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Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program 2018 for social entrepreneurs from ASEAN & Australia.

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Application Deadline: 5pm Friday 13 October 2017.

The Australia ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is a three month leadership program for 15 social entrepreneurs from ASEAN and Australia. The program includes: pre-program education, a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney including workshops, networking events, field visits, cultural activities, and support for implementation.

The A2ELP 2018 aligns with the ASEAN-Australian Special Summit, a high-level event which aims to strengthen Australia’s strategic partnership with ASEAN.A2ELP 2017 alumni and 2018 delegates will partake in a range of activities associated with the Summit, including high level dialogues with leaders in government and business.

A2ELP is designed to:

  • Enhance the leadership potential of participants;
  • Strengthen and expand people-to-people, professional, and institutional networks between Australia and South-East Asia and;
  • Showcase contemporary Australian and South-East Asian creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Over a three-month period, participants will:

  • build knowledge of scalable and sustainable business models to achieve long term change
  • develop skills to engage a range of stakeholders
  • receive training in cultural intelligence and lean start-up methodology
  • participate in networking events and field visits to innovative social ventures in Australia
  • discuss the latest thinking and ideas in social impact with academic experts and industry leaders
  • foster connections with participants through peer mentoring exercises and alumni engagement

Eligibility Requirements:

Program participants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Citizens of Australia or an ASEAN country (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines)
  • founder or co-founder of a social enterprise
  • aged between 25-35 years old
  • can demonstrate said enterprises potential impact in social / economic / environmental causes while being scaleable and profitable
  • be able to demonstrate relevance to a relationship with, or ability to scale in South-East Asia
  • be able to commit to the three-month program including pre-departure preparation, ten-day intensive, and post program requirements
  • be able to access digital technology to engage in all three stages of the program
  • be able to provide one professional written reference
  • professional working knowledge of the English language

Program Details:

The program will be delivered in three phases:

1. Pre-departure preparation
Following a competitive application process from September – October, participants will be selected in November 2017. Virtual meetings will be convened with program participants. These video meetings are designed to introduce participants to each other, provide learning materials and brief participants on program content. Participants will also receive support for travel arrangements, visa applications, and other immigration requirements.

2. Intensive training in Australia

Participants will travel to Melbourne and Sydney for a ten-day program from 10 to 19 March 2018, where they will take part in a range of workshops, site visits, master classes, peer learning sessions and networking events. Participants will cultivate their leadership capabilities and refine their business proposal using the skills developed through these activities, presenting their final version to members of the Australia-ASEAN Council Board in Sydney.

3. Implementation and ongoing network  

Participants are required to prepare an implementation plan to follow the intensive training. Asialink and DFAT will support participants to identify potential activities, events, mentoring, connections, and other opportunities that align with their post-program goals. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in Asialink and DFAT-sponsored dialogues and networking events. Opportunities will also be explored to involve participants in regional projects relevant to their professional interest. Through this activity, A2ELP alumni will be connected with DFAT and Asialink’s regional networks.


Participants will travel to Australia from 10 to 19 March 2018 to participate in a ten-day intensive program in Melbourne and Sydney.

Application Procedure:

To apply for the A2ELP, please register your interest by completing this registration form. Once you complete the registration form, a link to the application form will be provided to you and sent to you email.

Please note, you cannot save your application part way. Therefore, we recommend you prepare answers to the following questions in advance.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your organisation. What is the problem you are trying to solve? What is your solution? (250 words)
  2. How have you and your business contributed to improving this issue? What are your future goals? (250 words)
  3. Tell us about an initiative or project where you had an active leadership role. What was your contribution? What was the outcome? (250 words)
  4. How will you and your community benefit from your participation in the A2ELP? (250 words)


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program 2018

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