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Lean Launchpad Programme


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.


  • 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)

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$40,000 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.)

Opportunity for Overseas Exhibition
Further considered for showcasing the project in overseas exhibition such as International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva

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Institute for Entrepreneurship

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