AVPN Conference 2016 Highlights

Missed the AVPN Conference 2016? Our highlights on the 3 day gathering and sharing are now available. Be sure to also watch the video recordings on each session. The summary highlight notes have been uploaded for each session as well. Don’t miss us in 2017!

Thank you Hong Kong, Hello Thailand!

Thank you for making
AVPN Conference 2016 a huge success!

See you all in Thailand in 2017!

620 Conference Delegates from 39 countries
133 speakers throughout 35 sessions
1800+ connections made via the Connector
1000+ copies of reports distributed

You have made AVPN Conference 2016 Hong Kong truly spectacular!

1. Take a 5 mins survey and help us do better!

Tell us what you liked and what needs to be improved for the conference via the easy survey.

*For participants who have filled up the survey, we will send you the session reports so you will have all the key takeaways from the AVPN conference.

2. Connect to investment showcase teams via Deal Flow Platform
Impressed and inspired by the 30 social purpose organizations? You can continue the conversations with them through our Deal Flow Platform (DFP). I’m sure the teams would be very happy to get connected to you!

If you would like to help your investee organisations gain additional visibility among the AVPN funders, contact us at dealflow@avpn.asia and we can help you post your investee’s information. We have received very good feedback from you at the AVPN Conference and would be incorporating more functionality into the Dealflow Platform over the coming months


3. Define what works in Venture Philanthropy by sharing your practices

  • Complete the member survey – participants will get an early preview of survey results and we keep you updated on the overall venture philanthropy trends in Asia
  • Set the bar of what works with little effort by partnering with AVPN: we can help you share your own case, write quick portraits along selected questions (e.g. AVPN’s Guide to effective IA assessment) or longer reports based on surveys (e.g. AVPN-DBSF study on social incubation) This creates actionable insights into the five VP practices and helps the entire sector
  • Find our more on http://avpn.asia/capability-development-model/share-your-practice


4. Cannot wait until 2017 to talk to us? There are multiple ways that you can engage with AVPN more

  • Sign up for the AVPN events and get connected to other AVPN members
  • Brainstorm an interesting topic with us and co-host a monthly webinar or meetup
  • Invite us to your city to collaborate events and workshops to create a more vibrant community of venture philanthropy and social investing in Asia


The full set of conference photos and session reports will be available in June

AVPN is catalysing the movement from traditional philanthropy to social investing for a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach. Engage with us and be part of the movement!



Thank you to all of our members, speakers and conference delegates for making this the biggest AVPN Conference yet. Enjoy!

Don‘t Forget to Stay Connected:  

Start your networking early by checking out our AVPN Connector and social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @avpn_asia (tweet using hashtag #avpn2016), “Like” us on Facebook and join our Linkedin Group

10 Days To Go! Important Reminders for AVPN Conference


Conference Program

For the latest program information including session titles, descriptions and speakers, check out our conference program!

23 May 2016: AVPN Members Day (AVPN Members ONLY)

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Registration, Level 2 Foyer

24 May 2016: Conference Day 1 

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Registration, Level 2 Foyer

25 May 2016: Conference Day 2 

  • 8:30am – 9:00am Networking Breakfast

26 May 2016: Fringe Events 

  • Choose from 7 AVPN post-conference events here. 

Conference Dinners 

HongKong Jockey Club

Members’ Day Dinner
23 May 2016
6:00pm- 8:00pm
HKJC Happy Valley- Millions

Transfer to Dinner: Pick up from HKPU Driveway Block Y 5:15pm -6:00pm


Conference Day 1 Dinner
24 May 2016
7:30pm- 9:00pm
Spasso at TST
Registration required

Transfer to Dinner: Pick up from HKPU Driveway Block Y 6:30pm -7:30pm

Getting to the Venue


By Shuttle Bus:

  • Shuttle buses will be provided from various points from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon side. Please refer here for full details.


  • MTR Hung Hom Exit A then follow the signs to Block Z (approx. 10-15 min. walk)

Driving Yourself: 

  • New East Ocean Centre, 9 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East – HKD $16 per hour 

*More ‘Getting to the Venue’ details can be found on our conference website.

Travel Information

There are various accommodation options around Hong Kong. You can refer to Hong Kong Hotels‘s listing or visit websites such as www.tripadvisor.com. We also have corporate rates with the following hotels: Hotel ICONIntercontinentalRegal KowloonNovotel Nathan RoadHarbor Plaza MetropolisKowloon HotelEaton HotelBest Western Grand Hotel, and Park Hotel. For more information, please visit our conference website.

AVPN Conference 2016 SOLD OUT!


