“Social innovation and social impact are no longer words which are new.”


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Entrepreneurship is a topic alone that can bring people together in one venue. However it’s social entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact driven topics that bring an entire different brand of people from all over the world to not only be in one area together, but to seek valuable collaborations that can benefit an entire society.
IN_PACT ASIA held its second event last Tuesday, May 28, at the Asia Development Bank (ADB), together with Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Hub of Innovation for Inclusion (HiFi).
When the event launched last year, it saw the importance of a venue for like-minded individuals to build on impact in the country.
“When we launched IN_PACT 2018,” began ASSIST Asia Group Managing Director, Sreeni Narayanan, “the genesis of the program, if I may say, is a meeting of minds, of several organizers and supporters who felt that it’s important for us to come together.
“Social innovation and social impact are no longer words which are new,” Narayanan continued.
Among the opening statements of the day, Representative of the United Nations Development Program Philippines, Titon Mitra, added “The main drive of innovation is how countries build their connections; and it is not about the diversity of your networks, but about the quality of your connections.”
Packed with attendees from different parts of the world—most of whom belong to social enterprises, corporations, and non-government organizations—delegates were treated to relevant presentations and discussions by professionals in the field.


Topics were divided into plenary sessions that were moderated and participated by leading professionals in corporations, organizations, and innovative startups.
Plenary sessions were divided into talks on collaboration, employee development in a workplace, impacting the next generation, and the 5Ps of People, Planet, Profit, Purpose, and Partnership.
General Manager of Cashalo Hamilton Angluben, the Final Pitch host John Aguilar, Co-founder and CEO of Tandemic, Kal Joffres, Co-founder of MAD Travels Raf Dionisio, as well as Director of HiFi Abigail Mapua-Cabanilla and Co-founder of Human Nature Anna Meloto-Wilk, are only just some of the prominent names in the industry that shared their thoughts and experiences.
“To all the women, take a risk on yourselves because you have the capacity to be successful by whatever means there can be,” announced CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Anna Green.


As the event was coming to a close, IN_PACT ASIA awarded deserving fresh startups, co-working spaces, women in business, as well as academic institutions for the impact they’ve accomplished so far.
One of the was Steve Oh from Korea who founder InnerBottle. Winning Innovative Startup of the Year, Steve conceptualized his idea from an everyday routine he spends with his young children.
Every time his children would go in for their baths, he would use bottles of lotions and shampoos. About 25% of residue would be left in the bottle, so not only is the bottle waste in itself but the residue can cause environmental contamination.
“Innerbottle  provides a sustainable, zero waste solution that applies to cosmetic packacing,” said Steve. “I was curious why there was no innovation packaging because we’ve been using conventional shampoo, body lotions, same bottle for a long time. I wanted to change make a difference.”
Steve Oh is one of the many innovative thinkers that attended IN_PACT ASIA, and it’s thinkers like him that will pave ways to craft better solutions that can create an impact socially and environmentally.


OffCrowd is a media partner of INPACT_ASIA 2019.

The IN_PACT Asia 2019 was made possible by its generous sponsors: Cashalo, GCash, San Miguel Foundation, WeWork, Philippine Business Bank, Thomson Reuters, Real Life Foundation, First Gen Corporation, Cafe Mediterranean, LipIce, and Silent Beads.



Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is an international non-government organization focused on building the capacities and empowering its target groups to help them become resilient to social, economic and environmental challenges.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Hub of Innovation for Inclusion (HiFi) is the Benilde’s innovation office that incubates ideas and projects that are people-focused, planet-sustaining, profit-generating, and purpose-driven.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. It assists its members and partners by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development.
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