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Green Procurement Online Sharing Forum

Adopting Green Procurement for Saving Resources and Carbon ReductionGreen Procurement means purchasing green products and services with higher recycled content, less packaging, greater durability and greater energy and water efficiencies, so as to protect the environment and save natural resources, with a view to achieving the goals of resources saving and carbon reduction. With the main theme of "Adopting Green Procurement for Saving Resources and Carbon Reduction", this forum aims to share experience on green procurement among different stakeholders, including government departments,  trade associations, professional bodies and enterprises. This could help promote wider adoption of green procurement in the whole community.

Webinar: “Introduction of E-Commerce in Malaysia”

To meet the economic challenges brought by COVID-19, many Hong Kong enterprises are considering to develop overseas market to generate additional income stream and diversify risk. Being approximate to Hong Kong and with a large young population, ASEAN market has great business potential. In this webinar, an expert will give an overview of e-commerce market in Malaysia, one of the major markets in ASEAN, including the prospect and potential of e-commerce, and impact of COVID-19. Speaker will also introduce popular e-commerce platforms like Lazada, Shopee, etc., and share challenges faced by the enterprises when they enters the Malaysian e-commerce market, including cultural and religious difference. Speaker:Dato' Lawrence Liu, Deputy Chairman of the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau) Language: Cantonese

Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum 2020

While the pandemic has presented challenges to the gaming and esports industry, the global lockdowns and the new normal have also brought growth opportunities and have taken the industry to the next level with online gameplay and competitions taking centre stage. With the theme of “New Normal of Digital Entertainment: From Gamification to Esportification,” DELF 2020 will lead the industry to identify market drivers and new monetisation models, decode the value chain of this booming sector, as well as tap the global trend of esportification to effectively cope with the new normal. For the first time, DELF 2020 will present the virtual world of digital entertainment and esports that allows industry players and enthusiasts alike to join us virtually at any time, from anywhere. More than just industry insights, DELF will also stage a series of live tournaments, show matches, performances, start-up showcases and a pitching contest to offer participants a fully immersive and innovative virtual experience – live from the arena in Hong Kong to your own screen! DE*Spark will return to present a month-long digital entertainment extravaganza with an array of mind-blowing esports tournaments and gaming events. Join us virtually from anywhere in the world to explore the new normal of esports!

DesignInspire ONLINE 2020

DesignInspire, an annual creative showcase presented by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), is a celebration of world-class designs by global creative gurus, trending brands and design academies and institutions. This year, DesignInspire will lead a virtual journey for industry elites and the public from 3 - 9 Dec, 2020. Under the theme “Design for Good”, we will ponder how design can contribute positive energy to us, the community and the business world. This one-week virtual experience will feature an engaging showcase of designer projects, brilliant designer stories, fun interactive experiences and a range of inspiring talks and creative workshops. Stay tuned to be enlightened and have your businesses rejuvenated!

Business of IP Asia Forum 2020 (Online)

Jointly organised by the HKSAR Government, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Design Centre, BIP Asia Forum brings IP professionals and business leaders from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in the IP world, and to explore business collaboration opportunities. The ninth edition of the Forum was held on 5-6 December 2019 with great success, featuring over 70 prominent speakers sharing their insights and attracted more than 2,200 IP professionals and industry leaders to attend. The next edition will return on 3-4 December 2020. Who should participate: -Entrepreneurs/Practitioners from Technology / brand / design-related industries-Manufacturers-Brand or IP creators / owners-Corporate decision makers-Technology licensing agents / companies-Business advisors / consultants-Investment banks, venture capitalists and angel investors-Professionals on legal, litigation, brand valuation & patent rating-Academics / researchers in IP or IP-related areas-Industry associations-Chambers of commerce and relevant government officials Language: English (Supported by simultaneous interpretation in Putonghua)

Asian e-Tailing Summit 2020

The Asian E-tailing Summit (AES) is a one-stop platform for business professionals to network with renowned online retail experts,  and obtain the latest sourcing trends and market intelligence,  successful cases and best practices of e-tailing.

