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The 7th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

Since 2015, the Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association have become the sole organizer of the regional competitions of two most prominent and widely recognized national innovation and entrepreneurship competitions for tertiary students, including, (1) the China College Students’ “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition organized by the Ministry of Education; and (2) the “Challenge Cup” National College Students’ Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Contest organized by the Committee of the Communist Youth League of China.Every year, our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre are responsible for selecting the most outstanding projects to represent Hong Kong in the aforementioned national stages, exposing talented Hong Kong students to cutting-edge innovative and entrepreneurship ideas and inspiring them with academic exchange among the brightest students nationwide. Through this eye-opening, first-hand experience, it is hoped that students could further develop their potential, sharpen their presentation and interpersonal skills and become future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.

Win HK$5,000 by joining an entrepreneurship training course!

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) Social Innovation and Youth Business Unit is going to organise the “Youth Entrepreneurship Training Course”. Not only half of the tuition fee will be refunded to participants with an attendance of 80% or above, but a post-course Business Plan Competition will also be held with prizes up to HK$5,000! The course contents will cover finance, lease management and tax, online marketing strategies and brand building, customer relationship management etc. Entrepreneurs will also be invited to share their startup experiences. At the end of the course, participants may join the Business Plan Competition for a grand prize of HK$5,000.   The first term of the Course will be held from January to March 2021. The deadline of registration is January 13, 2021. The total course fee is HK$1,000. Participants with an attendance of 80% or above may receive HK$500 refund in a month after the completion of the Course along with a course certificate. Please visit the official website for further details on course content and registration method.   Date: January to March 2021 Lessons: A total of 8 Lessons (An extra lesson: Business Plan Competition) Time: 7pm to 10pm Venue: Room B-E, 11/F, Genesis, 33-35 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong Target: Aged 18-35, youth interested in entrepreneurship Language: Cantonese

2020 Policy Address - Striving Ahead with Renewed Perseverance

Following 2019's social unrest and amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of measures to support Hong Kong to strive ahead with renewed perseverance in the Policy Address 2020. We have made reference to the "Highlights - Striving Ahead with Renewed Perseverance" leaflet and summarised measures related to education, entrepreneurship and career pursuit for your reference: Quality Education Enhance moral, civic and national education, as well as strengthen education on the Constitution, the Basic Law and national security Reform the liberal studies subject in the senior secondary curriculum Enhance the training of teachers upon appointment, during service and before promotion to enhance their quality Set aside $2 billion under the Quality Education Fund to launch a three-year programme to support e-learning and to ensure that students from disadvantaged families will enjoy equal learning opportunities Support the provision of new teaching facilities and a student hostel for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Youth Development Launch the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), under which subsidies will be provided for about 200 youth start-ups, and earmark $100 million under the Youth Development Fund for this purpose Launch the GBA Youth Employment Scheme under which enterprises operating business in both Hong Kong and the GBA Mainland cities will be provided with subsidies to recruit and deploy local university graduates to work in the GBA Mainland cities with a quota of 2 000 Creating Employment In addition to providing about 10 000 civil service job openings and creating about 30 000 time-limited jobs under the second round of the Anti-epidemic Fund (of which over 11 000 jobs are suitable for university graduates) this financial year, the Government will create more sector-specific job opportunities, covering environmental protection, construction and engineering, innovation and technology, property management, legal, creative industries, etc., for young people graduating in recent years Provide 20 000 places with training allowance under the Employees Retraining Board's new tranche of the Love Upgrading Special Scheme to be implemented in January 2021 for six months International Innovation and Technology Hub Jointly develop the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone with Shenzhen, and explore with Shenzhen government the idea of allowing the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to lease and manage certain areas of the Innovation and Technology Zone in Futian, Shenzhen, before the completion of the first batch of research and development (R&D) buildings in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park at the Lok Ma Chau Loop Launch a five-year Global STEM Professorship Scheme at a cost of $2 billion to attract outstanding R&D talent from overseas to engage in R&D work in Hong Kong Release the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 in December 2020 with more than 130 smart city initiatives Launch the iAM Smart one-stop service platform in December 2020 for the delivery of a number of government and public utility electronic services   The Policy Address Supplement used more infographics to make the document more readable and listed out those ongoing and new initiatives. You may wish to refer to the following chapters of the Supplement - Chapter V - Unlimited Business OpportunitiesChapter VII - Nurturing TalentChapter VIII - Caring Society

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2016, Shares His Inspirational Story

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, the Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at the Northwestern University, United States of America, visited Hong Kong in November 2019. The Innovation and Technology Bureau took the opportunity to invite Professor Stoddart to share his inspirational story on scientific and innovation pursuit through an interview. Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Ben Feringa, won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the design and synthesis of artificial molecular machines.  Dr Ken Cham Fai Leung, Associate Professor of the Department of Chemistry of Hong Kong Baptist University, was the Croucher research fellow in the research group of Professor Stoddart during his time at University of California, Los Angeles.  He assisted in conducting the interview with Professor Stoddart. In the dialogue with Dr Leung, Professor Stoddart shared his journey to a stereochemistry giant (video).  Based on his personal experience, Professor Stoddart shared the lessons on success (video) and encouraged students and research fellows to enjoy exploring the unknown (video) to make life journey satisfying.  Here is an abridged version of his sharing “Advice for Students” (video) – Permission is required in adopting, reproducing or redistributing the videos. Please send your request to enquiry@effo.gov.hk.