Demo Day for Enabling Change Incubation Programme

Posted by: theseabilities | in Events | 6 years, 10 months ago | Comments

Back in June, (these)abilities was shortlisted to be part of the Enabling Change Incubation Programme organised by Unframed & ChangeBug. 

It was a very specific incubation programme that looked at start-ups which use technology to tackle problems faced by Persons with Disabilities. The programme was powered by Singtel, and backed by the Croeni Foundation, a philantrophic organisation started by Jan Croeni who was the co-founder of DEAL.COM.SG.

Through many months of mentorship and masterclasses by the likes of professionals from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Ensogo Group, Singtel Innov8, raiSE Singapore, DBS Foundation et al.....

We acquired and honed an entire repertoire of skill sets ranging from Social Media Marketing to Data Analytics. Social Impact Growth to a thriving business model. Getting legal advice to creating products and services with the best User Experience (UX) design.

In the same time, we also managed to reach out and establish close ties with several disability-related VWOs, government agencies and hospitals, sharing the (these)abilities ideology and learning a lot from them as well.

Organisation that we have reached out to include:

  • Society for the Physically Disabled (they would very much prefer to be called "SPD")
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS)
  • Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADEAF)
  • Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped (SAVH)
  • raiSE Singapore
  • National Council for Social Service (NCSS)
  • SG Enable
  • Changi General Hospital (CGH) and their CHART (Centre for Healthcare Assitive and Robotics Technology) initiative
  • Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and their Occupational Therapy department

Outside of Singapore, we have also established ties with:

  • India Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

 To say that we have grown during the past 5 months, would be a serious understatement. We have blossomed, and are extremely grateful for all the support and knowledge that our metnors have provided us.

We were honored to be able to share our work over the past 5 months (Keyguard 2.0, "Plug-N-Play", (these)abilities L.A.B) to distinguished individuals from the social sector, investors as well as fellow social entrepreneurs.

(A speech by Andrew Buay, Head of CSR at Singtel)

(A speech by Larry, Founder of Unframed)

((these)abilities co-founder, Christabella, showing our work to Andrew Buay)

((these)abilities co-founder, Ken, speaking with Jeffrey Chin, Deputy Director of SPD)


Of course, the programme would not have been as engaging without the energy and antics of our fellow friends in the programme.

It has been a short, yet eventful journey. And this is only the beginning!

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