Meet the Impact Lab course partners addressing systemic issues facing Hong Kong and Asia.
This list is infrequently updated. For an up-to-date overview of the partner companies in the course, please instead refer to the actual course application page: https://www.svmcourse.com/apply
Soap Cycling was the first social business that set the foundation for the SVM course. Soap Cycling works with students, hotels, corporates, volunteers and WASH charities across Asia to recycle soap in a movement to reduce preventable hygiene-related diseases and suffering by distributing this life-saving resource to where it is needed the most.
Migrasia is an incubator that fosters and incubates solutions to problems relating to the migration of peoples, particularly in Asia. Migrasia utilizes a multi-faceted approach to tackle the major problems associated with migration by funding and is dedicated to promoting an ethical recruitment process for migrant workers via advocacy, research, journalism, and education.
Foundation for Shared Impact
Foundation for Shared Impact (FSI) is a foundation aimed at fostering social innovation and entrepreneurship. It is an exciting new venture that will, among others, create unique fundraising events and programs tailored for social enterprises, work on social business incubator aspects, develop unique overseas experiential programs, and more.
EmpowerU, formerly known as DWEP, is a civic organization under the auspices of The University of Hong Kong that provides free lectures, training and workshops mostly to migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong on Sundays. The ultimate aim of the program is to create a positive image for domestic workers, their family, and their employers. It teaches domestic workers lessons on practical Health and Nutrition, Basic Rights and Women Empowerment, Nature Appreciation, Physical Fitness, Performance Arts, thus upgrading their knowledge and skills for their respective work environments, and in preparation for their homecoming.
24 Hour Race
The 24 Hour Race is Asia's largest youth-led endurance challenge and joins young people together in the fight against Slavery. Sponsored for every lap they run, our high school students raise funds for anti-trafficking initiatives in an incredible 24 Hour relay race. It is a student-led movement from the very beginning. Since 2010, we have expanded from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Seoul and had tens of thousands of students run in our races.
Good Financial exists to serve the financial needs of migrant workers.
We are re-thinking, re-designing, and re-inventing financial services for migrant workers. Our primary focus right now is to provide the best and most ethical loan service on the market.
We’re tackling a broken, exploitative industry and aspire to save our customers at least HK$100 million by reducing the interest rates.
Our primary mission is to encourage businesses to work together to bring about innovative, sustainable, cross-border advancements to the global hospitality industry through innovative and engaging events and activities. Unlike other sustainability initiatives within the hospitality space, the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality focuses on all aspects in regards to hospitality, including hotels, supply chains, airlines, food, etc.
Established in 2013, Twopresents is an award-winning social enterprise that combines an online invitation platform with a charitable gift solution. Party hosts can use the platform to send out personally customised party invitations, where guests are invited to contribute money online towards a special gift and the celebrant’s chosen charity. Twopresents promotes the concept of sharing and giving through celebrations, making them more meaningful. We focus on raising social awareness, reducing gift waste, teaching children good values and educating them on social and environmental responsibility. We work with 35+ charities, have 15'000+ users and have raised more then HK$ 9 million for charities and great gifts.
Carbonbase is building a fintech platform to facilitate sustainable investments for a global audience. We provide the easiest way for individuals and corporates to take effective actions against Climate Change, with a data analysis and blockchain-backed tool to calculate Carbon Footprint and make Carbon Offset. We are also launching a global “Green Loyalty Program”, to reward users with social standing, and commercial discounts for being Carbon Neutral.
Weava is a fast-growing Ed-tech startup that focuses on improving the productivity of students, professors and academic staff using technology. Our current product is a popular chrome plugin and mobile apps in which users can highlight, organize, and create their research documents all in one place. We have 150k+ registered users from 200+ educational institutions in 50+ countries using our tool.
Wise at Work
Wise at Work is a for-profit social enterprise and provides an online platform for professionals over 50 to upskill and find work. We truly believe that age should not define who we are and are working to re-imagine the potential of a rapidly ageing world.
We do this through corporate trainings, capacity building in seniors and our online job board - all of which drive senior inclusion in the workforce. In over a year since we started, we have built a community of over 1000 seniors and connected over 40 of them with meaningful roles as advisors, consultants, full time and part time employees in SMEs/Startups/Corporates.
852 Designs/HKU Apparel
852 Designs is a student-run social enterprise that offers students a creative outlet in regards to design, online retail solutions, and business development. The “For Us, By Us” business model is the core of all our operations, as students run everything from designing the merchandise, to sourcing, to marketing and selling. The overarching goals of 852 Design Studio is to catalyse the creativity in Hong Kong, develop a sense of community and pride, and support sustainability by ethically sourcing our products.
Box of Hope
Box of Hope is a renown annual charity project in Hong Kong aimed at providing useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong & Asia donated by Hong Kong school children and local organisations. You fill old shoe boxes with NEW interesting and EDUCATIONAL gifts at home and drop them off at a collection point. The boxes are then collected and delivered directly to the children in need. Last year over 35,000 boxes were distributed.
Consultancy, sustainability services and supplier of customised, eco-friendly products at a wholesale level to hotels, resorts, aviation and beyond. Our products are carefully selected based on their environmental impact, with the ultimate goal to assist in the reduction of single-use plastics in these industries.
Our primary goal is to cater to large hotels and other accommodation venues across the Asia Pacific and beyond. We provide bamboo fibre bathroom amenities including toothbrushes, combs, hairbrushes, razors, earbuds, reusable make-up pads and other sustainable options (e.g. fluoride dent tabs) presented in our beautifully designed recyclable packaging complete with company logo customisation.