TALK TO ME ABOUT ASIA: Exploring the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

What does it mean to be a social entrepreneur? What is social impact and how can it be achieved through business? How are business models changing and how can you create a career that has impact?

As Canada celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week, join the Asia Pacific Foundation's Youth Council for a conversation that explores the social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Learn about how social businesses apply commercial strategies to tackle social and environmental problems and hear from our panel of speakers as they share their personal experiences working with businesses to help address some of the worlds most challenging issues.


Date/Time: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Location: WeWork, 2015 Main St, Vancouver

Dress Code: Business Casual


6:00pm – 6:30pm: Registration

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Panel discussion

7:30pm – 8:00pm: Reception + Networking






Jana Svedova

Director, Impact Investments, UBC Seed Funds

Jana has spent the last ten years dedicated to the field of social enterprise and impact investing with a focus on Asia and North America. During her early career in the financial industry she discovered the power of financial capital to create social and environmental value and shifted her focus to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Jana was Investment Manager for one of Asia’s first impact investments funds based in Hong Kong, investing in social ventures throughout Southeast Asia and China. She later co-founded Synergy Social Ventures, which supports early-stage social ventures with catalytic capital and trains the next generation of impact investors through experiential learning. Jana is currently the Fund Manager of the UBC Impact Fund, an impact fund at the University of British Columbia, which invests in seed stage social ventures of the university community. She has also worked closely with social ventures in UBC’s incubator programs since 2012.


AJung Kim

Business Development Associate, Futurpreneur Canada & Global Business Development, Mind Design Inc.

AJ Kim is a former international NGO project professional and an independent documentary photographer and filmmaker. With her extensive multicultural and humanitarian field project experiences that were dedicated to famine prevention and education development across Asia for years, she embarked her social entrepreneurial journey with Mind Design Inc. since 2011 to lead and pursue the socially-conscious and culturally-sustainable lifestyle. Social value creation is her motto through professional life, furthermore, she has been actively participating global leadership development through her own community group Rebbon International as well as her creative multi-media projects. 


Felix Bock

Founder, CEO at ChopValue & Founder, Partner at CrossLink Technologies

Felix Böck knocks on wood for a living. He is the founder of the ChopValue microfactory concept where he developed and engineered an innovative material using under-utilized resources. ChopValue has allowed him to discover a way to connect his expertise and research focus on bamboo composite materials within the circular economy while doing his PhD in a collaboration with UBC/MIT/Cambridge. Motivated to create global impact in the bamboo industry, he has gained experience by working on projects supporting companies through all stages in over 20 countries with his firm CrossLink Technologies.


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Asia Pacific Foundation Youth Council