Bote Central, finalist to the 2013 Asia-Pacific Cities Summit Young Social Entrepreneur Campaign



Kaohsiung, Sept. 5 (CNA) A campaign aimed at nurturing a new generation of social entrepreneurs will be held as part of the 2013 Asia-Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) slated for Sept. 9-11 in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.


The winners of the Young Social Entrepreneur Campaign will be announced Sept. 10 during the APCS Young Social Entrepreneur Forum. Each of the winners -- one for the domestic category and the other for the international category -- will be awarded a US$10,000 cash prize, the organizer said.


Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Lee Yung-teh said the activity, the first of its kind ever held by the APCS, is designed to increase public attention toward urban development issues. The contest has drawn 60 submissions from various countries.


The two finalists for the domestic category are the iLOHAS Taipei and Timur Cultural Industry and Art Association. The finalists for the international category include Singapore's Nusantara Development Initiatives, the United States' Jason Rosenberg and Australia's BONDING Group. Also on the list are BagoSphere and Bote Central-Kape't Buhay Team from the Philippines and the Social Cops from India.


According to the organizer, the contest is open to young people between the age of 18-35 who are interested in urban issues and willing to start their own business.


The contestants are required to propose original business plans regarding their ideas for future business combining city solutions with social enterprise concepts and innovative ideas.


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