As a comprehensive research-intensive university, CUHK is committed not only to research excellence, but also to translation of knowledge to address global challenges and societal needs. New knowledge drives innovation and entrepreneurship, which is not limited to technology or business enterprises, but also new approaches and practices that promote social development. Social Innovation combines innovation and social causes to improve people’s lives.
CUHK prides itself for its support for knowledge transfer in both technological as well as social innovations. We are the pioneer in promoting social entrepreneurship in academia by facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration, capacity building, community networking, and funding support. SoCUBE now presents a centralised space on all information about CUHK social innovation. We invite you to share our mission.
Social innovation is one of the pillars of our entrepreneurial and innovative endeavours. Upholding our mission to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the University and society, ORKTS strives to empower social-minded CUHK members in applying their expertise to tackle social issues together. Come take advantage of the SoCUBE platform, its programmes and events – get to know CUHK’s social innovation projects and even collaborate with our teams. We look forward to your participation!
We empower scholars to innovate for social good.
SoCUBE incubates cross-disciplinary ideas from academia to drive concrete actions for the benefit of the wider community.
We envision CUHK as a leading force in advocating academia-led social innovation in Hong Kong and co-creating a better society. While SoCUBE focuses on facilitating researchers’ ventures, our partners in CUHK contribute to student-aimed programmes that complete our innovation ecosystem.
One day, we see all members of society wield their expertise and experiences in contributing to sustainable societal advancement. We aspire to the academia taking the lead with innovative solutions that could spark the next big idea for the greater good.
The first-of-its-kind spectacular in Hong Kong initiated by CUHK's Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE), HKSEC is the stage for inter-collegiate social ventures to shine. The Challenge has since grown from an event to a full-blown programme of three stages: education, competition and incubation. Student teams are nurtured with training workshops, seminars and mixer gatherings, whose ideas and skills are sharpened by professional advice in each competition stage.
As distinguished from conventional technology transfer endeavours with a heavy focus on patents and commercialisation, KPF is set up to kick-start community-based efforts from all academic disciplines. CUHK researchers are invited to test the waters with their social innovations – be it a revamped service model, a programme developed based on latest research, or a tangible product that serves the common good – before they are scaled up for amplified impact.
Launched in 2011, the I·CARE Programme has been committed to offering informal whole-person education to students based on the I·CARE Framework. In line with its motto “Aspiration through Reflection; Renewal through Civility”, the I·CARE Programme aims to inspire students to actively partake in social and civic services. It also facilitates the release of students’ holistic competencies so that they will become able to enhance the wellness of people in the local, regional and global communities.
With the goal of facilitating the integration between knowledge creation and knowledge transfer, ORKTS was formed following the merger of the former Research Administration Office and the Knowledge Transfer Office. This central unit supports CUHK researchers via identifying research funding sources and collaboration opportunities, facilitating development and licensing of intellectual property, processing project contracts, as well as nurturing innovative and entrepreneurial undertakings.
To further sustainability of social innovation endeavours, S-KPF is established as one of the ways out, or rather, up. The funding scheme empowers CUHK researchers to mature their projects into social enterprises that deliver enduring impact.
CUHK is the first university to partner with the SIE Fund systematically in driving social innovation from academia. The Fund rides on the KPF scheme in enabling applied research projects that answer the objectives of poverty relief, social inclusion and well-being promotion.
Established in October 2016, the I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development mainly plans and implements the I·CARE Programme. It also renders support to other services which aim to facilitate students’ all-round development.
Permission from Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder of Grameen Bank, was obtained to name the Yunus Social Business Centre@CUHK after him. It aims to encourage real action from the youth of Hong Kong in social business through training activities and incubation programmes. The Centre also facilitates poverty alleviation through research such as developing the “Toolkit for Social Impact Assessment”.
EPIN perfected the CUHK ecosystem as the “formal” education platform where students are challenged to create and break new grounds. An interdisciplinary programme open to all undergraduates, EPIN nurtures not only skills to actualise new ventures, but also the necessary attitudes – perseverance and a sense of social responsibility. The curriculum mimics the stages of ideation, realisation and commercialisation.
Happy birthday to SoCUBE – join us in celebrating CUHK’s social innovation efforts as we continue growing our footprint to reach all sectors of society.
The Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Team was established under Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services in 2016, with an aim of driving new initiatives in supporting social innovation and entrepreneurship endeavours from faculty members, researchers and students.
University Grants Committee (UGC)
The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund)