Entrepreneurship Academy is a 10-week training to enhance your entrepreneurial skills. We invite speakers from the industry including venture capitalists, startup founders and domain experts to share the experience on the globe trends, heated topics and strategies for market development. It is also a great opportunity to interact with like-minded people and get to know the resources available at HKU and the wider startup ecosystem in HK.

The programme takes place on every Mondays at 17:30 – 18:30 @KB223, Knowles Building, HKU from 12 September to 27 November 2022 (Except 2 and 23 October). We look forward to meeting you to share and discuss these interesting topics. No matter you want to begin your startup journey now, later or unlikely, we believe many of the skills are critical to your professional development.

Entrepreneurship Academy is a non-degree programme offered by HKU Techno-Entrepreneurship Core. Participants who attend 7 or more physical sessions will receive certificates of attendance issued by us.

 

Date and Time Topics Speaker(s)

Session 1

12 Sep 2023 (Tue)

18:00-21:00

ZhenFund x HKU Startup Talk

Welcome to this sharing session, where we have Victor Wang, co-founder of ZhenFund and New Oriental Education & Technology Group, delivering a keynote speech. We will also have a panel discussion featuring HKU alumni startups sharing their entrepreneurial experiences. Lastly, there will be a networking session with ZhenFund investors. In this session, you can expect to learn about the best time to start a business, overcoming challenges in entrepreneurship, and strategies for building a strong startup team.

Mr. Victor Wang, Co-Founder, ZhenFund

Session 2

18 Sep 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills and the Startup Checklist

This session introduces key entrepreneurial skills and their importance to startup founders. It further gives a brief overview of the startup journey and what HKU TEC may be able to support you at HKU.

Ms. Yahsin Shen, Senior Manager, HKU Techno-Entrepreneurship Core

Session 3

25 Sep 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Social Enterprises in Hong Kong – Past, Present and Future Opportunities

Social enterprise sector is believed to be a driving force to create social impact in a sustainable manner. This sharing would give audience an overview of social enterprise sector in Hong Kong and identify some challenges and opportunities ahead.

Dr. Elsie Tsui, Project Director, Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge

Session 4

9 Oct 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

IPR Protection and Commercialisation of Deep Tech Innovations

This session covers aspects of IPR protection and its implications for commercializing deep tech innovations. Some successful examples of HKU deep tech startups will also be shared.

Ir. Dr. Alfred Tan, Deputy Director, HKU Technology Transfer Office

Session 5

16 Oct 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Startup Legal 101: Building Your Business on Solid Legal Ground

This session will give an overview of the important legal considerations concerning a startup, covering key areas, from organizational structure, financing methods, employment and IP protection.

Ms. Cermain Cheung, Consultant, Oldham, Li & Nie

Session 6

30 Oct 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Defining Startup Success – an Investor’s Point of View

(Firechat with Theodore and his investment partners)

Mr. Theodore Ma, Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures, CEO of MPower Technologies Limited

Session 7

6 Nov 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Firechat with 9GAG Co-Founder & CEO – Mr. Ray Chan Mr. Ray Chan, Co-Founder and CEO of 9GAG

Session 8

13 Nov 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Designing for Success: Crafting Products that Delight Customers & Startup Case Sharing by EC Innovation Limited

This session will cover the introduction of HK InnoX Academy, understanding consumer needs and pain points, ideation and conceptualisation, and building the right project.

Mr. Guo Yang, Director of Program Design and Development, Hong Kong InnoX Academy

Mr. Yip Jackson Ho So, CEO of EC Innovation Limited

Session 9

20 Nov 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Startup Journey Sharings by HKU Postgraduate Students

Dr. Stella Wong, Co-Founder of LectCha

Dr. Dovey Dong, Co-Founder of DM GO

Session 10

27 Nov 2023 (Mon)

17:30-18:30

Optimising Opportunities – A HK Ecosystem Overview Hon. Duncan Chiu, HKSAR Legislative Council Member (Technology & Innovation Constituency)