Social Impact Awards: This Year’s Winners On Turning Their Social Mission Into Innovative Solutions
This year’s Social Impact Awards winners share how they transformed their sense of purpose into tech-driven solutions to some of society’s biggest problems
“To sustain impact, you have to keep on innovating,” says Alvin Kwock, founder of virtual insurance startup OneDegree.
Kwock is one of nine recipients of the Gen.T x Credit Suisse Social Impact Awards, which recognises Gen.T honourees who are doing just that—innovating to make significant contributions to Asian society in the fields of social impact and sustainability.
The awards celebrate entrepreneurs who have brought about “constructive disruption” in their industry, according to Dr Francois Monnet, Head of Private Banking for North Asia at Credit Suisse, which has partnered with Gen.T for this second edition of the awards.
This year’s awardees work in different fields, from medtech to green engineering, but they are all driven by a strong sense of purpose. “Up Clinic was founded after someone in my family got into a car accident many years ago,” says Elaine Sun of her company, which offers integrated sports medicine and rehabilitation service. “I want everyone in China to have the same access to quality healthcare that my family had.”
The other key commonality is using cutting-edge technology to offer new solutions to society’s decades-old problems, whether it’s “using technology to make insurance more affordable”, as in the case of Fred Ngan and his health insurance startup Bowtie, or “using the power of technology to create a platform to share resources and reduce waste,” as with Max Ma, whose platform Give 543 helps people redistribute unwanted items, preventing them from being disposed of in landfills.
Watch the video to see how the Gen.T x Credit Suisse Social Impact Awardees have turned their strong social missions into technological solutions that touch the lives of millions.