I·CARE Social Enterprise Start-up Scheme 2018-19

Workshops of I·CARE Social Enterprise Startup Scheme

Launched in 2015-16, the I·CARE Social Enterprise Startup Scheme has been encouraging CUHK students and recent graduates to make good use of their expertise to establish or expand their social enterprises.  The scheme is going to organise several workshops, which aims to equip participants with knowledge of formulating business plan and practical skills of running an enterprise.  Details are as follows:

How to Plan Your Business?

Date         : 12 February 2019 (Tuesday)
Time         : 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Venue       : Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building
Speaker    : Mr. Howard Ling (Chief Consultant of Social Enterprise Business Centre)

Strategic Marketing and Value Proposition

Date         : 7 March 2019 (Thursday)
Time         : 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Venue       : Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building
Speaker    : Mr. Alan To (Co-founder of Yum Cha Together)

How to Write Your Business Plan?

Date         : 14 May 2019 (Tuesday)
Time         : 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Venue       : Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building
Speaker    : Mr. Eric Yip, Mr. Gordon Lam, Mr. Simon Ngai, Mr. Angus Chau (Mentor of I·CARE Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme)

The aforementioned activities welcome participants of all CUHK students and alumni.  If interested, please register here before the deadline on 8 February 2019 (Friday).


CUSE Fund 2018-19

Launched by this Centre in 2015-16, the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme has been encouraging CUHK students and recent graduates to make good use of their expertise to establish or expand their social enterprises.  Participants will enrol in a mentorship programme through which valuable advice on formulating business plan and practical skills of running an enterprise will be offered by experienced alumni.  The horizon and business network of participants are also expected to be widened.  Above all, they may receive CUSE Fund to start up an enterprise with social mission.    Details are as follows:

Eligibility

  1. Each team must consist of 2 to 10 participants, at least half of which are CUHK students or alumni who graduated within the last three years
  2. Participants may serve as the Project Leader (PL) for one team only, and the PL should be either a CUHK student or an alumnus
  3. To qualify for the interview, at least half of the team (including the PL) should attain an attendance rate of at least 50% in the S.I. Leadership Workshop* which are conducted in October and November of 2018
  4. The attendance requirement of the teams who have submitted business plan to apply for CUSE Fund 2017-18 can be waived
  5. The project has never received I. Leadership Award** organised by the Yunus Social Business Centre@CUHK, which is a subsidiary of this Centre
  6. The project cannot apply for CUSE Fund and I. Leadership Award simultaneously

Schedule

14 – 25 January 2019     : Interview
1 February 2019              : Announcement of result
February – May 2019      : Workshops and mentorship under the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme
7 June 2019                    : Submission of business plan
Early-July 2019                : Presentation (Exact dates to be confirmed by 25 January 2019)

Judging criteria

  1. Innovation
  2. Sustainability
  3. Execution/ implementation
  4. Social impact
  5. Stakeholders engagement
  6. Entrepreneurship

Awards

Each selected team will receive a maximum of HK$100,000 as seed money

Language

The scheme will be conducted in Cantonese

Deadline

11:59 pm of 14 Jan 2019


Social Enterprise Startup Scheme

Launched by this Centre in 2015-16, the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme has been encouraging CUHK students and recent graduates to make good use of their expertise to establish or expand their social enterprises.  Participants will enrol in a mentorship programme through which valuable advice on formulating business plan and practical skills of running and enterprise will be offered by the experienced alumni.  The horizon and business network of participants are also expected to be widened.  Above all, they may receive from the CUSE Fund a maximum of HK$100,000 as seed money to start up an enterprise with social mission.

This year, the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme will organise a series of activities to help participants develop and actualise their ideas.  Details are as follows:

Briefing Session

Date: 27 September 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Venue: Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building
Target: CUHK students and alumni within 3 years from graduation
Content: i) CUSE Fund 2017-18 award presentation ceremony and sharing session
ii) Introduction to the mentorship programme and training workshops under the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2018-19
iii) Introduction to the applicaiotion procedures for CUSE Fund 2018-19

Deadline: 24 September 2018 (Monday)

Exhibition on Social Enterprise Projects

Date: 26-27 September 2018 (Wednesday & Thursday)
Venue: G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park

Other Activities
i) S.I. Leadership Workshops (in collaboration with Yunus Social Business Centre@CUHK): October – November 2018
ii) Application for CUSE Fund 2018-19: November 2018 – January 2019
iii) Mentorship programme and training workshops under the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2018-19: January – July 2019

Details are to be announced in due course.  Stay tuned!