PolyU obtains support from Entrepreneurship Scheme to promote youth start-ups in the GBA
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) brings invaluable new development opportunities to various sectors as well as to young people in Hong Kong. It offers a larger stage for young talents who aspire to go beyond the city to realise their aspirations.
One of the programmes initiated by the HKSAR Government to help young Hong Kong people grasp GBA opportunities is the “We Venture” project, which includes the newly launched Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the GBA (the Scheme). PolyU is among the 16 non-governmental organisations that received funding from the Scheme. The University will harness the funding to launch the “PolyU Maker Fund Programme 2021” in April this year, which aims to assist Hong Kong young entrepreneurs to start their businesses in the GBA.
Tailored for young people in Hong Kong, the Programme will facilitate the product development of local hardware start-ups by providing funding and training support, as well as by leveraging the manufacturing capabilities of GBA cities such as Shenzhen and Dongguan, so as to help them meet the challenges in their prototype development and manufacturing scale-up. Leveraging PolyU’s close ties with partners like Shenzhen University, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation and the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Programme will also draw upon PolyU’s expertise, resources, industry links and alumni networks.
Dr Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President of PolyU, expressed gratitude to the Home Affairs Bureau for their support which will enhance PolyU’s capability in fostering the next generation of young entrepreneurs. “The Maker Fund Programme reinforces our commitment to cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit of the younger generation. Combining the innovation power of young Hong Kong people with the production capacity and market potential of Mainland GBA cities, the initiative will generate exciting opportunities for hardware start-ups for the benefit of industry and society,” said Dr Lou.
Stay tuned for more application details of the Maker Fund Programme.