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The Innovate for Growth Podcast is a show where Tracy Tsang, Founder and CEO of Internet of Stories, meets world class artists, IP creators, mission driven creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders in growth and innovation to chat about their life journeys, creative processes, and wisdom gained from building ventures out of doing what they love.

Our goal is to empower creators and mission driven entrepreneurs to develop in a holistic way, create scalable positive social impact, while enabling their personal and business growth as a creative entrepreneur.

Previous guests in this podcast series include: Creators of the Sassy Speaks Podcast, Founder of Kokonuzz Media Group, Gallery Director and Artists from The Spectacle Group, CEO of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Head of Product at South China Morning Post.
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In this episode, I talked to Marie Kretz Di Meglio, Founder & CEO of Uplifters who is on a mission to help domestic workers take better care of their finances and mental wellbeing during their stay in Hong Kong. Marie shared more about why well educated Filipinos are coming to Hong Kong to work as domestic workers and their common challenges, how she leverages innovation like Facebook chatbots to grow her online education community and scaling the positive impact of the Uplifters platform by keeping their student groups small and led by alumni community leaders .
Have you ever wondered about the business of children’s character brands like Disney, Sanrio and Line Friends? As somebody who used to work in the children’s industry and have always loved the idea of creating my own character IP since childhood (probably because in Asia we have a huge obsession with merchandises like Hello Kitty schoolbags, Mickey Mouse stationery etc), I was delighted to chat with Alexis Bautista, Founder of Kokonuzz Media Group and creator of numerous international children’s character brands and TV shows. In this episode, we talked about how he has been able to build a successful licensing…Continue ReadingEp 018: “The keys to growing an international children’s media brand – licensing and innovation” with Alexis Bautista, Founder & CEO of Kokonuzz Media Group
Regina Larko was my very first guest when I first started podcasting (with a live audience no less!), so I was delighted to do this follow up interview with her and find out more about what she’s been up to with Hashtag Impact since. Regina has built a successful business around podcasting, using her platform to spotlight change makers and leaders of charities and NGOs in Hong Kong to help their voices get heard. In this episode, we talked about what makes a good podcaster, launching her own online course and membership to build a sustainable business around podcasting, and…Continue ReadingEp 017: “Growing an impactful business through Podcasting” with Regina Larko, Founder, Host & Producer at #Impact Podcast
In this episode, I talked to Kat Lai, Founder of DK Aromatherapy, one of the first aromatherapy businesses that started in Hong Kong. Kat has taken an incredibly diverse approach when it comes to growing her brand empire, ranging from innovation product development, personalised aromatherapy workshops for corporates to aromatherapy x personal development afternoon tea experience. She also shares some practical tips on how to use essential oil to keep your immunity system boosted during the pandemic seasons.
Coming up in Season 2 of The Innovate for Growth Podcast – we have some incredible guests lined up including an aromatherapy brand empire builder, Children’s character brand & TV show creator, a pioneer in personalised yoga and many more incredible purpose driven entrepreneurs and creators sharing their entrepreneurial journeys and practical tips on thriving through Covid-19. Here is a sneak preview!
