Award Overview

14 selected finalists (Top 11 of early-growth stage startups from across Asia and Top 3 of idea stage innovations from Hong Kong) will have the opportunity to participate in a 4-day impact programme in Hong Kong (Feb 10-13, 2020), which includes holistic entrepreneurship development, mentorship, networking and a final pitch with cash prizes for entrepreneurs to create greater social impact together with a cross-sector community of changemakers.

Impact Areas

ASIA 2020 「New Urban」 targets pioneering ideas and social startups addressing any of the following 10 Impact Areas:

Restore Ladders – Alleviating poverty & improving livelihoods
Housing and Space – Alternative housing, reimagining the use of public/private spaces
Inclusive Society – Enhancing social inclusion, diversity and equality
Rethink Learning– Transforming education and innovating the way we learn
Health and Wellness – Medical, preventive care, healthy lifestyle, aging, end of life
Wisdom City – Sharing economy & community
Global Citizenship – Advocating a “WE mindset”  to solve global issues
Sustainable Living – Promoting sustainable development, tackling climate change and environmental challenges
Shape Culture – Expanding the influence of art / media and nurturing creativity
Your Impact Area – Others

What We Offer

Grand Prize
Sponsored by CVC Capital Partners

Recognizing a startup in any category demonstrating excellent innovation in creating social impact with commercial potential and scalability.

Hong Kong Innovation Foundation- Better Living Hong Kong Award
Sponsored by Hong Kong Innovation Foundation, Sino Group

Recognizing an idea-stage social innovation targeted to improve local livelihood in Hong Kong (Hong Kong applicants only)

Health Impact Award
Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Recognizing a startup in the “Health & Wellness” category that seeks to provide better access to care in communities while promoting a culture of health and wellbeing.

People’s Choice Award
Voted online by the general public and fans’ favorite social innovation idea or social startup competing as one of the top 13 finalists

Grand Idea Award
Sponsored by Peterson Group

Recognizing an innovative and groundbreaking idea-stage startup or social innovation idea in any of the categories that inspires long-term social change. Accepting submissions from Hong Kong only


– Live Demonstration to 4,000+ audience
– Pitch to industry experts, corporates and investors
– Startup exchange
– High-impact Mentorship
– Startup incubation and network support from regional partners
– Exclusive listing on AVPN Deal Share Platform
– Social startup tour in Hong Kong
…and more!

Submit Your Innovation