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BBA students granted HK$150,000 for an award-winning business plan

07 Mar, 2015
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Four BBA students captured 1st Runner-Up and the Best Social Mission Award at Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge 2014, organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, on 7 March 2015. 

The team, named 同路行@ccompany, was formed by 5 HKBU students: Mr. Cheung Tsz Yiu, John (Finance, graduate 2015), Ms. Chung Cheuk Ching, Cherries (Information Systems and e-Business Management, Year 3), Ms. Chung Ka Hei, Sarah (Human Resources Management, Year 3), Ngan Chiu Ming (Information Systems and e-Business Management, Year 3) and a student from Government and International Studies. Prof. Gordon Tang, Head of Department of Finance and Decision Sciences was the Faculty Advisor. Dr. Billy Mak and Dr. Alex Fung, also from Dept of FDS, provided guidance and valuable advice to the team. 

The HKBU team won 1st Runner-Up and the Best Social Mission Award at Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge 2014 (from left: John Cheung, Joscelin Yeung (GIS student), Cherries Chung, Ngan Chiu Ming and Sarah Chung).

The team proposed a mobile app which provides information of barrier-free restaurants in Hong Kong. “We hope to bring changes and benefits to the disabled through information technology,” John said. “To ensure the usefulness of the information, we did lots of on-site research to check the free access facilities in the community.” The proposal received applause in the competition which brought them the 1st Runner-Up and the Best Social Mission Award. The team also granted HK$150,000 to implement the winning plan. “Despite the difficulties faced during the challenge, it was encouraging that our proposal can contribute to the community!” Sarah shared. 

The Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge is a social venture business plan competition organized for tertiary students since 2007. It aims to nurture students’ entrepreneurship skill and raise public awareness about local social enterprises. The competition attracted around 4,600 students from 27 tertiary institutions to participate over the years.
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