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GBA Startup Postdoc Programme


GBA Startup Postdoc Programme (the Programme) aims at promoting and support research-based entrepreneurship in the GBA. Incorporating entrepreneurship courses, applied research and pre-incubation, the Programme is the first of its kind in Asia to nurture future technopreneurs for the leap. The Programme welcomes recent PhD graduates globally who are determined to turning their research outcomes into real-world impact through entrepreneurship during a period of 24-month or 36-month.

Leveraging on the local industry network of PolyU and its partners as well as the government sponsorship, a GBA Startup Postdoc candidate will enjoy a very competitive package of supports, including salary, government grants and start-up subsidies, access to research facilities as well as entrepreneurship training and dual academic and industrial mentorship, all to support the commercialisation of his/her research through a technology start-up in the GBA.




• Aged 35 or below
Attained a PhD degree for no more than 3 years or PhD candidates who have submitted the PhD thesis and will attain a PhD degree within a year

*For more detail, please refer to the GBA Startup Postdoc Programme Handbook.


24-month or 36-month entrepreneurship development programme

Benefit & Support:

• Annual remuneration of RMB300,000 for two years
• Full statutory benefits including pension and medical insurance
• Rent allowance subsidised by Shenzhen government

• Dual academic and industrial Mentorship
• Free workspace for one year (PolyU InnoHub Hong Kong & Shenzhen)
• Entrepreneurship training
• One-stop coordinated service supported by IfE
• Connection to investor network and incubation programmes
• Government and university support opportunities

No. of Candidate Supported per Cohort:

Up to 20

Programme Structure:





Please apply through the online application form on or before the deadline. Late submission will not be accepted.

*Please refer to the Application Questions Preview and prepare the necessary materials and information before application.
**Please contact us if you can’t access to the online application form.

Application Deadline (Extended):

30 Jun 2021 (Wed) 1:00pm

Assessment Schedule:

Online Briefing Session 12 May 2021 (Wed) 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Application Deadline 30 June 2021 (Wed) 1:00pm
Initial Screening of Eligibility Early July 2021
Semi-Final Presentation Early July 2021
One-to-one Pitch Training & Lab Visit Mid to late July 2021
Grand Finale Presentation Early August 2021

Download Area:

• Fact Sheet
• GBA Startup Postdoc Programme Handbook


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