Are you reinventing 21st century learning,
And looking for help to pilot or scale your work?
Join the Reimagine Education Challenge.
21st Century Learning
The world is changing faster than we could imagine. The digital revolution is bringing unprecedented challenges as well as opportunities to mankind.
Esperanza has launched ‘Reimagine Education’ as our first initiative in our Reimagine It series. We have been collecting inputs from the community on what 21st century learning should mean and entail (click the diagram to enlarge).
Our key challenges are:
- How might we build the character and skills of our next generation to help them sail through an unpredictable future?
- How might we motivate, inspire and empower learning?
- How might we unleash the potential of people – as individuals with different interests, strengths and learning needs – and encourage multiple learning pathways?
Esperanza is inviting new learning solutions that can help fulfil the purpose of education, the skills Hong Kong should strengthen, and address the key learning challenges. The solution can be applicable to the different stages of learning, from early childhood to tertiary education, special education, parent education, teacher training and lifelong learning. It can be a product, a service and other learning experience with offline and/or online applications.
We welcome applications from two categories of organisations that are registered in Hong Kong:
- non-profits (including schools) and
- startups (for-profits)
Social enterprises can join either categories depending on whether they are non-profits or for-profits. The solution should at least pass the Proof of Concept and Prototype stage, and is ready to pilot or scale.
Entrants should submit applications via https://bit.ly/EZREC on or before 15 July 2019 (Hong Kong time 2359 hours). The entry can be submitted in English or Chinese.
Each entrant should submit 10 slides covering:
- The problem/opportunity that is being addressed
- Description of the solution
- Unique value proposition vs other similar offerings
- Target/size of the beneficiaries/market and go-to-market plan
- The core team, including advisors, mentors and/or board members (if any)
- Operating/business model
- Key performance metrics
- Milestones to date
- Development plan and support required
- Sources of funding and 3-year financial projections
Other supporting materials:
- Basic information about the organization (name, brief description of the organization, address, contact person and details)
- A bilingual summary of the organisation and the learning solution (Max 150 words in English and 200 words in Chinese)
- A one-minute elevator pitch video on the summary.
- Business registration certificate
The semi-finalists may be required to provide financial statements and other information.
Information suggested to be included in the summary/one-minute video
(Adapted from the One Minute Startup Pitch Template, Founder Institute)
- The customer/user segment and the pain point
- Solution name and product category
- Value proposition and market size/number of beneficiaries
- Key differentiator
- Highlights of members
- Business/operating model
- Our vision and potential impact
- Executed milestones
- Support required
- The value proposition (30%): the scale of the problem/opportunity, the desirability and effectiveness of the solution
- The business/operating model (30%): viability and feasibility
- The team (30%): competency, relevant experience, complementarity, market understanding, communication skill and openness to learning
- Potential impact (10%)
- All entrants will be invited to ‘Pitch & Learn’ on 27 July 2019. The shortlisted entrants will be announced on the day and each entrant will be invited to give a one-minute elevator pitch and answer questions from the judges and the audience. The panel of judges will select up to 10 semi-finalists for a final interview on 31 July 2019.
- The judging panel will select up to 4 finalists. They will undergo 3 months of mentorship and matching programme to refine and develop their projects/ventures before they make the final pitching in December 2019 at the Learning and Teaching Expo to funders, educators and other expo participants.
Benefits to the Entrants
- Learning from and networking with peers and experts at ‘Pitch & Learn’ Day
- Opportunity to pitch to potential funders, clients/users, partners and other people who can help take the project/venture to the next level
- Become part of the community of people passionate about education in Hong Kong
Benefits to the Finalists
- 3-month mentorship and matching programme to refine and develop your project/venture
- Exposure through Esperanza’s network and marketing communications platforms
- Free exhibition booth and pitching at the Learning and Teaching Expo (11-13 Dec 2019), an annual signature event for educators in Hong Kong
- Support from Challenge Partners:
- Asian Charity Services will offer the NGO finalists priority access to its capacity building programs, enabling them to be more effective, efficient and sustainable.
- The Founder Institute will offer free access to the FI’s “Become a Startup Founder” e-course and free application of its fellowship programme (valued at USD50) for all Challenge entrants. It will offer the 2019 Fellowship Programme to a startup finalist of the Challenge, valued at USD749. Check out the programme details from https://fi.co/program
- Microsoft will offer a Surface Go to the best performing NGO and Startup entrants.
