Getting your start-up off the ground and obtaining the support you need can be a tiresome process. To help Hong Kong’s young entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life, the PolyU Maker Fund Programme was launched with the support of the Youth Development Fund under the administration of the Youth Development Commission of the Home Affairs Bureau. This uniquely designed programme aims to accelerate local hardware start-ups’ product development from ideas to production, leveraging the manufacturing capabilities of Shenzhen and other Greater Bay Area cities.


All Hong Kong youths aged 18-40 (either PolyU or non-PolyU members), with or without a concrete idea for a hardware product, are welcome to apply for the funding and join a three-day Hardware Bootcamp as an individual or in a group. Upon completing the Bootcamp, all teams will undergo the first assessment and shortlisted teams will proceed to a three-weekend “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) development and market validation training. A final assessment will then be conducted, by which twelve teams will be selected to enjoy two-year incubation and funding support.


Recently, the PolyU Makerthon, an ideation event exclusive to current PolyU students, was held to promote the Maker Fund. Five teams were selected to receive HK$5,000 prototyping funding support and will gain fast track entry to MVP and market validation training. View highlights of the event, which included insights by esteemed speakers. 


If you deem yourself a Maker with an innovative mind and an entrepreneurial spirit, don’t miss this chance to apply for the Fund. Act swiftly and submit your application on or before 9 July 2021 (Friday), 1:00pm!


To learn more about PolyU’s Maker Fund, please visit the official website.