How did the Summit start?

The Social Enterprise Summit of Hong Kong was founded by the Hong Kong Policy Research Foundation (HKPRF) in 2008 to advocate social innovation and entrepreneurship that was then attracting much attention in many places as a solution to the social and development problems of our time. HKPRF established in 1998 for the purpose of supporting public policy research, provided initial funding and administrative support to the Summit through the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. As organiser of the Summit, HKPRF invited various other organisations from time to time to be co-organisers and succeeded in raising sufficient resources in support of the Summit’s expanding activities over the years.

The Summit is now an important annual event in Hong Kong. It has emerged as a major cross-sector platform for joint efforts in promoting innovative entrepreneurship for social change. It also bridges the community with the government and is a well-recognised international forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. In 2014, with the Summit becoming a more independent operation of its own, HKPRF transferred the Summit’s project management to the Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum (HKSEF), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting the development of social entrepreneurship. In 2014 and 2015, HKPRF and HKSEF will be joint Organisers of the Summit. Thereafter, HKPRF continues to be a Co-organizer of the Summit as its Founding Patron.