No person or organisation can go it alone to build a sustainable future for all. Since 2016, we have invested S$5 million in Singtel Future Makers, our regional accelerator programme, which was set up to encourage innovation that addresses social and environmental issues in the community. Through the programme, we hope to spur start-ups that share this same vision by providing support for them through capacity building and mentorship workshops and connecting them with our ecosystem of partners.

With the COVID-19 outbreak highlighting the importance of social enterprises more than ever in tackling social and community challenges in this region, Singtel Future Makers 2020 was launched with a special pandemic support grant on a fast track to support successful applicants making innovative use of technology to address issues arising from the coronavirus. We recognise start-ups need more help to find their footing during this period and hope our programme will allow them to scale their solutions for wider social impact even post-COVID.