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HKSEC 2019-20 Is Open For Application


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Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC) 2019-20 is open for application!

Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC) 2019-20 is open for application! Team up and register now! You can win HK$300,000 to start your SE journey!

Enrolment Deadline: 24 Oct 2019 (Thu)


– Since 2007
– Social venture startup competition
– Organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau
– First inter-collegiate competition of its kind in Hong Kong


Stages of Competition

First Round:
All teams will summarize the social need and the social venture model to address it in a set of documents, including Executive Summary, Concept Deck, Lean Canvas and Appendices.
Semi Final:
Semi Final teams will be invited to write up their detailed social venture plans and pitch their ideas before a panel of judges.
Grand Final:
8 Final teams will then be selected to compete for the 4 awards.


All Semi Final teams will be eligible to compete for the Best Presentation (Semi Final) award.

In the Grand Final, judges will select two Champion teams and two 1st Runner-ups teams. Other awards include Best Presentation, Best Social Mission and Most Innovative Idea (one team each). Starting from HKSEC 2013, the Most Popular Project Award will be given to the team with the greatest number of votes in the public voting campaign co-organised by our Strategic Media Partner ET Net.

The Champion and 1st Runner-up Teams will be awarded a startup prize money that will enable them to implement the first phase of their business plan for their social enterprise under mentorship. Each member of the two Champion Teams will receive a Startup Award of $75,000, while members of the 1st Runner-up Teams will receive $37,500 each. In addition, the Intellectual Property Department of the HKSAR Government will sponsor the winning team of the Social Ambassador IP Award a total amount of HK$20,000 to join the Youth Co:Lab Summit which is organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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