadline:  31st March 2024 | Providing social enterprises in the ASEAN region with access to more significant opportunities to improve their ventures through (1) Promoting productivity, technology and innovation; (2) Increasing access to finance; (3) Enhancing market access and internationalization; and (4) Promoting entrepreneurship and human capital development.

ASEAN-SEDP is designed to solve socioeconomic problems and to strengthen the ASEAN Social enterprises ecosystem in the ASEAN region through comprehensive and sustainable support. This program aims to provide customized capacity building, mentorship and coaching, facilitation to market, and seed funding to youth-led social enterprises in ASEAN.

This programme offers a glimpse into the region’s diverse social enterprises, which has the potential to create a more significant social impact on the community in the region. The initiative of creating a Social Enterprises Development Program in the Southeast Asia region will bring long-term benefits and build a unique ecosystem for the larger social enterprise community in the region.

Challenge

The implementation of ASEAN-SEDP 2.0 is to continue supports youth-led social enterprises in ASEAN region through capacity building, mentorship and coaching, facilitation to market and seed funding. Also, this programme will help the social enterprises to prepare a solid exit strategy to help them get investors to sustain their impact.

The ASEAN Foundation, with the support of TikTok and SAP, are inviting social enterprises from       the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) with innovative projects that touch upon on the following  issues to apply for the ASEAN-SEDP 2.0:

  1. Reducing poverty or improving the livelihood of ASEAN citizens through job creation, employment- related capacity building initiatives, sustainable agricultural practices, and/or access to financial resources – SDG 1: No Poverty
  2. Reducing hunger, promoting food security and improved nutrition, promoting sustainable agriculture – SDG 2: Zero Hunger
  3. Providing access to better health care for ASEAN citizens, particularly disadvantaged communities- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Providing or improving access to quality education/capacity development programmes for ASEAN citizens, particularly disadvantaged communities (marginalized groups, women, people living in slum or rural areas, people with disability, ) – SDG 4: Quality Education
  5. Addressing issues on gender equality in the ASEAN region – SDG 5: Gender Equality
  6. Promoting sustainable management of water and sanitation – SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Promoting access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy – SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth by helping the poor through social business ventures – SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation – SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  10. Reducing inequalities within the ASEAN region with the inclusion of disabled persons and the person with special skill, by ensuring that no one is left behind – SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
  11. Promoting an inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable city, including human settlement, transport system, green and public spaces. Safeguarding world’s cultural and natural heritage – SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Addressing environmental issues related to the irresponsible exploration the nature – SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Undertaking necessary actions to tackle climate change and its impacts – SDG 13: Climate Action
  14. Addressing water conservation and sustainable use of ocean, sea, marine resources – SDG 14: Life Below Water
  15. Addressing the issue of sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and forest, land degradation, biodiversity loss – SDG 15: Life on Land
  16. Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice and accountable institutions – SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  17. Addressing the issue of partnerships to support the achievement of SDGs – SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Eligibility and Qualification

Social enterprises from ASEAN countries who are implementing projects and creating products challenges related to the SDGs mentioned above with the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

  1. The Founder, Co-Founder, CEO, or team members of the Social Enterprise who will participate in the project are ASEAN nationalities and are between 15 to 35 years old.
  2. All team members must currently be residing in one of the following 10 ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  3. If selected, the project leader must be fully committed to participating in the full cycle of the ASEAN SEDP 2.0 It is possible, though not mandatory, for the project leader to invite one to two additional team member(s) to participate in the programme.
  4. The youth-led social enterprises registered to this programme should already generate some revenue. It would be preferable if the social enterprise has a minimum viable product that can be examined and presented. The Social Enterprises that already supported ideation phase from others existing incubator programmes also can apply to this programme.
  5. Some team members must have good English as the programme will be in English.

Process and Timeline

Stage 1 – Programme Launching

The program will be launched as a hybrid event by engaging the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSMEs (ACCMSME) and discussing social enterprises’ role in the region post-COVID-19 recoveries.

Stage 2 – Call for Applications (Early April – End of May 2023)

The SEs express their interest and nominate their team to join through the Call for Applications.

Stage 3 – Shortlisting (End of May 2023 – Early June 2023)

ASEAN Foundation team will contact the shortlisted applicants and schedule interview.

Stage 4 – Interview and Assessment (Early June – Mid June 2023)

All applying SEs will be evaluated and selected based on a set of assessment criteria. The programme will be targeting a total of 20 selected social enterprises from 10 ASEAN Countries.

Stage 5 – Capacity Building, Mentoring and Coaching (August – November 2023)

There will be a three-month virtual training and mentorship followed by an offline training for around 3-5 days.

Stage 6 – Final Demo Day and Seed Grant Selection (November 2023)

The SEs will present their project including potential impact and will have the chance to win seed grants.

Benefits of the Programme

  1. Curriculum Development
    A tailor-made curriculum will be developed for the SEs; this curriculum will also leverage the ASEAN MSME platform.
  2. Capacity Building
    The ASEAN Foundation team will design an exclusive expert-led training program. The SEs will receive a comprehensive program to build capacity, up-skilling, and detailed orientation.
  3. Regular Pitching and Speed Pitching for Investors
    The ASEAN Foundation team will facilitate networking and speed pitching for SEs to pitch their ideas to potential investors.
  4. Engage the SEs with the National and Regional ASEAN Policymakers
    The SEs able to participate in ASEAN sectoral bodies such as ACCMSME and SOMY officials to showcase their impacts and recommendation.
  5. Visibility and Opportunities
    The SEs will present their project initiatives and product. Top-performing SEs will have the chance to win seed grants of up to 30,000 USD to accelerate growth of their project.

Find out more and apply at the official link below:

OFFICIAL LINK

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Apply before 31st March, 2024