The ASEAN Social Entrepreneurship Innovation Challenge

28 September in Insights by joanna  

Starting with ten countries! 

Indonesia * Brunei * Cambodia * Laos * Malaysia * Myanmar * Philippines * Singapore * Thailand * Vietnam


You can change the world — if you just give yourself permission. The biggest barrier by far to having all the satisfaction in life of being an effective social entrepreneur is paying attention to all the many people who will tell you: “You can’t…” (Kickul & Lyons, 2016, p. xxiv) 

This challenge is an opportunity for universities to engage undergraduate students to show how they can create a positive ripple effect; a positive social, environmental, cultural and economic impact through social entrepreneurship. 

The ASEAN social entrepreneurship virtual innovation challenge is developed by the Research Synergy Foundation (RSF), Bandung Islamic University (UNISBA), UCB Education Program in Indonesia and Macquarie University PACE students in Australia. Together we invite ASEAN students from various academic institutions to present their own ideas, concepts and solutions to social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges in their communities.

#ASEANSE2020 Competition Guidelines

THEME: A social entrepreneur is defined as a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or affecting social change. In the face of coronavirus, among many other global challenges, social entrepreneurs are needed now more than ever to address societal issues. 

COMPETITION DATES: Entries must be submitted by Monday the 2nd of November. The top ten will be announced on Tuesday the 10th of November and the virtual pitching competition is on Thursday the 12th of November at 10:00 am Jakarta time. 

To qualify for the ASEAN social entrepreneurship innovation challenge you will need to (1) create a 3 minutes video with your idea which addresses one of the below three focus areas, (2) create an academic poster and slide publication with your idea and submit via this link , the registration fee of US $65 can be shared between social entrepreneurs within your team (3) create a short TikTok video and tell us WHY YOU CARE!

All TikTok video participants will receive a AUD $15 voucher towards a full day eco-cycling tour in Bali (regardless of step 1 and 2), however, you need to tag: #UCBEducation and #ASEANSE2020. Your voucher will not expire, and you can use it post COVID-19.

By joining our eco-cycling tours you are enabling social tourism as you directly help us create a positive social change in the Tampaksiring community. UCB Education invest into education, sanitation and women empowerment ♀️ through cycling 🚴

Focus areas can include…

Support cities through circular economy principles – introduce novel practices and business models that incorporate closed-loop thinking to reduce ecological impact and improve profitability.

Empower women, engage youth or aging populations to create change in your community

Catalyze innovation to cultivate history and arts through new digital initiatives


The ASEAN social entrepreneurship innovation challenge is about your community! Impact is at the heart of your market-solution.

About Us

About ASEANSE – Research Synergy Foundation
A global social enterprise, established in Indonesia with a focus on access to quality knowledge among scholars. Research Synergy Foundation fosters global scientific interactions to encourage innovation.

UCB Education Program
UCB Education is a program developed by Ubud Cycling Bike, a social enterprise in Bali. UCB Education designs courses on social entrepreneurship. We believe in blended value creation, that is social, environmental, cultural and economic. By joining our eco-cycling tours you are enabling social tourism as you directly help us create a positive social change in the Tampaksiring community. UCB Education invests in education, sanitation and female empowerment through cycling 

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Connect with us: aseanse@researchsynergy.org or hello@ubudcycling.bike

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