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Here we muse about creativity & innovation, and document (some of) the work we're doing about it in Singapore.

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Aug 13 Double Bill: RYSEC Workshop 2 + think&drink5



THE STATS: 40 young social entrepreneurs. 13 speakers+panelists. 8 workshop segments. 1 speed-dating lunch.

40 young aspiring social entrepreneurs came for our full-day workshop held at the Lexmark Headquarters @ Novena Square. On the menu: Root Cause Analysis, Strategy Planning, Business Model design, and other tools for business fundamentals. But all tools and no stories is boring-as, so we threw in not one, but two panels featuring awesome folks like Meng Weng Wong (serial entrepreneur, angel investor and breakout star of the day), Rob Kraybill from Impact Investment Exchange Asia, and other great peeps. The panels: "What makes a great entrepreneur?"; and "Moolah: Where can I get it?". 

Check out some snaps below, courtesy of none other than Meng Wong (also a guerilla photographer) unless otherwise stated. Also, more pics on our Facebook page (go like us!). 


Panelists Zhixun from SPRING (wearing striped tie) and Anna from MCYS

Allan Lim of Alpha Biofuels shares his insights on being a SEpreneur. He will wear any teeshirts you give him, so FREE MARKETING. Also a RYSEC 2011 mentor (and wears a few other hats too ;o)Robert Kraybill, MD of IIX and RYSEC 2011 mentor. So that means if you apply to RYSEC, you'll be connected to awesome mentors like him.Behind the scenes: The team hard at work making RYSEC 2011 awesome. (left-to-right Zelig Lee, Haresh Tilani, and Francis Chua of Lexmark)

AFTER SUNDOWN: think&drink5

After lots of brainstorming (and brainstuffing) over the day, it was time to let our hair down. We headed down to Group Therapy coffee @ Duxton Road for think&drink5 which we aptly themed around SE as well - Social Entrepreneurship: Realities of transitioning from theory to practice.

Our eclectic panel: Tong Yee (School of Thought), Olivia Choong (Green Drinks Singapore), Meng Wong (silicon valley rockstar + awesome person). 

"It's good to share with your peers your ideas prior to setting up your enterprise. Competing ideas is good.." (RYSEC + think&drink5 panelist Meng Wong). Photo by Shaun KohLEFT: "Entrepreneurship in Singapore is still very top-down. The bottom-up mechanisms need more work here." (think&drink5 panelist Tong Yee, Co-Founder of School of Thought) RIGHT: "I founded Green Drinks because I felt very strongly for the environment," (think&drink5 panelist Olivia Choong, Founder of Green Drinks Singapore)Spirited conversation: This is what Think & Drink is all about.And these great conversations and ideas don't stop here. If you missed the workshop, and Think & Drink (we forgive you), you can still get in on the action: 

Registration for RYSEC 2011 is OPEN till 27 Aug 2011 - find out more at  

Double Bill: RYSEC workshop + think&drink5

Bernise Ang

RYSEC workshop 2

We've got a great double bill coming right up on Aug 13: a workshop and think&drink5 for mingling afterwards.

For those not yet in the know, RYSEC is the Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, a social business plan competition. It's a collaboration with Rotary in Singapore which we supported them in the creation of in 2009, continue to be involved in its evolution, and huzzah it's now the 3rd year running.

We had a first workshop on Aug 6 covering the basics of SE for those curious about the idea of social enterprises. This Sat Aug 13 will be our second workshop (there are only 2!) for those who are preparing to launch their ventures (or who may have just done so), covering slightly more technical topics like strategy mapping, business model generation, etc. 

Here's a sneak peak of the good stuff we've lined up for you:

What Makes A Good Entrepreneur? Why do some fail, and others succeed?           MOOLAH: Where can I get it?                                                                      SEpreneur Clinic - Sharpen Your Idea                                                            

(and a heckuva lot more, but that'll be giving it away)

 Our rockstar presenters and panellists include the likes of:

  • Meng Wong, serial entrepreneur
  • Tong Yee, co-founder of School of Thought (and the Thought Collective)
  • Gwendolyn Tan, co-founder of SGEntrepreneurs and Partner at Thymos Capital
  • Stefan Jacob & Pin Kwok, co-creators of BoP Hub
  • Bernard Leong, co-founder of Chalkboard
  • Allan Lim, founder of Alpha Biofuels
  • Harveen Narulla, co-founder of GreenPost

(and more, of course.)

think&drink5 (special surprise version!)

And because the workshop will lead in straight to think&drink5, we HAVE to make a special mention because - this one will have a similar theme! Social Entrepreneurship: The Hype, The Highs, and What You Don't See.

