Social enterprises are booming in the entrepreneurial space. As similar as they can be to their traditional for-profit counterparts, they stand out with their mission to benefit a greater society, in hopes of making the world a better place.
To inspire students to develop social awareness and passion for community initiatives, ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR GOOD was held over four days from October 14 to 17. The event was created in collaboration with the Student Community Engagement Office as part of #THEFORGOODSESSIONS.
Kickstarting the week was a movie screening of Joy on October 14. Based on the true story of an inventor entrepreneur, Joy Magano, the film depicted her struggles as she pushed for her idea – a self-wringing mop – to become reality, in spite of doubts from her family and almost losing her business several times.
From October 15 to 16, Marketplace saw several bright social entrepreneurs selling their products and services at the Linkway @ Administration Building. These include a self-created comic book series by Art of KJ, handmade earrings by Deeayewhy and Jartistry, plastic-free goods by Cincailah!, therapy sessions by The KWG, and even a musical theatrical performance by ICN Cultural Production.
A lunchtime talk by PushPullGive co-founders Razif Yusoff and Herzy Hosini was also held on October 16 at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. PushPullGive is a fitness social enterprise that conducts sessions for the general public and uses the proceeds to carry out free sessions for marginalised youths. It also manages a fund that awards scholarships to marginalised young adults to pursue a career in fitness.
A group of NTU students were also given the opportunity to visit Social Collider on a learning journey on October 17. Social Collider is a collaborative, co-working and co-innovation community for impact organisations in Singapore. There, the students were treated to an exclusive tour of the LaunchPad Gallery and sharings from two social entrepreneurs.