Who who’ve thought that DBS, a local leading consumer bank running a series of their own mini episodes?? I wasn’t aware till I attended the launch of Sparks episode 6 at DBS Asia X a couple of days ago as this mini series redefines the conventional meaning of banking. DBS hopes that the public not only perceive them as a company that does transactions but also a company that embrace innovation and digitisation.
|Img. from DBS|
Episode 6 of sparks is inspired by the true story of Zaya Learning Labs as they faces challenges while trying to bridge the education gap, bringing education to children in low income communities through the use of technology and innovation. Neil D’Souza, the founder of Zaya Learning Labs was one of the panelist that shared with us his story and advices that day. Zaya Learning Labs was also the grand prize winner in the inaugural DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia in 2014.
Joining him as panellists on stage were also Dr. Alex Lin (Head of SGInnovate, DBS BusinessClass Advisor), Gillian Tee (Co-founder, Homage) and David Pong (Co-founder, WaterROAM), each with their own inspiring story to share.
Since the lanch of Sparks episodes 1-5 in Feburary 2016, their trailers together with the 5 episodes have garnered more than 42 million views and over 1.7 million digital engagements across the region.
You may want to check out these episodes from this link below before the launch of episode 6 on the 17th of March.
|Host and the panellists|
|Gillian Tee (Co-founder, Homage)|
|Neil D’Souza (Zaya Learning Labs)|
|David Pong (Co-founder, WaterROAM)|
It was an informative session for me as I learnt that DBS Foundation actually provides holistic support to social enterprises at every stage of their journey, assisting them in their success as well as scaling up their social impact.
I also took away some key advises from these founders at the end of the session as well. (Not in exact sentences but almost there..)
”There are 10 thousands reasons to say you are not ready. Do not be afraid to start the journey, experiment and fail. You need to be comfortable with a bit of chaos. It was the impact that kept me going” – Gillian Tee
”Believe in yourself. Although you are clueless, pretend to know. Surround yourself with people who believe in your cause. Building a strong team is important. Deliver values and not let the media define your values.” – David Pong
”Do not take investment from somebody who does not know. Get the right person. You need plenty of support as well.” -Neil D’Souza
Anyway, couldn’t wait for episode 6 to be up! #DBSsparks
Also check out this post, where I talk about Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert.