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Diamond Cab

Diamond Cab
Creating a barrier-free city

Diamond Cab is Hong Kong’s first barrier-free 24-hour point-to-point taxi service for wheelchair users.

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Green Monday

Green Monday
Making low-carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable

Green Monday has established a holistic collaborative platform to enable corporations, restaurants, schools and the general public to join in the effort to tackle climate change and global food insecurity.

 

Green Monday runs Green Common, Asia’s first plant-based grocer with the mission of empowering the community with sustainable, innovative, wholesome and responsible food choices.

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Light Be

Light Be
Property for Poverty

Light Be is a social reality company that runs an empowerment housing initiative to alleviate poverty in Hong Kong by optimising the value of underutilised properties. Its Light Home and Light Housing programmes are self-independence schemes that feature up to three years of affordable rent and social support.

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Playtao Education

Playtao Education
Enabling students to smile with self-respect and self-confidence

Playtao Education is a social start-up initiative that aims to address Hong Kong’s growing education needs, with a special focus on children from grassroots families.

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Playtao Foreverland
Campus-based after-school programme that provides holistic support to primary school students

Playtao Foreverland aims to build up confidence in students of their own ability, self-esteem and self-efficacy, and empower them to find their own tools to build their own sense of self, through daily academic support and broad-based learning opportunities by dedicated mentors.

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Playtao Dreamland
Inclusive learning to inspire a rethink of the meaning of achievement

Playtao Dreamland pioneers first-class education programmes by top-notch educators to grassroots families.

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Playtao Joyland
Affordable child development and therapy services for families and children

Playtao Joyland combines healthcare and education resources, and by filling the market gap for therapy services, provides timely treatment to children in need.

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RunOurCity

RunOurCity
RUN. To transform

RunOurCity believes RUN can transform lives. Through themed running events, RunOurCity inspires and challenges teenagers to achieve their goals, and nurture a fun and compassionate running culture in Hong Kong.

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CookConnect

CookConnect
Connecting people with food, love and care

CookConnect is a culinary and food knowledge platform that bridges communities of people across all walks of life

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BottLess

BottLess
Make Hong Kong a BottLess city

BottLess is a platform to reduce plastic waste and create environmentally sustainable and convenient solutions for water refill

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BottLess vision:

To reduce plastic bottles waste and create environmental friendly, sustainable, convenient solutions of water refill in Hong Kong.

BottLess mission:

  • Build awareness on plastic waste and rethink drinking
  • Provide alternative solutions on quality drinking water through commercializing water refill stations to reduce PET bottles waste
  • Increase the awareness water scarcity and water conservation

Pawsible

Pawsible
Making Hong Kong a pet friendly city

Pawsible is a sharing economy platform for pet caring services to unite pet-lovers by advocating responsible pet ownership and adoption

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Sonova Institute

Sonova Institute
Inspire. Invent. Incubate. Invest.

Sonova Institute is a virtual institute to inspire minds and promote the concept of social innovation through its flagship programmes.

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Asia Social Innovation Award (ASIA)
An annual Asia-wide award to generate innovative ideas to tackle social and environmental issues

Launched in 2008, ASIA aims to promote social entrepreneurship in Asia and provides a platform for idea-stage entrepreneurs to kick start their business through networking and expertise exchanges.

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House of Social Innovators (HoSI)
A network for aspiring social entrepreneurs

HoSI is a network for aspiring social entrepreneurs, particularly social innovation competition winners in Hong Kong, looking to bring their ideas to reality. HoSI provides a mentorship and acceleration programme to build the capacity of early stage social start-ups.

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Social Leaders Programme (SLP)
Internships with an impact

SLP is a summer internship programme hosted by SVhk and our portfolio social start-ups. It is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the social start-up sector by offering young professionals an opportunity to gain experience in the sector, and learn comprehensive and practical skills.

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Working at SVHK, I saw for myself the challenges and opportunities that face Hong Kong and its social entrepreneurs, and every day here was a new experience. I was exposed to a wide range of projects and met many people in and out of the office, who were all extremely friendly, intelligent, and passionate about creating a better Hong Kong. I’m lucky to have had the chance to truly experience the world of social entrepreneurship first-hand as a newcomer, and I’ve learned so much here to take into the future!

