pledge 5hrs

Strategic Partner:

consult u
Aaron Story
Our Story. Why we are doing this?
Fei Chun was a former director with a Big 4 international accounting firm who specialising in corporate turnaround, financial and operational restructuring.

During the 17 years of his career, he witnessed many business owners were facing financial challenges along their entrepreneurial journey especially during the economy downturn. Many of them went through painful experiences such as family disruption and staff retrenchment. Unfortunately, these troubled businesses were afraid to go and seek for help because they feared the stigma of failure if they asked for help and resource constraints were a real problem.

It was then he realised that if only they had contingency plans and a professional to help them along the way they would have been able to handle the problems a lot better. This indeed can also help save the entrepreneurial spirit for the future of society.

Considering there are many professionals who are wiling to provide pro-bono consulting to the underserved business community. He started this “Pledge 5-hours” CSR idea hoping to match volunteer advisors with the needed businesses to make a difference.
Our Mission
Our Mission

We are endeavouring to help underserved businesses and aspiring young entrepreneurs who are facing financial and growth challengers.

Some can't afford an initial business consultation.

We aim to connect talented individuals to meaningful pro-bono consulting experiences, giving everyone an equal opportunity to prosper.

What is Pledge 5hrs program
What is "Pledge 5-hours" program?

The “Pledge 5-hours” program was formed to offer pro-bono consulting services to the experienced professionals, managers and executives (“PMEs”), who can donate their professional services as an “unpaid consultants” to the underserved businesses and entrepreneurs.

The program is driven by volunteer advisors who wanted to give back to society by pledging 5 hours of their time to help the underserved businesses and entrepreneurs especially the small one or those who have financial difficulty and are struggling with their business or on their entrepreneurship journey.

Our Selected
Volunteer
Advisors
Cheo Hock Chin - VP - NSE Asia Products

Cheo Hock Chin
VP / NSE Asia Products

Ho Kah Chuan - Tax Director - Big 4

Ho Kah Chuan
Tax Director / Big 4

Alexandre Yokoyama - Co-Founder & CSO - iVideoSmart

Alexandre Yokoyama
Co-Founder & CSO / iVideoSmart

Tracy Leong - Managing Director - Zapient

Tracy Leong
Managing Director / Zapient

David Tong - Head of Finance - Pavilion Capital

David Tong
Head of Finance / Pavilion Capital

Daniel Chan - Managing Partner - Aedificare

Daniel Chan
Managing Partner / Aedificare

Junxiang Koh - Legal Director - Clyde & Co

Junxiang Koh
Legal Director / Clyde & Co

George heng - CEO - Providence Solutions

George Heng
CEO / Providence Solutions

Rina Neoh - Managing Partner - PlatformE

Rina Neoh
Managing Partner / PlatformE

Christ Teo - Co-Founder & CEO - Mednefits

Chris Teo
Co-Founder & CEO / Mednefits

Junde Li - Entrepreneur - Choong Guan Heng

Junde Li
Entrepreneur / Choong Guan Heng

Why you should join? What are the benefits?

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

Volunteer advisor

  • Satisfaction of giving back to the financial community
  • Opportunity to work with the leaders of next generation
  • Network with fellow volunteer advisors
  • Opportunity to attend numerous coaching and leadership skills workshops as well as networking events organised by Consult U and its' partners
pledge 5-hours - how it work?

Beneficial business owner

  • Get the business consulting you’ve been searching for, 100% free, from professionals
  • Learn from successful entrepreneurs
  • 1-on-1 interaction
  • Receive constructive feedback to propel your ideas forward
  • Get five full hours of pro-bono business consultation from an industry expert
pledge 5-hours - how it work?

How it works?

Volunteer advisor

Beneficial business owner

Volunteer advisor

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

A Volunteer Advisor may pledge 5-hours of his/her times to provide services to our selected Beneficial Business Owner who are unable to afford business consultancy.

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

During the pledge process, the Volunteer Advisor share his/her contact information through a professional online profile on the Consult U platform. The Volunteer Advisor will provide our administrators with permission to contact them directly regarding volunteer opportunities.

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

A volunteer advisor's commitment is to meet the assigned Beneficial Business Owner (at mutually-compatible timings) in a 1-to-1 setting, four times over 1-month period. We recommend Volunteer Advisor to spend two hours at the initial session and one hour per session thereafter.

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

Volunteer advisor’s experience involves consultation sessions, either face-to-face meeting, conference call or through email, to provide constructive feedback to the selected Beneficial Business Owner.

Beneficial business owner

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

The Beneficial Business Owner is required to go through the qualifying process of Consult U. All Consult U decisions are final.

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

The Beneficial Business Owner should strive to build mutually-beneficial relationships with the designated Volunteer Advisors, assigned by Consult U team. Beneficial Business Owner should be respectful and flexible to accommodate Volunteer Advisor’s demanding schedule.

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

It is the Beneficial Business Owner’s responsibility to initiate meetings, and clarify their desired goals or outcomes.

pledge 5-hours - how it work?

The Beneficial Business Owner should fully utilise the 5 hrs free business consulting, as per their outlined business goals. The Beneficial Business Owner has one month to make the most of their experience with their Volunteer Advisor.

Program Criteria

Social Enterprises

Small businesses

Young Entrepreneurs

Social Enterprises
  • business for good
  • owned by individual shareholder(s)
  • annual revenue of the company does not exceed S$10 million
Small businesses
  • involve in solving social issues and creating positive and sustainable social impact in South East Asia.
Young Entrepreneurs
  • aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs

THE GREATEST SUCCESS IS HELPING
OTHERS SUCCEED AND GROW!

"Pledge 5-hours" is a CSR program initiated by Consult U.
A marketplace that connects business owners and
entrepreneurs to a growing network of independent advisors
and makes consultancy easy and affordable.

Our Selected Partners