On Thursday, March 13, Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard jointly hosted the official 2014 launch event for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Save the World.
More than 90 social entrepreneurs, media, corporates and members of the public were in attendance. Notable guests included last year’s winning team, Protsahan, as well as 2011 finalists SMU Pendeza and Daughters of Tomorrow.
The Project Inspire 2014 launch event featured a panel discussion, which posed the question: “Does supporting promising social enterprises hold the key to women’s empowerment?” with panelists representing academia, non-profit development, social enterprise and corporate social engagement. The panel included:
Trina Liang-Lin, President, Singapore Committee for UN Women
Georgette Tan, Group Head, Communications, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard
Harpreet Kaur, Manager, Bain & Company
Carrie Tan, Founder and Chief Livelihood Advocate, Daughters of Tomorrow and 2011 Project Inspire finalist
Gary Lee, Founder, SMU Pendeza and 2011 Project Inspire finalist
The lively discussion was moderated by Jasjit Singh, Associate Professor at INSEAD Asia, and was streamed live on the internet. Thought-provoking questions about the defining nature of social enterprise were taken from the audience both in person and online, via Twitter.
See the photo gallery from the event here: Project Inspire 2014 launch event gallery.