SmartBiz Expo 2020

Wed, 02 Dec 202010:10 AM  T-Chat: Riding the wave of the Stay-at-Home Economy and Managing a Remote Business12:30 PM  World SME Summit03:00 PM  Winning the E-Commerce Race - Recreating a brand new customer experience05:15 PM  Keeping up with the AI & Big Data Trend Thu, 03 Dec 202012:15 PM  Redefining Work under COVID-1902:00 PM  Secure your Digital Workspace: Building Resilience against Cyber Risks03:45 PM  A glimpse into Funding and Supporting Schemes for Business Upgrades and the Competition Ordinance05:45 PM  Franchising Opportunities in Challenging Times Fri, 04 Dec 202011:00 AM  Disruptive Supply Chain Solutions: More than just moving products01:15 PM  Exploring Cross-Border Franchising Opportunities03:45 PM  How to be a tech-savvy SME via 5G implication?05:45 PM  Selling to China: Remastered Series for HKSMEs - Cash in on Mainland’s "Internal Circulation" Growth Model Concurrent Events:HKTDC International Franchising Show (2-4 December 2020)Asian E-tailing Summit (9-11 December 2020)Business of IP Asia Forum (3-4 December 2020)DesignInspire (3-9 December 2020)

Belt and Road Summit 2020

Introduction: The Belt and Road Summit is a premier international platform for promoting business collaboration along the Belt and Road. The Summit gathers senior government officials and business leaders from countries and regions along and beyond the Belt and Road to exchange insights on multilateral co-operation and explore concrete business opportunities. 2019 Highlights~90 prominent international speakers5,000+ distinguished government officials and business leaders~100 delegations240+ investment projects and 700+ one-to-one business matching meetings110+ organisations showcased their service strengths or investment opportunities at the exhibition Language: English (supported by simultaneous interpretation in Putonghua)

Hong Kong Techathon 2021 - Tech Your Way To Business

Programmers, engineers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs will work collaboratively over a week to come up with ideas and prototypes and pitch for seed fund and incubation support! It is a 7-day challenge where you can meet new friends, have fun and work together to bring in a new and possible business solution related to New Generation Technology, AI & Fintech, Smart City or Social Impact & Health Tech. Join us and get a chance of winning the $1.9M seed-fund! How to join 1. Participant has to register an account here2. Form a team of 2 to 10 members3. Select a team leader and pick the theme from following     i) New Generation Technology    ii) AI & Fintech   iii) Smart City   iv) Social Impact & Health Tech

Startup How-tos: FAQ on Recruitment

Is your startup going to recruit and prepare for launch? Let’s go through the seven common questions below and learn about the points to note when you are hiring and handling personal data.   1. How to ensure that the job seeker is lawfully employable? The law requires an employer to take all practical steps to ensure that the job seeker is lawfully employable. If the job seeker is not holding a Hong Kong permanent identity card, the law requires an employer to inspect the job seeker's valid travel document. 2. Can an employer collect copies of the identity cards of job applicants? Generally speaking, an employer must not collect a copy of the identity card of a job applicant during the recruitment process unless and until the individual has accepted an offer of employment. 3. Under what circumstances  can  job  applicants  be  asked  in  a  recruitment  advertisement  to  submit personal data? An  employer  or  recruitment  agency  who  clearly  indicates  its  identity  may  ask  job  applicants  to  submit  personal  data  in  a  recruitment  advertisement,  provided  that  the  data  is  adequate  but  not  excessive  in  relation  to the purpose of recruitment and is to be used lawfully. 4. Can an employer directly solicit personal data from job applicants if it merely uses its company email address, telephone number or fax number as a means of identifying itself in a recruitment advertisement? No. A company email address, telephone number or fax number by itself is generally not considered to be sufficient identification of the employer. If the employer does not wish to disclose its identity, it may simply provide a telephone number in the advertisement and indicate that the applicants can make further enquiries before submitting any personal data. 5. Should an employer provide, within a recruitment advertisement, a statement regarding the purpose for which the personal data submitted by job applicants will be used? Recruitment advertisements that directly ask job applicants to provide their personal data should include a statement, as an integral part of the advertisement, informing applicants about the purposes for which their personal data are to be used. Here is an example of such statement: "Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only". 6. How long is an employer allowed to keep the personal data of unsuccessful job applicants? Personal data of unsuccessful applicants (for future recruitment purposes) can be retained for a period of up to two years from the date of rejecting the applicants, and must then be destroyed. 7. Must we obtain consent from an employee or ex-employee before giving an employment reference to another employer? Yes, you should obtain the prescribed consent from an employee or ex-employee (preferably in writing) as disclosure of the employee’s records (including performance assessment) to another person would constitute to a change in the purpose of use of the data.   Source:  The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong - Understanding the Code of Practice on Human Resource Management Frequently Asked Questions About Recruitment Advertisements , Immigration Department “Startup How-tos” is an introductory guidebook written for entrepreneurship newbies, providing startup tips and related public services information.

“Elevator Pitch Competition 2020” - Virtual Battle for Global Startups

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) held its annual Elevator Pitch Competition 2020 (EPiC) virtually on 6 November for the first time. This year, EPiC attracted 476 entries from 37 countries and cities, who presented their innovative business ideas with a one-minute video pitch to simulate the signature 60-second elevator ride to leading investors and judges. US-based biotechnology startup, Mi Terro, crowned champion and claimed the top prize of US$100,000 at the competition. Mi Terro, also the winner of the Smart City category, is a company that upcycles and reengineers protein food waste into plastic and cotton alternative fibres for the fashion, medical and packaging industries. The three Tech Category Winners, including UK-based AI & Robotics startup Arctoris, Philippines-based fintech startup PearlPay, and Portugal-based health technology startup RUBYnanomed, showcased their potential as innovators in the competition. Startups which participate EPiC have to present their innovative business ideas in a one-minute elevator pitch. The top ten finalists were given another opportunity to face the judges in a three-minute live pitch and two-minute Q&A, before announcing the overall champion, who took away a cash prize of US$100,000 while each of the category winners received a cash prize of US$10,000 and all ten finalists won US$6,000 each. This year the event was expanded to a week-long virtual programme. Please visit https://epic.hkstp.org/ for more details.   List of Winners: Award Company Name Countries and Cities Champion and Tech Category Winner – Smart City Mi Terro United States Tech Category Winner – Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Arctoris United Kingdom Tech Category Winner – FinTech PearlPay Philippines Tech Category Winner – Health Technology RUBYnanomed Portugal Other Top 10 Finalists Augmented Bionics Australia   D-Engraver Hong Kong   FindOurView United States   Pivotal Technologies Limited Hong Kong   PurCity Denmark   Qi Sensor Technologies Limited Hong Kong

Cross-Boundary Programme - Cyberport Greater Bay Area Young Entrepreneurship Programme

HK$1,000,000 cash grant to realise your ideaSupported by Cyberport Creative Micro Fund ("CCMF") Cross-Boundary Programme, the Cyberport Greater Bay Area Young Entrepreneurship Programme ("GBA YEP") brings young talents from Hong Kong, Macau and cities in Guangdong including Greater Bay Area together to develop digital tech innovations. The programme aims to deepen participants’ experience of launching ideas in a multicultural environment and to facilitate business soft-landing and development in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and overseas. A total of HK$1,000,000 grant* will be given to successful applicants over six months to produce proof of concepts and prototypes. The programme provides all-round support to young talents who are interested to kick start their ideas and businesses, allowing them to unleash their potential and lay the foundation for start-up success in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China as well as exploring global business opportunities. Entrepreneurship boot camp and training will be provided in the programme, which aims to facilitate team formation and equip applicants with entrepreneurship knowledge and start-up experiences; enable participants to understand the business environment, opportunities and challenges of high potential or cluster-focused areas in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and overseas markets. Cyberport and programme co-organisers^ will also provide intensive mentoring and help connect the participants to start-ups, potential partners and investors. *Each successful application will be granted HKD100,000

Dare To Change Business Pitch Competition

YDC Dare To Change Business Pitch Competition offers all full-time tertiary students from Hong Kong institutes and 2020 full-time tertiary programmes graduates from Hong Kong institutes a chance to step out of their comfort zone and conduct a five-minute pitch of their business ideas in front of seasoned executives. All participants will be given instant feedbacks by seasoned executives, as well as certifies of participation as encouragement. Finalists will also receive one-to-one guidance from business professionals with subsidies as a start-up fund. Not only will they have an opportunity to execute their business ideas in an office offered by the HKSTPC on a free rental basis, winning teams will also be recommended to regional contests. Various sorts of Networking Events will be held with the aim to let all the participants have the opportunity to know more about updated and related information of the business realm through potential investors and seasoned professionals. Apply on or before 3:00 pm 8 January 2021 and you will be straightly promoted to the prelimnary pitching without any selection processes.

