“Ad.vo.ca.se” (pronounced advocacy) is a student-led initiative to showcase social enterprise in Singapore.
They will be hosting a two-day event on March 1st and March 8th. “Vi.bran.se” (pronounced vibrancy) is an interactive exhibition that curates the work of 15 social enterprises, while “Li.te.ra.se” (pronounced literacy) is a 12-hour challenge held on the second Saturday where teams gather and come up with local social enterprise ideas.
Raising awareness, especially among young adults, is one of their priorities. Ad.vo.ca.se says that less than 13 percent of Singaporeans know social enterprises are sustainable businesses that address social issues.
“Ultimately, we want our youths to act as the ‘multiplier effect’ that will help catalyze the growth of the local social enterprise industry.”
Ad.vo.ca.se tells Social Enterprise Buzz that some not-to-be-missed highlights at Vi.bran.se include a sign language drink counter with EO Horizons where attendees learn to order drinks with basic sign language. Saught, a social enterprise making jewellery out of landmines from war, will also be there to launch their “Egg on Peace” collection with jewellery designer Yuki Mitsuyasu. Local musicians Sara Wee and Joie Tan will collaborate with the Inclusive Arts Movement for performances.
There will be a mix of award-winning and up-and-coming social enterprises in Singapore’s growing social entrepreneurship scene, the team explained, as well as opportunities to speak to some of the owners and beneficiaries first-hand to find out “what puts the heart in their businesses.”
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