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Lean Launchpad Programme

PolyU Student Entrepreneurial Proof-of-Concept Funding Scheme

 

Background

Modelled after the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme, PolyU Lean LaunchPad Programme (the “Programme”) is a 10-week, evidence-based entrepreneurship development programme targeting the University’s researchers and research teams to search for potential market and application of their technologies.
 
With the guidance of industry advisors and mentors, the participating teams will conduct extensive market research with stakeholders to gain necessary business knowledge and real market insights, as well as to discover the ways to commercialize their research technologies through this experiential learning programme.
 
 

Objectives

  • To foster knowledge transfer (KT) of PolyU technologies in strategic areas / verticals with path specific competitive advantages
  • To enhance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of PolyU technologies
  • To accelerate the go-to-market of the technologies through either venturing out as tech start-ups or licensing to collaborating industry partner(s)

 

Focused Technology Verticals

The Programme will focus on a specific technology vertical in each cohort. In this Pilot 2018 Cohort, the focus will be will be on Fashion & Wearable Technology:

  • Smart clothing and materials
  • Functional fabrics
  • Fashion production technology (weaving / sewing / dyeing)
  • Fabric sensing
  • Wearable electronics
  • Testing devices for fabrics, etc.


Programme Feature and Benefits


First in Hong Kong

  • First-ever Lean Launchpad programme in Hong Kong targeting for university researchers and research students

10-week Evidence-based Entrepreneurship Development Programme

  • An experiential learning journey with the direct market insights in the commercial world to guide participating research teams to commercialize their research technologies

Industry Connection and Insights

  • Guidance and mentorship support from industry advisors, experienced mentors and entrepreneurs

Acceleration of Research to Market

  • Formulation and validation of commercialization pathway by using different analytical tool - Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas, etc.

Project Grant

  • Grant of HK$50,000 to each qualified participating team for their prototyping and other expenses throughout the Programme

Access to PolyU InnoHub Resources

  • Access to resources under PolyU InnoHub Hong Kong and Shenzhen (co-working space, startup consultation, etc.)

Pipeline to PolyU TechCelerator Programme

  • At the end of the LLP Programme, teams may be further considered for a 3-month PolyU TechCelerator Programme to accelerate their research technologies with further funding to develop prototypes and conduct market validation.

 

For more details, please visit the LLP Website

Contact Us

Institute for Entrepreneurship

GH267, GH Podium Annex, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

 
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