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Applications for A2ELP 2024 Open

1st September 2023.

Applications for the 2024 Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) are now open. 

Apply at https://ausaseanleaders.com.au/

A2ELP brings together the next generation of young social entrepreneurs from across Southeast Asia and Australia to build leadership skills and networks for social impact.

During a three month online program delegates will build knowledge of scalable and sustainable business models, cultural intelligence and innovative start-up and enterprise methodologies. There will be chances to network with industry, academic and government leaders, and hear from innovators and investors tackling the region’s challenges.

The program includes a one week visit to Australia. In 2024, Australia will commemorate 50 years of ASEAN-Australia relations. A2ELP delegates will have the opportunity to visit Australia and celebrate this historic occasion.

Applications are open to social entrepreneurs (founders and leaders of a social enterprise) between 18 and 35 years old from Australia and ASEAN member countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).

The program will run from January 2024 to April 2024, and provide 15 social entrepreneurs the opportunity to elevate their professional and leadership skills. In early March, delegates will come together in Australia for a week long professional and cultural immersion experience.

A2ELP is run by the Australian social enterprise Social Good Outpost. Alumni from the program are changemakers from across the region, making an impact across diverse sectors including mental health care, agriculture, indigenous communities, education, technology and fashion.

A2ELP is a flagship program of the Australia-ASEAN Council, funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Alumni testimonials, to be attributed to ‘A2ELP Alumni 2022-2023’

 “You have to apply. This program not only connects you to an amazing crowd of people who think differently across our region but it also gives you an opportunity to focus on you and your organisation. This is an incredibly rare opportunity and one that will change the way you view your work in the ASEAN region.”

“This is one of the most amazing program I have been participating in – the high quality of the contents and the way we were looked after showed how much the organisers cared about us – you have to be in it to win – apply.”

“Aside from being introduced to Australian social enterprise and startup ecosystem and how we can leverage Australian ASEAN relations for our enterprise, A2ELP also provided a community of founder friends where I found support and camaraderie in.”

“I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone seeking personal and professional development. It has been a remarkable journey, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.”

“The experience of meeting and learning from social entrepreneurs from both Australia and the ASEAN regions has had a profound impact on me. It has reinforced my belief in the power of entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social change and inspired me to be more proactive in pursuing my own social entrepreneurial goals.”

“It’s a great way to network and to re-learn! Meeting people who share your purpose and can understand the struggles and loneliness of your journey has been a refreshing experience. I felt more revived coming back from the programme and is motivated to do more for my community.”

“A2ELP was an incredible opportunity for personal and professional growth.  I had the chance to connect with like-minded young leaders from ASEAN countries and Australia, forging lifelong friendships and expanding my network.”

Apply at https://ausaseanleaders.com.au/

Our indicative timeline for the 2024 program will be:

  • September 2023: Applications open for A2ELP 2024
  • October 2023: Applications close, applicants shortlisted and interviewed
  • November 2023: Delegates chosen. All applicants notified of outcome.
  • Late January 2024: A2ELP begins online
  • March 2024: A2ELP in-person and continues online
  • April 2024: A2ELP 2024 concludes

From January – April 2024, participants will embark on:

  • weekly online learning modules (self led)
  • weekly online sessions together live on Zoom
  • a one-week visit to Australia

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