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 – March 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 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, the Learning Programme of SISC has been tentatively postponed to May/June 2020. The new schedule will be soon announced in May 2020. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page as well as our website**

Session Date & Time Topic Speaker Registration 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

Completed
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

Completed
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

Completed
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

Completed
5 February 4, 2020
(Tues)
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

Postponed
6 February 11, 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

Postponed
7 February 22, 2020
(Sat)
2:00-6:00pm
Learning from the Peers (1) – Our Alternatives

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

Dr Chow Sung Ming

Department of Applied Social Sciences,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Postponed
8 February 26, 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

Postponed
9 February 29, 2020
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
Learning from the Peers (2) – Achieving Win-Win

– Collaboration for fighting food hunger and optimising food waste
– My journey to Food Angel
(Conducted In Cantonese)

**Call for Volunteers
Registration Link

Ms Gigi Tung

Food Angel

Postponed
10 March 10, 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

Postponed
11 March 12, 2020
(Thurs)
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

Postponed
12 March 14, 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?
– My journey to the Kommon Goods

Mr Alvin Li

The Kommon Goods

Postponed
13 March 20, 2020
(Fri)
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

Postponed
14 March 23, 2020
(Mon)
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

Postponed
15 March 27, 2020
(Fri)
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

Postponed
16 March 28, 2020
(Sat)
2:00-4:00pm
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

Postponed
17 March 30, 2020
(Mon)
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?

Ms Catherine Lu

Collaction

Postponed
18 March 31, 2020
(Tues)
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

Postponed

Learning Programme Lecture Notes