The Arthur Guinness Projects in Partnership with British Council Presents 'Entrepreneurs For Good' 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Not only we say "To Arthur!", and we're glad that the company has came out with numerous efforts contributing to the society. So what's buzzing now? - The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), created by The Arthur Guinness Projects has organized a global program called, "Entrepreneurs For Good" 2014. 

This year, Malaysia has took part on the second year in partnership with British Council. Basically, this project aims to contribute Malaysian social entrepreneurs to set a business not focused solely on profit but on actively the lives and livelihoods of the communities around them.

“The Arthur Guinness Projects is not all about funding. We pair financial support with business mentoring to work with people to bring their projects and ideas to the next level. We’re proud to help them succeed in this work and to help society change for the better in communities across Malaysia,” said Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of GAB
“The social enterprise movement around the world continues to grow. That success demonstrates how social consciousness, allied with a sustainable business model, is a profound and innovate way of finding solutions to pressing social and environmental issues, of generating sustainable economic growth and of delivering positive long-term change," said Gavin Anderson, Country Director of British Council

20 semi-finalists were shortlisted from the nationwide search road shows and were given business mentoring and training over the last 6 months. The top 12 social ventures out of that were then selected to go into the final stages of the program. At a public pitch held in April 2014, the finalist then pitched their winning social business ideas in front of an expert panel of judges comprising of industry leaders and leading social enterprises out of which the final 6 awardees were chosen.

The 4 winners of Arthur Guinness Projects - British Council, "Entrepreneurs for Good" Awards

#1 The MAD Experience -

MAD is on a mission to empower everyday people to get involved in poverty alleviation. This is achieved by giving people the opportunities, tools and support they need so that they can raise funds and volunteer to implement high impact projects that break the cycle of poverty.

#2 CleanBites -

CleanBites serves delicious, healthy, and balanced food, with a focus on making this food easily available to the public. An innovative subscription-based delivery service makes eating healthily easily achievable and affordable to people living busy lives.

#3 Catama Craft Enterprise

Catama Crafts works with women in rural, underprivileged communities within Sarawak to assist them in gaining economic stability through exploration of indigenous arts and crafts.

#4 BYOB Green Concepts

BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Bottles, an environmentally-friendly store built around the ‘3R’ concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle. BYOB seeks to educate society about the dangers of plastic pollution and to stop them from treating plastic bottles as rubbish.

The 2 winners of British Council, "Entrepreneurs for Good" Awards

#1 Shuttle GO (BUSCO)
Busco is a short distance, low density private shuttle service helping people in urban environments to make use of public transport in a sustainable way.

#2 Ecocentric Transitions -

Ecocentric Transitions is committed to cultivating an environmentally empathetic and sustainable society. Through workshops and consulting, Ecocentric Transitions aims to build environmental awareness in communities.

The People’s Choice Award

#1 Tatoni

Tanoti is dedicated to keeping alive the traditional Malaysian craft of songket weaving. By contemporizing the art of songket weaving and passing on the skills to younger generations, Tanoti aims to reinvigorate the trade so songket weavers can make a steady and sustainable income from this art form.

The six awardees will receive between MYR20,000 and MYR40,000 each as part of this year long programme, as well as training, mentoring and other assistance to help them reach their objectives; while the “People’s Choice Award”, Tanoti, will receive training and mentor-ship from the Arthur Guinness projects and British Council.

For more information on The Arthur Guinness Projects Malaysia or our Social Entrepreneurs from Wave 1 and Wave 2, please visit

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