Social Innovation Lab in Singapore

Program Description

This program provides you with essential skills to start your own social enterprise or fulfil a leadership role in a social venture focusing on the base of the pyramid. The base of the pyramid refers to the poorest communities, living on less $ 10 a day. These communities are not only account for a large segment of the world’s population, but also represent an enormous opportunity for inclusion into the global marketplace.  Participants will work in teams on an idea for a new venture/product proposed by host social enterprises and develop plans for launching the idea. Alternatively, participants can also bring their own social enterprise idea to the program! You will also have the opportunity to be part of a network of social entrepreneurs affiliated with the BOP Hub and Authentica

Faculty & Administrative Leadership

Mr. Jack Sim, aka “Mr Toilet” is the founder of the World Toilet Organization and the BoP HUB and a leading global advocate for sanitation. Formerly in the construction industry, he founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001, after attaining financial independence at age of 40 and deciding to devote the rest of his life to social work. In 2001 World Toilet Organization (WTO) declared its founding day 19 November as World Toilet day. In 2013, 19 November was designated as UN World Toilet Day – the day is now celebrated globally each year as a day raises awareness of the need for action to end the sanitation crisis.
For ‘creating goodwill and bringing the subject into the open’ and ‘mobilizing national support in providing on-the-ground expertise’ Jack Sim received the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance composed of key players for sanitation. He is an Ashoka Global Fellow and was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by TIME Magazine. He also founded the BOP HUB and built an SDG Center in Singapore to coordinate an effort to transform the 4 billion poor into a massively efficient marketplace to end global poverty. Jack has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Dr. Anitha Ramanna, Vice President Academic Programs is responsible for designing and delivering experiential learning programs at Authentica. She has a doctorate in International Studies and has completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. Anitha is a Fulbright Scholar, and was affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University in 1998-99. She was a C.R. Parekh fellow with the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. Anitha is interested in innovative teaching methods that challenge students to learn from experiences outside the classroom. She has designed and delivered several experiential learning programs as part of courses she taught in leading Universities in India including S P Jain School of Global Management, Symbiosis Institute of International Business, and the University of Pune. Anitha also facilitated experiential learning experiences as a Visiting Faculty with the Alliance for Global Education, an organization that delivers study abroad programs for students from US Universities in India.   Anitha has been extensively involved in the field of teaching and research in various institutions including: S P Jain School of Global Management, Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research and University of Pune. Her articles have been published in journals such as the Journal of World Intellectual Property, International Journal of Technology Management, Development Policy Review and Asian Biotechnology and Development Review. Her research interests focus on Intellectual Property Rights, International Relations, Public Policy, and Political Economy of Development


Ravi Raj is the Founder and CEO of Authentica an experiential learning company that designs and delivers inspiring immersions that help educators and students unlock the transformative potential of international study programs. Ravi works closely with program directors and faculty in designing and delivering both short and long-format study abroad programs in Asia, including India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and UAE. Prior to founding Authentica, Ravi was a social enterprise consultant with Eastside Consulting in London (UK) where he managed a social venture investment program and assisted social enterprises in the homelessness sector to increase their scale and impact. Prior to his social enterprise career, Ravi worked as a strategy consultant with Oliver Wyman in their Boston and San Francisco offices, helping technology companies with their corporate and marketing strategy.  Ravi has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Darthmouth, New Hampshire (USA), where he co-chaired the Sustainable Business Club and was also a recipient of the Julia Stell Award for his contribution to influencing the MBA program adopt sustainability and social enterprise themes into core and elective curriculum. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Anna University, India. Ravi lives in Pune, India and runs his company with his wife and partner, Sayalee Joshi.

Program Goals

  • Provide students with an overview of social enterprises working at the base of the pyramid
  • Enable students to engage with different stakeholders in Singapore to learn from their innovation models
  • Provide students with the framework to develop skills to become global citizens

Program Learning Activities

  • Experiencing innovations in addressing the base of the pyramid and interactions with social entrepreneurs in Singapore
  • Workshops and sessions with experts on key areas such as: what it takes to set up a social enterprise focusing on the base of the pyramid, balancing profits with social good and financing a start-up
  • Interactive learning through podcasts, films, and e-learning modules (for both pre-arrival learning and post departure reflection)
  • Students will work with several social enterprises in the BOP Hub
  • Cultural exposure through cooking classes, dance sessions, language immersion, films, cycling experiences, games and other interactions

Program Incusions

Expert program facilitators, interpreters and local guides, accommodation, transport in country, insurance, educational content, pre-departure support, 24 x 7 support, cultural and social activities, meals— all breakfasts, 13 lunches, 11 dinners

Not included: International flights, passport and visa fees, personal expenses

Program Dates

June 26- July 22, 2022

Course Syllabus

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