University’s Role in Building the Social Enterprise Ecosystem

Event Details
  • June 7th, Wednesday, 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Pinnacle 1 and 2
Sumitra Pasupathy

Sumitra Pasupathy

Regional Director Ashoka Singapore

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Session Description

A large number of leading universities in Asia have been engaged in building the social enterprise ecosystem by offering social entrepreneurship courses to holding grant competitions and even running their own incubation and or accelerator programs. What are some of the results of these programs? Are they effective? This session will highlight the importance of collaboration among universities and a range of stakeholders in the social investment space to grow the impact of the social enterprises and social entrepreneurs that have been cultivated at the university level. This session will also look at some of the existing challenges in forging such partnerships for further collaboration and dynamism across the entire ecosystem.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Universities play a crucial role in building the ecosystem. Specific examples will be highlighted by each of the session speakers.
  2. Universities need to partner with corporates, philanthropists, non-profits and government entities in order to build on the work that they have achieved.


  • Dessy Aliandrina

    Dessy Aliandrina

    Director SociopreneurID (CTI)

  • Marie Rosencrantz

    Marie Rosencrantz

    Adjunct Associate Professor Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

  • Ariana Chang

    Ariana Chang

    Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration Fu Jen Catholic University

  • Lydia Lee

    Lydia Lee

    Director of Global Initiatives and Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation of Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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