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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. 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. 



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

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

Student Scholarship:
Up to HK$20,000 

No. of Projects Supported per Cohort:
Around 40

Application Period:
Twice a year

Training Element:

  • Proof-of-Concept (POC) bootcamp covering Design Thinking, Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and more
  • Dedicated team coach






All admitted team members will undergo an intensive 4-week long R&D programme comprising the following before the final screening:

  1. A series of I&E workshops/ sharing;
  2. Introductory training on ‘Location and Geospatial Intelligence’ (if applicable); and
  3. Two weekly team coaching sessions 

Tentative Schedule

Week 1

11 Mar 2023 (Sat)

10:30AM - 4:30PM | TU201

10:30AM - 10:45AM

10:45AM - 12:45PM

12:45PM - 1:00PM


2:00PM - 3:30PM

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Registration and Introduction

Workshop 1: Design Thinking

Introduction of Pao Yue-kong Library’s Support (TBC)


Workshop2: Turn Ideas into Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Introduction of Industrial Centre’s Support and Guided Tour

Week 2-4

Mar 2023│Online


Two weekly team coaching sessions


Week 4

31 Mar 2023 (Fri)

Submission of pitching videoand final pitch deck

(please refer to Appendix 1 of 'Notes for Application')

Application for The 9th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
9屆香港大學生創新及創業大賽 )

Week 4-8

29 Apr 2023 (Sat) │Online

Introductory training on ‘Location and Geospatial Intelligence’

*only applicable to teams using Geographic Information System (GIS)


Session 1: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Session 2: 2:00pm to 5:00pm



A team with at least one current student of PolyU/ HKCC/ SPEED (both undergraduates and postgraduates) as Principal Applicant (PA) (Team size: max. 5)



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 Digital Future Challenge, Hong Kong Techathon)
  3. Outstanding projects from PolyU’s Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS) or recommended by PolyU faculty members



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



(for Admission and Final Screening)

  • Team competency (20%)
  • Business development potential (30%)
  • Innovativeness (30%) 
  • Research & Development (20%)



Briefing Session

31 Jan 2023 (Tue) | 6 - 7 PM | FJ303 

Submission Deadline

1PM, 14 Feb 2023 (Tue)

Eligibility Check & Admission Screening

Late Feb 

Announcement of Admitted Applicants

Early Mar

Proof-of-concept (POC) Bootcamp

1. Workshops:

11 Mar 2023 (Sat) | 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM | PolyU


2. Introductory training on ”Location and Geospatial Intelligence” 

29 Apr 2023 (Sat) | 9:30AM - 5:30PMOnline 
(only applicable to teams using Geographic Information System (GIS))


3. Weekly team coaching sessions:

Mar 2023 | Online


4. Submission of pitching video and final pitch deck:

31 Mar 2023 (Fri)


5. Application for The 9th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (第 9屆香港大學生創新及創業大賽 )

31 Mar 2023 (Fri)

 Final Screening  Apr 2023



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