Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Indonesia Sociopreneur Challenge?
Indonesia Sociopreneur Challenge or ISoC is an annual competition in Social Entrepreneurship focuses on solving specific issues through innovation with commercial potential. ISoC was initiated by Technopreneurship Program – Surya University, Agency for Public cleanliness, Park and Cemetery (DKPP) of South Tangerang, and City Planning Development Agency of South Tangerang. The first competition was in 2015 and aimed for Indonesians only and referring to the success, enthusiasm, and feedback from people not only from Indonesia but also abroad, ISoC 2016 becomes international challenge.

2. Is ISoC for me?
ISoC is for you if:
a. your age is 18 years old (by 31 October 2016) or above, who has a research/technology or an established venture but less than three years old (by 31 October 2016)
b. your project solve waste problems and fall in applied technology category, apps category, or educational campaign category
c. your project has commercialization potential, and
d. you need mentors, networking, exposure to media, and seed capital to enter the new stage in a business

3. I am not an Indonesian Citizen but I qualify all of the other criteria to be a participant, can I register?
Yes, ISoC is open to all citizens with age at least 18 years old, no maximum age.

4. I have graduated from university and is currently working. Can I register?
There is no education requirement for ISoC. So, whoever you are as long as at least 18 years old and has solution for waste problem that fall into one of the categories, you can apply to ISoC

5. Are there any limitations regarding the ideas?
No, there is no limitation for the ideas.

6. Can a team submit more than 1 project?
No. Only one application for each participant.

7. I have lots of solutions, can I submit to more than 1 category?
No. You have to choose the best solution to submit to ISoC.

8. How many members in a team?
You can apply as an individual or a team of up to three members

9. Can the members come from different university, school, or country?

10. Can one person join more than one team?

11. One of our team members suddenly stepped down, can we replace him/her?
Yes, send the new member’s data to and enter “Member Revision [TEAM NAME/COMPANY/PRODUCT] [CATEGORY]” in the subject line.

12. What is commitment fee?
Commitment fee is a fee paid by participants to guarantee participants’ commitment to enter the competition.

13. Will the commitment fee be refunded?
Commitment fee WILL NOT be refunded.

14. What should I focus on in the executive summary?
Executive summary contains the project’s purpose and potential impacts, the problems and the solution regarding the competition’s theme, science and technology applied (applied technology), business strategy (apps and applied technology). Technical specifications, business strategy, and other details can be submitted as supporting documents. For educational campaign, participants may write a short description about the video or poster, reasons behind it, and the purpose.

15. Does the executive summary need to follow some specific templates?
No, every participant can create their own executive summary.

16. What is the purpose of executive summary?
The purpose of executive summary is to give overall description to make the solution understandable, to give supporting documents, potential impacts, and commercialization potential.

17. I was a winner/finalist of other similar competition, can I participate in ISoC?
Finalists and winners of other similar competition held internationally are allowed to participate in ISoC in applied technology and apps category. Anyone who has been ISoC finalists cannot enter the competition.

18. My organization is a non-profit organization, can we join ISoC?
You can enter ISoC only if your project has commercialization potential for applied technology and apps category. Only educational campaign does not need to be for profit solution.

19. Can a research project be submitted?
You can submit your project only if the project is currently ready to execute as a profitable business.

20. I have done market tests for my project, can I still submit it to ISoC?
Yes. The solution may still be submitted to ISoC after pilot test and/or market test.

21. Must I have the prototype to participate in ISoC?
For applying ISoC, it is not necessary to have prototype, but participants should submit pitch deck or technical drawing or sketches or mock up to make their application understandable. If your application progress to final, you need to prepare for a prototype.

22. How do I categorize idea or startup?
1. Ideas are currently is in development, but ready to execute as a profitable business.
2. Startups are ventures with less than 3 years of age (as of October 31 2015) still looking for business model or already has its business model. Startups have done market/pilot test.

23. For the boot camp, are transportation and accommodation provided by the committee?
Finalists receive all-expense paid trip to Indonesia to attend an intensive training in bootcamp, including visa, transportation, accommodation, meals, and activities during bootcamp.

24. If we submit video as a part of our application, do we have to be in the video?
Participants may or may not be in the video.

25. For educational campaign category, what forms of campaigns are accepted?
Campaign can be in a form of poster, video, animation, or any form of media that used to raising awareness and providing information about waste.

26. Is boot camp compulsory? Do I need to be present in the final?
Yes, boot camp is compulsory for finalists and finalists have to showcase their project in the final.

27. What is the meaning of “organizer has the full rights to use all of the ideas/documents/videos/materials submitted to ISoC 2015”?
Organizer may use the documents for the competition publication matters e.g. posters, banners, etc. Participants still hold the full copyright.