Impact Startup Challenge Grand Finale

13 October 2021, 2 - 5pm

DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize @ Impact Startup Challenge Grand Finale


SUSS has partnered with DBS Foundation to help the best student impact entrepreneurs scale to the region and create even more impact. The Impact Startup Challenge Grand Finale will have its inaugural edition held on 13 October and will see student teams who previously participated in one of the Impact Startup Challenges competing for the DBS Impact Startup Prize.

The Grand Finale will feature businesses built with social impact as a key aspect of their business. Startups will undergo mentorship with our industry experts, and pitch their business to a public audience across ASEAN, China and India.

The DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize will be awarded to the team that demonstrates a clear problem in society that is addressed, and a viable business solution. The prize includes a cash prize of SGD 10,000, SGD 5,000 and SGD 2,000. Selected startups will also be invited to join the DBSF community and network with access to capacity building so as to support your business.

For enquiries, please email


Team Requirements

  • Maximum of 5 members
  • At least one member must have participated in a previous ISC to register as the Main Applicant
  • At least one SUSS Part-time / Full-time student / alumnus
  • Impact focused business idea
  • Shortlisted teams commit to attending ALL mentorship sessions

*Each group should submit one application form.

We understand that in an entrepreneurial journey, your idea and team members might have changed. You do not need to apply with the same team members and idea that you presented at the end of the course.

Business ideas / Social Enterprises / impact start-ups / early-stage ventures presented should be innovative and impact-focused, aimed at improving or solving key societal and/or environmental issues.

Looking to enhance your team with co-founders or additional team members?


Focus Areas

Startups will be using their businesses to address various environmental and societal problems that we see in our everyday lives.

Challenge Themes

About the Programme

DBS ISCGF Timeline

Info Session: 8 September 2021, 7pm
Application Deadline: 17 September 2021, 3pm
Mentorship Period: 25 September – 10 October 2021
Demo Day: 13 October 2021, 2pm-5pm

In this Grand Finale, shortlisted teams undergo 4-sessions of dedicated mentorship to further develop the business idea to ensure that it is viable in the local and regional markets. Our team of mentors are founders of their own startups and have guided several teams to establish successful businesses of their own.

On 13 October, all shortlisted startups will present their final pitch to our judges, investors and potential customers at our demo day. The top 3 prizes will win cash prizes develop and scale their business.*

*Terms and Conditions apply


Bryan Long

Bryan Long


Jackie Tan Yen

Jackie Tan Yen

Co-Founder UpLevel
NEXT50 Mentor, TRIVE
Russ Neu

Russ Neu

Founder and CEO, Social Collider

About DBS Foundation

DBS Foundation Logo

DBS Foundation is an endeavour from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs. DBS Foundation believes that businesses can create impact by finding innovative solutions to social problems while also pursuing a profit bottom line.

DBS Foundation supports such social enterprises (SEs) – businesses for good with capacity building, grant support, financing, and mentoring. To date DBS Foundation has awarded grants to over 100 SEs and nurtured 300+ SEs through other support programmes. 


About the Challenge

The Impact Startup Challenge series of courses is an Asia-wide competition for impact-driven business ideas that attracted more than 600 students from ASEAN, China and India who created more than 100 validated startup ideas and launched more than 22 impact businesses.

The course has been developed in partnership with Singapore University of Social Sciences’ regional university partners in 9 cities across 7 countries. Our relationship with the partner universities have allowed us to help student startups gain a foothold in the region.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you are both a former ISC participant and an SUSS student/alumnus, you will be able to participate as an individual.

Join our Telegram chat at where there are other potential applicants who are looking for a team.

Join our Telegram chat at there are other potential applicants who are looking for a team.

We are looking for business proposals that have been validated in the market. You have or will be able to show early traction, user signups, pre-sales or will be able to present signed Letters of Intent. If you are running an early-stage impact startup, you may apply as well.

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