Join young entrepreneurs from HKUST and University of Oxford for a dialogue on striking the balance between academic and business interests, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Balance between academic and business – SPARK Talk was held on 20 October during SPARK 2021. To revisit the event, view the recording here:

Date Time Event Recording

20 October 2021


17.00 - 18.00


View the recording here

10.00 - 11.00


Turning ideas into reality requires a lot of dedication, perseverance, time and effort. How can university students, who are passionate about innovation, find time to pursue their mission in making a societal impact through entrepreneurship? In the presence of young entrepreneurs from HKUST and University of Oxford, this talk aims to spark dialogues, thoughts and ideas on social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Type of event: Talk

Platform: Microsoft TEAMS

About Speakers

Anushka Purohit
CEO and Co-Founder, Breer

Anushka Purohit is a final year student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, studying Electronic and Computer Engineering. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Breer, an award-winning start-up in Hong Kong that collects unsold, uneaten, surplus bread, and uses it to brew local craft beer. She is also the CTO and Co-Founder of StayK, a platform bringing hidden gems in Hong Kong onto a digital platform for easy access.

Andreas Halner
Co-Founder and President, Oxford Cancer Analytics Ltd (OXcan)

Andreas Halner is the Co-Founder and President of Oxford Cancer Analytics Ltd (OXcan), a company which seeks to make early cancer detection a reality for patients and their families worldwide. OXcan applies biologically-informed machine learning techniques to analyse patient blood samples, which can be swiftly and routinely collected from patients. Andreas studied pre-clinical medicine at University of Oxford and is now completing his DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Medicine and Machine Leaning.