Entrepreneur Challenge - 2nd Edition

Develop your business idea and start your new business project.

participation criteria



  • Prototype Stage (business idea/project) OR
  • Startup/Early Stage business


  • EHT Graduate (ASEAN programs and/or DHM program)
  • 2+ years of work experience
  • Capacity to present a clear business plan
  • Limited to one application per candidate or team


  • Hospitality (guesthouses, camping, restaurant, bar)
  • Tourism (eco-tourism, sustainable activities, online travel)
  • Catering (food, drinks, coffee, pastries)



Seed Funding

$1,000 to $5,000


Regular support from an industry expert


Make strategic connections to develop your project



Open – 1st of March 2021 at 00:00

Close – 31st of May 2021 at 23:59

All applicants are required to complete the online form.

For more information, please send us an email at [email protected].

Preliminary Interviews

28th to 30th of June 2021

All candidates will be invited for an interview. They must be prepared to answer all questions related to their application and business project.

Interview duration: 45 minutes

Location: Online

Shortlisted Candidates Announcement

2nd of July 2021

After a thorough review of all applications and interviews, the shortlisted candidates will be selected and announced.

We will inform them by email.

Workshops Sessions

August 2021

1. Entrepreneurship fundamentals session

September 2021

2. Business plan session

October 2021

3. Pitch training session

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to join 3 workshop sessions to adjust their project proposals and enhance their entrepreneurial skills.

The sessions will be conducted by the EHT Team with the support of their partners.

Entrepreneur Challenge Day

November 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to EHT Paul Dubrule for one half-day to present their business project to our board members and external expert panelists.

The winner of the Entrepreneur Challenge will be announced at the end of the event.

1st Entrepreneur Challenge winner 2019


In November 2019, we conducted the first EHT Entrepreneur Challenge for our graduates’ network, resulting in a valuable opportunity for ambitious EHT graduates to launch their own business projects and provide them with support during their entrepreneurial journey.

The first winner, Mr. Sam Ang YI, was awarded $5K of funding and mentoring from one of our board members to develop his Permaculture / Homestay Project.
Since then, the ongoing challenging times have brought both creativity and resilience to Mr. YI’s project. Due to his remarkable efforts, domestic tourists have been a vital source of income, providing stimuli to the development of his permaculture project.
The future looks bright for Mr. YI, attracting domestic tourism to his sustainable project while empowering the local community through permaculture practices.

Permaculture Project Development