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SME Market Exploration Workshop on “Market Overview & Free Business Info for Exploring ASEAN Markets” (Webinar)

Local consumption has been negatively affected by the Sino-US trade war and the outbreak of COVID-19. Many corporates are exploring the opportunities in the ASEAN and emerging markets. Therefore, HKTDC economist will share the consumer market overviews of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia in a live webcast, which will be followed by an introduction of the free database and manipulation in the SME center by an expert to help you to discover and expand in the new markets. Speakers:Ms. Jacqueline SI Yuen, Economist, Hong Kong Trade Development Council Mr. Alex Wong, Business Development Executive, Euromonitor International Language:Cantonese(No simultaneous interpretation service provided)

Social Entrepreneur Series - Education and Learning: Navigating World Wide Web with voice

Social Entrepreneur - Sunny Cheung In a fast-paced city, computers are indispensable to our work and learning. Unfortunately, some persons with disabilities encounter difficulties in using a keyboard and a mouse due to limited muscle control and coordination. Sunny, a cerebral palsy patient, is only capable of typing with one finger since his physical mobility is one-fifth of that of other people. Admitted to university, he realised that his typing speed lagged behind others, which greatly impacted his time management in examinations. To overcome this obstacle, he developed a software programme - CP2Joy by combining a joystick and a voice recognition tool. With this programme, he could give vocal commands to control the computer by sounding the 5 vowels ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’ and ‘u’. Sunny hopes that the design would benefit disabled persons by facilitating their learning and exploration of the Internet world while boosting their productivity. Persons with disabilities use vocal commands to explore the Internet, crossing the digital chasm.   Innovative Venture - CP2Joy System 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: Service nature: Education and Learning Beneficiary group: Persons with Disability Project type: Prototype Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   The upcoming Education and Learning story will introduce a social entrepreneur who “rolls out” knowledge with his innovative Rolling Books, stay tuned!  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, Diet and Transport.  What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.

Industry Connect Webinar: Retail O2O 逆境自強系列:網店商機 – 拓展中港及東南亞市場

In view of the recent economic challenges, particularly to traditional retail, the development of e-commerce is a must with millions of new business opportunities. In this Industry Connect webinar, we are pleased to invite e-commerce and trademark specialists to share from the logistics of setting up an online store to expanding the Mainland and overseas markets. In addition, representatives from the Implementer of BUD Fund and the Retail Technology Adoption Assistance Scheme (ReTAAS) will introduce the available funding and application procedures.  Content: -Introduction of HKPC Academy-Setting up of Online Shop System-Winning Omni Channel Marketing Strategies to Mainland China and South East Asia markets-Overseas Trademark Issues-Case Sharing and Dialogue Session-Briefing Session on “Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales (BUD)” and“Retail Technology Adoption Assistance Scheme for Manpower Demand Management (ReTAAS)-Q&A | Business Networking Medium of Instruction: Cantonese

Hong Kong Science Park Career Expo 2020

Go Virtual with us!The city’s first Innovation & Technology themed Virtual Career Expo  Come join us and browse all tech-related job opportunities! Don’t hesitate, register now and start your career path here in Science Park.With 13,000+ talents, of which 8,700+ are R&D practitioners, and home to 810+ companies coming from 23 economies across Asia, America and Europe, Science Park is certainly the most exciting community in the city to nurture talents who have the heart and passion in joining the I&T force. Top reasons that you must join us:1,000+ job opportunities from 150+ tech companiesHottest vacancies in the fields of AI and Robotics, Fintech, Health tech and Smart CityAccessible anytime, anywhere, and your dream job is just one click awayBe part of us at the LARGEST I&T EcosystemGrow your network and build relationships with companies in a relaxed settingFree career consultation on writing a professional CV, salary trends, building a career path, interview tips and how to look smartFree shuttle bus, entertainment, free-flow of drinks and snacks all day at the physical expo tentatively scheduled on *18 April 2020. *We will keep track on the latest development of the novel coronavirus and reschedule if necessary. We will update you should there be further changes.All participants must pre-register to attend the Career Expo. Invitation link to join Virtual Career Expo will be sent to registered participants.

