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Frequently Asked Questions for HKLSS Mentorship Scheme

About the Scheme

What are the aims of the HKLSS Mentorship Scheme?

The Scheme aims to provide our mentees with a platform that enables them to meet with industry experts, young entrepreneurs, and researchers. The Scheme is designed to cultivate young students in the life sciences/biotech industries, equipping them with workplace knowledge, soft skills, and the ability to network and build relevant connections. 

What are the benefits of becoming a mentee?

Mentees will be able to identify academic and career opportunities. They will gain insights into the biotech developments in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Through various visits and activities, mentees will better understand the latest I&T trends and expand their personal and professional networks.

Who can register for the Mentorship Scheme?

Undergraduate and postgraduate students in sciences, engineering and medicine. 

What is the duration of the Mentorship Scheme?

The Scheme is designed to last for 12 months. The 2024/25 cohort will be commencing in March 2024.

How can I become a mentee?

Register and complete your application on the Mentorship Scheme Website

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are industry experts, entrepreneurs and senior executives from a wide range of professions in the life sciences industry and biotechnology organizations, specializing in business development, data analytics, entrepreneurship, life sciences-related investment, policy research, science communication, research and development, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), etc.

Some mentors from 2023 cohort, including Mr Vincent Cheung (Nan Fung Group/HKLSS), Mr Antony Leung (Nan Fung Group), Dr Celine Chan (Centre for Novostics), Prof Tom Cheung (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Ms Gladdy He (Become Consulting), Mr Emmanuel Hui (Tiger Jade Pebble Accelerator), Prof Daniel Lee (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Dr Benjamin Li (Lee's Pharmaceutical), Mr Donald Lung (Antengene), Ms Cintia Nunes (The Mills Fabrica), Mr Andrew Pang (Ally Bridge Group), Mr Sammi Wong (HKSTP Ventures) and more.

How are mentors and mentees matched?

We will pair mentors and mentees based on their aligned goals and interests. We will also consider various factors, including the mentee's desired areas of growth and the mentor's expertise and experience in those specific areas.

Can mentees choose their mentors?

While we take mentee preferences into consideration, mentor-mentee pairing is primarily based on compatibility, goals, and areas of expertise to ensure the best possible mentoring experience.

How often do mentors and mentees communicate?

Mentees should meet up with the mentors face-to-face and/or online (e.g. Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.) with each other at reasonable intervals during the mentorship period (preferably 3 to 4 times).

Are there any extra activities in the Mentorship Scheme?

Mentees will be engaged in immersive programs including interactive workshops, talks and networking activities.

What is the Great Young Mentor (GYM) Initiative?

The initiative pairs mentees in their first or second year of undergraduate study with HKLSS alumni aged 30 and below. We ensure that our young mentors are great enough to share their challenges and experience as young people, offering their mentees a “peer” lens to view their concerns, possible solutions, and career options.

When will I receive the result?

Results will be announced through email within six weeks following the closure of the application.

Tips for Mentees

Is it your first time being a mentee and you don’t know where to start? Here are some tips to help you get started.

Set clear goals – Define what you want to achieve through the scheme and communicate your goals to your mentor.

Be prepared – Value your mentor's time constraints and ensure you arrive at meetings well-prepared and organized. Prepare topics to discuss with your mentor in advance of the meeting. 

Be open-minded – Be willing to receive feedback, criticism, new perspectives and suggestions from your mentor.

Be proactive – Maintain regular and proactive communication with your mentor and take the initiative to initiate most of the contact. Don't hesitate to reach out and let your mentor know when you need help or guidance.

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