Social Innovation Fund – Asia

In 2020, Octava Foundation extended its vision and impact to include the Asia region. The Octava Social Innovation Fund is an index initiative under this mandate, focusing on supporting social innovation within the foundation’s two key domains:

Education and Student Finance

Addressing the Disadvantage Gap in Education as aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Education (SDG4) – ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all’

Current Projects

Octava Social Innovation Challenge



Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact.


To find out more about Solve, please click here.

Vision Unlimited

Vision Unlimited


Vision Unlimited provides access to learning and enrichment support for out-of-school children in Gurgram, India integrating the children into school system and providing after school learning support to ensure children continue to attend and attain at school.




Global School Leaders (GSL) is an international non-profit organisation focused on strengthening school leadership, researching its impact on students, and advocating for effective leadership conditions in low-and middle-income countries. Octava Foundation is partnering GSL on Program AKSELERASI, which is jointly supported by QuantedgeAdvancement Initiative, ADB/ADBI, and UBS Optimus Foundation. The program aims to evaluate if trained school leaders can enhance Differentiated Learning and Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) in schools.


Through its implementing partner INSPIRASI Foundation, GSL will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in 300 West Java, Indonesia schools to answer key research questions:


  1.  Do teachers with short training in conducting Differentiated Learning in numeracy implement the approach?
  2. Do student numeracy outcomes improve in classrooms that implement Differentiated Learning?
  3. Will additional support from trained school principals strengthen the results of Differentiated Learning delivered through teachers and sustain the intervention over a longer period?


They will also create a Digital Learning Ecosystem to enable continuous professional learning and teacher and school leader engagement. This program targets training 200 teachers, 100 school leaders, and improving numeracy for 6,000 students. We are optimistic about this study’s potential to catalyze the development of a cost-effective, sustainable, and scalable Differentiated Learning model that will benefit schools and learners across Indonesia, and beyond.


Learn more:

Global School Leaders
INSPIRASI Foundation

Supporting solutions that ensure finance is accessible, affordable and available for students to complete their tertiary education.

Current Projects




Octava Foundation is proud to partner Wedu which is a women leadership development organisation whose goal is to build a world where half of all leaders are women.


Wedu supports women from Asia who demonstrate leadership potential and are committed to their personal and professional development. Wedu provides lifelong leadership development support and access to education financing through their flagship programmes: Introduction to Leadership, Global Mentorship Programme and access to student finance. Their programmes provide access to knowledge, opportunities, and support networks that the women need to build and develop leadership skills, achieve their goals, and fulfil their aspirations in the long run.


Through Octava’s partnership with Wedu over 3 years from 2021 to 2024, we hope to expand their reach from 1,000 to 1,500 in terms of Rising Stars, enable up to 30 women’s access to funding to complete their education, and expand their reach to 7 target countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar). Wedu and Octava Foundation are united by a shared commitment to supporting education, enhancing employability and increasing social mobility.


If you are a professional looking for opportunities to enable young women to unlock their potential, you can sign up to be a mentor for Rising Stars here.


If you are a woman looking for leadership opportunities and mentors to support you in your education and career journey, you may find more information and sign up for the Introduction to Leadership program here.