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Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In recent years, Lingnan University begins to implement ideas like "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" into the campus, which aim at offering students a diversified and interesting learning experience. And it is mainly done through the following three departments and programmes.  

Office of Service Learning (OSL)

Office of Service-Learning (OSL) was set up in November 2006 with the 5 million donations from Mr. LEUNG Kai Hung, Michael, Executive Chairman of Onwel Groups of Companies, and the matching grant from the University Grant Committee (UGC). It is the first stand-alone Service-Learning office among the universities in Hong Kong, which dedicates itself to nurturing change makers by encouraging students to engage in community services with academic knowledge through the experiential-learning model.

Integrated Learning Programme (ILP)

Integrated Learning Programme (ILP) is one of the signature co-curricular programmes in the University which facilitates students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. With its wide spectrum of contents and interactive delivery modes, students are able to unlock potentials, boost confidence, make plans for life and achieve success. Students can develop their new interests and explore many learning opportunities from over 400 ILP activities each year.

Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI) 

Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI) is a collaborative Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) platform newly established to empower entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors to take action for inclusive growth. A number of start-up activities and entrepreneurship programs are organized by LEI to increase students' interest and incentives towards entrepreneurship.

 

OSL in Encouraging Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Faculty Members

The Office of Service-Learning supports Lingnan faculty members to engage in service-learning teaching and community-based research to build strong connections between our community and academia. Engaged scholarship allows the University to fulfill its mission of "Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn" through enriching individuals and communities, developing student leaders, and nurturing sustainable community-building initiatives.

Faculty Engagement

There are many opportunities for faculty members to engage in service-learning and community-based research. The Office of Service-Learning supports the faculty development through training workshops, conferences, publications, retreats, as well as the annual US Delegation. It recognizes the faculty members' achievements through the Service-Learning Award and Mini-Grant, supporting them to continue their research and community involvement. As part of its mission to cultivate engagement, the OSL aims to help the faculty members in finding the resources they need to participate in Service-Learning opportunities, collaborate with others, or initiate a great idea.

OSL in Encouraging Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Competition

Startup Weekend Hong Kong Social Impact @ Lingnan University

The Startup Weekend Hong Kong @ Lingnan University is one of the Service-Learning projects that aim to nurture students’ understanding of Social Innovation. Students who studied in the Service-Learning course will implement their ideas and pitch in the Startup Weekend. Judges will give comments and suggestions for students to continue their S-L project in different forms like startups or social enterprise. The 3 winners of Startup Weekend Hong Kong @ Lingnan University will get a chance to enter the Semi-Final of Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge and other prizes.

Asia Social Innovation Award 2020: Calling for Changemakers!

Break Grounds, Build Change, Birth Hope!Asia Social Innovation Award 2020 “New Urban” is now calling for groundbreaking ideas that transform social and environmental challenges into a positive force for urban growth. Join the 4-day impact programme in Hong Kong including a pitching competition, holistic entrepreneurship development, mentorship and networking to scale the impact of purpose-driven, people-centric innovations.


Workshop

'LU Soc-Tech Development Scheme: Building Our Own LU Ironman!" Workshops

LU Soc-Tech Development Scheme is a 5-week training program which aims to develop our students’ innovation mindset and technology skills to make tangible products to impact our society. The program will cover learning on how to utilize interesting technology such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, iBeacon and Charbot. It also generates innovative ideas into practical gargets to address social challenges.

'Mobile App Building Workshop

Students can learn how to design, build and polish a cloud-connected iOS and Android mobile app from scratch without any coding. The primary goal of the workshop is to strengthen students' capacity in promoting their innovative projects through digital channel.


Funding

Innovation and Impact Fund (IIF) - Entrepreneurship Programme

To keep contributing to society with a high level of impact, the University encourages and supports faculty members and students to generate innovative ideas, create opportunities, and master risk and failure in the process. To this end, the Entrepreneurship Programme under the University’s Innovation and Impact Fund (IIF) is designed to support faculty members and students to create a positive impact for society while developing the entrepreneurial capacity and spirit.


Students Entrepreneurial Exploration Development (SEED) Fund

With the generous donation from Lingnan Education Organization Limited (“Donor”) to the University, the “LEO Tse Kai Yui Memorial Fund” (嶺南教育機構謝啟睿紀念基金) offers grants for the SEED Fund Scheme. The SEED Fund provides $5,000 grants and workspace to early-stage entrepreneurial plans involving current Lingnan students. The grants are intended for use in prototype development and customer discovery activities. These awards provide critical funding for high risk, high reward projects that have great potential to change the current status quo.

Students are encouraged to use SEED fund to implement entrepreneurial or social innovation projects developed in class in a real-world situation.



Engaging with Regional and Local Economic Development Efforts

Agorize Business Case Competition

The agorize Business Case Competition is the biggest business case competition in Hong Kong & Macau. It is organised for the 3rd year in a row, the Business Case Competition has for objective to link students from all types of background to Hong Kong’s key decision-makers. Throughout this collaboration, these major players aim to bring disruptive vision to their core business models, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make an impact. This year, the competition is sponsored by AXA Hong Kong (Innovate to insure), Natixis (Banking for a sustainable future), LVMH Fashion Group(Future of Fashion Luxury Retail) and Dragages Hong Kong (Affordable and sustainable housing), which students would have chances to engage with local economic development.

Related Link

-Office of Service Learning
https://www.ln.edu.hk/osl/

-Integrated Learning Programme (ILP)
https://www.ln.edu.hk/ssc/ilp

-Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative
https://www.ln.edu.hk/lei/

-LU Soc-Tech Development Scheme: Build‧Chat‧Help
http://hesln.ln.edu.hk/index.php/en/innovation-and-entrepreneurship/lu-soc-tech-development-scheme-build-%E2%80%A7-chat-%E2%80%A7-help

-Mobile App Building Workshop 
https://www.ln.edu.hk/cht/project/create/new-events-and-programmes

-Entrepreneurial Knowledge Transfer Fund (EKT) Fund
https://www.ln.edu.hk/lei/funding/entrepreneurial-knowledge-transfer-ekt-fund

-Agorize Business Case Competition
https://www.agorize.com/en/challenges/business-case-competition-3/?t=NpWvsdj0Zz6fYM_np5-uYw

Other Links

Video about what we are doing in Lingnan: https://youtu.be/p8e5xeqGIuE