Meet the ten Singtel Group Future Makers finalists - we welcome them to the Summit

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The Singtel Group of companies, comprising Optus (Australia), Singtel (Singapore), AIS (Thailand)  Globe (Philippines), and Telkomsel (Indonesia) have joined forces with the Impact Investment Summit again this year as part of the Singtel Group Future Makers Program.

As the leading communications group in Asia Pacific, the Singtel Group supports social impact entrepreneurs, start ups and charities who are leveraging new technology solutions to help address emerging social and environmental challenges in today’s world to make a positive social impact.

10 regional finalists for the Singtel Group Future Makers 2018 programme across the Asia Pacific region now have the opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions for a pool of up to S$100,000 of funding and potential regional support at the Summit to judges Lisa Cotton, Julian Harris and Sarah Pearson. Meet the judges here…


The Finalists

Don’t miss these entrepreneurs pitching their social innovation on Day 2 of the Summit,

Thursday 8 November at 2.10pm in the James Cook Ballroom

Chris Boyle,

CEO, Commsync

Chris Boyle has worked in the child protection and family support sector for over 20 years. Starting his career as a social worker, Chris is considered one of Queensland’s longest standing and most respected child protection experts. He has a passion for social justice and giving a voice and opportunity to the most vulnerable children, young people and families in our community.

In 2012, Chris completed a Churchill Fellowship into Family Preservation and Restoration Services across the world and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

Commsync harnesses the power of technology to eliminate domestic violence connecting vulnerable community members to their safety network, through the push of a button. Commsync create safety plans tailored to each individual based on their extensive knowledge of the risks inherent in the community services sector and use wearable technology (watches and pendants) and non-wearable (IOT devices) to ‘activate’ these plans. It provides real-time support at the touch of a button or using voice command.

Chris Smeed, Director of Finance and Business Development, ImmCalc

Chris Smeed is a dynamic business leader who has worked across a number of industries in a variety of roles. His experience has lead him to have a strong understanding of business policies, practices and developments. Chris has an absolute passion for best practice and is renowned for his enthusiasm, high energy, commitment and pro-active approach.
Since 2012 Chris has been the Director of Finance and Business Development at Inala Primary Care (IPC), a large not-for-profit healthcare organisation pushing the boundaries of quality services available to disadvantages communities. He manages the organisations’ resources to ensure efficient operations as well as contributing to the vision and growth of the organisation and has been key member of the IPC consulting team.

He has piloted a number of innovative information technology solutions across a variety of businesses. Chris is a Director of a number of companies in both the not for profit & commercial start-up space.

ImmCalc is a platform which calculates immunisation schedules for everyone from babies to the elderly. ImmCalc automation in the hands of doctors and nurses means more refugees, those with anti-vac parents and even those who moved often during childhood can be quickly protected against preventable diseases.

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Rex Tan,

Co-founder, AEvice Health

Rex Tan is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of AEvice Health, a Singapore-based medical technology company which develops wearable technologies that aid in respiratory health. Rex and his team spent two years building AEvice Health into a multi-award winning MedTech startup. AEvice Health has been recognised by IEEE as an IEEE N3XT STARS company for its technological advances and future potential, crucial factors in helping the company clinch the Singapore Emerging Enterprise Award 2018, an annual award recognising top startups in Singapore.

AEvice Health is a medical device start-up based in Singapore. It designs and develops an asthma monitoring device that uses smartphone notifications to alert users when a child is on the verge of an asthma attack. It ensures both early medical intervention and greater accuracy in asthma diagnosis.

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Lincoln Dacy,

Co-founder, XCLR8

Lincoln is a Co-founder of XCL-R8 technologies. His love for engineering and technology and his desire to help underprivileged people in the Asia-Pacific regions have pushed him to develop a business model which provides affordable physiotherapy and rehabilitation solutions to the people who need it most.

In addition, he also has love for water sports, such as dragon boating, and has participated in the world championship for dragon boat while pursuing his master degree.

He believes that, with hard work and self-belief, even the impossible is possible.

XCLR8 enables patients to receive affordable physiotherapy treatment anywhere and anytime. Our products allow practitioners to remotely monitor, track and instruct patients via wearable motion sensors and a cloud-based platform aiming to improve convenience and recovery time for patients and to create new revenue streams and cost saving opportunities for practitioners.

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Ellwyn Tan,

Co-Founder and Head of Business Development, BagoSphere

Ellwyn is the co-founder and Head of Business for BagoSphere. He is passionate about tackling the increasing job-skill mismatch between youths and the evolving nature of work. He focuses on understanding the entry level skill needs of organizations and creating programs to bridge the skill gap for youths. He has been awarded as a Young Social Entrepreneur by Singapore International Foundation and recently conferred as a Philip Yeo Associate in 2017.

BagoSphere is an award-winning end-end training and upskilling training provider supporting thousands of frontline workers to achieve better lives. Focusing on soft skills and digital skills, BagoSphere deconstructs what employers need, runs immersive, experiential training programs and connects learners directly with employers. Currently, BagoSphere pipelines talents to some of the world’s top outsourcing companies, like Teleperformance, Transcom and Panasiatic. Since 2013, BagoSphere has graduated over 1,100 graduates, of which 85% have been hired. BagoSphere won multiple awards from MIT-Solve, Ashoka, UBS, and has partnered with Globe Telecom, the National University of Singapore, elea, Julius Baer Foundation to transform a new generation of workers ready for the next generation of business.

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Patch Dulay,

Founder and CEO, The Spark Project

Patch Dulay is the founder and CEO of The Spark Project, a pioneering Crowdfunding website and community in the Philippines. It aims to "spark" local entrepreneurs and change makers by enabling them through an online platform that showcase their creations and initiatives. It's also a place for like-minded people to discover, support and fund local projects.

The Spark Project is a Philippine-based crowdfunding website and community that helps entrepreneurs and changemakers launch their creatively conscious ventures to market. As a pioneer in the local crowdfunding scene, we are dedicated to enabling Filipino creativity and innovation through our website and various community events. Since 2013, we have raised over 6.5 million pesos for over 70 projects.

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Dian Prayogi Susanto,

Founder, Habibi Garden

Dian is passionate about AgriTech startups, particularly in the applications of precision farming, machine learning, data analytics, and robotic process automation that changing existing conventional farming technique for the purpose of improving food security.

Habibi Garden specializes in IoT for precision agriculture, helping farmers and professional growers in Indonesia "talk" to their plants. The application of sensors enables the tracking of all key parameters of plant growth, such as temperature, humidity, rain fall, soil moisture, soil nutrient, and pH, reducing crop failure rate and boosting yield production up to 200%.

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Tomy Yunus Tjen, Co-founder and CEO, Squline

Tomy Yunus Tjen is the CEO, and co-founder of, an online platform to reinvent the language learning experience. He believes that in this digital era, time and place should not be a hindrance in learning something new, including new languages.

Squline is the biggest online language learning platform in Indonesia that connecting student to learn foreign languages with professional teachers via video call and text conversation. Squline combines 2-way interaction with real teacher, multimedia materials, and advanced learning management system to deliver the best experience of online learning to users. Currently, Squline offers 4 language courses : English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Indonesian.

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Somsak Boonbam (Pai),

Founder and CEO, Local Alike

Somsak Boonkam (Pai), an Ashoka Fellow and the founder and CEO of Local Alike, a social enterprise building an online platform to connect travellers and locals through meaningful and authentic experiences. As a social enterprise, Local Alike uses community-based tourism as a form of development tool to solve local issues, preserve local culture, and generate additional income to local communities.

Local Alike is a social enterprise strongly focusing on community-based tourism (CBT). As we aim at sustainable development, community-based tourism has become one of the most powerful tools which can help people in local communities become self-sufficient. Local Alike truly believes in community-based tourism as we see great potential in every single local community.

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Jirarot Pojanavaraphan (Wat), Founder,

VT Thai

Jirarot Pojanavaraphan (Wat) has been working in a couple of different businesses which involve local Thai people and foreigners for the last 10 years and has also travelled extensively through local areas in Thailand and the globe where he noticed that handcraft products could sell at higher prices much more aligned to their value and beautiful background story.

Unfortunately, local Thai craftswomen sell Thai handcraft products below their true value. Therefore, he decided to set up VT Thai, a community platform where local artisans and villagers who have the craft skills but lack design, marketing, and IT knowledge are able to meet designers around the world.

Also they can sell their handcrafts at a higher price abroad which creates sustainable livelihoods for local communities.

VT THAI is a Thai handicraft community and marketplace where Thai local artisans can sell their handcraft products around the world and also match them with designers which creates sustainable livelihoods for local communities. VT Thai empowers and encourages Thai artisans and villagers who have the craft skills but lack design, marketing, and IT knowledge to sell their handcraft at a higher price in a global marketplace.