Impact Innovation Lab Cohort 3 –Online Courses

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Impact Innovation Lab is Now Accepting Applications for Third Cohort!

Impact Innovation Lab (The Lab) accepts applications for the Third Cohort from today until 29th December 2023! As an incubator, The Lab aims to help participants execute social innovative projects to alleviate poverty and promote social inclusion. Not only will participants receive all-around support in training, consulting, resources from a makerspace, and commercial referrals, but they will also have a chance to receive seed funding up to $100,000 to actualise their visions step by step. 10 projects from the First Cohort have been selected to be awarded Seed Funding in October 2023. 

Impact Innovation Lab is organised by MakerBay Foundation and funded by The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund). The Third Cohort consists of three parts: Elementary Training, Seed Funding Application and 6-month Incubation Period. During Elementary Training, participants will take part in a series of on-site and online events, such as Maker Skills Workshops, Idea Generation & Prototyping Bootcamp, and Online Tutorial Sessions to build an entrepreneurial mindset. Lessons cover not only social innovation theories but also prototyping skills, which include woodworking, 3D printing, laser cutting, AI and no code technologies. Through these maker skills,  participants can make physical or digital prototypes to test their solutions. 

Applications for the Elementary Training of Cohort 3: By 29th December (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. The proposal should be related to local poverty alleviation and social inclusion, and the target beneficiaries are members of the public in Hong Kong who are generally residents of Hong Kong without conditions of stay

Schedule of Cohort 3

Application for Elementary Training
Online ApplicationFrom now till 29th December 2023 (HKT 17:00)
Elementary Training
Introduction of Social Innovation & Briefing Session5th January evening 2024
Maker Skill Workshop (Free to choose 2)8th to 13th January 2024
Experiential Activities (Free to choose 1)15 to 18th January 2024 evening (Face-to-face)
19th January evening (Online)
Bootcamp20th to 21st January 2024
4 Weeks for Project Development: 3 Weekly Tutorial Sessions & Mentoring Session
Weekly Online Tutorial Sessions28th January, 3rd February (morning)
7th February 2024 (night) 
Mentoring Session17th February 2024 (Face-to-face)
Seed Funding Application
Online Application1st February (HKT 00:00) – 21st February 2024 (HKT 17:00)
First Pitch (Eligible teams will be invited to present their projects)Early March 2024 (Saturday or Sunday)
Final Pitch (Teams being shortlisted after the First Pitch will be invited to present their projects)Late March 2024 (Friday)
Announcement of Awarded TeamsEarly April 2024
6 months IncubationJune 2024 to December 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 3
It's often said that happiness is elusive. If your goal is to bring happiness to others, could this journey be filled with challenges? Impact Innovation Lab will be holding an Information Session and Social Innovation Exploration Series Webinar on December 14, 2023. Themed "Harmonious City," the upcoming webinar will focus on the challenges and opportunities Hong Kong faces in mental wellness. Essentially, it will explore how social innovation plays an active role of promoting well-being, making positive impacts. Our guest speakers will share how their innovative projects promote well-being in Hong Kong. Dr. Amanda C. M. Li wears multiple hats, being a registered clinical psychologist and a mindfulness teacher. She established the social enterprise "Storyteller" in 2015, which now has over ten thousand followers. She actively promotes mental health and strives to reduce psychiatric stigma in the community. On the other hand, Mr. Charles Lo leads product and business development for the social enterprise "Upmood". In response to the emotional problems of urbanite, the brand designed a smartwatch named "Upmood Watch". This device collects biodata to offer insight into our health and emotional state,. Following the webinar, we will cover details about the Third Cohort, including funding opportunities. Theme: Harmonious City Guest Speakers: Dr. Amanda C. M. Li | Registered clinical psychologist and a mindfulness teacher, founder of Storyteller Mr. Charles Lo | Product and business development of Upmood

  • 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!

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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