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Next-generation Australian and ASEAN social enterprise starts here.

The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is an Australian Government initiative and a flagship program for the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC), curated and run by Social Good Outpost.

Join the region’s leading entrepreneurs in bespoke workshops, networking and collaboration, and become part of the A2ELP alumni.

Applications are now in the evaluation process. All applicants will be informed of the selection outcomes in December.

Program Aims

Bringing the region’s leading young social entrepreneurs together, participants will:

  • build knowledge of scalable and sustainable business models to achieve long-term change
  • develop skills to engage a range of stakeholders
  • receive training in cultural intelligence and innovative startup and social enterprise methodologies
  • participate in networking events and cultural activities, and pitch at a finale gala event
  • discuss the latest thinking and ideas in social impact with academic experts and industry leaders
  • develop connections through peer mentoring and alumni engagement
  •  receive professional photography, meet angel investors and industry leaders, and have the potential opportunity for travel post-covid




Applications are now in the evaluation process. All applicants will be informed of the selection outcomes in December.

Program Details

For 2022, the program will be run in a digital online format, with the potential for in-person networking once travel resumes. Participants will gain expertise from leading regional experts, entrepreneurs, government, community leaders and business, plus gain professional photography of themselves, live scribing of their pitches, high-level mentoring, access to the alumni network and more.


8th October 2021: Applications open
Extended to 14th October 2021: Applications close
November – December 2021: Applicants shortlisted and interviewed
December 2021: Successful applicants notified
February 2021 – April 2021: A2ELP program runs

Application criteria

  • Under 30 years – although we will still consider and encourage those in their 30s to apply
  • Social entrepreneur
  • 5 Australian representatives and 10 ASEAN representatives (one from each ASEAN country: Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei)
  • Must be able to commit to two nights a week for 3 months for workshops, events and lectures. (Dates shown in following table).
  • This program provides a welcoming learning environment. This means we continually celebrate the diverse community different individuals cultivate. We encourage all to apply.
Week commencingTopic
7 February
Week 1
Setting up for success
14 February
Week 2
Cultural intelligence
21 February
Week 3
Grand challenges
28 February
Week 4
Defining you
7 March
Week 5
Purpose and design thinking
14 March
Week 6
Social enterprise business models
21 March
Week 7
Group excursion and capturing progress
28 March
Week 8
Creativity, marketing and branding
4 April
Week 9
Resources, finance and measuring impact
11 April
Week 10
Future collaborations: goal-setting and establishing collaborations
18 April
Week 11
Storytelling and pitching
25 April
Week 12

Learn about applying for A2ELP 2022

Alumni Mikhara Ramsing talks with program Curator Dr Elise Stephenson about A2ELP – the experience, applying, and what you can look forward to getting out of the program.

Program partners and sponsors

We’ll be adding new content partners and guest speakers all the time, but you can look forward to hearing from people from:

Bloomberg, Griffith Asia Institute, Impact Boom, SHE Investments, Future Anything, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Beasley Intercultural, Griffith Yunus Centre, Austrade, Social Good Outpost, and more.

If you would like to get involved, please contact us for information on becoming a content partner, mentor, or anything else.

About the curators,

Social Good Outpost

Social Good Outpost (SGO) is an Australian strategic and creative communications studio involved in research, strategy and curation of international diplomacy programs and influential communications and creative campaigns.

Founded in 2016 by two sisters, Lara Stephenson and Dr Elise Stephenson, Social Good Outpost is a women-led team, and proudly brings a young approach to this diplomacy program.

We’re social entrepreneurs, designers, researchers and strategists who have fallen progressively more in love with the ASEAN region and its people. We bring a lived commitment to developing Australia-ASEAN enterprise and leadership, with a particular focus on empowering women, LGBTIQ+ and connecting with and supporting Indigenous and ethnic minority communities. SGO ‘Curates’ leads our public projects, creative diplomacy, strategy and events implementation.

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The history of A2ELP

A2ELP has a long history, run since 2016 through Asialink and the University of Melbourne as an intensive program over three months each year. From 2021, Social Good Outpost proudly takes over running the program, working with new and existing partners, alumni, networks and leaders to deliver leading engagement in our region.

Contact Us

For application questions, to work with us or to stay in touch, contact: