Asia is facing simultaneously huge growth potential and increasing inequalities, with often weak national solutions to the social issues at hand. Social purposeborganisations (SPOs) – which includes but are not limited to non-profit organisations and social enterprises - are seen to solve these issues sustainably.
At SEIC, we work closely with such early-stage initiatives to help them grow as entrepreneurs and leaders and build the capacity to translate their visions into sustainable social organizations with meaningful impact.
There’s this little three-pound machine that’s behind your eyes and in between your ears. This machine is really strange and probably the most powerful. They do lots of inconsistent things and sometimes even create unreasonable ideas. From my years of experience and learning, I have realised that the most unreasonable of ideas generated by this machine have often changed the world. In the quote of George Bernard- “The unreasonable man adapts himself to the world; the reasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man”.
If we want to move forward, create a just and sustainable society, we need people that are willing to break through the status quo. Today, it is quite true to say that there is a great correlation between unreasonability and progress, especially when it is combined with Social Entrepreneurship- Because Social Entrepreneurs choose to see opportunities where other people see intangible problems. And the most ambitious of these Social Entrepreneurs aim towards systemic change.
Our Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Centre is an endeavour to identify, encourage and nurture such aspiring social entrepreneurs to look beyond boosting the bottom line alone.
Rather, we wish to urge social ideas and start-ups big and small to set their sights on being “ at the forefront social change” through broadly scalable business models. The centre provides ample room to students and entrepreneurs to grow with institutional support and the same is reflected in all aspects of our programs and activities.
I welcome all of you to come and witness our quest to bring forth social start-ups from scratch-to growth and to contribute in the transformation of capitalism- where success will be measured by the social impact we create.
SEIC continues to collaborate and bring together key specialists from different verticals to help Startups shorten the sprint towards their goal. Our partners are broadly classified as Investment Partners, Ecosystem Partners and Innovation Partners.