LUAN EE, 48, founder of Kerbside Gourmet Having quit her job in the corporate world after 20 years in communications and branding, Luan got behind the wheel – and kitchen – of Singapore’s first mobile food truck, christened “Kerby”. At only six months old, Kerbside Gourmet is a newbie in the social enterprise environment. Luan’s business operates on a “buy-one-give-one” model – for every meal a customer buys, she gives a free meal to an underprivileged student. LEONA LEONG, 29, founder of Aii Singapore This former air stewardess formed Aii Singapore in 2011. It’s a custom-gift company that sells packaged sweets and chocolates for weddings, corporate functions and other special occasions.
Ninety per cent of Leona’s staff is made up of hearingimpaired and recovering mental patients; she believes in giving the marginalised in society a chance to earn a decent living. KENNY LOW, 38, director of City College and O School Not content with setting up City College – a private educational institution for O-Level students – in 2002, Kenny established O School in 2006. The dance school, which develops and employs disadvantaged youths, is now one of the largest urban dance schools in Singapore.
Using a “by-youths-for-youths” model, Kenny aims to give young men and women the power to dream and build a better future.