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.
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.
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.
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.
Playtao Dreamland pioneers first-class education programmes by top-notch educators to grassroots families.
Playtao Joyland combines healthcare and education resources, and by filling the market gap for therapy services, provides timely treatment to children in need.
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.
CookConnect is a culinary and food knowledge platform that bridges communities of people across all walks of life
BottLess is a platform to reduce plastic waste and create environmentally sustainable and convenient solutions for water refill
To reduce plastic bottles waste and create environmental friendly, sustainable, convenient solutions of water refill in Hong Kong.
- 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 is a sharing economy platform for pet caring services to unite pet-lovers by advocating responsible pet ownership and adoption
Sonova Institute is a virtual institute to inspire minds and promote the concept of social innovation through its flagship programmes.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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
- Income generation: create part time job opportunities and build financial literacy for low income homemaker
Interpersonal level 社區層面
- Consumption as a means to enhance the growth of social capital among the community
Structural level 結構層面
- Develop an affordable market through providing alternative ways of consumption
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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」。