First launched in 2014, The Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) Award is an annual business start-up programme, funded by Mr. Brandon T.C. Liu, JP and organised by kaitak, Centre for Research and Development, to support students and graduates of the Academy of Visual Arts to turn their creativity into feasible ventures.
This year marks the second chapter of the Award. We are thrilled by the seven exceptional creative business proposals that ranged from up-cycled ceramics products to research-based DIY product kits and many more. After a prolonged discussion among the judging panel, the panel has decided to give out a Grant Award of $50,000 seeding fund to Flawed Beauty of Upcycling Ceramics by LEE CHAN KEE; and a Runner-up Award of $30,000 to In/External craftwork by Okapi Studio.
Flawed Beauty of Upcycling Ceramics by Ms. Gloria LAI Wai Shan and Ms. Amy CHAN Nga Man
In appreciation of the flawed beauty, treasuring the value of craftsmanship and promoting sustainable lifestyle, Ms. Lai and Ms. Chan founded LAI CHAN KEE（泥塵記）, a business dedicated to up-cycling abandoned industrial, commercial, household ceramics into brand new tableware with added environmental value.
In/External craftwork by Mr. Stephen LAM Yat Fung, Mr. Max CHENG Chi Kin and Ms. Polly CHAN Pui Cheung
The three visual arts graduates recently set up Okapi Studio. Through their collective efforts they aim to explore various materials for their potential for innovative and new product experiences.
With thanks to the judging panel:
Prof. John AIKEN, Director of Academy of Visual Arts (AVA)
Mr. Brandon T. C. LIU, JP, Member of the Board of Governors of the HKBU Foundation and Honorary Member of the Court of HKBU
Ms. Gilda LIU, Director of Lead Fortune Technology Limited
Mr. Peter BENZ, Programme Director of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Arts
Ir. Dr. Alfred TAN, Head of Knowledge Transfer Office
For further information on the winning entries, please visit the project website: http://www.youngartistsagency.hk