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Hong Kong

The best countries to be a social entrepreneur 2019

2016 Rank: 08

Country summary

Hong Kong exited the top-ten countries for social entrepreneurs, slipping 11 points to 19th place. While conditions for starting and growing social enterprises improved slightly from 2016, it became more difficult to access grants and non-financial support, making it tougher for entrepreneurs to earn a living from their work.

Expert view

“People interested in social enterprises in Hong Kong sometimes lean too heavily on focusing on a for-profit scheme as the solution to everything. That kind of model just can't fit for every social problem. There needs to be a bit more awareness that non-profit models for social enterprises are sometimes more suitable."

Victoria Wisniewski Otero, Founder & CEO, Resolve Foundation

Polling results

How hong kong fared for each question (between 1 and 44). 1 is best

  • 12

    Government SupportGovernment policy supports social entrepreneurs.
    2016 Rank: 09

  • 35

    Attracting Skilled StaffIt is easy for social entrepreneurs to attract staff with the required skills.
    2016 Rank: 28

  • 11

    Public UnderstandingThe general public understands what social entrepreneurs do.
    2016 Rank: 07

  • 43

    Making a LivingSocial entrepreneurs can make a living from their work in my country.
    2016 Rank: 29

  • 23

    Gaining MomentumSocial entrepreneurship is gaining momentum.
    2016 Rank: 22

  • 19

    Access to InvestmentIt is easy for social entrepreneurs to access investment (debt and/or equity).
    2016 Rank: 21

  • 07

    Conditions are favourable for social entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses
    2016 Rank: 13

  • 09

    It is easy for social entrepreneurs to get grant funding
    2016 Rank: 01

  • 12

    Social entrepreneurs can access the non-financial support they need
    2016 Rank: 08

  • 19

    It is easy for social entrepreneurs to sell to government
    2016 Rank: 15

  • 19

    It is easy for social entrepreneurs to sell to business
    2016 Rank: 17

  • 04

    It is easy for social entrepreneurs to sell to the public
    2016 Rank: 05

Questions we asked

Click a question below to explore a summary of the key findings and see the polling results. 1 is best.

Conditions are favourable for social entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses

Government policy supports social entrepreneurs

It is easy for social entrepreneurs to get grant funding

It is easy for social entrepreneurs to access investment (debt and/or equity)

Social entrepreneurs can access the non-financial support they need (e.g. financial, legal and technical advice; access to markets and networks; coaching, mentoring and training)

It is easy for social entrepreneurs to sell to government

It is easy for social entrepreneurs to sell to business

It is easy for social entrepreneurs to sell to the public

It is easy for social entrepreneurs to attract staff with the required skills

The general public understands what social entrepreneurs do

Social entrepreneurs can make a living from their work in my country