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Entrepreneurship Forum

Doi Tung: Thailand's Success Story of Social Entrepreneurship

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 16.00-20.00 hrs. 
Sasin Hall, 9th fl., Sasin

M.L. Dispanadda Diskul or Duke is Chief Development Officer of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage, a foundation started by the late Princess Mother to carry out rural development activities. One of its three flagship projects is the Doi Tung Development Project located in Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand. Doi Tung was once a secluded area in the heart of the Golden Triangle—a leading region of illicit world opium production. The problems of Doi Tung were complex. The watershed area was denuded by slash and burn cultivation and further accelerated by opium growing.  The residents were of six ethnic groups, most of whom made Doi Tung their home without Thai citizenship. They lived in a "survival world" where people lived in abject poverty, without basic infrastructure or government support. Armed groups occupied parts of the area, which made it even more difficult for government officials to provide any assistance to the local residents. 

After the Princess Mother's first visit to Doi Tung, she realized that the root causes of their problems were poverty and lack of opportunity, and she set out to improve the conditions of Doi Tung, socially, economically, and environmentally. 

Today, Doi Tung is a shining example of sustainable community development following the footsteps of H.M. The King and HRH the Princess Mother. The Mae Fah Luang Foundation is known within and outside of Thailand for developing its know-how, a practice which has been exported to countries such as Myanmar, Afghanistan and Indonesia.  As a result, the Foundation was a recipient of the World Economic Forum's Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2009.


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Important dates
November 8, 2012
Online Registration open

December 30, 2012
Deadline for submission of Application Forms and Summary Business Plans

January 14, 2013
Announcement of First Round result

January 18, 2013
Deadline for Submission of Intention of Participation Form

February 5, 2013
Press Conference and Semi-final Round Draw

February 13, 2013
Deadline for Submission of Written Business Plan

February 28-March 2, 2013
Competition Days @ Sasin

February 28, 2013
Entrepreneurship Forum & Kiatnakin Bank 99-Second @ Sasin

March 1, 2013
Semi-final Round and Play-off Round Competition @ Sasin

March 2, 2013
Final Round Competition and H.M.The King Award Ceremony @ Sasin

March 3, 2013
Cultural Tour of Bangkok, Compliments of Sasin
News updated

Entrepreneurship Forum

Press Conference and Semi-final Round Draw

The Result of Semi-final Round Draw

The 16 Semi-Finalists

List of Team Registration 2013

Congratulations to 2012 winners and Thank You to 2012 participants

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