Sophia Abdelrahman
Wellesley College
SLP 2017

"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future." In SVhk, you not only work for the future good, but also imagine how the future will be like. Unlike conventional working environment, there are never any boundaries in the meetings and discussions. In these two months, I worked closely with impact capital team to draft strategies and build business models for the incubated ventures, which the exposure was far more diversified than I had imagined before. With the guest talks and outreaching opportunities, this internship really lightened up my summer holiday!

Timothy Cheng
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
SLP 2017

Interning at Social Ventures Hong Kong was a valuable and rewarding experience. The chance to assist projects in the incubating team and meet impactful change-makers in a Hong Kong was a privilege. The internship has also given me valuable work experience whilst complementing my academic interests. Interns are trusted as valuable members of the team and my co-workers were extremely helpful and welcoming. If you are also studying overseas at the moment and wish to gain an unique insight into the emerging social enterprise sector here in Hong Kong, do not hesitate to grab this chance to show your enthusiasm. “Always keep your mind open to new challenges” – My key take away from SVhk this summer!

Crystal Lai
The London School of Economics
SLP 2016

SVhk showed great confidence in me to contribute my own ideas and lead independent projects within the first week. While I worked extensively with the impact capital team to produce a new corporate video and animation for the rebranding campaign, I also gained valuable insight from interacting with the local community and representatives from the business and non-profit sector. As someone coming with zero business background, SVhk's creativity and passion strongly influenced me to explore the potential of social entrepreneurship in creating social change. I had a lot of fun this summer!

Tiffany Fung
The University of Texas at Austin
SLP 2015

Working in SVhk was a truly valuable experience in my life. The work not only trained up my practical skills in a fast-paced working environment, but also opened up my horizons, in both social and business aspects. I would highly encourage anyone who would like to grasp the thriving trend of social innovation to join SVhk. I promise that you would never regret your decision!

Erica Wong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
SLP 2014

Over my summer internship with SVhk, I had the opportunity to work on various projects, from administration and preparation work to actual implementation. The SLP program, which offers a diverse range of experiences, developed my practical skills and gave me insight into the potential of making the society a better place while running a business. It was definitely not just an ordinary job experience, also an inspiration.

Jenny Leung
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
SLP 2013

I am grateful for SLP as it had let me experience how to solve social problems in practice. I experienced the challenges of starting a project from scratch, from project initiation to research and multi-party negotiation. Despite the many obstacles, all the colleagues at SVhk constantly showed their passion for and commitment to social ventures.

Alvin Chan
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
SLP 2013

The program provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in the social enterprise sector in Hong Kong. I met a ton of interesting people and attended many different conferences and events, including the Social Enterprise Summit and the Table for Two launch event. The biggest highlight of my experience was getting to know the SVhk team. They share boundless optimism and enthusiasm for making the world a better place, which made working with them an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Maya Tobias
Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
SLP 2012

Throughout the summer, I worked closely with the SVhk staff and gained an understanding of the potential for a culture of social innovation to emerge in Hong Kong. I focused on developing a system for evaluating, assessing, and monitoring social enterprises to be incubated by SVhk. I also learned how cross-sector partnerships can be an important strategy for counteracting social challenges in Hong Kong, and the power of creative marketing ideas to shift norms of behavior within the business world.

Ally Dommu
The New School
SLP 2012

Goods Co-Share

Goods Co-Share
Redefining the way we consume – lower prices, greater social value

A non-profit social enterprise focusing on poverty alleviation through providing quality, affordable household necessities to less-advantaged families through direct group purchase and sharing, enhancing social capital and advocacy for an affordable market.
作為非牟利社會企業,「良由集貨」旨在秉持良好的社會價值,並藉由直購及集體分享,向基層家庭提供可負擔的生活必需貨品、建立社區互助網絡,協助解決貧窮問題

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Vision and mission 願景與使命

Our vision is to be a value-driven social enterprise, that strives to support the less-advantaged families, and bring countable social impact to the society.