- Google will offer Challenge finalists priority access to digital skills workshops that can cater to their needs.
|31 May||Open applications|
|15 July||Deadline for entries|
|25 July||"Effective Pitching" Workshop (1800 - 1930)
MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
|27 July||Pitch & Learn Day
Announcement of and elevator pitches from shortlisted entries
Selection of semi-finalists
|31 July||Final interview: Selection of the finalists|
|Sep - Nov||Mentorship and marketing of the finalists|
|11-13 Dec||Exhibition and presentation of finalists at Learning and Teaching Expo|
“Esperanza has been a community partner of Teach For Hong Kong.
With its vast network of supporters from cross sectors,
Teach For Hong Kong has been able to make meaningful relationships
with new supporters that further our movement.”
Arnold Chan, Founder and CEO, Teacher For Hong Kong
|0845 - 0915||Registration|
|0915 - 0930||Opening|
|0930 - 0940||Welcome Remarks
John C Tsang, Founder, Esperanza
|0940 - 1040||Startup Track Pitches|
|1040 - 1055||Break|
|1055 - 1155||NGO Track Pitches|
|1155 - 1240||Future of Education Panel
Diana David, Founder, Sarana Labs and Future Proof Author
Ada Ng, Director, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropies, Microsoft Hong Kong
Yat Siu, Founder and CEO, Outblaze
|1240 - 1255||Comment from Judges|
|1255 - 1300||Announcement of Semi-Finalists|
|1300 - 1430||Networking Lunch|
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation Limited
HK Social Entrepreneurship Forum
The D. H. Chen Foundation
Dr Augustine Chow
Harmony Asset Management Ltd
Lee Hysan Foundation
Head, Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation
Office of Research & Knowledge Transfer Services, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Director of Hong Kong Initiatives
Rustandy Centre for Social Innovation, Chicago Booth
Head of Business Development
Amazon Web Services
Founder Institute HK
Prof Paula Kwan
Research Associate Professor
Lam Wai Yee
Asian Charity Services
New World Development
Founder and CEO
Social Ventures Hong Kong
Head of Innovation Technologies, Greater China
HK & South China Director
Head, Entrepreneurship Centre
Author and PR Specialist for Startups
Head of Charities
Hong Kong Jockey Club
Yan Yan Yip
Director of Programs
Social Media Partner:
Startup Media Partner:
Terms and Conditions
All entrants should read carefully these Terms and Conditions prior to entering the Reimagine Education Challenge (Challenge):
- Each entrant has to comply with the following:
- The entrant fulfills the entry requirements of the Challenge;
- All personal data provided for the purpose of entering into the Challenge are true and accurate;
- The entrant may be required to provide documentary proof of the information provided in the entry;
- The entrant is the owner of the intellectual property rights in the entry, and does not infringe any intellectual property rights of any person or entity;
- The entrants may be required to take part in the Organiser’s promotional activities;
- The information provided in the summary of the entry will be made open.
- The Organiser has the sole discretion and final decision in:
- determining whether any entries should be disqualified;
- deciding on the exact number of short-listed entrants, semi-finalists and finalists
- The Organiser accepts no responsibility for delayed, late or misdirected entries during the online submission process.
- The Organiser shall have the right to cancel the Challenge, including the Pitch & Learn Day or change the programme criteria, mechanism and prizes in circumstances as deemed necessary without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on www.esperanza.life
- The entries will be assessed and selected in accordance with the complete and unfettered discretion of Esperanza, its partners and judges.. The Organiser provides no warranty as to the qualifications or expertise of its partners and judges.
- The information submitted by the participants will only be reviewed by the organizer, partners and appointed judges in the assessment process. The organizer will not publish or publize any information about the entrants without the prior consent of the participants.
- The Organizer will not be responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights or any other rights of any entrant, and the responsibility will be borne by the entrant.
- The redemption of the services provided by the Challenge partners will be governed by the terms and conditions of use stipulated by the partners.
- In the event of any dispute regarding the Challenge, the decision of the Organiser shall be final.
- The Challenge and the Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of Hong Kong.
- In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version of the Challenge information on this website, the English version shall prevail.