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PolyU Student Entrepreneurial Proof-of-Concept (POC) Funding Scheme is a funding initiative launched in 2017 as one of the key entrepreneurship education components at PolyU. As of 2021, over 120 student projects have benefitted from almost HK$1.7 million in funding and other non-financial support. With the kind support from ‘Dr Winnie S M Tang-PolyU Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Scholarship’ since 2022, POC Fund aims to instil a problem-driven innovation mindset into young talents through experiential learning and student-initiated research and development.

 

 

Eligibility:
PolyU current students (please refer to 'Notes for Application' for details)

Nature:
Student scholarship and Proof-of-Concept (POC) bootcamp

Student Scholarship:
Up to HK$20,000 

No. of Projects Supported per Cohort:
Around 30

Application Period:
Twice a year

Training Element:

  • Proof-of-Concept (POC) bootcamp covering Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Transfer, Venture Capital, ESG and more
  • Dedicated team coach

 

 

All admitted team members will undergo an intensive month-long R&D programme comprising the following:

  1. A series of I&E workshops/ sharing over the weekend
  2. Three weekly team coaching session
  3. Final Pitch for extra prizes

 

Schedule

Day 1

Date: 18 Mar 2022 (Fri)
Time: 6-8 PM (tentatively)
Venue: N002, PolyU

 

  • Problem Framing
  • Ideation
  • Gate Check

Day 2

Date: 19 Mar 2022 (Sat)
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM (tentatively)
Venue: N002, PolyU

 

  • UN SDG Framework
  • Social Impact
  • Pitching

Week 2-4

Date: Late Mar - Early Apr

 

  • Weekly Team Coaching Session
  • Introductory training on ”Location and Geospatial Intelligence” (only applicable to teams using Geographic Information System (GIS))
Week 5
Date: Mid Apr

 

 Final Pitch

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

A team with at least one current student of PolyU/ HKCC/ SPEED (both undergraduates and postgraduates) as Principal Applicant (PA) (Team size: max. 3)

 

DIRECT ENTRY OPPORTUNITIES

The following eligible teams will be granted direct entry to the Scheme:

  1. Eligible teams which participated in public I&E competitions which can either be theme-based or open to any types of innovations (see Appendix 1 of 'Notes for Application') and met a threshold requirement (i.e. being shortlisted in the 1st round of assessment)
  2. Eligible teams which won in PolyU I&E activities (e.g. PolyU Innovation Challenge)
  3. Outstanding projects from PolyU’s Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS) or recommended by PolyU faculty members

 

APPLY NOW | Deadline: 27 Feb 2022 (Sun)

Complete the online application (see 'Online Application Manual') with the following documents uploaded:

  1. a 10-to-15-slide pitch deck (template)
  2. CVs of all team members
  3. Copy of student IDs or graduation certificates of all team members
  4. The below supporting documents if applicable:
  • Proof of participating in public I&E competitions and being shortlisted in the 1st round of assessment
  • Proof of winning PolyU I&E activities
  • Nomination form endorsed by PolyU faculty members

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Briefing Session

8 Feb 2022(Tue) |1-2 PM | PolyU

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Submission Deadline

27 Feb 2022 (Sun)

Eligibility Check & Initial Screening

Early Mar

Announcement of Shortlisted Applicants

Early Mar

Proof-of-concept (POC) Bootcamp

Workshops/ Sharing:

18 Mar 2022 (Fri) | 6-8 PM (tentatively) | N002, PolyU

19 Mar 2022 (Sat) | 10 AM - 5 PM (tentatively) | N002, PolyU

 

Weekly Team Coaching Session:

Late Mar – Early Apr

 

Final Pitch:

Mid Apr

 

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