Science and Technology Enterpreneur Programme (STEP) open for application

WHAT IS STEP?Turn your brilliant ideas into reality and launch successful ventures with STEP, our one-year startup support programme for tech-focused entrepreneurs. Through the programme, learn the fundamental skills you need to kickstart your business. We provide all-round support from designing your business model to finding investment. We guide you every step of the way, to fine-tune your ideas for technical development. WHAT WILL STEP GIVE YOU?Seed Funding *HK$100,000 financial grant Coaching *Dedicated mentor for business advice Training *Topics include: Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem, Business modelling, Pitching and investment etc. Centre Facilities *Co-working space access in 12 months Potential to bridging programmes *Prepare for HKSTP incubation programmes admission IS STEP RIGHT FOR YOU?We’re looking to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs. You are welcome to join STEP if you: *Have an innovative idea supported by R&D and business planning AND*Are a HKID holder aged 18 and above, OR*Have a limited company incorporated in Hong Kong for less than a year by the application start date, OR*Have a team (must incorporate a limited company in Hong Kong before the programme starts)

"BEHub" calls for applications

Objective: "BEHub" is designed and implemented by The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong (SRACP) with the aim of inspiring and nurturing the disadvantaged population and members of the public to become social innovators to address the challenges relating to poverty and social exclusion faced by the disadvantaged population, particularly rehabilitated persons, current or ex-drug abusers, ethnic minorities, youth-at-risks, people with disabilities or persons in recovery, through innovative solutions. Theme: "BEHub" is a theme-based innovative programme focusing on issues of disadvantaged population. It is also a platform to help solve the difficulties encountered by the disadvantaged groups by fostering interactions between the social innovators and the disadvantaged people and nurturing the disadvantaged people to become social innovators. Eligibility: "BEHub" is open to organisations or individuals, particularly disadvantaged people, aged 18 or above with no bankruptcy order or proceedings during the application. The Programme: "BEHub" will organise idea generation competitions and support innovative projects at prototype and start-up stages to improve the well-being of local disadvantaged population. Briefing sessions and workshops will be held to bridge the information gap on issues of disadvantaged population. Professional and comprehensive services ranging from group training to individual coaching will be provided before and after funding applications to enable the social innovators to grow and succeed. A professional infrastructure will be established to facilitate people from different sectors to share knowledge and experiences and provide support to the social innovators.

Asian Financial Forum 2021

AFF is Asia's premier platform for global leaders in government, finance and business to exchange insights, intelligence as well as business and investment opportunities. More than 3,500 C-suite financial and business leaders gathered at AFF 2020 for thought leadership and business networking, as well as to experience the latest fintech innovations and next-generation business ideas. In the forum, the AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session connects sources of funds with sources of deals from around the world via one-to-one meetings based on their shared areas of interest. Over the years, 5,800+ meetings have been arranged for 3,500+ companies, including investment project owners, private equity firms, investors, high-net-worth individuals and senior professionals from intermediaries and professional services providers. In addition, the Fintech Showcase, FintechHK Startup Salon and InnoVenture Salon, featuring a plethora of financial innovations, cutting-edge solutions and ground-breaking business ideas from financial institutions, technology firms and startups worldwide, are staged to empower entrepreneurs and connect them with potential investors and mentors.

"Rural in Action Start-up Scheme (RA2s)" calls for applications

The Rural in Action Start-up Scheme (RA2s) of the Academy for Sustainable Communities is an award scheme that provides start-ups incubation opportunity to fellows of the Sustainable Communities Fellowship Scheme. RA2s encourages talents in the society to take actions to foster rural-urban interactions and collaborations for the sustainable development of rural areas. Successful applicants could be awarded a start-up grant of up to HKD200,000 per project as a seed fund for project implementation. In addition to the seed grant, other support offered by the scheme may include training opportunities, community networks, promotion and publicity, and professional advice on rural affairs.

