Policy Brief

Partnering for Impact


The article looks at the case of Nurturing Social Minds (NSM), a program launched in 2015 that delivers interdisciplinary action-based learning courses on social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy at the university level. This program is the result of a tripartite partnership between a family foundation, the Hong Kong government, and two universities—a collaboration formed to educate and support the rising generation of social innovators. The courses attract a mix of graduate and undergraduate business students as well as those from other disciplines. Although the courses are introductory, students are exposed to a range of industry experts brought in as guest speakers. The students work in teams as consultants for the founders of social enterprises addressing poverty alleviation in Hong Kong. In addition, the courses address both social entrepreneurship and social finance, helping students to develop a personal stake in their social venture partner because they are the ones pitching on behalf of their partner organization.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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