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PolyU CPCE Hosts “Athlete X Entrepreneur” Forum

Mr Alex Fong, Ms Leanne Szeto and Mr Justin Chan Share Their Success Stories



The Employability Services Office of the PolyU-affiliated College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) hosted its annual forum with the theme of “Athlete X Entrepreneur: Sharing the Same Journey of Dedication, Determination and Devotion” at Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong with a live webcast on 19 November 2021.


The forum aimed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in students and inspire them to explore the possibility of becoming future entrepreneurs. As Hong Kong athletes achieved their best ever results at the Tokyo Olympics this year, the College invited Mr Alex Fong, a former representative of the Hong Kong swimming team for Olympic Games, Ms Leanne Szeto, a former representative of the Hong Kong triathlon team for Asian Games, and Mr Justin Chan, a start-up entrepreneur, to share their experiences and success as an athlete and an entrepreneur. Over 120 CPCE lecturers and students as well as guests attended the forum in person or online.


At the forum, Prof. Peter Yuen, Dean of CPCE, said, “The College not only attaches much importance to students’ professional knowledge and whole-person development, but also their development after graduation. We do hope graduates can seek gainful employment, but we also encourage them to start their own business. Today, we are glad to invite three exemplary role models for the younger generation to inspire our students through their entrepreneurial experiences and tips.”



Highlights of Guest Sharing:

Mr Alex Fong

Former Representative of Hong Kong Swimming Team for Olympic Games

Artist and Founder of Hong Kong Swimming Academy

Sharing Topic: “Athlete to Entrepreneur and the In-Betweens: Managing Multiple Roles Amid the Changes and Challenges”


“You need to learn to share risks rather than results in the early stages of starting your business; athletes know well that life won’t always be plain sailing and they can afford to lose; we have to ‘learn to be a person’ such as how to communicate with others and develop a receptive mindset.”



Ms Leanne Szeto

Former Representative of Hong Kong Triathlon Team for Asian Games

Founder of TriP Triathlon Coaching

Sharing Topic: “Through Sheer Will and Iron Discipline: Qualities of a Successful Triathlete”


“Learn to set your goals early and maintain self-discipline.”



Mr Justin Chan

Founder of Gense Technologies

Sharing Topic: “Thinking Beyond Boundaries: From the Mind of an Entrepreneur”


“Most issues, such as how to build a team, can be sorted out if you learn to listen first; good ideas and innovations usually involve cross-domain work.”