• Jarratt Ong

Year in review and road ahead

Updated: Jan 28


Sustainability Community Impact Driven Southeast Asia Annual Report

Building a Sustainability impact-driven community and collaborative platform for Southeast Asia hasn't been the easiest task. How did we start to embark on this goal?


Since 2017, our core work has been in accelerating sustainable innovation and talents in Southeast Asia.


With a dedicated team of volunteers and full-timers, we incubated 27 sustainability-focused initiatives and engaged over 4,000+ youth and educators through sustainability workshops and events.


In late 2020, our team embarked on building a platform to build the capacity of the sustainability ecosystem at scale and encourage collaborations.


The team

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​Founder & CEO

Product Manager

Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

Fullstack Developer

Fullstack Developer

Backend Developer

Frontend Developer

Number of users

Thank you 123 (we swear this is not a made up number) regional users for taking the time to be a part of the Interseed's platform and helping to map out sustainability users in the scene open to collaboration.


Here is a little peek into the fields that our users are interested in:

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From program to platform

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Over 3 years, YSI SEA's Innovation Programmes incubated 27 regional impact startups. Interacting with founders have made us understand the difficulties they face in creating and scaling sustainability solutions. ​


Each year, we also receive 1000s of applicants for the programme but we could only select 25 founders. ​


Interseed was born as a way to reach more impact founders across the region through a platform and build the capacity of the sustainability sector in the region.


Roadmap

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2017

2018

  • Incubated 6 Impact startups in our 5-month Regional Sustainability Innovation Programme

  • Sustainability workshops for 600 youths

  • Ran public sustainability showcases with 500 attendees and 20 ecosystem partners

2019

  • Incubated 8 Impact startups in our 5-month Regional Sustainability Innovation Programme

  • Sustainability workshops for 2000 youths & educators

  • Ran public sustainability showcases with 600 attendees and 40 ecosystem partners

2020

  • Incubated 13 Impact startups in our 5-month Regional Sustainability Innovation Programme

  • Managed sustainability innovation projects for companies and institutions

2021

  • Developed and launched app.interseed.co web-based platform to build capacity of regional sustainability ecosystem

  • 123 users onboarded

  • Microsoft GreenTech Challenge providing opportunities for impact startup

  • Launch of Interseed podcast

Next...

  • Integrating more tools and opportunities on app.interseed.co to empower the regional sustainability community

  • Programmes and mentorship to provide upskilling and portfolio-building opportunities for students and young professionals

Our startups' performance

Sustainability Community Impact Driven Southeast Asia Annual Report Phytopia Malaysia

Phytopia

Phytopia is a social enterprise based in Malaysia, redefining healthy food by building a horizontally integrated supply chain. The social cafe act as a platform bridging the fresh vegetable supply from small farmers with customers.


Here are their 2021 highlights!

  • Part of Youth CO:LAB Malaysia 2021.

  • Supporting partner for Thought for Food at the Future Food Tech Festival (FFF) alongside established startups

  • UMK Entrepreneurship Award 20211 for Student Social Enterprise Award, and Mentor of the Year

  • Featured in Vulcan Post

  • Ramadhan Freedge Campaign sponsoring meals

  • Partnership with Roger Makan for food deliveries

Sustainability Community Impact Driven Southeast Asia Annual Report Light of Hope PH Philippines

Light of Hope PH

Light of Hope PH is a grassroots movement from Cebu, Philippines aiming to help mitigate climate change and uplift the lives of the less privileged off-the-grid communities through the use of clean renewable energy technologies and Internet of Things technologies.


Here are their 2021 highlights!

  • 53 family beneficiaries and 2,255 kg CO2 reduced

  • National Finals of Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations

  • Deployed Cloudgrid units to family beneficiaries in Brgy. Pulangbato Cebu Philippines with Youth In Climate Action, and Vriendschapsband and Haarlemmermeer Cebu

  • Partnership with First Gen Corporation's EmPOWER

  • Winner of GREENPRENEURS 2021 Program

  • Finalist for British Council COP26 #DestinationZero Climate Innovation Challenge

Sustainability Community Impact Driven Southeast Asia Annual Report Datanam Malaysia

Datanam

Datanam is a SEA-based precision vertical farming company built to address issues around resource efficiency and food security in modern agriculture.

  • Secured partnerships with government agencies to set up Datanam's first "satellite" farm location in Malaysia

  • Datanam's MaGIC Agritech Bootcamp for the next 2 weeks with UC Berkeley's Clark Kellogg, Jeff Eyet and team

  • Reducing crop cycles by 40% through optimisation and automation allowing for faster harvest

  • Empowering consumers to build their own farms with home space

  • Utilisation and optimisation of purified water that decreases water usage by 95% and using 90% less fertilisers

  • Leveraging on blockchain and IOT to ensure traceability and quality assurance

Sustainability Community Impact Driven Southeast Asia Annual Report Singapore Greentech Challenge

Singapore Greentech Challenge

Interseed was the ecosystem partner for the inaugural Singapore Greentech Challenge powered by Microsoft and organized by Creitive.


We sourced 29 startups from all across APAC who have greentech solutions that align with the SG Green Plan 2030!


Here are some the startups!

  • CleanRobotics makes waste management smart with Trashbot™, a robotic trash can that automatically separates recyclables from landfill waste

  • Handprint enables carbon absorption from the atmosphere, which has more impact than only reducing the carbon emissions, and improves the livelihood of local villagers living by the mangroves reforestation areas.

  • SAVOUR! connects non-profit organizations, event planners and companies to merchants with products available at bulk discounts and sponsorships for office operations, programmes and event needs.

  • Sunkonnect is a renewable energy management consulting firm based in Singapore and they work with system owners, developers, EPC players and manufacturers in making significant and long-lasting improvements to their products and processes.


Talks Hosted, Moderated, and Participated

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Bringing ecosystem players together is one of our most important goals.


In 2021, we hosted 7 talks, moderated 1, and were a part of 3 talks.


From the exciting world of the clean energy space, to sustainability trends, to food waste, we wanted to capture the broad spectrum of amazing sustainability hot topics to engage the community with.

We are also grateful to be able to join the following talks:

Content Released

Our amazing content team has been working hard to produce and deliver a wide range of content to engage our community with.

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5 podcast produced by Irsyad Ramthan and Lihong Chew

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58 blog entries sharing our insights with the community and pushing the sustainability movement forward especially our ongoing learning in public series.

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5 documentaries (4 of which are produced by Caecilla Sherina from CINEMAWITHOUTWALL!

Platform Highlights

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  • 60 regional funding listing consolidating opportunities for impact-making users to leverage on, all in one place

  • 11 market research listing open sourced market insights empowering founders with insights, and letting talents build their portfolio

Featured!

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Thank you for your support!

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  • Our mentors Chow Yen-Lu, and Leon Toh

  • Yuen Ping from NUS

  • Ecosystem Partners

  • Microsoft

  • Creitive

  • WeGotThis

  • NUS Enterprise

  • Ecolabs NTU

  • Crater

  • SG Eco Fund

  • BOP Hub

  • Asia Institute of Mentoring

  • Startup Weekend SG

  • SCAPE

  • Earth School SG

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