Asialink is looking for suitable social entrepreneurs from across Asia-Pacific, including five from Australia to participate in a full-funded program focused on social impact. This program is designed to enable social entrepreneurs to further build their capability in this sector while developing real relationships with other emerging entrepreneurs from across ASEAN and Australia.

The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) has been designed to create meaningful people-to-people links between entrepreneurs across Asia-Pacific. The focus of the program this year will be on the social impact space, and will bring together ten social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia and five from Australia to take part in intensive professional development in Australia.

Announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the ASEAN-Australia Summit in Laos in September earlier this year, the program will provide participants with innovative learning opportunities that will develop their capacity to lead positive change in social impact across the region.

It has been designed for individuals who have at least two years of experience working in organisations that generate social impact. Over a six-month period, participants will build knowledge of scalable business models, develop skills to engage a range of stakeholders, receive training in cultural intelligence, lean start-up methodology and impact gaps canvas as well as network with other participants, social entrepreneurs, academic experts and industry leaders.

Following the program, proposals will be circulated to social venture leaders and program partners to seed potential ideas for collaboration. Participants will be invited to form smaller interest-based groups and will receive regular check-ins and invites to selected activities in the region, including Asialink and DFAT-sponsored dialogues and networking events.

Participation in this program will be fully funded, including travel and accommodation in Australia. The closing date for applications is 11.59pm (AEST) on 11th January 2017.

For more information on the application process, please visit the website.