More youth groups have applied for the President's Challenge Social Enterprise Award this year.
It attracted 11 applications for the Youth Social Enterprise of the Year category, up from five last year.
Awards in this category are given to organisations founded and managed by people under the age of 35.
Said Mr Noel Hon, chairman of this year's awards committee: "It's good that the youth are interested in more than just making money, that they want to make a difference in society through having a social enterprise."
There was also greater diversity among the 38 applications received for the three award categories this year, said Mr Hon.
Besides having applicants who work on a more traditional model of creating jobs for the disadvantaged, there were those which "help other social enterprises" in areas of training or providing professional services at subsidised rates, for instance.
On Wednesday, the awards committee revealed the nine shortlisted nominees for this year.
Mr Hon said: "The judges have had very tough decisions to make this year, as the nominations were of high quality and had showcased the social enterprises' different strengths."
The winners will be announced for each category on Dec 20, during an awards ceremony at the Istana.
The nominees are:
For Social Enterprise of the Year: Sata CommHealth, NTUC Foodfare, and Bliss Restaurant and Catering
For Social Enterprise Start-up of the Year: The Hub Singapore, Empact, and Bettr Barista
For Youth Social Enterprise of the Year: The Chain Reaction Project, Conjunct Consulting, and Circus in Motion.
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