Social Entrepreneur Series – Sower of Dreams [Job Training and Opportunities]

Social Entrepreneur – Kit Wong   One may regard Kit Wong as a winner in life - attained outstanding academic achievements, had a nice job and fulfilled his dream of lyric writing. A few years ago, he quit his job and established a social venture "La Violet Education" which introduces a series of dream plans to encourage youngsters to pursue their dreams. "Young people have great potential. What I am doing is like planting the seeds. It may take a long time to bear fruit. But what if I can inspire the next Thomas Edison, or give a helping hand to the next Martin Luther King Jr?" said Kit. Two years ago, through his other social venture "Under Production", Kit published an illustrated storybook written by Mohammad Moavia, a Pakistani student suffering from muscular dystrophy. They have recently helped Moavia publish his third book. But Kit doesn't like the word "help". He said they are mutually beneficial: Moavia got his life improved with the income whereas the scheme becomes sustainable as Moavia's books are their best-sellers. To better nurture the seeds, the planter has decided to move one step forward. Kit is starting five subsidiaries based on the five service scopes of "Under Production", giving young people a chance to run a business while "Under Production" offers technical support. It aims to let young people gain practical experience that will help them achieve more.   Innovative Venture – UP Poverty Youth Engagement The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation.  The details of the innovative venture are as follows: Name of Organisation: Under Production Limited Service nature: Job training and opportunities Beneficiary group: Children and Youth Project type: Start-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   What is Social Entrepreneur Series? Stories of how other social entrepreneurs aspired to start their own business might facilitate your social innovation and entrepreneurship exploration. A series of social entrepreneur stories will be featured and categorised into six sub-series: Education and Learning, Job Training and Opportunities, Community Participation, Healthcare, Food and Transport.  What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.

Dare to Change Business Pitch Competition: Win the Prize with a 5-minute Pitch

Ever thought about winning startup funds and supports by simply giving a 5-minute pitch? Organised by The Young Entrepreneurs Development Council, the “Dare To Change Business Pitch Competition” offers students a chance to showcase their business ideas in front of seasoned executives by conducting a five-minute pitch. The competition is sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Commission and co-supported by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. All full-time current students and 2020 graduates from Hong Kong tertiary education institutes are eligible to participate in teams. In the preliminary round, each participating team will have 5 minutes to conduct their entire presentation in any form. The presentation will be immediately followed by a 10-minute Q & A session with the judging panel. 10 teams entering the final round will receive one-to-one guidance from business professionals with subsidies as a start-up fund. There will be a total of seven awards with cash prize up to HKD15 000. Some of the winning teams will have an opportunity to execute their business ideas offered by the HKSTPC through the HKSTPC Incubation Programme, and will be recommended to regional contests. Various sorts of Networking Events will be held with the aim to let all the participants have the opportunity to know more about the business realm through potential investors and seasoned professionals. Online registration will close on 8 January 2021 at 3 pm. Please visit the official website for the eligibility and further information.

Social Entrepreneur Series – Silver is the New Black [Job Training and Opportunities]

Social Entrepreneur – Zip Cheung   Zip Cheung, the founder of OHH Dear Communications was a journalist who specialised in featuring elderly lifestyle topics. The more she contacted the silver-hair interviewees, the more she was amazed by their vivid lives and energetic minds. "It is inspiring that ageing can be so graceful!" she exclaimed. "Traditional Chinese are conservative about dressing; some may find wearing lipstick or colourful clothing extravagant." But Zip believes that every elderly has the right to choose and live in his/her own style and that getting well-groomed is a way for the elderly to maintain dignity and mental well-being. To further explore the beauty of ageing, she founded the silver-hair model agency; it is also the pioneer in the Hong Kong market. She started recruiting mature talents through her network, but surprisingly there were quite a number of self-recommending candidates. "Most of them had no experience in modelling at all, yet were eager to seek new challenges," Zip said. Zip is offering the elderly not just training and job opportunities but also a chance to build confidence and to live gracefully. Currently, all of the talents in her agency are aged over 50, the oldest being over 94. And many turn out to be great models!   Innovative Venture – OHH Dear Communications The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation.  The details of the innovative venture are as follows: Name of Organisation: OHH Dear Communications Company Limited Service nature: Job training and opportunities Beneficiary group: Elderly Project type: Scale-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   What is Social Entrepreneur Series? Stories of how other social entrepreneurs aspired to start their own business might facilitate your social innovation and entrepreneurship exploration. A series of social entrepreneur stories will be featured and categorised into six sub-series: Education and Learning, Job Training and Opportunities, Community Participation, Healthcare, Food and Transport.  What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.

