25 November 2014

CUHK Launches Pi Centre to Boost Student Entrepreneurship



The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has launched a new university-wide student entrepreneurial initiative – the Pre-incubation Centre (or Pi Centre) – to stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship among students.  The Centre will offer working space, facilities and mentoring services to teams of students who are looking to establish companies to commercialize technologies and implement innovative business models both for profit and for the benefit of society.  It will collaborate with different regional resources, including investor networks, incubators, business and industrial mentors.

The idea of setting up the Pi Centre was first suggested by CUHK Vice-Chancellor Prof. Joseph Sung, who wishes to unleash the creative potential of students, and to increase the number and impact of sustainable, socially responsible enterprises that integrate theoretical knowledge, enthusiasm and market discipline to create value.

CUHK students of any discipline with innovative ideas and a passion to succeed in their own businesses can apply for admission to the Pi Centre.  Their initial execution plan will be assessed by a panel comprising external business and industrial experts.  Selected teams will enjoy free workspace, facilities and professional development and mentorship support for their startup ventures for up to a year.  Teams having achieved good progress may start their business in the local incubators, e.g. Cyberport, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks, and Hong Kong Design Centre.

The Pi Centre is jointly managed by the Center for Entrepreneurship, Centre for Innovation and Technology and Office of Research and Transfer Knowledge Services.

(From right) Dr. Dominic CHAN, Honorary Project Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; MAK Kwun Fung; TSANG Ka Chun; Prof. Hugh THOMAS, Associate Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Prof. LAM Pong Yuen, Howard, Associate Director, EMBA Program
(From right) Dr. Dominic CHAN, Honorary Project Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; MAK Kwun Fung; TSANG Ka Chun; Prof. Hugh THOMAS, Associate Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Prof. LAM Pong Yuen, Howard, Associate Director, EMBA Program

(From left): Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor; Mr. Allen Yeung, vice president, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks; Mr. Mingles Tsoi, project director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, CUHK; and Mr. Kelvin Wu, principal partner, AID Partners Capital Limited; hosting the opening ceremony of the CUHK Pre-incubation Centre.
(From left): Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor; Mr. Allen Yeung, vice president, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks; Mr. Mingles Tsoi, project director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, CUHK; and Mr. Kelvin Wu, principal partner, AID Partners Capital Limited; hosting the opening ceremony of the CUHK Pre-incubation Centre.

(From right) Dr. Dominic CHAN, Honorary Project Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Prof. Hugh THOMAS, Associate Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Prof. LAM Pong Yuen, Howard, Associate Director, EMBA Program; TSANG Ka Chun; MAK Kwun Fung
(From right) Dr. Dominic CHAN, Honorary Project Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Prof. Hugh THOMAS, Associate Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Prof. LAM Pong Yuen, Howard, Associate Director, EMBA Program; TSANG Ka Chun; MAK Kwun Fung

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Pi Centre offers working space, facilities and mentoring services to teams of students who are looking to establish companies to commercialize technologies and implement innovative business models.
Pi Centre offers working space, facilities and mentoring services to teams of students who are looking to establish companies to commercialize technologies and implement innovative business models.

Pi Centre offers working space, facilities and mentoring services to teams of students who are looking to establish companies to commercialize technologies and implement innovative business models.
Pi Centre offers working space, facilities and mentoring services to teams of students who are looking to establish companies to commercialize technologies and implement innovative business models.