Have a Dream? Make it Real!

Inspired by the successes of your fellow HKUST alumni entrepreneurs? Thinking of being your own boss and launching a new business, or buying an ongoing one? Take a step closer to achieving your dream by checking out the events and resources below.

Upcoming Events / Programs

Hong Kong Techathon 2022

Want to challenge yourself among students and alumni from other Hong Kong universities and prove that your business idea is awesome? A joint university Techathon co-organized by HKUST Entrepreneurship Center, HKSTP and six HK universities is your opportunity to realize your dream! The Hong Kong Techathon 2022 will be held on 3-8 January 2022. Sign up for this one week challenge to meet new friends, have fun and work together to bring in new and possible business solutions related to the following themes:

  • AI & Fintech
  • Humanities & Health Tech
  • Social Impact & New Gen Tech
  • Smart City & Sustainability

Hong Kong Techathon 2022 will be a great opportunity for you to validate your business ideas and acquire pitching experiences. Winning teams will also have a chance to get up to HK$1.9M seed funding. Find out more here


HKUST Resources

HKUST Entrepreneurship Centre

The HKUST Entrepreneurship Centre provides a wealth of resources to nurture and support alumni, student, faculty and staff entrepreneurs in building up their own business. It runs the Dream Builder Program, which equips the community to make big dreams and build them by supporting them with knowledge acquisition, ideation, prototyping and commercialization; as well as the HKUST One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition, which provides a platform for HKUST and surrounding community members with an integrative learning experience to create and evaluate new business and to prepare students to start their future career in entrepreneurship.

It also operates the BASE, an entrepreurship space on campus with meeting rooms available for booking (free of charge).

HKUST Entrepreneurship Fund (E-Fund)

Aligning with HKUST's Knowledge Transfer Mission and with a view to strengthening the promotion of entrepreneurship spirit among HKUST stakeholders leading to social and economic impact, the HKUST Entrepreneurship Fund ("E-Fund"), with an initial fund size of HK$50M committed by HKUST, is established for the benefit of promising HKUST technology start-up companies. Find out more here.

HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund (AEF) 

Thanks to the generous donation of our alumnus Alvin Lam, the HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund (AEF) has set up the Student Start-up Grants to help current students kick start their businesses.

HKUST R and D Corporation Limited (RDC)

The HKUST R and D Corporation offers the HKUST Entrepreneurship Program which was introduced in 1999 to assist faculty, staff, students and alumni in their entrepreneurial endeavors to start up companies. The program offers an incubation period with a package of services to the startup companies accepted into the program. Applications to the program are invited on an on-going basis. Application details are available here


Other Programs


Communities and Co-working Spaces


Past Events / Programs

Call for Application - Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU) 2022/23

The 9th round of HKUST Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU) 2022/23 is now calling for applications. A total of HK$8 million in funding will be offered to technology start-ups formed by HKUST members (Students, Alumni, Teaching / Research staff and/or Professors). Don't miss the chance to realize your dream by converting your technology idea and research achievement into a real business! For details, please visit http://ttc.hkust.edu.hk/tsssu.

Disruptive Innovation by Alumni Entrepreneurs: "Capturing the Virus, the Technologies, or the Opportunity"?

On Wednesday, 21 October 2020, our alum entrepreneur and moderator Professor Sai-Kit Yeung had a fascinating dialogue with fellow alumni entrepreneurs Mark Mak and Hans Paul on the ups and downs of their startup journeys. 


On Wednesday, 2 March 2016, our Moderator Professor Po Chi Wu led an engaging conversation with experienced crowdfunders Jeremy Chau of Jide Technology; Jeff Chen of Lumen Labs; and Dr. Derrick Pang and Rochelle Leung of Lifewire. The speakers shared their experience and advice with students and alumni interested in embarking on their own crowdfunding journey. 


Professor Po Chi Wu - Adjunct Professor, HKUST


Jeremy Chau, BEng(ELEC) – Co-Founder, Jide Technology 

Jeff Chen, BEng&BBA(MEGBM) – Co-Founder, Lumen Labs

Dr. Derrick Pang, PhD(CIVL) – Founder, Lifewire     

Rochelle Leung – Communication and Business Manager, Lifewire

Event Video: 

Photos available here: http://alum.ust.hk/happenings#gallery-792