Planting Seeds of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in the Business World

Sep 13, 2019


Four founders of NGOs specialising in elderly services discuss the challenges faced by social innovation and social entrepreneurship: (from left) Dr. Kelvin Tsoi of DeepHealth, Ms. Amy Cheng of Sweet Stories, Ms. Zip Cheung of OHH Dear Communications, and Mr. Lawrence Lui of Longevity Design House

In what ways could the business sector support philanthropy by developing social innovation and social entrepreneurship? This question formed the theme of the Philanthropy Salon on 22 August, which drew a full house of MBA and EMBA alumni and students to the CUHK Business School Town Centre.

“Our aim is to encourage CUHK alumni from the business sector to drive social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area,” explained Mr. Armstrong Lee, President of the MBA Alumni Association, which co-organised the event together with the CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation. Other supporters included the CUHK Centre for Entrepreneurship, CUHK Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services, Social Seed and Re-Look. 

Guest of Honour Dr. David Chung, JP, Undersecretary for the Innovation and Technology Bureau, kicked off the event by sharing his views on how innovation and technology could drive philanthropy in the business world. 

This was followed by an in-depth discussion panel on the role of business in social innovation and social entrepreneurship, drawing on experiences in Hong Kong and mainland China. The host was Mr. Alan To, Co-founder of Yum Cha Together, who was joined by Dr. KK Tse, co-founder of Education for Good, and Ms. Jessie Wang, representative of NPI’s social enterprise incubator.

The second panel discussed challenges faced by social innovation and social entrepreneurship, led by four individuals who each founded a social enterprise focusing on services for the elderly.  They are Dr. Kelvin Tsoi of DeepHealth, who is also an assistant professor of the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care; Ms. Amy Cheng of Sweet Stories; Ms. Zip Cheung of OHH Dear Communications; and Mr. Lawrence Lui of Longevity Design House – all partner organisations or friends of the CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation.

Mr. Lau Sai Yung, a Business School alumnus and Chairman of the CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation, remarked, “I was glad to meet so many professionals in social enterprises and NGOs tonight. The sharing and discussion drew many sensible questions from the floor. It was really encouraging.”


Guest of Honour Dr. David Chung, JP, Undersecretary for the Innovation and Technology Bureau, delivers a keynote speech


Enthusiastic alumni join the discussion 

 


A cheerful group photo commemorates this successful event, featuring the co-organisers, Mr. Armstrong Lee (4th from right), President of the MBA Alumni Association, and Mr. Lau Sai Yung (3rd from right), Chairman of the CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation, as well as Guest of Honour Dr. David Chung (centre), JP, Undersecretary for the Innovation and Technology Bureau, and Dr. KK Tse (4th from left), Co-founder of Education for Good


A happy photo featuring (from left) Mr. Armstrong Lee, President of the MBA Alumni Association; Guest of Honour Dr. David Chung, JP, Undersecretary for the Innovation and Technology Bureau; Prof. Andrew Chan, Executive Associate Dean (MBA); and Mr. Lau Sai Yung, Chairman of the CUHK Alumni Charity Foundation


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