Social enterprise award winner bags $10,000 prize

Social enterprise award winner bags $10,000 prize

Bettr Barista bagged this year's President's Challenge Social Enterprise Start-up of the Year award, winning a trophy and $10,000.

Its founder and director, Ms Pamela Chng, 37, said: "Hopefully, this award will raise public awareness of social enterprises and let them know that they can help support these enterprises."

Ms Chng started the social enterprise after working at a media consultancy for eight years.

She said: "I wanted to use the power of business as a tool to do good and change lives.

"I believe that everyone has limitless potential and we just need the right opportunity and tools."

Bettr Barista has been helping marginalised women and youth at risk since it was founded in November 2011.

Other winners

Bliss Restaurant & Catering and community healthcare provider Sata CommHealth were awarded the Social Enterprise of the Year, each bringing home a trophy and $15,000.

Six other shortlisted social enterprises received commendations.

The awards were presented by President Tony Tan Keng Yam last night at the Istana.

Launched in March last year, the award aims to honour and recognise outstanding enterprises for their contributions to the community while achieving a sustainable business.

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