We believe in Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Anyone can become an entrepreneur, even non-traditional Liberal Arts students, as long as they have access to proper training, funding mentorship, and networks. At Lingnan, LEI incubates Lingnanian to become social entrepreneurs who create innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions to real-world problems through different occasions such as competitions, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, and symposiums.
Lingnan’s Liberal Arts education offers a perfect foundation for entrepreneurship, because our students learn to look beyond disciplinary boundaries, and envision new possibilities. Entrepreneurship is a practical manifestation of liberal arts students’ creative mindset, and we train our students to become social entrepreneurs who create innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions to real-world problems.
The main challenges that non-traditional entrepreneurs face are a lack of startup capital, a perceived lack of technical skills, and a lack of experience with entrepreneurship. We assist Lingnan’s students in all of these aspects by:
Offering funding options from Innovation and Impact Fund (Entrepreneurship Programme) and Student Entrepreneurial Exploration Development (SEED) Fund which provides HKD20.000 to students who are eager to start their own initiatives, and facilitating students in seeking out other sources of funding, be it public or private.
Training and Workshop
LU’s Liberal Arts students are often very interested in entrepreneurship but feel that they lack technical knowledge in the form of programming, industrial product design, engineering, etc. We offer training in emerging technologies such as programming, robotics, and 3D-printing, to broaden our students’ skill set and interests, and prepare them to become innovative entrepreneurs who can tackle upcoming global challenges. If you are planning to arrange specific training with your teammates (minimum of 10 people), please let us know.
Competition and Hackathon
LEI encourages students to join local, Greater Bay Area (GBA) of China and international competitions and hackathons, such as the Hong Kong Techathon Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge, Hult Prize, Enactus, Startup Weekend, GBA Challenge, and more to offer students opportunities to fine-tune their entrepreneurial proposals and pitch for new ideas.