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SEED programme promotes social entrepreneurship among students

24 August 2012

Minister Wong (fifth from left) with the entire SEED team, including the kind volunteers from NUS Corporate Social Responsibility Student Movement

Students caught a glimpse of the workings of social enterprises in various fields such as food and beverage, tutoring and pottery as part of the inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Experience and Development (SEED) Programme.

Some 60 selected youths participated in the summer programme from June to July 2012. This consisted of a one-day tour to social enterprises as well as week-long internships where students formed teams to work at 16 firms, including Breakthrough Cafe, Ground-up Initiative, Relief 2.0, Immanuel Beauty School, Better Barista and Adrenalin Events.

Concluding the programme was a conference where participants shared about their learning experiences. Mr Lawrence Wong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts was the Guest-of-Honour.

SEED was developed by a group of students in the NUSLEAD Programme, introduced by the NUS Career Centre and Office of Admissions to develop NUS students into well-rounded leaders in society. The NUSLEAD Programme offers a range of workshops on topics such as leadership and authenticity, communications, influencing and leading teams, and a hands-on project with a Voluntary Welfare Organisation.

Geraldine Lim, one of the SEED organising team members, finds social enterprise a meaningful way to have a business while also making a social impact. She was particularly struck by ClayStreet's "See-No-Clay" which sponsors visually impaired potters to co-create arts with volunteers.