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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Unicorn Day

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SHAW AUDITORIUM, HKUST - 09:30


  4. Crowded. PETER is seated between LADIES#1 and #2, just behind the PRESIDENT.


  5. MONTAGE


  6. A. The President gives her opening remarks.


  7. B. The PRESIDENT of HKUST (GZ) calls upon the AUDIENCE to visit his campus.


  8. C. A VICE-PRESIDENT speaks about "From Inspiration to Impact".


  9. D. A PROFESSOR speaks about "From Laboratories to Unicorns".


  10. E. A photo session for the awardees of "Technology for Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU).

  11. END MONTAGE


  12. PETER (V.O.): HKUST have courageous and entrepreneurial faculty and students. That's why HKUST makes a difference.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. FOYER, SHAW AUDITORIUM - 12:00


  15. In front of an exhibition booth, a STUDENT (20) chats with Peter.


  16. STUDENT: Do you know anyone who can financially support my idea right away?


  17. PETER: There're angel investors here. But have you got a prototype yet?


  18. STUDENT: No.


  19. PETER (V.O.): While everything begins with an idea, the value of it lies in its execution.

  20. INT. WALKWAY, HKUST - 12:30


  21. Walking past, Peter sees "OKT" booths on both sides.


  22. PETER (V.O.): The exhibitions are from the University's Office of Knowledge Transfer.


  23. Checking some booths.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Science and technology don't sell. What sells is intellectual property.


  25. INT. CHINA GARDEN, HKUST - 13:00


  26. Getting a name card from LADY#3 who is seated next to him, Peter starts the conversation.


  27. PETER: You're from the Shenzhen Angel FOF...What's "FOF"?


  28. LADY#3: It's Fund of Funds. We fund other funds.


  29. PETER (Cont'd): An an angel, how much would you fund a start-up?


  30. LADY#3: The average amount is around 10 million RMB.


  31. PETER (Cont'd): Your company must be a very special angel then!


  32. LADY#3: We're a pilot state-owned enterprise.


  33. PETER: I see. And you're based in Shenzhen city.


  34. LADY#3: Yes, the operational environment is different there.


  35. PETER: I know of entrepreneurs from Inner Mongolia running a profitable mainland China-wide business via Shenzhen.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER(Cont'd): Apart from funding support, does your company provide other services?


  38. LADY#3: We provide guidance to startups to enhance their success rate.


  39. PETER: When do you expect the return on your company's investment?


  40. LADY#3: 10 years.


  41. PETER: Wow, your company's tolerance level is high!


  42. LADY:#3: We focus on start-ups that have potential to establish standards internationally. They should be worth our wait.


  43. Peter nods.


  44. LADY#3: We also aim to enhance startups' survival rate to be above 8%.


  45. PETER: That's a challenging goal.


  46. Smartphone in hand, Peter shows his publications on a wix.site.


  47. LADY#3: I've heard of the name of the platform.


  48. LADY#3 (Cont'd) : We're primarily Putonghai-speaking. Could you help publicize us?


  49. PETER (V.O): Her company has been in existence for three years. I first heard about it in a morning signing ceremony.


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. SHAW AUDITORIUM - 14:00


  52. On stage, CEOs are pitching the audience in turns.


  53. PETER (V.O.): I used to be a judge of business case competitions among universities in the Asia Pacific.


  54. Pausing.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): These pitches are real. And recently, I've been actively involved in monitoring the execution of HKUST's Entrepreneurial Fund.


  56. DAYDREAMING


  57. A. In the sea, Peter swims with mermaids.


  58. B. In the sky, Peter rides a unicorn.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END






























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