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Social Enterprise Ecosystem LEadership for Change and Transformation Programme

This programme is co-designed by raiSE and Singapore Management University (SMU) Office of Executive Education

Unleashing Sustainable Change & Transformation Through Ecosystem Leadership



In the current climate of economic, social and environmental challenges, leaders are tasked to take on a proactive role in navigating and spearheading initiatives into these uncharted areas. The increasing difficulty in solving these challenges has unveiled significant gaps in skills necessary to lead impactful innovation and systemic transformations in business, society and the environment.

The rise of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises has played an increasingly significant role in alleviating challenges through social impact while seeking financial sustainability. In Singapore, an ecosystem had developed around social enterprises that indicates a heightened interest from corporations, intermediaries, academics, government, public and social service agencies. Through raiSE’s efforts as an ecosystem champion and developer, we have recognised the need for leaders who can operate effectively and be successful in creating meaningful impact. The aim is to raise a new type of ecosystem leader that has a social entrepreneurial mindset, eco-centric leadership skills and behaviours as well as networks for tri-sector collaboration to create change and transformation.

Hence, this programme aims to equip emerging and existing leaders from the private-public-people sectors with the necessary skills to cultivate them as advocates and supporters of the social enterprise ecosystem, and to inspire them to take greater initiative in the sector.

 Programme Outcomes

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Implement change and transformation initiatives

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Establish recognised leaders in the community

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Strengthen the social enterprise sector and ecosystem


 Who Should Attend

This programme is ideal for:

  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Socially responsible business founders and key managers
  • Corporate leaders in strategy, marketing, human resources and sustainability tasked with championing sustainable business practices and community development from within an organisation
  • Key managers and representatives from government agencies working with social enterprises, businesses or communities
  • Community leaders spearheading social innovation and social enterprise programmes.


 Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected for their track record in social entrepreneurship, community projects, innovative work and thought leadership (not specific to any industry or social cause) and may be required to go through an interview before confirmation of participation.


 Programme Details

This is a multi-modular programme and participants are required to attend all modules and completion of a collaborative action project.


  Module One @SMU

3 days (13 – 15 July 2021)


 Mid-point Check In

1 day (1 September 2021)


 Module Two @SMU

1.5 days (7-8 October 2021)
(8 October 2021 – sessions run from 9.00am to 1.30pm)


 Showcase & Graduation Celebration

12 November 2021


 Programme Fees

Public - SGD3,000 nett
raiSE SE Members – SGD1,000 nett

Registration closes 1 June 2021



This programme is co-designed by raiSE and Singapore Management University (SMU) Office of Executive Education


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raiSE is an ecosystem builder and membership body for aspiring social entrepreneurs, existing social enterprises and other individuals and organisations that are interested in contributing to the development of a vibrant social enterprise sector. raiSE was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and raise support for social enterprises in Singapore. Through activities like advisory services, capacity building programmes, events, financing options, networks and mentorship, the social enterprise ecosystem has significantly grown in its value and positive impact to our society.


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Highly regarded for excellence in management practice, SMU is one of Asia’s leading universities. SMU offers an unparalleled wealth of expertise in issues of business and management in Asia, distributed across its six schools). The SMU city campus is a modern facility, enabling a technologically integrated learning experience in the heart of the Singapore business district.

SMU’s Office of Executive Development is dedicated to international talent development in a contemporary Asian setting. Integrating the best of Asian and Western practices and theories, our Public and Customised Corporate Programmes deliver outstanding returns on investment for individuals and organisations, leveraging meticulously-designed curricula which address business challenges in the unique Asian context.


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