The Learning Programme is a nurturing process to identify, inspire, and train a corps of “sustainability catalyzers” as social entrepreneurs in different sustainability domains. Through this learning process, sustainability catalyzers will be able to navigate and acquire solid knowledge for turning and scaling innovative solutions in social entrepreneurship, and gain the skills for building up startup and scaling up impacts for innovations.

The Learning Programme is open to all on a quota basis. Ranging from one-hour classroom learning to half-day visit, the Learning Programme will be conducted in the format of in-class activities, experiential learning and site visits. Following major topics will be covered in the Learning Programme:

  • Knowledge on Sustainability
  • Commoning and Collaboration
  • Design Thinking Process
  • Raising Finance and Pitching to Investors
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Model Development
  • Green Accounting
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Social Impact Assessment

Active participants (a minimum of 60% attendance) who have completed the learning modules will be assessed and, if deemed having made satisfactory progress, invited to attend the Design Thinking Workshops as a continued incubation experience. Participants’ performance in these activities will provide the basis for the project team to identify committed and qualified practitioners who are allowed to proceed to the Design Thinking for Innovation.

Cohort One of the Learning Programme is NOW OPEN!

Programme Period: November 2019 – June 2020

Venue: Social Sciences Chamber (11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong) **Subject to change**

Language: English Supplemented with Cantonese

Schedule & Contents

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**Considering the latest development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of some sessions of the Learning Programme will need to be adjusted in accordance to the regulations imposed by the Government. Registrants will receive an email for the detailed arrangements prior to the registered session(s).**

Session Date & Time Topic Speaker Link
1 November 30, 2019
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
Capitals for Sustainability

– Debates and dilemmas of sustainable development
– New and emerging collaborations for sustainability innovations

Dr Winnie Law

Centre for Civil Society and Governance,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
2 December 7, 2019
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

– Core concepts in social entrepreneurship
– Case studies on sustainability
– Beyond passion: how to turn ideas into action

Mr Mark Cheng

Ashoka

Event Highlight
3 January 7, 2020
(Tues)
6:30-8:30pm
Business Model Design and Innovation

– Business model and value proposition
– Entrepreneurial innovation

Professor Simon Lam

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
4 January 18, 2020
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
Social Impact Assessment 

– Reasons to have Social Impact Assessment
– Different Stages of Impact Measurement
– Social Return on Investment
– Social Impact Assessment Tools
– Socially responsible investing (SRI)

Dr Sammy Fung

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
5 May 12, 2020
(Thurs)
6:30-8:30pm
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creative Problem Solving

– Effective and visionary leadership
– Creative problem solving for businesses

Professor Hui Chun

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
6 May 16, 2020
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
Learning from the Peers (1) – Our Alternatives

– Social innovation for community economies: how civic actions create ‘other worlds’

Dr Chow Sung Ming

Department of Applied Social Sciences,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Event Highlight
7 May 19, 2020
(Tues)
6:30-8:30pm
Entrepreneurial Opportunity and Management

– Opportunity identification
– Startup management

Professor Simon Lam

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong

To be rescheduled 
8 May 27, 2020
(Weds)
6:30-8:30pm
Co-creating the Impact and Collaboration

– Single mind but double efforts: Team up for entrepreneurial success
– Expanding your network

Professor Hui Chun

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
9 May 30, 2020
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
Learning from the Peers (2) – Achieving Win-Win

– Collaboration for fighting food hunger and optimising food waste
(Conducted In Cantonese)

Ms Gigi Tung

Food Angel

Event Highlight
10 June 2, 2020
(Tues)
6:30-8:30pm
Commoning for a Sustainable Future

– Commoning as a transformative social paradigm
– A commoning approach to social entrepreneurship

Professor Wai-Fung Lam

Centre for Civil Society and Governance,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
11 June 10, 2020
(Weds)
6:30-8:30pm
Green Corporate Strategy

– Corporate social responsibility
– Green Finance and Investment
– Updates of sustainability reporting and standards

Dr Sammy Fung

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
12 June 13, 2020
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
Learning from the Peers (3) – Creating Shared Value in Business or An Impact in the Society?

– What makes you to be a passionate and thoughtful social entrepreneur?
(Conducted In Cantonese)

Mr Alvin Li

The Kommon Goods

Event Highlight
13 June 17, 2020
(Weds)
6:30-8:30pm
Basic Accounting

– Objective of financial reporting
– Primary financial statements
– A mini practice case review

Dr Sammy Fung

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Hong Kong

Event Highlight
14 June 19, 2020
(Fri)
6:30-8:30pm
Branding for Changemakers

– Branding impacts or branding for an impact
– The power of social media

Ms Debby Shing

Social Alliance Communications Consultancy

Event Highlight
15 June 22, 2020
(Mon)
6:30-8:30pm
When a Solicitor Meets Social Innovation

– Why bother intellectual property rights management?
– Incentivising creativity and innovation of Hong Kong by using Creative Commons licenses

Ms Alice Lee

Creative Commons HK

Event Highlight
16 June 24, 2020
(Weds)
6:30-8:30pm
Pitching to Investors

– How to tell your social impact story
– How to make a great investment pitch
– How to find & negotiate with investors

Mr Mark Cheng

Ashoka

Event Highlight
17 June 26, 2020
(Fri)
6:30-8:30pm
Learning from the Peers (4) – Crowdsourcing the Community Actions and Resources

– Social innovators as big dreamers?
– What drives for the changes?

(Conducted In Cantonese)

Ms Catherine Lu

Collaction

Event Highlight
18 June 29, 2020
(Mon)
6:30-8:30pm
Raising Finance to Grow Your Social Enterprise

– What is social finance?
– How can you raise funds for your idea?
– Creating a financial model for your venture
– How to create a business and growth plan

Mr Mark Cheng

Ashoka

Event Highlight

Learning Programme Lecture Notes