About DBS Social Innovators

Why Social Innovation?


Social innovation integrates a variety of perspectives and evolves new ways in solving pressing social issues. The rise of social entrepreneurship presents new opportunities to social innovation, to create and maximise social values through sustainable entrepreneurial approaches.

We believe the new generation of social entrepreneurs will be tech-savvy social innovators who can apply and integrate design, technology and other professional expertise to their business for social good.

What We Do?


The primary objective of the DBS Social Innovators 2016 (the Programme) is to engage and connect social innovators from different sectors, to drive social innovation through the use of design and technology.

  • We connect collective of entrepreneurs, I.T. specializes, designers and like-minded visionaries who enthusiastically utilise and apply design and technology into social businesses;
  • We incubate social innovators to further construct and apply innovative ideas and solutions in solving social problems;
  • We draw upon collective talents to create impact through the use of technology and design thinking.

The programme will provide holistic support to social innovators to convert innovative ideas into sustainable and viable business solutions, including funding and incubation support.

Who We Are?


Succeeding to three consecutive years of grant support through DBS Social Enterprise Advancement Grant since 2013, DBS Foundation allocates HKD 2 million to launch DBS Social Innovators 2016, to fund and support social innovators to turn their dreams to business reality, to achieve greater social and business benefits for the community. The Programme is managed and operated by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS).

About DBS Foundation As a corporate foundation in Asia solely dedicated to championing social entrepreneurship, DBS Foundation contributes towards building a more inclusive society so that those at society’s margins can enjoy productive and rewarding lives. DBS Foundation works with Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurs in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and Indonesia with programmes ranging from venture challenges, learning forums, intensive incubation, project grant support, financing and skilled volunteer mentoring. The Foundation is an endeavor from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs. Visit us at: www.dbs.com/dbsfoundation
About HKCSS The Hong Kong Council of Social Service is a federation of non-government social service agencies of Hong Kong. We were established in 1947 with the aim to plan and coordinate large scale relief works and social welfare after the Second World War. In 1951, we became a statuary body under the ordinance, chapter 1057. The Council has since become an essential partner of the Hong Kong Government in social welfare and development. Today we represent more than 400 Agency Members, providing over 90% of the social welfare service through their 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong.

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