The ACTS Work Team
The ACTS Work Team: first row from left – Tina, Cheryl, Tanny, Rachel
Second row from left – Jean, Emmanuel, Melinda, Eric, Eugene, Pene
The idea to build a marketplace for social enterprises came to Cheryl while she was selling pressed flower calendars to raise funds for a social project to help liberate child slaves. A few customers commented that they had previously bought calendars like this and really liked them, but did not know where to buy them again until she came along. A light bulb went on. Here was a major distribution issue, for which there were few solutions. That insight was the impetus for ACTSmarket – an endeavour to use e-commerce to enable social enterprises to sell crafts made by the needy that they serve.
Cheryl and three co-founders worked hard to define the brand and business strategy. ACTS Market Pte Ltd was incorporated on 24 Nov 2015 after a period of incubation at The Furnace, an incubator of the NUS School of Computing. In April 2016, the founders assembled a pioneer team of interns, volunteers and business mentors to build the e-commerce platform www.actsmarket.com. The Gen-X founders were joined by Gen-Y Eric and Rachel, who came on board as co-founders, ready to run this vision for change together. Cheryl and her veteran team hope to mentor a Gen-Y team to take on this business eventually.
The ACTS team is currently building a community by sharing their vision and values for effecting social change through a simple act of kindness – the act of shopping.
Meet The First ACTS Community
A blend of diverse individuals unified by a heart to
empower the poor and needy through e-commerce
The pioneer ACTS community of founders, interns, volunteers and NUS business mentors.
Absent are representatives of our pioneer and social enterprise partners and volunteers who couldn’t take time off work.
The ACTS community is a global network of people groups and organizations who share one thing in common: to use commerce as a catalyst to transform lives and communities by empowering the disadvantaged, disabled, oppressed, poor and needy.