In this episode I’m delighted to chat with Natalie Chan, Founder & CEO of OWN Academy and one of the most inspiring education innovators in Hong Kong. OWN Academy bridges classrooms and the real world by giving secondary school students practical industry experience with companies like New York Times and Cartoon Network, helping them to discover their unique talents and career path. Natalie will be sharing more about their programmes and industry partnerships, the challenges and future for OWN Academy, and her experience and insights from Davos. What we talked about:  Natalie’s career journey going from corporate to becoming a…Continue ReadingEp015: “Redefining the future of education” with Natalie Chan, Founder & CEO of OWN Academy
In this episode, I talked to Tom Grundy, Founder and Editor in Chief of Hong Kong Free Press, the only crowd funded English news media organisation in Hong Kong. We’re going to chat about what led him to start HKFP, how it’s been able to sustain itself as a non-profit news organisation with a growing presence in Hong Kong, and his thoughts on innovation and technologies when it comes to journalism. What we talked about: Tom’s inspiration behind starting HKFP and his entrepreneurship journey from being an English teacher and popular Hong Kong culture blogger who started ‘Hong Wrong’ blog…Continue ReadingEp 014: “How Press Freedom Concerns Led To The Very First Crowd Funded News Organisation in HK” with Tom Grundy, Hong Kong Free Press
In this episode, I was delighted to have the opportunity to chat to Helen McEachern, CEO of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women who just happened to be stopping by Hong Kong. As a charity dedicated to economic empowerment of women in developing countries through supporting women entrepreneurship, Helen will be sharing more about the challenges of gender discrimination that leads to financial exclusion for women, why entrepreneurship is a necessity rather than privilege in developing countries, and her work in ensuring that women entrepreneurs have the skills required to build successful businesses through connecting them with mentors from around the…Continue ReadingEp 013: “Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries” with Helen McEachern, CEO of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
In this episode, I talked to Jeff Rotmeyer, an extraordinary school teacher turned social entrepreneur who started two NGOs on the same day. Jeff is the Founder & CEO of ImpactHK, an NGO that is tackling the homeless issue in Hong Kong, and Love 21 Foundation, a charity working with the Down’s syndrome and Autistic community in sport and nutrition. He shares with me more about his motivation and challenges of running two NGOs, the system they’ve developed to get the homeless off the streets, and how sports and art play a big part in holistically supporting their communities. What…Continue ReadingEp 012: “Solving Social Issues through Kindness” with Jeff Rotmeyer, ImpactHK & Love 21 Foundation
In this episode I’m pleased to have the chance to explore the world of news and media tech, an industry that has gone through rapid transformation over the last 10 years. I got to find out more about the innovation that’s been happening in the media business with Malcolm Ong, Head of Product at South China Morning Post. Malcolm has an incredible background having been a successful tech entrepreneur himself as a co-founder of e-learning startup Skillshare. We had a very interesting conversation about SCMP’s digital transformation, the role of Artificial Intelligence in the newsroom, their latest experiments innovating with…Continue ReadingEp 011: “From Print to Digital First – Transformation and Innovation in the world of News Media” with Malcolm Ong, South China Morning Post
For those of you with young children, it can be frustrating to have barely worn baby clothes piling up at your house from your kids having rapidly outgrown them. In the last of our mini series featuring sustainable brands, I talked to Sarah Garner, Founder of Retykle, who started the company to take the hassle out of resale of second hand children’s clothes to make life easier for parents. In this episode, Sarah shares with me more about the environmental issues caused by fast fashion, some exciting innovations and trends that are happening in the fashion industry, how Retykle enables…Continue ReadingEp 010: “Making Fashion Recycling Easy and Rewarding for Parents” with Sarah Garner, Founder of Retykle
In this episode, we have the very inspiring Christina Dean who runs not just one but two very successful companies in her mission to combat fashion pollution. Christina is the Founder & Chair of Redress, a charity working to reduce waste in the fashion industry, as well as the Founder & CEO of The R Collective, a sustainable women’s fashion brand that rescues luxury waste fabric and work with award winning emerging designers to turn them into beautiful garments. Christina’s own career journey has been incredible, having been a dentist and a journalist before venturing into the world of fashion.…Continue ReadingEp 009: “Reducing Fashion Waste and Pollution at Scale” with Christina Dean, Founder & Chair of Redress, Founder & CEO of The R Collective
Did you know that fashion is one of the largest contributors to pollution? Continuing our exploration into sustainable businesses, we have Kate Padget-Koh and Kanch Porta-Panjabi, co-founders of Fashionable Futures, a Hong Kong based consultancy committed to making positive impact on the future of the fashion industry around sustainability through innovation and partnerships. In this episode Kate and Kanch will be sharing more about the various innovations and initiatives happening in sustainable fashion to combat fashion pollution, and how we as fashion consumers can be more environmentally friendly. What’s required for fashion brands to become more sustainable? Biggest challenge when…Continue ReadingEp 008: “Will Fashion ever be Sustainable in the Future?”with Kate Padget-Koh and Kanch Porta-Panjabi, Fashionable Futures
