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Lingnan University Designs Reusable Transparent Anti-COVID-19 Mask to Promote Barrier-Free Communication for the Hearing-Impaired 

Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI) and The Hong Kong Society for the Deaf recently co-created a transparent ASTM Level 3 face mask based on the needs of hearing-impaired people, and its fully transparent and anti-reflective design makes lip-reading possible.

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LU Develops Eco-Responsible Furniture-Coffin to Promote Green Funerals 

To promote sustainable development and the use of eco-coffins, LEI has taken the lead in developing dual-use coffins as furniture for environmental purposes. The LU team is collaborating with Forget Thee Not, a social enterprise promoting green burial and funerals, to design furniture that can be conveniently reassembled into coffins. They aim to add a personal and heartfelt touch to honour the deceased, and the coffins are also more ecologically sustainable and cost-effective than the traditional funeral and burial process.

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Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative Develops Smart UVC Disinfection Robot

After the successful free sanitization service for over 1,000 subdivided flats using mobile UVC germicidal devices, LEI has achieved another breakthrough by developing a Smart Autonomous UVC Disinfection Robot to provide effective and efficient ultraviolet disinfection for large indoor establishment, in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and safeguard public health.

LEI is currently seeking financial support to produce 50 UVC robots by the end of 2021, providing free sanitization services for schools, care homes and NGOs. Over the long term, a social enterprise can be set up to deliver the service to private organizations like hotels and guesthouses. 

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Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative Joins the iAccelerate Innovation Network

The iAccelerate Innovation Network, founded by the University of Wollongong in Australia, is a group of curated partners looking to enhance international collaboration with the aim to promote and support global businesses with local impact.

The Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative at Lingnan University in Hong Kong marks the eighth international member to join the iAccelerate Innovation Network, after MIT Enterprise Forum CEE in Warsaw, Global Venture Alliance in Moscow and San Francisco, Startup Lisboa in Portugal, Da Nang Entrepreneurship Support in Vietnam, Hatch in Sri Lanka, the National Science and Technology Park in Pakistan, and the University of East London’s Knowledge Dock Business Centre in the UK. 

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Project Ultra Violite: Rapid Disinfection Service for Sub-divided Units

Funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust’s "COVID-19 Emergency Fund", Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative of Lingnan University, Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong,  Caritas Youth and Community Service, and Health In Action jointly organize the "Project Ultra Violite" to provide free and efficient UV disinfection services for one thousand sub-divided units, helping to prevent viruses from spreading in the units, and reducing the risks of household infections and community outbreaks.

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Faculty of Social Sciences


LEI was established in 2018 as a resource hub and focal point for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) activities to integrate, support and empower Lingnan community in utilizing innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for a better future. It delivers an array of education and service opportunities which aims to identify and solve pressing humanitarian challenges with a sustainable development mindset and entrepreneurial spirit.

LEI is:

  • the first and only entrepreneurship platform in Hong Kong under the liberal arts context;
  • designed to augment the transformative power of liberal arts education;
  • to accelerate resources and knowledge exchange between the University and society;
  • to foster a vibrant entrepreneurship community to lead critical development in the 21st century; and
  • to promote inclusive entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and Asia.