SDI Academy

Employable skills and Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees

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  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Sazzad Hossain

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • Singapore

Where are you making a difference?

Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand

Website or social media url(s)

When was your organisation founded?


Focus areas

  • Financial skills and capability
  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)
  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)
  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways) 

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $500k - $1m

Organisation Type

  • Hybrid

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

Our Founder Sazzad Hossain migrated from Bangladesh to Singapore when he was 11 years old with his family and struggled with integration and education due to language barrier. Years of interaction with the migrants and deep immersion in their ecosystem provided the perspective and urgency to take actions that will effectively tackle the problems faced.

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

Skills development through training and recruitment as well as job creation through entrepreneurship training and accelerator programme.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We provide English Communication skills, IT Literacy, financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship training as well as job matching.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

We are using customised training modules that are industry-specific and tailored to the needs of migrants and refugees. We also utilise the native language of the migrant workers.

(Instructions for questions 5 and 6, no answer required) Please only answer the question (5 - “employability” or 6 - “financial capability”) that applies to your organization’s topic of work (see below for definitions)


5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

We are providing end to end pathways for employability from Skills development to recruitment to self-employment through entrepreneurship.

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

Sustainable employment through future readiness and soft-skills training. We have trained over 8300 Migrants and refugees and they have given us 4.7/5 for their increase in confidence level of their own future after the course.

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are stand alone accelerator programme as well as other skills training hub but no one is doing end-to-end solution and they are also not providing pathways that follows through their success journey.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We have trained over 8300 Migrants and Refugees and have engaged over 150,000 Migrants and refugees through our skill development training as well as events for social inclusion.

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Revenue from course fees and recruitment fees for employment.

10. Team

5 Full time and 12 Part time staffs with 9 Board members

Help Us Support Diversity! Are you a member of an under-served , under-represented, or marginalized group in your country of residence? (yes/no) (this question is optional – if you choose to fill it out, the response will not be shared with your fellow contestants)

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Ethnic group
  • Status as a migrant

If you selected “yes” to any of the categories above, please explain how being a member of this group has impacted you and your work?

It has enabled me to empathise more with the migrants and relate to their story to customise our solution.

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Ashoka page or contact

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. OVERALL Evaluation:

Yes, absolutely! - 20%

Yes/maybe - 20%

Maybe - 40%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 20%

2. Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

Yes, absolutely! - 0%

Yes/maybe - 40%

Maybe - 20%

Maybe/no - 20%

No - 20%

3. Does this entry have SOCIAL IMPACT?

Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

Yes/maybe - 33.3%

Maybe - 33.3%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%

4. Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

Yes, absolutely! - 16.7%

Yes/maybe - 33.3%

Maybe - 33.3%

Maybe/no - 16.7%

No - 0%


Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

Yes/maybe - 33.3%

Maybe - 16.7%

Maybe/no - 16.7%

No - 0%

6. FEEDBACK: Highlights

IMPACT POTENTIAL: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) – and you have a concrete plan for future impact. You have specific tools for measuring impact. - 40%

QUALITY OF INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful solutions - 0%

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work operationally and financially in the present and future; your plan is specific and you value sustainability. - 20%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You have a good plan on how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 100%

Other option - 0%

7. FEEDBACK: Areas for Improvement

IMPACT POTENTIAL: make sure to provide specific instances of your social impact (or how you plan to measure impact) – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, the main activities/products, and provide evidence of (or plan for) impact evaluation - 25%

QUALITY OF INNOVATION: make sure to describe how your solution is unique and innovative – it is helpful to include the research you have done on past solutions and how your solution is different from (and/or builds upon) these. - 100%

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: make sure you describe your plan for how to empower others to become changemakers through your programming, service, or product - 0%

WRITING STYLE. Try to be concise, descriptive, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 50%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 25%

Other option - 0%

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