The 2016 AVPN Conference is officially sold out! We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong for the biggest AVPN conference yet. If you missed the chance to register, please email conference2016@avpn.asia to be put on the wait list. For more information, click here.

This year’s conference brings you: 

Still not convinced? Check out our fringe events taking place on 26 May. Stay tuned for more next week!

Special deadline extension for cancellations!

Members who have registered their tickets but are unable to attend can still cancel their tickets (or change the delegate details) until 30 April 2016. Please note that the original deadline was 23 March 2016, after which a penalty of USD750 will be imposed for no-shows. Please click here for more details or email elaine@avpn.asia for ticket updates!

Stay Connected!
Start your networking early by checking out our AVPN Connector and social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @avpn_asia (tweet using hashtag #avpn2016), “Like” us on Facebook and join our Linkedin Group

Less than 30 seats remain!

Less than 30 seats remain for the 2016 AVPN Conference! 

Stay Connected! 

Start your networking early by checking out AVPN’s social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @avpn_asia (tweet using hashtag #avpn2016), “Like” us on Facebook and join our Linkedin Group!

Capacity Building Workshop in Hong Kong 

Capacity Building is fundamentally about channelling resources to improve an organisation’s effectiveness. AVPN has curated a series of case studies on how resource providers have applied and supported capacity building efforts across Asia, bringing a multi-faceted view to how resources can be catalysed and leveraged to deliver greater social impact.
To this end, this workshop offers participants the possibility to step out of their daily practice, reflect on other practices, interact with their peers and enhance their own strategy.

More details on the workshop structure can be found HERE.

Wonyoung Kim 
Managing Director
Joan Shang 
Senior Associate
RS Group 
Kensuke Sasaki 
Manager, Incubation Programs

Looking for high potential impact investing pipelines? Join AVPN Conference in HK!

Meet high potential SPOs in AVPN Conference

The investment showcase is designed as a platform in the AVPN Conference to highlight interesting and successful projects in Asia in order to meet members’ need to identify high quality projects.

The best part? All projects are already supported by other AVPN members! In addition to the live pitching from Social Purpose Organizations (SPOs), AVPN member referrers will also share their experiences on identifying and selecting SPOs.

Sessions Information
Date: 24-May-2016
Time: 11:30am to 1:15pm
Themes (TBC): Environment, Education, Aging/Health, Poverty Alleviation and Social Inclusions.In the next few eDMs, we will introduce all the pitching SPOs to you. For today, we are revealing the first ten organizations!

Get your conference tickets today to build up the pipeline for your grant or impact investing portfolios, and to interact with other AVPN members who share the same interests as yours!

Investment Showcase Partners: 

Ashoka Philanthropy


Transform life through running…

Endorsed by: Social Impact Partners

Established by social enterprise RunOurCity in 2013, Youth.ROC has provided free and professional running programme to inspire and challenge teenagers to systematically train for distance running and achieve their goals while improving health and developing a “can-do” attitude. The trainings have also helped participating teenagers to expand their social circle and understand more about their communities through street-running. Since 2013, we have trained close to 3,000 teenagers including those who come from underprivileged backgrounds and the ethnic minority communities.To nurture fun and compassionate running culture in Hong Kong, RunOurCity also organize STREETATHONS, TOTEM RUNs and other themed running events for over 35,000 participants, and raised over HK$6 Million for Youth.ROC and 14 charities.


To extend affordable, quality and accessible healthcare to rural and disaster hit communities using web and mobile based technology.

Endorsed by: The Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC)

UM Healthcare Trust is a registered non‐profit organization working in Mardan, KP, Pakistan since 2008. It aims to extend sustainable primary healthcare to underprivileged people in disaster‐hit and resource constrained areas of Pakistan. UM Healthcare annually treats more than 50,000 patients (43% female), 90% of whom live below the poverty line.


A global network of doctHERs who can diagnose and treat patients via paramedic-assisted video-consultation.

Endorsed by: The Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC)

doctHERs is a novel, healthcare platform that connects female doctHERs to millions of underserved patients in real-time while leveraging technology. doctHERs circumvents socio-cultural barriers that restrict women professionals to their homes, while correcting two market failures: access to quality healthcare and workforce inclusion for women.


Let’s discuss social issues and creativity through arts… 

Endorsed by: The Happiness Foundation

Weenu promotes up-and-coming artists and talks about social issues through art, while bringing more creativity to the world. It has been implementing various art programs with artists: art education programs held in organizations including Seoul Museum of Art from 2007, and ARTUP FESTIVAL, an environmental art festival started in 2012.


