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CUHK MBA Field Trips to US and Taiwan

Date:
December 14, 2018

Two groups of MBA students set for their week-long study field trips to Silicon Valley, US and Taiwan respectively in the last week of November. There were plenty of beyond classroom learning experience gained on entrepreneurship and innovation through a number of visits.


Silicon Valley, San Francisco

With an objective of gaining insights into the different aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation, the group visited a number of companies including IBM, Watson, Oracle, Prezi, Docusign, Google and LinkedIn where they learnt how data are utilised. Bootup ventures is a collaborative and creative start-up ecosystem that offers co-working space, corporate acceleration and innovations. Whilst Task Rabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that matches freelance labour with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks.

 

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund aims to unleash resources and talents of the Silicon Valley community to achieve meaningful social impact.

 

Fjord is a global design and innovation consultancy manifesting how design thinking cultivates design-led strategies. Also a visit to the Stanford University plus a talk by Bolt Threads.

 

The field trip concluded with a “Shark Tank” pitching session where students had to present their new business ideas to a judging panel comprised of Silicon Valley capitalists for their support on their decision to invest.

 

What our student has to say?

Kevin Burns (Full Time, Class of 2020)
“Everything was great. Meetings were very interesting and arrangements were seamless. I couldn’t have wished for a better execution.

 


Taiwan

The objective of this field trip was to understand the development of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship in cultural and creative sectors through a range of visits and lectures.

 

Day One

Cheer For – creative lifestyle products with original designs, followed by a speaker series.

 

Speaker Series

Ming Hsiu – Cheerful Group Sharing

 

Tony Lee – Start Up Talk

 

Kai Hsu- KS Bridge

 

Co working space

 

Day Two

Asia University

 

Lecture by Professor Ming-Huei Chen on Creativity & Entrepreneurship

 

Visiting the AU Museum

 

Day Three

Social Entrepreneurship Forum at Fu Jen University

 

Professor Ariana Chang, Department of Business Administration, FJU

 

Mr Henri Lau, Director, Business Words

 

Mr Sean Chen, Founder of GHP Capital & Consulting

 

Day Four

Lecture by Prof Liu Day-Yang on Technology Development in Taiwan at National Taiwan University of Science & Technology (NTUST)

 

Lecture by Prof. Wang Hui Chih on the “Business Model for Religious Operation- Chinese Temple”

 

Chih Nan Temple 

 

Day Five

Victory Potential Development Centre– a social entreprise integrating employment services for the disabled

 

Mr Roy Chang, CEO of the Centre on Innovative Social Entrepreneurship

 

The tour ended with a debriefing session with Professor Wilton Chau at Onsen Papawaqa

 

What our student has to say?

Stephanie Chu (Full Time, Class of 2020)
“As the only trip that includes creative and cultural entrepreneurship, the Taiwan Study Trip definitely distinguishes itself from all other study trips and was able to meet its learning objectives. Prof. Wilton Chau is a great professor who maximizes learning opportunities. Even when some speakers did not present very well, he evoked the presenter to elaborate and would later tell us his previous learnings to make up for it. There was not a day that went to waste.”

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