Singtel, Optus, and Globe Collaborate on Singtel Future Makers Programme to Promote Social Innovation Across the Region

Singapore, Sydney, Manila, 21 March 2017 – Singtel today announced a partnership with Optus and Globe Telecom to collaborate on its social innovation programme, Singtel Future Makers. The joint initiative seeks to help enterprising individuals and organisations in Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines, which are addressing community needs through the bold, innovative use of technology, to grow and scale their businesses.

Singtel Future Makers 2017 follows the success of the inaugural launch in Singapore and Australia last year, where seven local social start-ups were selected in both Singapore and Australia from more than 150 applicants. They received mentoring and financial backing to scale up their ideas. The new programme will provide successful applicants with more than S$500,000 in cash grants and four months of business workshops, mentoring, and coaching support from industry experts.

Through this programme, successful applicants will gain a unique opportunity to grow their organisational capabilities, refine their business models, and make a bigger social impact. The top participants from Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines with the potential to scale their solutions regionally will have the chance to participate in a regional tier of funding and a workshop for regional capability building.

Mr. Andrew Buay, Singtel’s Vice President of Group Sustainability said, “We believe in the power of technology and innovation to tackle the challenges faced by the vulnerable in our communities. The fact that many social issues transcend geographical boundaries, makes it all the more important that we expand the Singtel Future Makers programme beyond Singapore, to give change makers with the most promising solutions the opportunity to scale regionally. Through Singtel Future Makers, our goal is to nurture a vibrant social innovation ecosystem by collaborating with our associates, partners and social enterprises to deliver greater positive social impact where it matters.”

Ms. Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Chief Sustainability Officer said: “We recognise the impact of technology in addressing many social issues that the country is facing at the moment. By participating in the Singtel Future Makers programme, through Globe Future Makers, we help bring out the ecosystem of social innovators that are critical in turning the tide against various social issues like extreme poverty, malnutrition and lack of healthcare, limited access to education, and social discrimination. We are looking forward to many participants from the Philippines joining this programme and supporting us in doing a Globe of Good.”

Singtel Future Makers 2017 is open for applications from March 21 to May 7. The programme will commence in June and conclude with a regional pitch day in November 2017.

To learn more about Singtel Future Makers and to submit applications, visit:


Dr. Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education speaking at the Singtel Future Makers 2017 launch


Second from left: Mano Karan, CEO of Enabled Singapore, Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group CEO, Dr. Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education, and Andrew Buay, Singtel Group Sustainability, trying out an interactive app, developed by Enabled Singapore, to help train caregivers and healthcare workers to provide professional care for persons with disabilities and the elderly. Enabled Singapore is one of the seven start-ups which completed the Singtel Future Makers programme 2016

About Singtel

Singtel is Asia's leading communications and ICT solutions group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses. For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband, and TV. For businesses, Singtel offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cyber-security capabilities. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia, and Africa and reaches over 640 million mobile customers in 22 countries. Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses spans 21 countries, with more than 370 direct points of presence in 325 cities.


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About Singtel Future Makers Programme

Singtel Future Makers aims to help build and support an ecosystem of change agents, innovation, capacity building, and collaboration that will help transform the lives of the vulnerable in the community, as well as support caregivers and Social Service Organisations. This social innovation programme comprises community engagement, mentorship, coaching, and funding support for social entrepreneurs in Singapore. Singtel Future Makers is open to passionate individuals who believe that technological innovation plays a key role in addressing social causes in Singapore and beyond.


To find out more, visit Singtel Future Makers.


About Optus

Optus is Australia’s second largest telco provider and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Singtel Group, Asia’s leading telecommunications company. Optus provides customers with a range of services including mobile, fixed and IP telephony, business network services, tailored SMB services, fixed and wireless broadband, satellite services, as well as entertainment and subscription TV. Optus also delivers wholesale services to third parties for resale under their own brand (MVNO).


For more information, visit Optus.



About Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom is a leading full service telecommunications company in the Philippines, serving the needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connections, internet, and managed services. Its principals are Ayala Corporation and Singtel who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region.


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Brandon Tan
Manager, Group Corporate Communications
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Gabrielle Crittenden
Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, Corporate Affairs
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Globe Telecom
Yoly C. Crisanto
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Globe Telecom, Inc.
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