我們致力成為一所價值導向的社會企業,支援基層家庭,藉此帶來可評估的社會影響

The situation 現況
  • According to research conducted by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, low-income families spend almost half of their household income on daily necessities and groceries
  • Families cannot afford retail products due to the high markup
  • Some families have no choice but to shop at chain supermarkets / shopping malls due to the lack of alternative suppliers in their neighborhood
  • 生活必需品成為家庭的主要經濟負擔:根據香港社會服務聯會的調查發現,食物及其他生活必需品佔基層家庭每月開支超過一半
  • 基層家庭未能負擔「超級市場價錢」
  • 一些基層家庭因居住的社區較少 街市和小型供應商的選擇,只能在區內較近的連鎖超級市場或商場購買日常所需的物品
Our work 主要工作

Personal level 個人層面

  • Lower cost of living: locate suppliers and collaborate with NGOs to provide quality, affordable daily necessities to less-advantaged families through direct group or bulk purchase and sharing
    節省其生活開支: 與供應商及非牟利機構合作,為基層家庭提供可負擔的生活必須品
  • Income generation: create part time job opportunities and build financial literacy for low income homemaker
    增加基層家庭收入:為基層家庭提供彈性就業機會及增廣家庭財務知識

Interpersonal level 社區層面

  • Consumption as a means to enhance the growth of social capital among the community
    零售消費作為推動社會資本

Structural level 結構層面

  • Develop an affordable market through providing alternative ways of consumption
    社區「可負擔市場」(Affordable Market)模式的推展

Products 產品

Rice 米, Cooking Oil 食油, Macaroni 通粉, Soy Sauce 豉油, Sugar 糖, Salt 鹽, Detergent洗潔精, Washing Powder 洗衣粉, Shampoo 洗頭水, Handmade soap 手工肥皂

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Our value proposition 企業價值
  • Pay worthy: reduce costs in the retailing process, resulting in lower prices for the needy 物依所值:節省一切零售成本,低價回歸基層
  • Environmentally friendly: reduce packaging waste and reuse containers 環保:減少包裝,重用器皿
  • Sharing economy: share resources, rebuild trust and mutual support 共享經濟: 共享手上資源重建鄰里互信
  • Innovative: innovation as a means to solve social problems 創新:運用社會創新,減低貧窮問題
  • Cross sector collaboration: serving less-advantaged families through collaborating with the private sector, churches and NGOs
    跨界合作:協作商界,教會及社會服務團體,共待基層家庭
  • Countable impact: assess social impact by scientific measurement tools 可評估的影響:以科學化評估工具,評估企業之社會影響
Meet the team 我們的團隊

Mr. Matthew Lee

Matthew was born into a low-income family. He grew up in a subdivided flat in Kowloon City and then moved into public housing in New Territories. Growing up in poverty has driven him to become a Registered Social Worker with more than 15 years of serving the underprivileged, from frontline to managerial grade. He graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Distinguished Scholarship and Dean List in 2013.

Prior to establishing Goods Co-Share, Matthew worked in grant making and project management in one of the biggest charity foundations in Hong Kong. He is also a part time lecturer and fieldwork supervisor in the City University of Hong Kong.

出身基層的Matthew 在分租房與公屋中長大,促使他成為一位從事基層服務的社工超過十五年。Matthew於2013年在香港中文大學以院長榮譽錄成績碩士畢業後,開始涉獵慈善基金項目管理及社工教學及督導工作,並於2016年成立社企「良由集貨」。

Ms. Kinko Chu

Prior to cofounding Goods Co-Share,  Kinko has solid experience and knowledge in NGO administration, logistics,  wholesaling and retailing.

Kinko was born into a deprived family, having withstood financial hardship, it has nurtured her empathy towards the underprivileged and instilled in her a deep sense of desire to help those in need. With a strong passion in serving the needy, she started her career in an innovative social enterprise in 2015.

Kinko從事行政工作多年,並對物流、批發、零售等行業有深厚認識,同樣出身基層的她於工餘時間參與不同義務工作,對社會貧窮問題有深切的體會。Kinko 於 2015年開始參與社會創新及社會企業的全職工作,並於2016年與 Matthew 共同成立社企「良由集貨」。

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Cloudonate

Cloudonate
Any amount. Anytime. Anywhere.

Cloudonate aims at developing an online giving platform that enables individuals to donate directly at anytime and anywhere, and share their inspiration on giving to amplify social impact.

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MovWe

MovWe
The Social Cinema

MovWe is a city movement to inspire everyone, everywhere through unique movie watching experiences

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Happy Grannies

Happy Grannies
Elderly Sponsorship Action

Intergeneration support group for singleton elderly providing continual home visits and living subsidies

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