Application for Next Cohort Will Open in Early 2023!

SEED Awardees

Ideation programme with HK$100K funding.

For early-stage startup projects in any discipline.

About SEED

SEED is a six month co-ideation programme with HKU iDendron and HKSTP for early-stage startup projects in any discipline or industrial sector. Awardees will have an opportunity to receive entrepreneurship training and HK$100k seed funding, as well as other business and startup support. SEED is a perfect programme for entrepreneurs to trial out their ideas and develop real-world business proposals.

What do we offer?

Structured Entrepreneurship Training

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

HKSTP Ideation HK$100k SEED Funding

HKSTP will provide each startup up to HK$100k non-equity funding. The funding is offered in three stages provided that the startups meet the milestone requirements.

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. 

Six-month HKU 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 startup (details of our co-working space can be found here).

Fast track to iDendron Incubation Programme

Fast track to HKSTP Incubation Programme

(subject to any additional admission criteria by HKSTP)

Who can apply?

For Individuals

For individuals, he/she must be an HKU current student, staff, or alumnus. 

For Teams

The principal applicant must be a HKU current student, staff, or alumnus. If a company, it must have its business incorporation in HK in less than two (2) years by the application date.

Selection Process

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. Shortlisted individuals and teams will be invited for an interview by vetting committees 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 

Application for next cohort will open in early 2023! Please stay tuned and refer to frequently asked questions or contact us at for any further inquiries.

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