Making positive social impact is hardly straightforward, and we need the best cross-sectoral talent in order for change to manifest. In other words, there is strong value in collaborating with individuals and groups from the public, private and people sectors to catalyse and co-create lasting solutions to advance society. We are always welcome to partnership suggestions and inquiries, and work hard to develop responsible, beneficial and ethical solutions based on identified needs.


LCSI engages with partners from the public, private, and people sectors to create sustainable social impact. Some of our many partners include Tote Board, the National Council of Social Service, AWWA, City Developments Limited, LVMH, UBS Optimus Foundation, APB Foundation, the International Development Research Centre, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ashoka U, and various embassies, schools (local and international high school and universities), publications (e.g., Singapore Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School) and social enterprises in the region. Essentially, we are open to diverse and creative partnerships with anyone around the world. See what some of our partners say about working with us:

“Working with the Lien Centre for Social Innovation has been nothing but a positive experience that is allowing our Penn students to explore their fields of interest in a unique and fully-supported way. Our students are not only exposed to a new culture but also to a different work environment, which helps them become more well-rounded, global citizens.”

Kevin Haines
Program Manager, Penn Abroad (University of Pennsylvania)

“The Line Centre’s vision to drive social change and nurture young minds is in line with CDL’s commitment to cultivate CSR champions of tomorrow.”

Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer of City Developments Limited

“Awwa has found LCSI to be a very strategic partner in supporting AWWA’s work in the community. The partnership for co-creation of evidence-based studies to better understand the needs of the people we serve and to respond accordingly has proven to be invaluable and insightful.”

Tim Oei
Chief Executive Officer, AWWA

“In 2015, Singapore Management University became the first institution in Asia to join the Changemaker Campus Network, fir its commitment and leadership in social innovation in higher education. Ashoka U was particularly impressed with the Lien Centre for Social Innovation’s ground-breaking research in social innovation across Asia. We are excited to see how LSCI will continue to contribute to SMU’s excellence and field leadership in social innovation in Asia and beyond.”

Marina Kim
Director, Ashoka U

“By coming together for ACE programme both organisations have demonstrated that collectively, we can achieve more, and this is only the beginning. I hope we further this collaboration and work together to develop well-rounded and skilful non-profit leaders and effective social service organisations, which is a key mandate of NCSS.”

Fermin Diez
Deputy CEO, National Council of Social Service

“We chose LCSI for their technical ability and commitment to analyse environmental actions in Singapore. We worked with a flexible team, aligned with business concerns, open to feedback and new activities. Our partnership boosted ideas for innovative environmental projects locally.”

Chloé Cibulka
Environment Manager for Sites and Stores, LVMH
Social Innovation Grant for SMU clubs

Social Innovation Grant for SMU Student Clubs

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation established the Social Innovation Grant (SIG) in 2018, in order to recognise and promote student-led social innovation initiatives on SMU’s campus. The application for Academic Year 2018-2019 is now open.

Social Impact Accelerator

We partner with SMU’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) and SMU-X to power the Social Impact Accelerator, a 12-week programme that provides a co-working space, mentorship, and community for social innovators.

ACE Capstone Leadership Programme for Non-Profits

Through a unique multi-sector collaboration between LCSI, Aalto Executive Education, Centre for Non-Profit Leadership, Social Service Institute and Tote Board, this experiential programme builds competency among current and potential C-suite executives in the non-profit sector through expert-facilitated learning labs, action learning project, and executive coaching.

Keio-LCSI Short Term Programme in Social Innovation

We were approached by Keio University to run a customised three-week programme on social innovation over Feb-March 2017 for their students. Students took courses, attended guest lectures from practitioners, and visited social enterprises in Singapore and Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

Visit our Short Courses page for more information on our workshops and courses.

Create4Good Competition

LCSI co-organises the annual Create4Good competition with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). A social initiative by the late philanthropist Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Create4Good is a tech business competition with a social care angle encourages students across SMU and SUTD to collaboratively apply their strengths in entrepreneurship and technology towards creating smart and sustainable solutions to social needs.


Ashoka Changemaker Campus

SMU is the first Ashoka Changemaker Campus in Asia, which places the university in a network of higher education institutions such as Brown, Cornell, and Duke. LCSI works with the larger SMU community and beyond to provide innovative and impactful research, as well as learning and entrepreneurial opportunities for students and faculty, to lead the way in social innovation.

Partner with us

Do you have a research, programme or partnership need that you'd like to explore with us? Maybe your organisation is looking for a consultatnt on your CSR initiatives or perhaps you need capacity building expertise for your students, staff or sector. From applied research to programme planning, there are many ways to work with us, and we believe in getting things done effectively and efficiently. E-mail us at with your partnership request or ideas, and let's get cracking!


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