Feature Stories

08.05.2017

Nurturing High School Students to be Entrepreneurs

Nurturing High School Students to be Entrepreneurs

While we teach, we learn.

Sinty Chan and Eli Chuah, year two students of the HKUST Business School Global Business (GBUS) program, find the best way to understand this ancient wisdom of this proverb when they participated in a service project that put them in the role of teaching others.

They were two of 70 GBUS students who have provided voluntary coaching to students from 30 secondary schools for the Young Innovators Bazaar. 

The bazaar has been organized for the past five years by Project WeCan, a Business-in-Community initiative to empower secondary school students who are disadvantaged in learning to pursue higher studies and future careers. 

“The experience was mutually beneficial.  Not only were we able to share the business knowledge we have learned with the secondary school students, who got more decisive as they acquired more business acumen, we also got a deeper understanding of the functions of different departments and business strategies when designing a coaching kit,”  said Sinty and Eli.

This was the first time GBUS students participated. Starting in October last year, Sinty and Eli together with their peers began to help more than 150 high school students to understand business theories, prepare business plans and budgets, design and source products, devise sales and marketing strategies, and prepare for the oral presentation of their business plans to judges. They designed a comprehensive coaching kit to guide the students throughout the process.

The GBUS students also guided the secondary school students in setting up 30 booths at Plaza Hollywood for the bazaar itself, which was held in February on the theme “Innovation and Passion”.

“The Young Innovators Bazaar is a very meaningful project which provides a platform for secondary school students to have a taste of entrepreneurship,” said Professor Emily Nason, Associate Dean and GBUS Program Director of the HKUST Business School. “It is truly encouraging to see how secondary school and GBUS students integrate ideas seamlessly and come up with their own products starting from scratch.”

An award presentation was held on the last day of the bazaar.  Sinty and Eli were happy to witness their “younger brothers and sisters”, who sold healthy grains under their coaching, won the “Best Theme Presentation” and “Most Favourite Booth” awards. “We’re very glad we participated in this meaningful project, where we can teach and learn,” they said.