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Grand Final week was full of surprises for the Project Inspire finalists. Thanks to generous supporters and the fellow social entrepreneurs at NOX – Dine in the Dark, the finalists were treated to an incredible night Dining in the Dark.   NOX – Dine in the Dark is a Singapore-based social enterprise that invites guests…

Today the Project Inspire team mourn the loss of one of our own – 2011 & 2012 Project Inspire Head Judge, Patrick Turner. Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD’s Singapore campus, Patrick was passionate about business and entrepreneurship for social good and instrumental in the shaping of Project Inspire in its early…

Singapore, 30 August 2014:  Two inspired young finalists saw their projects recognised and awarded at the Project Inspire 2014 Grand Finals which were held in Singapore yesterday. Their inspirational projects transforming the lives of disadvantaged women in Vietnam and Cambodia received grants totalling US$35,000. Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World 2014, co-organized by…

Hawanatu Bangura, 25, from Sierra Leone, is a member of the Advisory Circle for Australian microfinance organisation, Global Sisters. Hawanatu – along with her Australian teammates; 40-year-old Mandy Richards, 39-year-old Heather Thomson, and Robyn Robertson, 40 – was recently named as a finalist in the 2014 Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard Project Inspire…

Few people look at gender equality the way 28-year-old Sombodhi Ghosh, from India, does. When Sombodhi realised the female helpers around him were being shunned during their monthly menstrual cycle, he questioned it, which ultimately led him on an unexpected career path. In 2011, Sombodhi co-founded Aakar Innovations (Aakar), a company which creates low-cost sanitary…

It was just like any other evening for 34-year-old Anietie Etuk, from Nigeria. “I was driving home from work when I noticed a mother with two children, selling bananas from a table top. The mother was breastfeeding one child, while the other was playing, and it was beginning to rain,” says Anietie. Just as Anietie…

Sara Gingold, 23, from Australia, is a volunteer for Cambodian-Singaporean non-profit organisation, Riverkids. Sara – along with her teammates; Peo Bona, 30, from Cambodia, and Elaine Woon, 42, from Singapore – was recently named as a finalist in the 2014 Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard Project Inspire competition, which works to empower women…

Shrutikantha Kandali, 23, from India, is a qualitative researcher and writer for non-profit organisation, Going to School. Shrutikantha – along with her teammates; 33-year-old Nishi Arora, 30-year-old Satyam Vyas, and Ranjeet Kumar, 30 – was recently named as a finalist in the 2014 Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard Project Inspire competition, which works…

After experiencing the limitations of trying to create positive social change in the public sector, Alana Hitchcock Weber, from the USA, decided to take matters into her own hands. In 2012, Alana co-founded Trade Monkey; an organisation which offers stable incomes to disadvantaged artisans in Thailand, while providing socially responsible goods to consumers around the world. Last…

Ask anyone who works in gender equality why women’s empowerment is important to them, and you’ll receive an array of responses, often citing facts and figures which serve to prove how great the divide between the sexes is. But for 27-year-old Pham Thi Ngoc Mai, from Vietnam, her answer is startling in its simplicity: “Because…