First BEST Community Reunion Dinner was successfully held on 23 October 2018 at HKBU. Over 20 community members and stakeholders’ joined the event to share their insightful ideas. They were updated of the latest development of the BEST Community and our upcoming events. Students who have participated in the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in August also attained their fruitful learning experience in the event. In the near future, the Knowledge Transfer Office will continue to organise different activities to gather the members for reunion, and to collect their invaluable opinions for future advancement.
Industry Chair of BEST Community, Mr Steven Lam, also Sutardja Center alumnus and co-founder & CEO of GoGoVan, visited SCET’s Newton Series lectures at UC Berkeley to share his experience as an entrepreneur in October 2018.
To learn the proven techniques that have been used for decades by some of the most powerful, persuasive, and memorable communicators and presenters, we were honoured to have invited BEST Community Industry Fellow, Mr. Nathan Gold, to fly over from San Francisco and give the HKBU Community a talk on 23 October 2018.
The Elevator Pitch Competition 2018 organised by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation was held on 26 October 2018 at sky100 of International Commerce Centre. Of the 600 global applicants, one HKBU spin-off company - Gihon Biotech Limited and a HKBU Year 4 student Miss Sarah Chu Suet Wah with her project entitled “MoniBack”, made it to top 100! 100 finalists pitched their ideas in a 1-minute elevator ride for US$190,000 investment fund and cash prize.
Congratulations to HKBU team! Two teams from HKBU successfully won the tickets to enter the Fin-tech-focused Cyberport University Partnership Programme (CUPP) 2018 for a life-changing chance to unleash their full potential and gain insights into the global market. Through a series of intensive training and mentorship from industry elites and 1-week Bootcamp hosted in world-renowned University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, students have learnt a wide range of knowledge, including different Business models, marketing strategy, entrepreneurship education experience, etc. 19 teams from six local universities pitched at the CUPP 2018 Demo Day on 23 October 2018 to present their innovative FinTech business prototypes to a panel of judges. Finally, one of HKBU teams with outstanding performance won a seed-funding of HK$100,000 by Cyberport Creative Micro Fund, and a fast-track interview opportunity to the Cyberport Incubation Programme. Here is the HKBU winning team in CUPP 2018 – “ivi”!
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Baptist University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the 3-day Hong Kong Techathon 2019 was successfully concluded on 25 November 2018. This Competition provided a platform for programmers, engineers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs to find like-minded teammates for venture creation. Over the weekend, more than 300 participants formed 47 teams in four tracks, namely Smart City, Fintech, Education/Social Technology and Medical/Healthcare Technology. Teams pitched their innovative ideas to the judging panels and competed for attractive awards such as seed fund up to HK$350,000, admission to incubation programme and prize up to HK$13,500.
HKBU is currently one of 15 global partners of Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) of University of California, Berkeley (Cal). In collaboration with the HKBU schools and faculties, Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) has launched a campaign for HKBU students to join the Startup Semester Programme held by SCET at Cal. First cohort of seven HKBU students from six academic units were financially supported by our generous donors and their respective academic units to enrol in the “Startup Semester Programme” at Cal in the Fall Semester (August 15–December 14, 2018). Let’s see what they have learnt and experienced during this Programme in August – November.
Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) has recruited students to join the BEST Ambassador Programme with an aim to promote BEST events and activities on campus. An intensive training session would be provided to equip these ambassadors with knowledge about BEST as well as practical marketing knowledge. In the past 2 years, 17 HKBU students were selected to be the BEST Ambassadors. They helped promote BEST activities, including different seminars, HKBU Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and BEST1001 online training module, and collect Berkeley Innovation Index (BII) from students and staff, at BEST Promotional Booths.
A Special Round of Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU)-Track 1 is now available for application until 5:00 p.m. (HK Time), 21 December 2018 (Friday).