As a former social venture participant of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology’s (HKUST) Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy course, and winner of the Yeh Family Philanthropy Nurturing Social Minds prize, Twopresents was invited back to the class to speak to current students about our experience. The objective of the course is to provide students with a real life opportunity to develop innovative approaches to businesses that bring economic, social and/or environmental benefits to society. Twopresents was one of the social venture case studies assigned to students during the spring 2016 term. Their task was to help develop our growth plans and solve a pressing business issue. In addition, students were asked to prepare a pitch for grant funding that would provide the financial resources to implement their proposed business strategy.
We were honored to pass on our experience about participating in the class and share how we managed this opportunity. We also shared what was needed to make this experience a successful and beneficial learning opportunity for both Twopresents and the students. Our founder, Karola Horvath spoke with students about how their recommendations helped us implement our business strategy and how we struggled with and eventually overcame specific business hurdles. Moreover, she explained what inspired the founders of Twopresents to set up the company and what it takes to run a social venture on a daily basis.
Twopresents views the class presentation as a way to inspire the next generation to set up social ventures to tackle important social issues. The class is an excellent opportunity for action-based learning for the students but also provided us with access to highly qualified resources to tap into for the duration of the term.