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The 10th edition of the Entrepreneurship Winter School will be be launch by ThinkYoung, Huawei and the University of Hong Kong.


ThinkYoung, the University of Hong Kong and Huawei are going to launch its 10th edition of the Entrepreneurship Winter School in Hong Kong. The programme, which will last 5 days, from the 5th to the 9th of January, will be hosting many entrepreneurs coming from all over the world, providing a great cultural mix. The aim of the programme is enabling participants to develop their business ideas and encourage them to reach their professional targets.


The Entrepreneurship Winter School is one of the ThinkYoung’s projects. It takes place twice per year both during the summer and winter in two different locations, Hong Kong and Brussels. ThinkYoung’s Entrepreneurship Schools were first introduced during the summer of 2010 in Brussels with the intend to help young Europeans who had creative start up ideas but did not know how to set up a business. However, up to date, the school has gained experience and has grown tremendously.


Through the Entrepreneurship School, they allow young entrepreneurs to unlock their true potential, which is done by helping them to build up their confidence and expand their skills to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. Christian, a French student from the Winter School in Hong Kong 2014, experienced this: “Overall, the visit here really changed my mind about shaping a company”.


Entrepreneurship School initiatives are possible because of the team of mentors who supervise and support the implementation of students’ projects. In the next edition, seven successful entrepreneurs are ready to help young people with creative start up ideas but without knowledge on how to set up a business.


Charles Mok will be one of them. He is one of the ICT industry pioneers in Hong Kong, as Honorary President of Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, former Chairman of Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association, and Co-founder of Internet Society Hong Kong.


Another speaker will be Alex Tang, the CEO of SXC Asia, who leads the company’s business expansion in Greater China. The School will also count with the participation of Cindy Ko, an influential fashion blogger based in Hong Kong. She has been featured in major magazines and covers many-large fashion events, including Fashion Week in New York and Australia.


Apart from them, our list of speakers will be fill with other successful entrepreneurs such as Joao Seabra, (founder of Jump Willy), Jim Coke (founder of Hilmann Reinier) and Simon Squibb (founder of multi award-winning).


Can Entrepreneurship be taught? Maybe this question does not have answer. However, the speakers will bring their experiences to the table in order to inspire the participants, all in a very didactic way. Away from the typical lecture approach, the Entrepreneurship Schools works with a unique methodology. They are not professors or boring lecturers, only exciting pioneers who can offer knowledge by sharing their experiences and giving the participants advices, which they cannot find in books.


What is clear is that the week from the 5th to the 9th of January will be full of activities for all students attending the school. “It is very intense. Every day, morning and afternoon, there are entrepreneurs talking to us, answering our questions”, said a student from the Summer School in Brussels 2014. “We learn lessons from their failure experiences. Now I know how to avoid same mistakes when I will open my company”.


During the week, the participants will also visit the headquarters of Huawei in Shenzhen, one of the biggest and most innovative technology firms in the world, founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei. The multinational has expanded from reselling PBX products to becoming a leading global ICT solutions provider.  “The presentation of the company gave me the feeling that Huawei is like a big family”, mentioned by Dimitra, a Greek student who really enjoyed the School and company visit.


The visit in Shenzhen will enable the students to catch a glimpse of Huawei’s work and experience first-hand how the company innovates. Huawei has initiated a number of activities to boost ICT skills and entrepreneurship among young people, using its strategic position as a global ICT leader to reach out to students and connect them with opportunities.


Its Telecom Seeds for the Future programme for instance is an umbrella initiative launched to bridge the gap between what is learned and what is needed in the industry. “The Huawei president was taking time for us, it is not an usual thing that such a big company having one person just assigned to students. We are just students here” commented a student from the Winter School in Hong Kong 2013.


All in all, the 10th edition of the Entrepreneurship Winter School is committed to be an opportunity to students from over the world, where seven successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences and knowledge with the aim of making their students’ dreams true.



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