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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.

 

 

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 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


Assessment Criteria of Admission and Final Screening:

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

 

 

Prizes

 

 

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 

 

Schedule

Day 1

1 Oct 2022 (Sat)

10:30AM - 4:30PM | PolyU

10:40AM - 11:15AM

11:15AM - 12:45PM

 

2:30PM - 2:50PM

2:50PM – 4:30PM

Introduction & Ice Breaking

Training 1: Design Thinking

 

Introduction of Industrial Centre’s Support

Training 2: Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Day 2-3

Oct 2022│Online

 

 

Two weekly team coaching sessions
Week 4

15 Oct 2022 (Sat)

9:30AM – 5PM

Introductory training on ‘Location and Geospatial Intelligence’

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

 

25 Oct 2022 (Tue)

1PM

Submission of pitching video (please refer to Appendix 2 of 'Notes for Application')

and final pitch deck

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

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

 

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

 

APPLICATION | Deadline: 1PM, 6 Sep 2022 (Tue)

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

 

APPLY NOW!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Briefing Session

30 Aug 2022 (Tue) | 5:30 - 7 PM | PolyU 

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Submission Deadline

1PM, 6 Sep 2022 (Tue)

Eligibility Check & Admission Screening

Early Sep

Announcement of Admitted Applicants

Mid Sep

Proof-of-concept (POC) Bootcamp

Training:

1 Oct 2022 (Sat) | 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM | PolyU

 

Introductory training on ”Location and Geospatial Intelligence” 

15 Oct 2022 (Sat) | 9:30 AM - 5 PM | Online
(only applicable to teams using Geographic Information System (GIS))

 

Weekly Team Coaching Session:

Oct 2022

 

Submission of pitching video and final pitch deck:

1PM, 25 Oct 2022 (Tue)

 Final Screening  Late Oct to early Nov

 

ENQUIRY

 

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