6 Fun Facts about Social Innovation

When it comes to startup, people always think of running a business for money.  To become an entrepreneur, you may take some time to observe the diverse needs of the society before you unleash your creativity and help the underprivileged persons by starting your own business through social innovation. If you are interested in learning more about social innovation, or you already have in mind some innovative ideas for your business, the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) under the Commission on Poverty could definitely help. Here we have a few fun facts about social innovation and the SIE Fund that facilitate an easy understanding, please read on! Social innovation = Social enterprise? Social Innovation aims to address social needs by improving knowledge, products, or services. Social innovation does not limit to social enterprises but open to all, including individuals, organisations and corporations. Poverty alleviation = Cash handout ? Not necessarily! Innovations can help alleviate poverty. The SIE Fund addresses poverty and social exclusion by funding innovative solutions that serve the needs of society. Mostly through intermediaries, the Fund provides visionary individuals and organisations with diverse resources in support of research, capacity building and the entire life cycle of innovative ventures. Cross-sector collaboration The SIE Fund values cross-sector collaboration. Collaborative platforms engaging different sectors including the public, businesses, the government and academics have been set up to address respective social needs. Examples of these platforms are the FOOD-CO Food Support Collaborative Platform, Community Housing Movement, etc. 180 000 beneficiaries As of December 2019, about 180 000 people were benefitted from the Fund’s funded projects. Beneficiary groups include persons with disabilities, children and youth, low-income families, ethnic minorities and the elderly, etc. 1 400 innovative ideas As of December 2019, the SIE Fund has nurtured more than 4 100 social entrepreneurs and incubated around 1 400 innovative ideas. Social innovation one man band Individuals can apply for funding under the Innovative Programmes administered by the Fund’s intermediaries. As of December 2019, the number of individual applicants among all funded projects is more than that of charitable institutions. It is always hard to take the first step, but you will never walk alone on your social entrepreneurial journey.  Apart from the SIE Fund which have just been introduced, we will soon be sharing a series of stories about  how social entrepreneurs brought massive changes to the society with simple ideas.  Stay tuned with us! You are welcome to contact the intermediaries of SIE Fund and share with them your innovative ideas!

The 6th 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.Application Deadline: 31 March, 2020Submission Deadline: 15 April, 2020Initial Judging: 9 May, 2020Final Judging & Public Exhibition:29 May, 2020Award Ceremony: 30 May, 2020Top winner will have the chances to represent HKSAR in national competitions, including "Challenge Cup / Chuang Qing Chun", "China Internet+", "BJ-HK Cup" etc.

FREE Entry to Happy Saturday at SES 2019

“Designing for Happiness” is the theme of the 12th Social Enterprise Summit. More than 60 business leaders, social entrepreneurs, social innovators, scholars and special guests from the USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Mainland, and Hong Kong will share with us the latest trend and development in social enterprises and social innovation.   This year, the “Happy Saturday” at the Summit (23 November) opens the door for exchange with young entrepreneurs and social innovation leaders. New and inspirational roundtable and interactive concluding sessions welcome participants from different sectors. Please refer to rundown of the day for details.   You can now redeem a FREE pass to "Happy Saturday" by inputting the code " FREE#001 "   Seats are offered on a first-come-first-served basis, Register NOW!

HKTDC International ICT Expo 2020

Hong Kong International ICT Expo provides an ideal platform for ICT solution providers to meet with over 34,000 visitors from 137 countries and regions looking for the latest solutions to help their business grow. A record number of 610 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions were featured at the 2019 event, including group representations from Canada, France, India, Korea and the Mainland China. The Expo will showcase cutting-edge solutions including Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and Smart Economy. Providing a great platform for exchanging innovative concepts and current technologies as well as connecting Governments and related organisations with IT companies, Startups, Research Centres and Universities.

Companies Registration Officer

Companies Registration Officer Jeffery: "The procedures of starting a limited company in Hong Kong are very simple.  All you need to do is to apply for registration at the Companies Registry.  After getting the Certificate of Incorporation, you can realise your aspirations of starting your own business." Companies Registration Officer Cindy: "We, the Companies Registration Officer, are contributing to the consolidation of Hong Kong's status as an international financial and commercial centre." Please watch the video of Companies Registration Officer for more information on job duties and missions, etc. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page