All children learning: Quality early elementary education via  mobile devices

Endorsed by: The Happiness Foundation

Enuma is an education start-up located in Berkeley, CA. Its mission is to deliver exceptional learning tools to empower all children– including those with special needs –to be independent learners.

Its flagship application, Todo Math, is a game-based learning tool that helps 4 to 8-year-old children learn foundational math concepts and practice for fluency. From its launch in July 2014, it’s been downloaded over 2 million times and ranked No. 1 in Apple App Store’s Education Category in 20 countries.


Support future leaders who understand the root causes of inequity and are committed to expanding educational opportunity for underserved children across Asia Pacific. 

Endorsed by: Credit Suisse

At Teach For All, the global network for expanding educational opportunity, we believe that leadership is the key to transforming education and—ultimately—children’s futures.  Since 2007, Teach For All has fielded more than 75,000 teachers, formed a network of over 49,500 alumni, and reached over 9 million students around the world. In Asia Pacific, Teach For All has fielded more than 3,800 teachers, formed a network of over 1,800 alumni, and reached over 162,000 students. In the last recruitment cycle, we received more than 20,000 applications from the region’s most promising leaders.


Build up capacity of local non-profit organizations via impactful projects we scope, manage and deliver with the help of pro bono resources.

Endorsed by: Simon Chadwick

NEEDeed changes the way organizations and individuals think about helping the non-profit sector in South East Asia by focusing on the organizational capacity of non-profits as the main indicator of their success and sustainability.

It helps increase the organizational capacity of local non-profits by strategically assessing their needs, developing project outlines and then turning to the extensive professional community in Bangkok to resource the projects and realize them in a timely, results-driven way. It builds long-term relationships with the organizations and engages corporate employees, expat spouses and independent professionals to deliver the projects.


World’s first social media and news platform that will revolutionalise the culture of charitable giving.

Endorsed by: Social Capital Venture Development

The Social Factory is an internet startup that believes in changing the world through social media. Our latest mobile app, Givo, is the 21st Century, Instagram-like social media solution that allows charities, foundations, and CSR offices to engage with millions of supporters directly, while allowing users and funders to personally connect with and donate to any organization. This free-of-charge platform will dramatically reduce charities’ old-fashioned fundraising expenses such as street fundraisers, cold calling and posted mail.


A regional hub learning center to educate and engage global citizens to help reduce marine ecosystem threats, preserve the ocean’s vital resources, and to ensure food security for generations to come in sustainable manners.

Endorsed by: Mornington Services

CTC is a locally-based non-profit organization with a regional scope and global impact. It transforms marine resource management and safeguards the future of the Coral Triangle by working closely with local communities, the private sector, governments, and other partners to shape lasting solutions to protect coral reef ecosystems.


Transforming farmers’ lives through innovative organic products with global appeal

Endorsed by:  DBS Foundation

Siam Organic is social business that aims to solve the problem of farmers’ poverty through innovative organic products with global appeal. “Jasberry rice” is a new variety of rice that combines both the delicious taste of the world famous Thai Jasmine rice and the powerful nutritional and antioxidant benefits of berries. Using this special rice breed and innovative farming management, we are currently working with over 1,000 small-scale farmers resulting in over US$1.72mn social benefits.

Upcoming AVPN events:

AVPN March Webinar
Accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy at the BoP- Climate Finance. Click here for further details!

2016 AVPN Annual Conference
Join us in Hong Kong on 23-25 May 2016to explore the social investing landscape in Asia. Get your Early Bird Ticketstoday!

AVPN Capability Development Model
Pre-engagement process case studies. Click here to learn more!

AVPN April Webinar
Investment Readiness – perspectives from both sides of the table. More information can be viewed here.

Find out who’s coming to the AVPN 2016 Conference

In working towards AVPN’s mission of channeling resources effectively into the social impact sector, we have created the AVPNConference Connector to allow members and stakeholders to make meaningful connections efficiently.

The Connector is preloaded with the delegate database for the conference. Within this system, you will find a searchable database on available delegate profiles, annotated with relevant information where available on where they are currently based, their geographic focus areas in Asia, and the beneficiary groups they cater to.


For AVPN members, we’ll be happy to help you with an introduction. In the profile page of the relevant contact, just click on the button that says “Ask AVPN for an introduction” and we’ll take care of the rest!

Access the AVPN Conference Connector today.

You will need to login using the email address associated with your conference registration (i.e. the email address that you’re receiving this notification on). If you need help resetting your password, you can click on this password reset link or simply reply to this email to let us know.