I·CARE Social Enterprise Start-up Scheme 2019-20

Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2019-20: Open for Enrolment

 
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 sharing of operating skills will be offered by experienced alumni as well as the industry elite from other institutions.  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.

The Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2019-20 is now open for enrolment.  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 taking up a core role in the team.
  3. The project has never received I. Leadership Award organised by the Yunus Social Business Centre@CUHK, which is an affiliate of this Centre.
  4. The project is not allowed to apply for CUSE Fund and I. Leadership Award simultaneously.

 

Schedule
21 January 2020         : Interview

31 January 2020         : Announcement of result
February – May 2020 : Workshops and mentorship under the scheme
7 June 2020                : Submission of business plan to compete for CUSE Fund

Late-June 2020           : Presentation (Exact date to be announced together with the interview result)

 

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 from CUSE Fund as seed money

Language
Cantonese

Application
Please click here to register online

Deadline
11:59 pm of 12 January 2020

For more information about the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme, please click here.  If there is any enquiry, please contact Mr. Ng of this Centre at 3943 9249 (Tel) or enoch.ng@cuhk.edu.hk (Email).

 


Social Enterprise Startup Scheme: Training Activity (I)

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. You are cordially invited to attend the first phase of training activities under the scheme of this academic year to learn how to formulate business plan and the practical skills of running an enterprise. Details are as follows:

How to Plan Your Business?

Date         : 29 October 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)
Language : Cantonese
Deadline  : 27 October 2019 (Sunday)

Innovation Process: Design Thinking

Date         : 14 November 2019 (Thursday)
Time         : 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Venue       : Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building
Speaker    : Dr. Jeffrey Hui (Managing Director of InnoSights Limited and Founder of Dr. Phoenix Education Group)
Language : Cantonese
Deadline  : 12 November 2019 (Tuesday)

The aforementioned training activities welcome participation of both CUHK students and alumni. Would all interested parties please register here.


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 an 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:               3 October 2019 (Thursday)
Time:               7:00 – 9:00 pm
Venue:             Room 502, Wong Foo Yuan Building
Target:             CUHK students and alumni within 3 years from graduation
Language:       Cantonese
Content:
1. Award presentation ceremony of CUSE Fund 2018-19
Address of the officiating guest (Mr. Francis Ngai, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong) & sharing of the winners

2. Introduction to the mentorship programme and training activities under the Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2019-20

3. Introduction to the application procedures for CUSE Fund 2019-20

Registration:   Please click here

Deadline:         29 September 2019 (Sunday)

Other Activities

Date Activity
October – November 2019 Training Activities (I)
November 2019 – January 2020 Application for Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2019-20
January 2020 Screening Interview
February – May 2020 Mentorship Programme and Training Activities (II)
Early-June 2020 Submission of Business Plan for Competing for CUSE Fund 2019-20
Late-June 2020 Project Presentation

If there is any enquiry, please contact Mr. Or of this Centre at 3943 3227 (Tel) or timothycnor@cuhk.edu.hk (Email).