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 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 Research post-graduates or young researchers are particularly welcome to try out their ideas with this collaborative programme. 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 innovations into deep tech startups, with HKU iDendron having years of experience working with entrepreneurs on campus, whereas HKSTP is an ideal partner for future business growth and funding opportunities.
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 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)
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
He/she must be an HKU current student or staff, or a general public who uses or will use HKU IP.
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.
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.
1. Individual or Team Competency
2. Business Development Potential
4. Research & Development
Please fill in the online application form via this link. The application deadline is Sunday 23 October 2022 at 23:59 HK time.
*IMPORTANT* Shortlistees will be notified by emails before 6th November 2022, for an interview in November 2022. The programme period is tentatively arranged for January to December 2023.