Featuring Olivia Choong, Meng Wong, Tong Yee. Moderated by lovely new entrant to Singapore's shores, Lara Dudley.

The low-down:

Group Therapy @ 49 Duxton Rd (it's on Level 2)

7pm - 8:30pm (or.. whenever, really)

Featuring - The Above


(And because we like you, here're some snippets from Aug 6, right below.)

Social Entrepreneurship Workshop at White Canvas Gallery

Bernise Ang

such a range of emotion in one image!

Heard of the Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (RYSEC) 2011 yet? Started in 2009, it’s Singapore's only dedicated Social Business Plan Competition. It provides a unique combination of catalysing social entrepreneurship and experienced mentorship support to participants, which include previous winners, Milaap, among others.

Since helping create RYSEC back then, the competition is back again. This time, Syinc is designing 2 capacity building workshops for potential RYSEC participants, to equip them with fundamental skills to getting things started! (well that's the idea anyway ;)) 

Picture this: Spending the day in a live art gallery, learning about Social Enterprise and how to get started with building one. Nice? Well that’s what 20 young people got to do at our first workshop at the White Canvas Gallery in Tiong Bahru – targeting folks relatively new to the concept of Social Enterprise.



Saturday, 6th August

White Canvas Gallery @ Tiong Bahru

11:30am - 6pm

We structured the day along the (presumably) logical series of questions that budding social entrepreneurs might ask themselves at the start of their journey with the following sessions (and guest speakers!):

Opening with James Norris' "What is a Social Enterprise",
Allan Lim's "How to get started with the right problem/cause",
Syinc's own "Creating user-centred solutions to problems (ie. with design thinking)",
Bernard Leong's "Essential pieces of writing a great business plan",
and ending off with Harveen Narulla's "Building a great team".

We also had a special guest appearance from a past participant - Han Ying from Project Node. She shared her journey in starting her team's initiative, which had all sorts of colourful tribulations any early-stage SEpreneur might face. It was great to see how far her team had come since participating in RYSEC 2010.

We’ll be posting up videos and notes from the sessions over at the RYSEC page, so if you haven’t already, head over there and like it now! You’ll benefit by receiving notifications about the competition deadlines, and whenever we post up workshop materials. Fair deal eh?

Of course, what event wouldn't be complete without Murphy’s Law visiting. First, imagine a rainy day. Not good right? Now imagine it raining INSIDE THE GALLERY. Yes that’s right folks, the air-conditioner decided start leaking gushing whilst setting up for the workshop. T’was thanks to the fast thinking of Haresh and Vikram who negotiated a settlement with the aircon – it would stop pouring as long as it was switched off.

Thanks to all our awesome speakers, team mates, the White Canvas Folks (Colin, Maria, Gerald, and Hanna), and most importantly, our participants!

That’s it from us for now. Stay tuned for a following post about RYSEC workshop 2 (and mystery surprise)!

Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Bernise Ang

Also known as RYSEC!

Brought to you by Syinc and the Rotary Club of Singapore, RYSEC is back after a successful pilot in 2009. RYSEC is a social business plan competition that aims to promote young people taking a stab at innovative ideas to use business rigour for social good.

This year, we've got 2 categories: Idea Launchpad and Project Accelerator.

To support you budding social entrepreneurs, headsup: We've got a capacity building workshop lined up for you on 11 Sept. All applicants, come. Watch this space.

Got an idea, and want to get started? Apply now.

Participants listening with rapt attention as Elim shares her story         

L-R: Kenny Low, founder of O School; The proof of Sarah Mavrinac's (founder of aidha) strategy mapping session; Conversation that couldn't stop after the workshop was over. Pics from RYSEC 2009 workshop. Photo credits to Richard WJ Koh of Amaranthine Photos.

Social Entrepreneurship Workshop

Bernise Ang

As publicised on our Syincommunity, we held our first Social Entrepreneurship workshop on 8 Aug! 

This was part of our collaborative project with Rotary and Volans, known as the Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (or RYSEC). RYSEC is a business plan competition (social, of course), and the whole idea of this workshop was to prep potential applicants who were thinking of submitting - but who could use some workshopping on business plan basics. 

For the uninitiated, more on RYSEC here.

A big thank you to our amazing speakers - Elim Chew, Kevin Teo, Sarah Mavrinac, Jack Sim, Steven Lam, Kenny Low. We even had a special spot with Thian from Bloomerang. It seems almost cliche to say, but these guys were really engaging - and dare we say, inspirational.

Special thanks to CHEC our kind venue sponsor - thank you Kenny!

Finally, to our participants, go put the workshop to good use: we are anticipating the great ideas you all talked about - in the form of a business plan! Submissions close Aug 24 so, fasterly ok.

All the best!!