Social Enterprise Catalysis
SE.school is an online learning platform for aspiring and current social entrepreneurs. All contents are by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, mostly consists of real cases discussion by the founders of different social enterprises in Thailand (all in Thai language currently). When the learner finished all requirements (watch the clips, send in their SE concept and get feedbacks) then UNDP and ChangeFusion jointly issue a course certificate. SE.school is supported by Banpu PLC.
BANPU Champions for Change (BC4C) (2011-present)
BC4C is an incubation programme for young social entrepreneurs. Funded by the Banpu Public Company Limited since 2011, this programme is open for youths (30 year old age limit) to submit social business plans, either as individuals or teams. We first select ten projects to receive a first fund of 50,000 Baht each to implement their plans within three months. Next, our committees will select four promising projects and grant them another 200,000 Baht fund to run their social business for six months. Beyond these seed funds, the teams participate in capacity development workshops, mentorship and networking support throughout the programme.
(Banpu Champions for Change Facebook)
(Article on BC4C #8 on Banpu Public Company site)
(Download BC4C multi-year impact assessment report)
UnLtd Thailand (2010-2012)
UnLtd is an early stage social enterprises support programme first developed in the UK. ChangeFusion brought the model into Thailand in 2010, the third country to implement UnLtd model in the world after India. With an aim to foster social impact and financial sustainability of each project, we seek, support, and incubate social entrepreneurs who are applying creative ideas to tackle social and environmental problems. UnLtd Thailand’s main supporter is the Thai Social Enterprise Office (TSEO), established under the Thai Health Promotion Foundation Act as the executive authority to deliver the Social Enterprises Master Plan (2010–14) for the Thai government.
(UnLtd Thailand Facebook Page)
(UnLtd Thailand Performance Review at ThaiPublica)
(ADB paper with UnLtd Thailand mentioned on page 5)
Social Enterprise Promotion Policy (2008)
ChangeFusion led the partnership with the British Council in 2008 to bring prominent social leaders and government officials to the UK to learn about social enterprise policy. Then we worked with the government to setup the Thai Social Enterprise Promotion Committee, we served as co-secretary of the Thai Social Enterprise Committee chaired by the Prime Minister, that led to the development of 5-year master plan on promoting social enterprises and the setup of TSEO to execute the plan. TSEO was established as an organisation under the Thai Health Promotion Foundation as a specialized government body. The TSEO’s missions were to promote and support social enterprises in Thailand. www.tseo.or.th
Youth Social Enterprise Initiative (YSEI)
YSEI was a social enterprise competition programme for young entrepreneurs. This was the first regional incubation programme in South & South East Asia, sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development (SDC), Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), UNESCO and Microsoft.
As this project had been aimed at supporting sustainable and scalable social enterprises, we supported 22 social enterprises in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh by providing financial support, incubation, and networking. Unfortunately, the project was discontinued in 2008 due to the financial crisis in the US between 2007-2008.
(YSEI Report at GKP)
(Presentation at The World Bank)
(UNICEF Paper with several mentions on YSEI)
(Startup and Change The World Guide from YSEI)
“Incubating a social enterprises is like growing a tree.”