Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI)
We believe in Inclusive Entrepreneurship: anyone can become an entrepreneur, as long as they have access to proper training, funding, and encouragement. We promote inclusion both for entrepreneurs and their clients in the following ways.
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 lack of startup capital, a perceived lack of technical skills, and lack of experience with entrepreneurship. We assist Lingnan’s students in all of these aspects by:
Facilitation of funding by LEI
Offering funding options in the form of the Entrepreneurial Knowledge Transfer (EKT) 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.
*Check out the Funding page to know more.
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.
LEI encourages students to join local and international competitions, such as the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge and offers students a chance to fine-tune their entrepreneurial proposals through events such as the Startup Weekend @ Lingnan.