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Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC)

– Since 2007
– Social venture startup competition
– Organised by the Center for Entrepreneurship of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, sponsored by Home and Youth Affairs Bureau
– Aims to accelerate the growth of youth-led SEs

The Framework 

Education; Competition; Incubation

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Competition Overview

Stages of Competition


First Round:
All teams will summarise 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 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, Most Innovative Idea and Timely Impact Award (one team each). Starting from 2020, the Timely Impact Award with a total amount of HK$50,000 will be given to the team with the business idea that is most relevant in addressing a current challenge of Hong Kong in the particular year.

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 Champion Team will receive a Startup Award of HK$300,000, while 1st Runner-up Teams will receive HK$150,000 each.

In addition, the Intellectual Property Department of the HKSAR Government will sponsor the winning team of the Social Ambassador IP Award to join the Youth Co:Lab Summit which is co-led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation.

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We welcome your support and participation. Please contact the HKSEC Team.

  • Address

    Room 602, Cheng Yu Tung Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong


  • Phone

    (852) 3943 9525 / 3943 9628 / 3943 1649

  • Fax

    (852) 2994 4363

  • E-mail

    [email protected]

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