Impact Innovation Lab Cohort 2 – Online Course

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Impact Innovation Lab (The Lab) is now calling for applications for the Second Cohort! Organised by MakerBay Foundation and funded by The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund), Impact Innovation Lab helps social innovation startups achieve their visions of alleviating poverty and promoting social inclusion, while raising public awareness on social innovation. The Second Cohort consists of three parts: Elementary Training, Seed Funding Application and 6-month Incubation Period. 

Applicants will participate in Maker Skills Workshops, Bootcamp and Weekly Tutorial Courses, covering various aspects of social innovation. The highlighted training – Bootcamp is themed “Golden Year Life”, participants will first join experiential activities to understand different needs of local elderly, then learn and experience the process of starting a social innovation project. Through hybrid learning and training, participants will be able to build a solid foundation with the essential skills needed to run social innovation projects as well as an entrepreneur mindset. The Funding Application will start accepting proposals in November 2023. Awarded projects will receive up to $100,000 in seed capital, and enter a six-month incubation period to actualise their visions step by step. 

Applications for the Elementary Training of Cohort 2: 25th September (HKT 17:00)

(“ Enroll now” and click “Start Learning” to get the instruction to active account on our online platform. Your registration will be confirmed only when you complete your profile on the platform.)


  • Permanent Residents of Hong Kong aged 18 or above
  • Interested parties can join the activities and training sessions individually and form a team of 1 to 5 members for seed funding application


Schedule of Cohort 2

Application for Elementary Training
Online Application From now till 25 September (HKT 17:00)
Elementary Training
Briefing & Introduction of Social Innovation 3 October evening
Maker Skill Workshop (Free to choose 2) 5 – 9 October
Experiential Activities (Free to choose 1) 10 – 13 October evening
Bootcamp 14 – 15 October
4 Weeks for Project Development
Weekly Tutorial Sessions 21 October, 28 October, 4 November morning (Online)
Mentoring Session 11 November (Face-to-face)
Seed Funding Application
Online Application 1 November (HKT 12:00) – 20 November (HKT 17:00)
First Pitch (Eligible teams will be invited to present their projects) Early December (Saturday or Sunday)
Final Pitch (Teams being shortlisted after the First Pitch will be invited to present their projects) Mid December (Friday)
Announcement of Awarded Teams Late December
6 months Incubation 1 March 2024 – 31 August 2024


 Evaluation Criteria

Idea’s Innovativeness 15%
Social Impact20%
Project Readiness 30%
Business Model and Market Analysis20%
(Applicants reached 70% attendance of Elementary Training will receive a full score of “Commitment”)


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Course Content

Social Innovation Exploration Series & Information Session of Cohort 2
Aligning the theme of "Golden Year Life", Impact Innovation Lab organizes a Social Innovation Exploration Series, which is a webinar by inviting two experienced social entrepreneurs will look through their bittersweet social innovation journeys with the audience under the theme of “Golden Year Life”. The guest speakers not only told their stories of entrepreneurship, but also provided advices and tips on applying fund and running social enterprises. Meanwhile, an information session was conducted on the same day, which provided detailed information about Cohort 2, including the timeline, evaluation criteria and application procedures. Theme: Golden Year Life Guest Speakers: Pasu Ng | Registered Embalmer and Co-founder of Keep It Simple Richard Leung | Co-founder of BNET-Tech Company

  • Social Innovation Exploration Series & Information Session

Introduction of Social Innovation & Briefing Session
This is an orientation session for you to learn about the detailed schedule and content of Impact Innovation Lab. As a kick-start event, it will be a good chance for you to meet others and network!

Idea Generation & Prototyping Bootcamp
Weekend Hackathon for participants to form teams and work on a social innovation idea. They will have a chance to practice their skills and grow their mindset via the experience. It will be a theme-based bootcamp and participants will grow their idea based on their insights from the experiential activities.

Maker Skill Class: Woodwork

Maker Skill Class: Laser Cutting

Maker Skill Class: 3D Printing

Maker Skill Class: AI with Arduino

Maker Skill Class: No-code App Development

Maker Skill Class: No-code Website Development

Weekly Tutorial Session

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