About Us

We believe that purpose-driven innovations can help us solve the most pressing urban social and environmental challenges of our time. Launched in 2008, Asia Social Innovation Award (ASIA) is the first regional social start-up competition promoting the culture of social innovation and exchange of ideas in the Asia Pacific region. Targeting pioneering ideas and early to growth stage social start ups, the award provides entrepreneurs with the support, exposure, network and resources to generate greater social impact.



Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk) was founded in 2007 and has since invented and incubated more than 40 social innovation projects. As an Impact Purpose Organization, it dedicates to innovating social change through pioneering impact ventures, cultivating movement of good and orchestrating impact capital.

SVhk launched ASIA in 2008 under its Sonova Institute program. Other incubated ventures include Happy Grannies (ASIA 2009 winner, singleton elderly well-being service), Diamond Cab (Hong Kong’s first barrier-free taxi), Green Monday (global platform to promote plant-based lifestyle) and Light Be (affordable social realty)

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

Past Winners

2018-19 Sense Innovation, Taiwan


2017 Ricult, Thailand

2016 Saathi Pads, India




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