Start-up Immersion Programme 2019 Trainers
Mr Patrick CHAN
Lecturer, School of Professional Education and Executive Development,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr Chan holds an MA in Design with distinction. For over 20 years, he had been an experienced design practitioner in the graphic design, advertising, and publication fields in local, China and multi-national corporate environments. He believes design is a powerful change-making force in the contemporary world.
After migrating from practice to education, Mr Chan has accumulated a diverse teaching portfolio of over 20 design-related subjects in different programmes, including the Master of Design programmes, BA (Hons) in Art & Design in Education, and HD in Multimedia Design and Technology in PolyU School of Design, BA (Hons) in Applied & Media Arts in PolyU SPEED, HD in Applied & Media Arts in Hong Kong Art School, and even a subject on design and visual communication for Form 5 in HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Mr Chan’s students constantly won competitions with their assignments from the subjects he taught and tutored. A notable example is that for 2 consecutive years his students won as champions with their subject projects in the HK Social Enterprise Challenge 2010 and 2011. Each team won a cash award of almost HK$200,000, which enabled them to incubate their student projects into real businesses and made them entrepreneurs in social innovation.
When Mr Chan was working in the School of Design of PolyU, he helped to run 2 research labs and was involved in a lot of research and consultancy projects, ranging from consumer and healthcare product innovations to exploring HK-PRD collaboration in the creative and manufacturing industries, including a HK$1.8-million design research project funded by CreateHK.
Mr Felix LAM
Founding Partner, 43 Ventures
Felix is an entrepreneur, angel investor and business advisor for early-stage technology companies in Hong Kong, US, China, Australia and Taiwan.
He invests and manages a portfolio of early-stage technology ventures in US and Asia, and provides entrepreneurial training and venture support for young entrepreneurs. Felix is also the founding partner for 43 Ventures and director for WYNG 43 Social Investment, with a focus on the convergence of social innovation and technological impact.