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SMU Admin Building, Singapore, Singapore



Date & time

10 May 2013



10 May 2013


About this event

Date:                     10 May 2013

Time:                     1 – 6pm

Size:                       20 to 30 participants (maximum size is limited)

Venue:                 Singapore Management University

Fee:                       SGD150 (AVPN member & conference attendee rate)/ SGD300 (standard)

–          Price of ticket includes networking lunch before the workshop.


Workshop Leader:


Cliff Prior, CEO UnLtd UK      www.unltd.org.uk www.facebook.com/unltd twitter: @unltd


Guest Speaker:


Grace Sai, CEO and Co-founder, The Hub Singapore


About workshop

Many social enterprises have great ideas to help communities or to address social problems and seize opportunities to improve society. They start with great enthusiasm but are often left flailing or stuck after realizing that they were unable to gain traction with their work. Some do not even realize that they have to scale-up their programmes in order to be sustainable, whilst others are not aware on how to go forward. In this workshop, the CEO of UnLtd – the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs – and the CEO of Hub Singapore, will lead social entrepreneurs through a priceless seminar on the whys and hows of the key points of value, funds, markets and talent.


What You Will Learn

Attendees should expect to learn the following:

  • Understanding your business and impact models
  • Raising the right finance at the right point from the right people
  • Building your team and capacity
  • Markets, customers, and reaching them well
  • Your personal leadership journey


Who Should Attend

  • Social entrepreneurs who want to learn more about taking their social ventures from start up to achieving their full potential
  • Social entrepreneurs who are ready to engage and share their experiences and challenges in a highly participative and practical seminar
  • Supporters and investors for social entrepreneurs who are keen to share their knowledge and models



Time Description
1 – 2 pm Networking Lunch for all workshop attendees
2 pm Workshop starts – Introduction & Overview
2.15 – 3.15pm Diagnostic exercise – understanding yourself, your starting point, your model, and your ambition
3.15 – 4pm Input: business model and financing basics; what’s on offer in Singapore?
4 – 4.30pm Networking break
4.30 – 5.30pm Customising the strategy for your organization: in depth group work on the key challenges and opportunities for scaling your impact and achieving sustainability
5.30 – 6pm It’s all about you: understanding and investing in your leadership journey
6pm Workshop ends


Background on workshop leader

Cliff Prior CBE is the Chief Executive of UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. Cliff is also a member of Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee, the Clore Social Leadership Group, the FYSE young social entrepreneur scheme in Asia, the leading health social innovation agency UCL Partners, and the Local Trust. Cliff is an adviser to Big Society Capital and to the UK Government skills review for the social sector.

Cliff has set up several organisations over the years such as Strutton Housing for people living with HIV in the 1980s through to the web2 platform unltdworld.com, and current work on the Big Local Trust. Cliff joined UnLtd from the UK’s largest and most influential mental health charity Rethink, where he was Chief Executive for over 8 years.

Cliff previously worked in social housing, community care, criminal justice, and health policy and research fields. His previous non exec roles include the UK Government Civil Society Advisory Body, Healthcare Commission, Medicines Commission, NHS Modernisation Board, Circle 33 Housing Association and the Long Term Conditions Alliance.

Background on Guest Speaker

Cliff will be joined by Grace Sai, CEO and Co-Founder of The Hub Singapore, a community and co-working space for entrepreneurs, and the founder of Books for Hope, a social enterprise in the field of childrens’ education.

The HUB Singapore is Asia’s first physical community of purpose-driven individuals and has attracted the interest of governments, media and corporations to learn of its successful model for collaboration and innovation.

Grace is interested in policy development for social enterprises and has been invited by the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore to share her inputs. She sits on the Advisory Boards of Ben & Jerry’s Singapore, Skoll Scholars at the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford and is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD. She has delivered courses on Social Entrepreneurship in universities, MBA classes and is a speaker at international conferences. She is also a TEDx Singapore speaker.

She now resides in Singapore and has an MBA from University of Oxford where she graduated with Distinction and was a Skoll Scholar (funded by Jeff Skoll, the co-founder of eBay).

About UnLtd UK

UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. UnLtd resources hundreds of individuals each year through its core Awards programme. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from Awards of funding, to ongoing advice, networking and practical support. UnLtd supports individuals who have their ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (Harding and Harding 2008) found that there were 1.7m people leading social organisations in the UK. Whilst 238,000 were trying to start one, and that 35% of all nascent (early stage) entrepreneurs were starting out with social ventures. UnLtd resources community entrepreneurs to start-up; supports those with more established ventures to scale up; and assists other organisations to develop similar programmes as part of creating an eco-system of support to make it easier for those who need help to find it.

UnLtd has been replicated in Ireland, India, South Africa and Thailand, with a number of further countries in the pipeline.

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