About the Award

The Asia Social Innovation Award (ASIA), launched in 2008, is the first Region-wide Social Start-up Competition to promote the culture of social innovation and encourage the exchange of ideas among Asian cities. We nurture early stage ideas by providing entrepreneurs with the exposure, network and resources to take their ideas on to the next stage.

We believe that the urban social challenges faced by many Asian cities are quite similar (e.g. ageing population, environmental degradation and poverty), these pressing issues need to be solved urgently, and where a traditional approach does not satisfy the needs of society, innovations are demanded. We would like to encourage everyone to take the first step in coming up with innovative and sustainable business ideas to improve the city we live in.

Asia Social Innovation Award 2017 Impact


Social Ventures Hong Kong
Sonova Institute
Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk) was founded in 2007. It is Hong Kong’s first non-profit venture philanthropy organisation. SVhk provides financial and non-financial support to social enterprises as part of its dedication to nurture social innovation.

SVhk launched ASIA in 2008, under its Sonova Institute programme. Social enterprises in SVhk’s portfolio include Happy Grannies (ASIA 2009 winner, singleton elderly well-being service), Diamond Cab (barrier-free transportation service), Green Monday (platform to promote Green culture), Light Be (affordable social realty) and Playtao Education (education and student development service).

SVhk is an active member of Asia’s social enterprise and investment community, frequently contributing to organizations such as the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) and the Social Enterprise Summit.

Sponsors & Partners

CVC Community
Credit Suisse

Regional Partners

Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion
Impact Hub Phnom Penh
Lien Centre for Social Innovation
Social Enterprise Insights
UnLtd Indonesia

Friends of ASIA

  • ACCA
  • Asia Value Advisors Ltd
  • Ashoka
  • Aveda
  • AVPN
  • B Current Impact Investing
  • Banpu Champions for Change
  • Convoy Social Fund
  • Coworkinc
  • Education For Good
  • ELIV
  • Enactus
  • Equal Opportunities Commission
  • Epic
  • ETIC
  • FabCafe Bangkok
  • Give2Asia
  • HKU General Education Unit
  • Good Factory
  • Good Seed
  • CUHK Hong Kong Social Entreprise Challenge
  • HK Social Enterprise Incubation Centre Ltd
  • HKUST Entrepreunrship Centre
  • Hong Kong Social Workers Association
  • Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit
  • Impact Hub Phnom Penh
  • KisStartup
  • LU Department of Sociology and Social Policy
  • MaD
  • MaD ESAN
  • MaD Thailand
  • MagicSE
  • MYSC
  • DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia
  • Scope Group
  • HKCSS-HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre
  • CUHK Shaw College
  • SIE
  • Social Enterprise Cambodia
  • PBMT Social Ventures
  • PLUS
  • Social Technology Institute
  • Soin Challenge 2017
  • Taejai
  • The Burrow
  • The GoodLab
  • UnLTD Thailand
  • Vi Tam Voc Viet
  • Vseed
  • OSU
  • Wellspring

Past Winners

Our alumni, including past Grand Award winners and finalists, are still operating as successful social enterprises or nonprofits.

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Regional Winner
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  • 2016

    Asia Social Innovation 2016
  • 2015

    Asia Social Innovation 2015
  • 2014

    Asia Social Innovation 2014
  • 2013

    Asia Social Innovation 2013
  • 2012

    Asia Social Innovation 2012
  • 2011

    Asia Social Innovation 2011
  • 2010

    Asia Social Innovation 2010