ACSEP 05 May 2015

Learning by Investing @ NUS Grant Presentation Event

Thirty-seven BBA students saw their hard work come to fruition at the ACSEP “Learning by Investing @ NUS” grant presentation event on 23 April 2015.

As part of the BBA (Honours) module, Measuring Success in Philanthropy and Impact Investing, the students had to identify the most investment-worthy social enterprises based on the assessment metrics they learnt in class. At the April 2015 event, each of these social enterprises was awarded a grant of S$5,000. An additional S$5,000 was given to the social enterprise voted top by the class. The translation of classroom learning to actual financial impact was made possible through the generosity of Mr Keith Chua, executive chairman of ABR Holdings and chairman of ACSEP’s Advisory Board.

ACSEP first introduced this approach to learning during the previous semester. At the November 2014 “Learning by Giving” grant presentation event, students identified the most donation-worthy charities. The 2015 “Learning by Investing” event focused on social enterprises to help the BBA students build capacity in social investing across the spectrum, i.e., moving beyond philanthropic giving to venture philanthropy and impact investing. The skills of socially responsible investing, impact investing and venture philanthropy also bear more direct relevance to the career options of these business school students.

The five selected social enterprises were:

  • Backstreet Academy
  • Green Prints
  • Daughters of Tomorrow
  • Wateroam
  • Blue Impact

Daughters of Tomorrow was voted the top social enterprise by the class and received the additional S$5,000 grant.