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Launched in 2011, PolyU Micro Fund (MF) Scheme is the first funding initiative to cultivate innovative and entrepreneurial ambience in the PolyU community and to promote knowledge transfer and commercialisation of PolyU’s innovations and technologies. With a funding support up to HK$120,000 for each awarded start-up and much needed pre-incubation support, PolyU aims to bolster the awardees’ implementation of high-quality business propositions with a positive social impact.



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PolyU Current Students, Alumni, GBA Startup Postdoc, PolyU Staff or PolyU Technology Licensee(s)
(For details, please read the PolyVentures MF Application Handbook in the Download Area below.)


Calling For:

Technology X Innovations X Business



MAX. HK$120,000 Funding + Incubation Support up to HK$1.3M


No. of Projects Supported per Cohort:

Around 30+


Application Period:

Twice a Year -

Cohort 1: 5 Sep 2022 (Mon) - 16 Nov 2022 (Wed), 1pm

Cohort 2: 8 Feb 2023 (Wed) - 12 April 2023 (Wed), 1pm


Training Element:

5-week Lean Launchpad Programme for market validation



Eligible Applicants:

A team with at least one

  • Student (Full-Time or Part-Time) or
  • Alumnus/Alumna or
  • Startup Postdoc or
  • Staff member of PolyU, HKCC or SPEED, or
  • PolyU technology licensee(s)  as the Principal Applicant (PA)


Application Process:

The applicants should complete the online application and upload the following documents on or before the application deadline:

  • Pitch Deck (not more than 15 slides of PPT in English or Chinese)
  • YouTube link of a 3-minute Pitching Video
  • CVs of all team members
  • a copy of student ID/graduation certificate/staff card of each PolyU student or alumnus/alumna or staff
  • Declaration of "Use of PolyU Knowledge/Innovations/Technologies" duly signed/endorsed by PolyU academic staff, if applicable. (Available under the section "Download Area - Cohort 2")


Important Dates of Cohort 2:


Micro Fund Scheme 2022-23 Cohort 2

8 Feb 2023 (Wed)

Open for Application

1 Mar 2023 (Wed)

Briefing Session I

28 Mar 2023 (Tue)

Briefing Session II

13:00, 12 Apr 2023 (Wed)

Application Deadline

25 – 28 Apr 2023 (Tue – Fri)

Elevator Pitch

Early May

Announcement of Shortlisted Applicants

18 – 19 May 2023 (Thu  Fri)

29 May & 5 – 19 Jun 2023 (Mon)

5 Week Lean Launchpad Programme for

Market Validation 

13, 14, 20, 21 Jun 2023

(Tue – Wed)

Declaration and Disclosure Exercise

12 – 13 Jul 2023 (Tue  Wed)

Final Presentation

Mid of Jul 2023

Announcement of MF Awardees


Please read the Online Application Manual first and apply through the online application system by the deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. APPLY HERE!



Modelled after similar programmes from the US National Science Foundation I-Corps and Lean LaunchPad Singapore, Lean Launchpad Programme (LLP) is a 5-week evidence-based journey that helps research and start-up teams uncover the market and application potential of their research and project through rigorous market validation and guidance from experienced industry mentors.

Reference from previous LLP projects.


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