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HKBU welcomes donation from Mr Shih Wing-ching for establishment of Young Entrepreneurs’ Club

09 Dec 2016

Professor Roland Chin (fifth from left), President and Vice-Chancellor, Mr Shih Wing-ching (centre), and the nine young entrepreneurs
Professor Roland Chin (fifth from left), President and Vice-Chancellor, Mr Shih Wing-ching (centre), and the nine young entrepreneurs

The University recently received a donation from Mr Shih Wing-ching, Chairman of the Centaline Group and Shih Wing Ching Foundation and Honorary Professor of HKBU School of Business, for the establishment of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Club (YEC). A ceremony was held last Thursday (1 December) to mark the official launch of the YEC and to acknowledge Mr Shih’s generous support for the University.

The mission of the YEC is to inspire the spirit of entrepreneurship through education, knowledge transfer and community services, as well as to provide a platform to facilitate entrepreneurial activity.

In his welcoming remarks, Professor Edward Snape, Dean of the School of Business, expressed his gratitude to Mr Shih for his support for entrepreneurial education. Professor Snape said: “The YEC will bring together young entrepreneurs and students of the School of Business for knowledge-sharing and promoting new business initiatives. We need our next generation to utilise their passion, business acumen and ambition to creatively figure out how we can grow economies sustainably and create shared resources worldwide.”

Mr Shih inspired the audience with his speech on entrepreneurship and self-commitment. “There is actually an urgency to encourage as much entrepreneurial activity as possible, as we need more creative solutions to the complex challenges facing us under the global economy. Being an entrepreneur is about knowing your aspiration and talent to make an impact – and then to act on it.”

The YEC is a partnership initiated by the School of Business and Knowledge Transfer Office. The nine inaugural members of YEC are outstanding young entrepreneurs from different sectors under the age of 40. They are: Mr Robert Chan, General Manager of ACT Foods (Shenzhen) Limited; Mr Tommy Chan, Senior Director of Tai Hing Worldwide Development Ltd; Mr Samuel Lam, Co-founder and CEO of X Social Group Limited; Mr Aaron Lee, Founder and Managing Director of Dash Serviced Suites; Mr William Shum, Founder and CEO of Memorigin; Ms Chloe Suen, Chair of Simon Suen Foundation; Mr Stan Tang, Chairman of Stan Group; Mr Jimmy Tao, Managing Director and CEO of Vitargent International Holdings Ltd; and Mr Timothy Yu, Founder and CEO of Snapask.