Objective: This is a unique programme jointly developed and organised by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Leveraging the expertise and resources of the University especially in the application of design, technology and business concepts, the programme aims to help students or alumni of higher education institutions unleash their innate ability for innovation and develop innovative ideas and creative solutions to tackle social problems and address the needs of the underprivileged in Hong Kong.
Theme: To help participants apply design, technology and business concepts to develop innovative ideas and creative solutions and accordingly develop prototypes to tackle social issues.
Eligibility: The Programme is open to students and graduates of higher education institutions in and outside Hong Kong with Hong Kong residency. Participants can enrol on an individual or team basis.
The Programme: The Programme consists of three stages:
- Stage 1: Social Innovators' Classroom
Interactive, action-oriented training modules focusing on design, technology and business concepts will be offered to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop innovative ideas and creative solutions for addressing the prevailing social problems.
- Stage 2: Idea Competition
Participants will submit their innovative ideas and creative solutions developed in Stage 1 to compete for project funding from the SIE Fund so as to turn the ideas and solutions into prototypes.
- Stage 3: Project Implementation
Each winning project team in the competition will be granted $200,000 for project implementation with the support of PolyU, NGOs and mentors from the design and other relevant industry sectors. Sharing sessions and events with practitioners from different sectors and professions will be organised for the funded innovators to explore possible collaboration. They may also be nominated to participate in other pitching events to seek additional resources for further project development.
Post-programme support, such as referral to other suitable intermediaries of the SIE Fund for further funding support and incubation, will also be provided to the funded innovators.
Application: Application form and other details of the programme are available on the programme website: www.goodseed.hk.
* Click here for the list of ventures funded under the "Good Seed" programme since 2015.