HKU DeepTech100

About HKU DeepTech100

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 funding, business and startup support. 

Research post-graduates or young researchers are particularly welcome to try 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 comprehensive support in entrepreneurship education, startup building, and exposure to realise and commercialize your innovation into deep tech startups.

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-equity funding: including HK$100K Ideation funding and HK$1.29m Incubation funding. Both funding will be paid in stages provided that the startups meet milestone requirements set out by HKSTP.

Access to HKSTP’s Communal Facilities

e.g. HKSTP / ITR Core Facilities

(*subject to prevailing terms and conditions of using / renting the 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. Up to two hot desks will be provided for each group (details of our co-working space can be found here).

Fast track to iDendron Incubation Programme


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 the applying team owns a company, it must have its business incorporation in HK in less than two (2) years by the application date.

Selection Process 1

The selection takes place in two stages. iDendron 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 HKSTP members, venture capitalists or industrial experts.

Selection Criteria 2

1. Individual or Team Competency

2. Business Development Potential 

3. Innovativeness

4. Research & Development

Programme Timeline

23 October 2022

November 2022

December 2022

Jan – Dec 2023

Application Deadline

Selection Interview

Results Announcement

Programme Period

1 iDendron and/or the Vetting Committee(s) reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to define and decide on whether an individual, and/or a team and/or a project fulfills the eligibility requirements. 

2 iDendron and/or the Vetting Committee(s) reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to make changes to the selection criteria and/or the weighting of each selection criterion without further notice. 

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