In this episode, we have Diana Chen, Sustainability Advisor at The Purpose Business and Host of Creative Mornings HK. Being an active member of the creative community, Diana has a unique perspective on the intersection between creators and sustainability. We had a great chat about her work on implementing sustainability strategies for brands, how they can scale environmental impact by making their initiatives more culturally relevant, and habits creative entrepreneurs should adopt to start living and working more sustainably. In this episode we’ll be talking about: Challenges for brands when implementing sustainability strategies Whether the creative community is also looking…Continue ReadingEp 007: “When Creativity meets Sustainability” with Diana Chen, The Purpose Business & Creative Mornings HK
A few months ago we hosted an experts panel on how brands can leverage innovation and creator partnerships in order to scale positive impact on environmental sustainability. Over the last few months we’ve seen climate change issues making big waves in the media as it rapidly becomes a global epidemic. As someone who loves nature, I was curious about the different perspectives on how we can innovate around sustainability and partnerships to scale positive impact on the environment as a brand. Hong Kong has been making huge progress in the sustainable lifestyle and zero waste movement over the last few…Continue ReadingEp 006: “How can brands adopt sustainability and scale positive impact on the environment?” with Sonalie Figueiras, Green Queen Media
In the last of our 3 part episode diving into the world of fine art, we have Antoine Gaussin, an aviation photographer from Belgium who specialises in hyperphotography, where he stitches together photographs from different angles to form scenes from unexpected perspectives. His latest project “Uncharted” has led him to taking birds eye view photos of airport from a helicopter from different angles, carefully stitched afterwards to form neat geometric patterns with aircrafts and bright colourful safety markings of different airports. In this episode, we will be talking about: Antoine’s journey transitioning from journalism to fine art photography How his…Continue ReadingEp 005: “Discovering the Uncharted Territories of Helicopter Aerial Hyperphotography – a story of chance and serendipity” with Antoine Gaussin, The Spectacle Group
In this episode, we will be continuing our journey into the world of fine art as I talk to Jack Storms, one of the very few cold glass sculptors in the world. His work has been featured in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie and viral videos that have reached hundreds of millions of viewers. In this episode Jack will explain more about his work process, how his art piece ended up in a Marvel movie, meeting Stan Lee in person and his own advice for those who want to build a successful business as an artist. The techniques and…Continue ReadingEp 004: “Making of the real life Marvel Tesseract and the artist entrepreneurial journey of a world renowned cold glass sculptor” with Jack Storms, The Spectacle Group
In this episode, I will be talking to Jaime Lau, Founder & Gallery Director at The Spectacle Group about the world of fine art business. We go into how she goes about selecting artists and art pieces for her gallery, building brands for emerging and established artists from different categories including glass and photography, and an exciting new documentary she’s working on. For aspiring Fine Artists and brands looking to collaborate with amazing artists, this is a great episode to listen to. Show notes and podcast links available at : https://hiumancom.wpcomstaging.com/TheSpectacleGroupPodcastInterview Link The Spectacle Group
The Innovate for Growth Podcast is a show where Tracy Tsang, Founder & CEO of Internet of Stories, meets world class creators/performers/artisans, mission driven entrepreneurs and thought leaders in growth and innovation to chat about their life journeys, creative processes, and wisdom gained from building ventures out of doing what they love. Previous guests in this podcast series include: Creators of the Sassy Speaks Podcast, Founder of Kokonuzz Media Group, Gallery Director & Artists from The Spectacle Group, CEO of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Head of Product at South China Morning Post. Our goal is to empower creators…Continue ReadingTrailer: The Innovate for Growth Podcast
In this episode, I met with Patti Hunt, Co-Founder & CEO, and Kate Okrasinski, Director of Innovation at MAKE Studios, a service design innovation consultancy based in Hong Kong and Australia. They are also the organisers of Design Thinking HK and Service Design HK communities, regularly hosting events and conferences on Service Design/Design Thinking. Patti and Kate share the process behind their service design innovation work with corporates, government and NGOs as well as their thoughts on the current state, obstacles and opportunities for innovation in Hong Kong. Show notes: https://hiumancom.wpcomstaging.com/blog/podcastshownotes002 Links MAKE Studios Follow MAKE Studios on Instagram: @make_studios_hcd…Continue ReadingEp 002: ” Innovation in Hong Kong – where are we heading?” Patti Hunt and Kate Okrasinski from MAKE Studios
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