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Singaporean telecoms company Singtel today announced the seven winners of its Singtel Future Makers programme at an award ceremony held at *SCAPE The Tree Top.

The winning startups are as follows.

Bompipi

An online marketplace for popular fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and groceries, it offers a reward system that gives incentives to customers for volunteering with community partners, allowing them to convert volunteer points to rebates or discounts.

It expects 70 per cent of customers to volunteer through the reward system, and will contribute 15 per cent of profits to voluntary welfare organisations and non-profit organisations.

CaptionCube

Using a cloud-based platform and speech recognition technology, CaptionCube provides high-quality, fast captioning, transcription, and subtitling services for e-learning and media content providers that are inclusive to hearing impaired audiences. The company employs persons with disabilities who work remotely on the transcription, giving them flexibility and convenience.

It claims to have improved communication engagements by over 30 per cent among its clientele.

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Enabled

Through the Empathy Training Simulation App, Enabled provides empathy training and experiential workshops aimed at empowering school students to become advocates for persons with disability.

It also hopes to embed empathy training into the core curriculum in schools.

GIVE.asia

This is a free-to-use platform that empowers people and organisations to create crowdfunding and donation campaigns for charities in a matter of minutes, without a designer or developer.

The platform claims that 200,000 people have joined the social movement and raised S$10.8 million (US$7.8 million) to support 15,000 social causes.

Irisada

This is a specialised marketplace that helps the special needs community find hard-to-reach products all in one place. Through intuitive search functions, curation and other special features, it hopes to connect buyers to solutions that would help them enjoy a higher quality of life while connecting sellers to their target markets.

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Jaga-Me

This healthtech company aims to make healthcare more responsive, more affordable, and more personal. It has developed a mobile app to help patients and their families engage home care services from qualified professionals within the community. These healthcare professionals are matched according to patients’ requests based on skillset and availability.

It claims to have served over 2,500 hours of safe nursing care across Singapore. Nurses are carefully screened and have at least three years of experience working in a hospital with valid clinical skills.

Medarwin

Medarwin is looking to change the way the elderly and people with physical limitations dry their laundry, with its product Raincheck. Through a smartphone app, Raincheck automatically deploys wet laundry outdoor and retracts them during inclement weather.

The company expects to test Raincheck across various households and smart city initiatives for further product feedback before manufacturing.

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The seven winners were selected through a pitch battle involving 12 outstanding finalists, chosen from over 70 applicants.

Andrew Buay, Singtel Vice President of Group Corporate Social Responsibility, explained to e27 in an e-mail that the winners were chosen based on how they leverage “technology and innovation to address a real social challenge faced by vulnerable members of our community.”

“They also have the greatest potential to succeed with the most scalable social impact. I believe the nature of our programme can add value to these social enterprises and their causes significantly,” he wrote.

The winners will get cash funding of up to S$20,000 (US$14,500), and work for six months in a coworking space provided by iMDA Labs. They are aslo eliglbe to business workshops, mentoring and coaching support from Singtel and its partner network the Community Chest, SPD, iMDA Labs, raiSE and UNFRAMED.

The winning startups can also participate in networking and potential commercialisation opportunities with the Singtel Group and its regional mobile associates.

GIVE.asia received a special accolade, as the startup also got an additional S$10,000 (US$7,200) prize money granted by the Community Chest Sustainable Giving Award.

“The partnership with Community Chest for this special award underscores the commitment of the Singtel Group to explore different ways to build inclusive communities through social and technological innovation,”said Andrew Buay, Singtel Vice President of Group Corporate Social Responsibility, in a press statement. “Together, we can reach out to a pool of established social entrepreneurs and enterprises to drive meaningful changes in the social service sector.”

According to Ng Ling Ling, Community Chest Managing Director & Assistant CEO of National Council of Social Service, the prize was given to GIVE.asia due to its ability to connect and track donors, while allowing them to share the causes they support in social media channels.

“This complements Community Chest’s approach in reaching out to corporate partners and social service organisations, potentially tapping into a greater network of donors,” Ng said.

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