HKU DeepTech100 is Open for Application Now until 23 Oct 2022

HKU DeepTech100 is Open for Application Now until 23 Oct 2022

About DeepTech

HKU DeepTech100 is a one year co-ideation programme with HKU iDendron and HKSTP. This programme is first of its kind in Hong Kong aiming for translating deep tech research outcome from top university into future businesses. HKU and HKSTP will joint force to provide research and development resources as well as business and startup support.  

Research post-graduates or young researchers are particularly welcome to trial out their ideas using this collaborative platform; HKU iDendron has years of experience working with entrepreneurs on campus while HKSTP is an ideal partner for future business growth and funding opportunities. We also encourage final year students to convert innovative projects into real-world business proposals. HKU DeepTech100 will offer you rounded support in entrepreneurship education, startup building, and exposure to wider innovation ecosystem in Hong Kong and beyond.       

What do we offer?

Structured Entrepreneurship Training

HKSTP will provide access to its Learning Platform and Lean Launcher while HKU iDendron has the 10-week Entrepreneurship Academy

Up to HK$1.39M Funding

HKSTP will provide each startup up to HK$1.39m non-equality funding including HK$100k Ideation funding and HK$1.29m Incubation funding. Both fundings will be paid in stages provided that the startups meet milestone requirements

Access to HKSTP’s Communal Facilities

e.g. BMT/STP facilities

Public Exposure

Pitch presentation or video shooting on startups may be organized. Startups can publicize achievements or success stories via iDendron eNewsletters, website or other marketing channels

One-year iDendron Membership

Including startup coaching, network community, workshops and talks, facilities & events support, and access to co-working space, currently located at 2/F Pao Siu Loong Building on main campus (details of our co-working space can be found here)

Fast track to iDendron Incubation Programme

(subject to any additional admission criteria by HKSTP)

Who can apply?

Deep Tech Projects

For Individuals

He/she must be an HKU current student or staff, or a general public who uses or will use HKU IP​ 

For Teams

the principal applicant must be an HKU current student or staff, or the team must use or will use HKU IP. If a company, it must have its business incorporation in HK for less than two (2) years at the application start date

Selection Process

The selection takes place in two stages. iDendon will perform first-stage paper based assessment to eliminate non-eligible applications or applications poorly meeting the following selection criteria. Shortlistees will be invited for interview by a vetting committee composed of HKU members as well as non-HKU members including venture capitalists or industrial experts

Selection Criteria
  1. Individual or Team Competency
  1. Business Development Potential 
  1. Innovativeness
  1. Research & Development
How to apply?

Please fill in the online application form via this link. The application deadline is Sunday 23 October 2022 at 23:59 HK time.

*IMPORTANT* Applicants shall read the Programme Guideline [link] before applying.  Shortlistees will be notified by emails before 6th November 2022, for an interview in November 2022. The incubation period is tentatively arranged for January to December 2023. 

Please refer to frequently asked questions here, or contact iDendron for further inquiries.  

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