• Funding and Support


    Authorised Collaborating Investor is an investor/investment firm/investment fund under a collaborative arrangement with PolyU to co-finance the Funded Start-up under the TLF Scheme. For the Government FY 2019-20, an investor with one of the following status is preliminarily regarded an Authorised Collaborating Investor subject to confirmation of the TLF Investment Panel:

    • a partner of Open Partner Ventures (OPV)
    • a member of Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN)
    • a partner of Hong Kong Science Park (“HKSTP”) Investor Network
    •  a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs Hong Kong (TiE HK)

  • Eligibility

    The Applicant should meet the following conditions to apply for the PolyU Tech Launchpad Fund Scheme (the TLF Scheme):

    1. The Applicant must be a company comprising at least two members in the core team, in which there shall be at least one PolyU Member in any mix of the following:
      • Undergraduates / graduates / postgraduatesi;
      • Professorsii to serve as consultant(s), providing technical expertise and direction of the research and developmentiii (R&D) work; and/ or
      • Alumni.
    2. One PolyU Member must be appointed as the Person-in-charge (“PIC”). The PIC is required to take a key management positioniv in the applying company and can be reached by PolyU during normal business hours, to be responsible for:
      (a) overseeing the operations of the company; and
      (b) liaising with PolyU on matters relating to the funding support under the TLF Scheme.

      For the avoidance of doubt, the appointed PIC cannot join other concurrently active teams/start-upsv funded by TSSSU administered by ITC of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) Government, including this TLF Scheme or any other TSSSU funding scheme hosted by another university.

      Any current staff member of PolyU who wishes to take equity / management role in the applying company should seek the University’s approval, subject to pertinent policies and regulations governing knowledge transfer and outside activities.
    3. The company must be incorporated in HKSAR under the Companies Ordinance within 24 months upon 1 February 2019 for the TLF application of Government FY2019-20. PolyU may request proof thereof including but not limited to audited financial report of the company. However, company funded by the TIF or the TLF Scheme previously will be considered as re-applying and not be restricted by this condition.
    4. The applying company must be technology-oriented with R&D elements, which means that the applying project / company must have a considerable amount of technology content, preferably with PolyU technologies/ patents/ intellectual properties. Nevertheless, tech-enabled businesses, such as those using platform technologies (e.g. RFID and BLE for Internet of Things applications) are also welcomed.
    5. The applying company itself, or the company / core team that the applying company is closely associated tovi has graduated from, or is currently in, one of the qualified pre-incubation / incubation / acceleration programmes. Qualified programmes include but not limited to PolyU Micro Fund (“MF”) Scheme, Cyberport Creative Micro Fund (“CCMF”) Scheme, Youth Business Hong Kong (“YBHK”), HKSTP-PolyU Tech Incubation Fund (“TIF”) Scheme, STEFG-PolyU China Entrepreneurship Fund (“CEF”) Scheme, PolyU Lean Launchpad Programme (“LLP”) and incubation programmes provided by HKSTP and Cyberport, etc. Generally speaking, pre-incubation / incubation / acceleration programmes offered by universities, public institutions, reputable NGOs or private companies are acceptable; OR
    6. The Applicant is commercialising PolyU technologies previously supported by the Innovation and Technology Support Programme (“ITSP”) or Midstream Research Programme for Universities (“MRP”) administered by ITC.


    i Current research postgraduate student should check with Research Office (+852 3400-3635) if any approval is necessary prior to application


    ii “Professor” refers to academic staff that bear the title of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Visiting Professor etc.

    iii R&D activities refer to creative work undertaken on a systematic basis so as to increase the stock of knowledge for devising new and improved products/ processes/ applications and improve existing products/ processes/ applications. They usually carry an appreciable element of novelty or innovation and can be conducted in such areas as natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, social sciences and humanities.
    (Consensus and Statistics Department, the Government of HKSAR, 2014)

    iv In the sole opinion of PolyU, key management position usually should be evidenced by (a) 20% or more ownership, in the form of equity shares or share options of the applying company; and (b) working on a full-time basis in the applying company.

    v Start-ups preliminarily recommended by TLF 2019-20 (1st intake) are eligible to apply, subject to the HK$1million cap stipulated in Section F 1b.


    vi In the sole opinion of PolyU, the two companies are “closely associated” when (a) either one company has controlling ownership of the other company; or (b) the two companies have similar shareholding structure owned by the core team of the Applicant. It usually occurs when the company/core team has graduated from or is currently in an overseas pre-incubation/incubation programme.

  • Application

    1. Each application must contain an Application Form along with a Business Plan (please refer to Appendix 1 for Business Plan Writing Guidelines) describing proposed business idea/proposition (“Business Proposal”).
    2. In addition to the Application Form and the Business Plan, the Applicant should provide the following documents:

      (a) CVs of all team members, which state their academic qualification (college/ institution attended and period thereof) and detailed working experience (position held, responsibility and period thereof);
      (b) Proof document(s) of relationship between the PIC and PolyU;
      (c) Hong Kong Business Registration Certificate;
      (d) Latest Annual Return/ Incorporation Form (NC1 or NC1G)/ other acceptable documents showing the present directors and shareholders;
      (e) Supporting documentation illustrating the Applicant has graduated from or is currently in one of the qualified pre-incubation/ incubation programmes pursuant to Section A (5); OR
      (f) Supporting documentation illustrating that the Applicant is commercialising PolyU technologies previously supported by the Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP) or Midstream Research Programme for Universities (MRP) administered by ITC;
      (g) Copy of certificate(s) of filing/ grant of patent(s), if applicable
      (h) Copy of the agreement between the Applicant and the R&D collaborating organisation(s) on the sharing of the royalties or intellectual property rights or any other sorts of income to be generated from the Applicant, if any;
      (i) Certificate of Incorporation; and
      (j) Investment Term Sheet, mutually agreed and duly signed by the Applicant and the Authorised Collaborating Investor. vii
    vii For the avoidance of doubt, the signing date of the investment term sheet should be between 5 September 2018 and the Application Deadline.

  • Assessment

    Qualitative Assessment Criteria:

    •  Business Model, Commercial Feasibility and Potential
    • Technology Content
    • Team Capability
    • Social/ Community Impact
    • Current Operational/ Financial Status

    Note: Priorities will be given to applications using PolyU patents / technologies / intellectual properties.

  • Assessment Process:

  • Important Dates


    Application Deadline:

    • 1:00pm, 8 March 2019 (Friday)


    Preliminary Recommendations:

    • April 2019


    Announcement of Funded Start-ups:

    • Subject to final confirmation from ITC






  • Download Area

    Please observe carefully the Application Details and Guidelines before completing and submitting your application.

    Guidelines for PolyU Tech Launchpad Fund (TLF) Scheme 2019-20

    FAQ for PolyU Tech Launchpad Fund (TLF) Scheme 2019-20

    TSSSU Application and Reimbursement Guidelines (for reference only)


    Application Form

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