Call for Application: South-South Entrepreneurship Academy First Cohort 2021, “Media and Entertainment Entrepreneurship in the COVID-19 Era” (Deadline extension: 18 April 2021)



The UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and partners from Hong Kong, namely, Centre for Business/Social Sustainability and Innovations (BSSI) of Gratia Business School of Gratia Christian College with support from the Government of Hong Kong SAR- Cyberport and Youth Square, and UNESCO Hong Kong Association, have co-organized the South-South Entrepreneurship Academy since 2018. The Academy aims to equip youth from the Global South with the current qualities, skills, knowledge and know-how of global citizenship and entrepreneurship, in order to achieve the sustainable development agenda that leaves no one behind.

The upcoming cohort of South-South Entrepreneurship Academy will focus on the theme of “Media and Entertainment Entrepreneurship in the COVID-19 Era”, highlighting the potential of media and entertainment-related entrepreneurial ventures to contribute to the attainment of SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, as well as livelihood opportunities for young people.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the entertainment media. As many people have been confined to their homes, it has been noted that the demand for content has increased significantly.  TV programmes, online gaming, short videos, and music streaming have all seen increased demand. Online simulated sports events, new music releases and online concerts have been brought in allowing emerging livestream platforms such as Hong Kong’s Viu, China’s iQiyi and Malaysia’s Iflix to enjoy growth along with YouTube, replacing physical visits to sporting events, music shows/concerts,  movie theatres, theme parks and museums. Furthermore, many forms of digital entertainment allow people to move from viewers to participants as they create new content as producers and hosts by engaging interactively with their audience. Demand for at-home digital media is expected to continue growing, driven by habit-formation and ease of access. The growth in demand is through attracting new consumers and expanding to new locations and demographics.

In this cohort, participants will have the opportunity to interact directly with entrepreneurs, experienced industry practitioners, experts from the academia and public sector, and learn from their sharing and coaching. Following training, participants will form groups to develop their idea into a mature business plan, which will be presented in front of the experts and valuable feedback will be given. The top three groups with the best business plans as assessed by the judging panel will receive a prize from the organizing committee. Students will develop transferable skills including collaboration, critical thinking, project management, problem solving, leadership and presentation.


22 March: Application opens

18 April (23:59 BKK time): Application deadline

20 April: Successful applicants notified

24-25 April: Online training

8 May: Business plan competition

*Further information will be provided to successful applicants.

Application method

Please complete the online application form here. The answers to the questions in the form will be the basis for participant selection.

Selection criteria

Participants will be chosen based on their strong interest in and proven capabilities to scale up developmental impacts in their communities with entrepreneurial activities upon successful completion of the programme, specifically:

  1. Strong interest in advancing social development with entrepreneurship;
  2. Proven leadership capabilities and strong potential to make a difference in their communities;
  3. Currently enrolled in or have attained a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification;
  4. Aged between 20-32 at the time of application;
  5. Nationals of Southern countries in East Asia, South Asia, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Pacific;
  6. Previous experience working or interning in social enterprises, start-ups, non-governmental organizations, grass-roots organizations or other development-related fields is a plus;
  7. Proficient in English.

About the organisers


The UNOSSC continually seeks to showcase and transfer forward-thinking Southern development solutions to development partners to meet the critical development challenges of today. Furthermore, UNOSSC seeks to work with specialised UN Agencies, governments and the private sector in the areas of their competency to strengthen development through South-South Cooperation.

Gratia Christian College, through its business school, and particularly, the Centre for Business and Social Sustainability and Innovations (BSSI), are focused on nurturing a generation of students that are enabled to reach their full potential by providing a high-quality education and cultivating a commitment to community service. The College will provide a number of ad hoc training activities encompassing the ideals of entrepreneurship, youth wellness and global citizenship.


Cyberport is an innovative digital community with over 1,650 start-ups and technology companies. It is managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, which is wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. With a vision to be the hub for digital technology thereby creating a new economic driver for Hong Kong, Cyberport is committed to nurturing a vibrant tech ecosystem by cultivating talent, promoting entrepreneurship among youth, supporting start-ups on their growth journey, fostering industry development by promoting strategic collaboration with local and international partners, and integrating new and traditional economies by accelerating digital transformation in the public and private sectors.

Youth Square is a project of the Hong Kong (SAR) Government for promoting social harmony and civic education among the youth of Hong Kong. The project is managed by a private sector company, “the New World Facilities Management Company”.

UNESCO Hong Kong Association (UHKA) is dedicated to facilitating and achieving UNESCO’s mission, creating conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples based upon respect for commonly shared values. The Association’s goals include sustainable development, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty. UHKA aims for the sustainable development of society, the economy and environment through education, science and culture. Its complement of staff will deliver lectures on gender equality, global citizenship and social entrepreneurship.