Social Enterprise Startup Scheme

The Social Enterprise Startup Scheme not only funds CUHK students and young alumni to transform their creative business ideas into meaningful startup, but most importantly offers mentorship to them by the experts in real business sector.  Participants may receive from the “CUSE Fund” a maximum of HK$100,000 as seed money to set up an enterprise with social mission.

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CUSE Fund

“CUSE Fund” is managed by the I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development, and adopts the strength-based approach for distribution.  It helps the participants make use of their own advantages and assets to engage in social entrepreneurship leading to positive social change and improvement of people’s quality of life.  The number of teams receiving “CUSE Fund” in every year is without limit, and each of them can be awarded up to HK$100,000.

2020-21

Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2020-21

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Launched by this Centre five years ago, 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 people with great achievement in specific industries.  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.

2019-20

Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2019-20

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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.

2018-19

Social Enterprise Startup Scheme 2018-19

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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.

2017-18

Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme

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The Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme is one of the most important parts of the CUSE Fund. It aims at providing mentoring, coaching and funding for students and/or recent graduates.

2016-17

Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme

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By practising Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while they are still at university, students will learn to be more environmentally sensitive and socially responsible. With this objective in mind, the University is formulating a set of sustainable and socially responsible guidelines and procedures on procurement, tendering and operation, as well as on the promotion of social enterprises on campus. In line with this objective, the University will also strengthen its Social Enterprise Startup Scheme to help put students' creative business ideas into meaningful social ventures, complemented with research and training on social enterprise management leveraging, based on the expertise of the Center for Entrepreneurship at CUHK and other related institutions in Hong Kong.

2015-16

Social Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility

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The Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme aims at providing training and mentoring for students or recent graduates who wish to start a social enterprise, are looking to further develop an ongoing enterprise, or simply have an idea for a socially beneficial business and need some help to get it off the ground. No matter you already have a fully fledged social enterprise running or only a vague idea for a project, we are happy to offer the support and guidance to help you with the next steps!