By practising Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while they are still at university, students will learn to be more environmentally sensitive and socially responsible. With this objective in mind, the University is formulating a set of sustainable and socially responsible guidelines and procedures on procurement, tendering and operation, as well as on the promotion of social enterprises on campus. In line with this objective, the University will also strengthen its Social Enterprise Startup Scheme to help put students' creative business ideas into meaningful social ventures, complemented with research and training on social enterprise management leveraging, based on the expertise of the Center for Entrepreneurship at CUHK and other related institutions in Hong Kong.

Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme

The Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme which aims at providing mentoring, coaching and funding for students and/or recent graduates who wish to :

  • actualize their business plan with social missions
  • further develop / scale up an established social enterprise, or
  • get feedback on some tentative social business ideas

One-on-One Mentoring

The Mentoring Scheme gives young social entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from experienced leaders. Mentors will connect mentees with entrepreneurial networks, resources, and opportunities. The Scheme also provides training programmes, workshops, seminars, incubation service with onsite guidance and support for students to develop ideas for social enterprises projects.

See Profile of Our Mentors

Seed Funding

When the business proposal is ready to launch, mentees may submit applications for the Chinese University Social Enterprise Fund (CUSE Fund) which is set up to support CUHK students and young graduates aspiring to lead social change through engagement in social entrepreneurship.

Eligibility

  • Current students and/or recent graduates of CUHK (within 3 years of graduation)
  • Individual students and students groups are both welcome
  • Demonstrable interest to start a social enterprise in the future or already running a social enterprise

Schedule

23 Jan 2017 Application deadline
Week of 9 Feb 2017 First meeting with Mentors
March - Sept 2017 Mentoring, coaching and training
Oct 2017 CUSE funding first round application

Application Procedure

Please complete an online application form with a short statement sharing with us what interests you as a social entrepreneur on or before 23 January 2017.

Enquiry
Tel: 3943-7980
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Background on CUSE Fund

The Social Enterprise Mentoring Scheme is supported by CUSE Fund. The purpose of CUSE Fund is to support CUHK students aspiring to lead social change through engagement in social entrepreneurship. CUSE Fund connects interested students with entrepreneurial networks, resources, experiences, and opportunities. It provides training programmes, workshops, seminars and workshop, incubation service with on-site guidance and support for students to develop ideas, and seed funding for social enterprises and corporate social responsibility projects. CUSE Fund is managed by the I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development at CUHK.

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