In Hong Kong, there are already knowledgeable, experienced and credible practitioners in the social innovation field. Engaging some of these as “intermediaries” will enable the SIE Fund to leverage their experience and networks to help find and nurture budding entrepreneurs who seek to innovate by integrating social impact into the businesses they create.
The SIE Fund has appointed three batches of intermediaries since 2015 to design and deliver innovative programmes. Through these programmes, the Fund provides funding and support to social entrepreneurs and innovative projects of different forms and at various stages of development (idea generation, prototype, start-up and scale-up). The innovative ideas, products and services generated address social needs and deliver impact for preventing and alleviating poverty and social exclusion, promoting social integration and enhancing people’s well-being and cohesion of society.