Winners of the SI CEO Competition for Tertiary Students were decided in the final pitching held on 22 April amid applause, professional assessments and inspiring comments from the judges and audience. The champion goes to ElderTreks which also wins the “Most Social Innovative Award” and the “Most Liked Award (Live Voting)”. The team, comprising four students from City University of Hong Kong, proposes to organise community tours and hire elderly as tour guides with an aim both to enhance social engagement of elderly and to facilitate inter-generation engagement. The top three winners are awarded a start-up fund of HK$150,000, HK$100,000, and HK$50,000 respectively and will continue receiving CEO mentorship, with each member also winning a social innovation trip to UK or Singapore and corporate internship opportunity. (Please visit SI CEO website for the full list of all awardees.)
In his welcome speech for the final pitching and award presentation ceremony, the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, commended the Competition for demonstrating not only successful cross-sector collaborations but also a new way for parties from different professions to create social value. He also looked forward to the early implementation of the students’ business plans to benefit people in need.
Be a summer intern and gain first-hand experience with SIE Fund
This may be of interest to students of tertiary education institutions, especially those who have an aspiration to start a social business. Now, you have a chance to know more about social innovation and entrepreneurship through first-hand experience with the SIE Fund. The Efficiency Unit is recruiting summer interns whose jobs include working with the SIE Fund Task Force Secretariat in promoting the Fund, participating in the operations of Youth.gov.hk, etc. Application is open to students (year two or above but not in or just completed the final year of study) of post-secondary education institutions who are permanent residents of Hong Kong. Please visit the website of Civil Service Bureau for details. The deadline for application is 21 April 2017.
Second quarter newsletter published
We continue to bring you updates of the Fund’s activities through our newsletter. Stories in the newly published 2017 Q2 issue include public voting for the SI CEO Competition, approval of more funded ventures, the progress of intermediaries’ programmes, updates of the Food Support Flagship Project, as well as the latest development of the “Hong Kong Social Innovators” section. Please click here for stories in full, or here for past issues of our newsletter.