7th September 2017 / Entrepreneurship / Lifestyle

#SOIMPACT winners – then and now

By: Sara Jane Ong

Now approaching its third run, the #SOIMPACT Bootcamp has been around to help social enterprises refine their ideas, prototypes and kickstart their startups. The three-week bootcamp and pitching session will end with the social enterprises standing a chance to win up to $10,000 worth of seed funding

We catch up with the two winners of the first #SOIMPACT Bootcamp, and find out how their social enterprises are going now.


What have you been doing since the #SOIMPACT Bootcamp ended?

We are still running off the grant we won at #SOIMPACT Bootcamp! We’ve completed a successful proof of concept alpha test trial with a café, and took the feedback from the test to refine our product. We’ve also manufactured our first unit, and wwe want to apply for IP and begin operations soon!

How much has your social enterprise grown since then?

Tremendously! We’re starting to gain prominence in the food waste reduction scene, and we have a strong partnership with NEA and several key industry players because of the grant!


What have you been doing since the #SOIMPACT Bootcamp ended?

Since the #SOIMPACT Bootcamp, the Junior Art Lab has conducted 38 workshops – reaching out to and empowering more than 500 children, youths and adults through art, design and technology. We’ve invested the prize money to purchasing more laptops to launch their Mobile Lab programme in March 2017. By making our labs mobile, we were able to break the spatial and geographical barrier of our studio to expand their reach and conduct workshops for various organisations such as Youth Corps Singapore and Club Rainbow Singapore.

 How much has your social enterprise grown since then?

The Junior Art Lab has established a long term partnership with PAssion Arts at Paya Lebar to conduct workshops at various PAssion Arts events. We’ve also collaborated with Microsoft Singapore for the DigiGirlz 2017 event this July. DigiGirlz is one of Microsoft’s signature programmes to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for young women and build a pipeline of future workers ready for challenges of the global economy.  As part of the event, we conducted a workshop which included a design challenge where participants used the skills learnt to created a character that best represented DigiGirlz using Microsoft PowerPoint as a design tool. The event was attended by a total of 216 participants –  175 students from 39 schools together with 41 parents and educators!

What advice do you have for those who are joining the #SOIMPACT Bootcamp?

It is important to know that success is not measured by how much money you make but the impact that you can have in the lives of others. When you become a social entrepreneur, you’re in it for the long haul –  success doesn’t come overnight. Every day you’ll probably be thinking whether you should give it all up and go back to work, so the struggle is always real.  Always fall back on the reason why you started on this journey, the impact you want to make in society because that is the one thing that will keep you going no matter how tough it gets.


If you’re interested to see how you can learn how to start and grow your social enterprise, the #SOIMPACT Bootcamp can help you do so. The registration for the bootcamp has been extended to Friday, 8 September 2017, so hurry sign up for a spot now!

For more information about the bootcamp, go to www.scape.sg/soimpact


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Tags: Entrepreneurship, #SOIMPACT

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