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.
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.
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.
Hollo is one of the most up and coming Mental Healthcare related start-ups in Hong Kong. By enabling our users to assess and track their own mental health and equipping them with the tools and professional help, Hollo has begun to revolutionize the well-being sector for the better.
After gaining some traction as World Champions of Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2020, their technology used to screen mental health has caught the attention of international leaders in the industry.
With a focus in the NGO sector and a scope to expand into insurance and corporate spaces, the Hollo experience is definitely dynamic and fast-paced. Unlike other companies, the founder's will be right there with you to learn and experience a start-up's lifestyle.
At Livin Farms our mission is to empower people to start a revolution from their kitchen. We want to educate our customers on WHY it is so important to rethink how we consume and dispose of food. We want to prove that big changes start with small gestures. As small as a mealworm 🐛!
Don't be fooled, they aren't just tiny, cute, wriggly creatures: they can do some proper magic!
Our product, the Hive Explorer, educates people about mealworm farming and how it enables us to produce more sustainable proteins, to recycle food waste and to produce sustainable and quality fertiliser. All in the small space of our kitchen.
At Livinfarms, you will join a small and dynamic team, take ownership of important projects and learn about the future of foods.
From a tiny green living blog that went live in 2011, Green Queen is today Asia’s leading English-language impact media platform. Our award-winning magazine reaches hundreds of thousands of readers across the region (and even beyond) who are thirsty for trusted, well-researched and engaging sustainability content.
Green Queen’s multi-channel platform is a trusted brand across Asia and includes:
i) Our award-winning online magazine, ii) community events, iii) the world’s first Zero Waste & Vegan Recipe Meal Plan, iv) weekly newsletters, v) Green Queen BIZ, the first B2B community dedicated to accelerating impact to sustainable SDG-focused business solutions across all industry verticals, and vi) A Zero Waste Journey: LIVE On Air Podcast.
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 than HK$ 9 million for charities and great gifts