Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I apply if my startup does not fit into one of your listed Impact Areas?

Yes, as long as your startup is on a mission to solve a social and environmental issue(s) in Asia. You may categorize your startup as “Your Impact Area” in the application form.

Do I qualify as an early-growth stage startup or a idea stage startup?

Please check our eligibility page to confirm.

Can I submit an idea if I have no business experience? What are you looking for in idea-stage submissions?

We believe in the power of good ideas. The idea stage stream is open to original, innovative, groundbreaking social innovation ideas addressing one of ASIA’s 10 impact areas and must be submitted from Hong Kong. Submissions that show outside-of-the-box thinking, understanding of the social issue and determination to turn the idea into action will be prioritized.

How can I submit my application?

Applicants are only allowed to submit their idea via our online application form. Please email us if you experience any difficulties with your submission.

Can I participate as a team?

Whilst you can participate in the Award as a team, if you are residing outside of Hong Kong and in the event that your startup is selected as a finalist, ASIA will only provide return air tickets and accommodation for one member within your team. Of course, we encourage other members to join the award presentation ceremony held in Hong Kong at their own costs.

Can I enter more than one submission?

Yes, you may submit more than one submission as long as they are different social startups or ideas. We encourage you to submit what has the greatest potential to generate social impact with financial sustainability.

Can I submit in languages other than English and Chinese?

The judging panel will only judge those ideas that are in English or Chinese. If you are unable to fulfill this requirement, please seek help on translating your application into the appropriate language.

Can I apply if I am not able to attend the Grand Finals on 10-13 Feb, 2020 in Hong Kong?

All finalists must attend the Grand Finals in Hong Kong in person or through a representative from the team


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