In 2014/15, a new Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU), under the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) was launched by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), with the below objectives:
to encourage our students and faculties to start up technology businesses and commercialise their research and development (R&D) results
to provide better support for technology start-ups to translate new ideas into business opportunities
ITC will provide an annual funding of up to HK$8 million to each university on a reimbursement basis for expenses incurred by the University recommended technology start-ups during the 2020-21 Government financial year.
 The two-year eligibility requirement does not apply to a technology start-up which has been recommended for the TSSSU funding for the second or the third year.
2. Assessment Criteria:
In assessing an application, the selection panel will take into account, including but not limited to, the following criteria:
3. Selection Process:
Upon receiving the complete applications, the University will verify compliance with the eligibility requirements and shortlist the start-ups for selection panel interview
The shortlisted technology start-ups will be invited to give a presentation on their business plan, include their plan on the deployment of the funding if awarded, to the selection panel
Recommendations for start-ups will be made to ITC for final approval
Upon receiving ITC approval, the successfully recommended technology start-ups will be notified of the amount of funding support and the reimbursable period
A letter of agreement will be signed between the University designated unit and the approved technology start-ups after ITC notifies HKUST for the funding support.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 08 November 2019
*Note: Applicants for the 2020-21 financial year should note that the final funding requirements and related arrangements would be subjected to the final arrangement to be announced by ITC in due course.*