Climate Action Recognition Scheme 2020-21

The first Climate Action entrepreneurship programme officially inaugurated! Join us now and be a pioneer climate-positive entrepreneur! Whether you are an entrepreneurial dreamer or a start-up founder, as long as you have certain desires about combating SDG-related climate change issues please share with us your innovative ideas. "Climate Action Recognition Scheme" will award seed fund and acceleration fund up to HK$180,000 to youth people for prototyping and initial implementation.

Startup How-Tos: FAQ on Labour Legislation for entrepreneurs

You may come across with various legal matters, such as company registration, licensing, and Labour Legislation, during your entrepreneurship journey. To aviod possible labour disputes, we have gathered ten questions and answers regarding labour legislation for entrepreneurs: 1. Q: Are “temporary”, “part-time” and “substituted” employees covered by the Employment Ordinance? A: The Employment Ordinance does not differentiate between “temporary”, “part-time”, “substituted”, “permanent” and “full-time” employees. All employees covered by the Employment Ordinance, irrespective of their designated job titles or working hours, are entitled to statutory rights and protection such as wage payment, restriction on deductions from wages and granting of statutory holidays, etc. An employee who has been employed continuously by the same employer for four weeks or more, with at least 18 hours worked in each week is further entitled to rights such as rest days, annual leave with pay and sickness allowance, etc. (Click here to see the leaflet on “part-time employment”.) 2. Q: Which kind of employment contract, written or verbal, provides employers and employees with better protection? A: Under the Employment Ordinance, a contract of employment can be made orally or in writing. Employees’ rights and benefits are protected under the Ordinance irrespective of whether the employment contract is made verbally or in writing. The use of written employment contract may help employees better understand the terms of their employment, remind both employers and employees of their contractual obligations. Please see the Sample Employment Contract prepared by the Labour Department for your reference. 3. Q: How is minimum wage computed? A: Minimum wage = Total number of hours worked by the employee in the wage period × SMW rate (i.e. $37.5 per hour) 4. Q: What will be the consequences if an employer fails to pay wages on time? A: Wages should be paid not later than 7 days from the end of the wage period. An employer who fails to pay wages to an employee within 7 days after they become due is liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, to a fine of HK$350,000 and to imprisonment for three years. 5. Q: Can an employer compel an employee to work 7 days in a week without granting him any rest days? A: No. An employee employed under a continuous contract is entitled to one rest day in every period of seven days. 6. Q: Should rest days be with pay or without pay? A: This term is to be agreed between an employer and an employee. 7. Q: Under what circumstances is an employee entitled to sickness allowance? A: An employee employed under a continuous contract is entitled to sickness allowance if: the sick leave taken is not less than four consecutive days (unless for any day off taken by a female employee for her pregnancy check-ups, post confinement medical treatment or miscarriage, any such day on which she is absent shall be counted as a sickness day and, subject to the following conditions, be paid sickness allowance); the sick leave is supported by an appropriate medical certificate*; and the employee has accumulated sufficient number of paid sickness days (Please read here for how the paid sickness days be accumulated) 8. Q: Can an employer make payment to an employee in lieu of annual leave? A: An employer should not include in an employment contract a term to forego all or any of his employee's annual leave entitlement, including payment of wages in lieu of any annual leave days. However, the law allows an employee to choose to accept payment in lieu of that part of his leave entitlement which exceeds 10 days. 9. Q: Can an employer require an employee to work on statutory holidays? A: Yes. An employer is required to give his employee at least 48 hours' prior notice for work on a statutory holiday. The employer must then arrange an alternative holiday within 60 days before or after the statutory holiday. 10. Q: Are employers obliged to take out employees' compensation insurance policies for all employees? A: According to section 40 of the Ordinance, no employer shall employ any employee in any employment unless there is in force a policy of insurance to cover his liabilities under the laws (including the common law) for injuries at work in respect of all his employees, irrespective of the length of employment contract or working hours, full-time or part-time employment. An employer who fails to comply with the Ordinance to secure an insurance cover is liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, to a maximum fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for two years.   For further information on Labour Legislation, please refer to Frequently Ask Questions of the Labour Department.   Source: Labour Department “Startup How-tos” is an introductory guidebook written for entrepreneurship newbies, providing startup tips and related public services information.

