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inspirED Social Entrepreneurship Program 2014


was an 11-day boot camp based in CoCoon, a spacious and vibrant coworking space for startups and entrepreneurs.  This rigorous yet fun program teaches you relevant business and communication skills that empower you to design your own high-impact service project.


The course incorporates Harvard Project Zero & Stanford Design School learning and thinking strategies as well as TED talk-style presentations; we will also apply the HBS case method to teach leadership and social entrepreneurship.   Students work directly with underprivileged children from one of our partners, Changing Young Lives Foundation, to develop knowledge and awareness about important social issues in HK.  


Through activities ranging from volunteering and a team-building and leadership retreat to social enterprise case studies and project design, students learn how to develop an idea into a mission-driven project that can enrich their personal portfolios and jumpstart their IB CAS or MYP Personal Project. 


Students are immersed in the stimulating environment of CoCoon’s startup community, and almost every day, meet successful social entrepreneurs and leaders in the business and non-profit community and gain exposure to creative and sustainable solutions.


Designed and taught by Renée Boey (Harvard, Cambridge) and Ada Chu (Cambridge, Harvard Business School).  11 days, 7 hrs a day.  Rising G9 to G12 students.





Design Thinking

Personal Project



Community Service

Our goal is to offer you an experience that will inspire and empower you to define yourself as an innovative and socially responsible leader.


Prepare your mind & heart for a purposeful, passion-driven life.

Rising Grades 9 to 12

(or ages 15 to 18)


Jumpstart your

 IB CAS Projects and

MYP Personal Projects.


Based in CoCoon, one of HK’s largest and most active coworking space for startups and entrepreneurs.

Sample Day

10:00: Warm-up Presentation of Daily Theme (e.g. creative confidence, resilience, empathy)

10:30: Simulation workshop on focus area in Social Entrepreneurship

11:30: Special Guest Speaker

12:30: Lunch (Speakers will be invited to join)

13:30: Personal Service Project Time & Feedback / One-to-One Coaching

15:00: Case Study on KIVA, a microfinance non-profit

16:00: Team Activity e.g. Plan for Changing Young Lives Foundation Leadership & Service Day

16:45: Daily Journal


(Optional) Pizza &  Movie Night

  • Volunteer and gain community service experience

  • Design your own service project

  • Be inspirED by successful social entrepreneurs and leaders in business and NPOs

  • Learn innovative and sustainable solutions

  • Collaborate with your peers

  • Pitch your project proposal to a panel of entrepreneurs – win an award!

  • Grow and develop the skills to become an effective and empathetic leader

Renee Boey

Teacher and Program Leader

Academic Background

Cambridge University (MPhil in Renaissance Literature)

Harvard University  (BA Hons in English)

St. Paul’s School, NH, USA


Experience Highlights

IB English and Humanities Teacher at The ISF Academy

Researcher for the HK Education and Manpower Bureau

Director of the Harvard Phillips Brooks House Citizenship


Teacher for Harvard Project for International Education

Business Editor of the Harvard Crimson


Professional Development

Harvard Graduate School of Education –

    Project Zero Institute and WIDE World Program

IB Diploma and Middle Year Programmes Teacher Training

The University of Hong Kong – PGDE


Ada Chu

Teacher and Program Leader

Academic Background

Harvard Business School (MBA)

Cambridge University (BA Hons in Engineering, MEng)

Roedean School, UK


Experience Highlights

Global Director of CRM & Insights at Education First Online   


Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company

Summer Associate at Goldman Sachs

Volunteer Teacher for the African Development Consortium

Engineering Without Borders in Cambodia

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