Good Seed 2020 Cohort 2 Programme

Good Seed is a social innovation training and funding programme jointly developed and organized by Institute for Entrepreneurship (IfE) and Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund, the programme aims to unleash creative potential of young people to drive social innovations for the benefits of the underprivileged, with design, technology and business as major focus. Application Process - Submit an online application to enroll. The application must be submitted on or before the submission deadline. - Application for enrollment is on the first-come-first-served basis. Eligibility - Students and graduates of local higher education institutions with Hong Kong citizenship - Overseas students and graduates of high education institutions with Hong Kong citizenship For more details, please visit https://goodseed.hk

Startup How-Tos: What is your most suitable field for starting a business?

Young people may have questions and doubts in exploring the career pathway: should I start a business? Can I handle it? Which industry is suitable for me? The three quiz tools below provide further references for your better understanding in your strengths and potentials before starting a business. 1. Y.E.S. Services – Career Assessment Kit Professor WONG Chi-sum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong has developed a comprehensive career assessment kit which includes Big-Five Personality Scale, Career Maturity Scale, Entrepreneurship Potential and more. You may try it for free. 2. Employee’s Retraining Board - Training and Career Needs Test The test is designed with reference to the Self-Directed Search (SDS) assessment tool developed by John Holland, which briefly classifies both people and working environment according to six basic types. You may have a preliminary understanding of your career aspirations and select a suitable field for entrepreneurship and relevant training courses. 3. Talent.gov.hk – Career Quizzes There are three career quizzes are provided by the Talent.gov.hk: Skill-Career Quiz, Interest-Career Quiz and the Background-Career Quiz. Through answering a series of simple questions regarding your interests, strengths, education, and experiences, you may get insights on the entrepreneurship direction that suit you the most.   Source: Y.E.S. Services, Employee’s Retraining Board, Talent.gov.hk “Startup How-tos” is an introductory guidebook written for entrepreneurship newbies, providing startup tips and related public services information.

Social Entrepreneur Series – Relentless Work for AR Learning [Education and Learning]

Social Entrepreneurs - Zero Wong and Ernest Chan   Ernest Chan, co-founder of AESIR, joined his partner, Zero Wong to start their own business. They had been through difficult times, but still gritted their teeth as both believe that “It is now or never; we have to act now to change the society.” AESIR specialises in developing AR interactive learning games for SEN (Special Education Needs) students. During his voluntary service, Ernest observed that SEN students were more sensitive to visual stimulation. He was hence inspired to design interesting AR interactive games in a story format, aiming to help SEN students learn in a more efficient way. The road of social innovation was anything but straight for the duo. Their first product was an AR flashcard, which ended silently in failure. Other 3 to 4 different products were launched, but none of them won the consumers’ hearts. Yet, the two fighters were not defeated. “Hang on to what you think is right.” Their endurance was finally rewarded. Their company received job orders and got connected to people related to SEN education. Their business was in a better shape eventually.  Their advice for the fellow entrepreneurs is that, “Research is the key. Try to observe, analyse and predict the market needs and trends. Besides, as traditional wisdom teaches us, acquire your wealth in a noble way, and spend it in a wise way too.”   Innovative Venture – AR Training Play The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation.  The details of the innovative venture are as follows:   Name of Organisation: AESIR Service nature: education and learning Beneficiary group: children and youth Project type: Start-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   What is Social Entrepreneur Series? Stories of how other social entrepreneurs aspired to start their own business might facilitate your social innovation and entrepreneurship exploration. A series of social entrepreneur stories will be featured and categorised into six sub-series: Education and Learning, Job Training and Opportunities, Community Participation, Healthcare, Food and Transport.  What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.