Introduction

TSSSU@HKU (Technology Startup Support Scheme for Universities at HKU) is an award scheme for promoting entrepreneurship at HKU. It provides funding support to technology start-up companies formed by HKU members. Companies awarded under the scheme will receive a maximum amount of HK$1.5M per year for at most 3 years. Convert your new ideas and research achievements into commercially viable products and services! Bring real impact to the society! ACT NOW!

Eligibility

An Eligible Applicant must be from one of the following:

  1. current HKU faculty member;
  2. current HKU student;
  3. graduate of HKU for no more than 5 years as of the Cut-off date, unless the alumnus is an awardee of the last round.

The application for TSSSU@HKU must be made by a team (i.e. more than one person), comprising at least one Eligible Applicant.
The cash funding will be provided to a start-up company registered in Hong Kong and formed by the team. The technology start-up company has to be registered by the Closing date of the current application year. The start-up company must also be registered in Hong Kong for not more than two years as of the Cut-off date, unless the company is an awardee of the last round.
Preference will be given to inventions, technologies and intellectual properties developed at HKU.

Closing date / Application deadline: 26 November 2021 (Friday) 5:00 pm (Hong Kong Time)

Cut-off date: 1 February 2022

 

How to apply

Please refer to the Operation Plan for TSSSU@HKU to find out more about TSSSU@HKU including the objectives, the eligibility, the assessment criteria, the financial arrangement and audit requirement for successful application.

Eligible Applicant should :-

  1. Read the Operation Plan for TSSSU@HKU.
  2. Prepare a presentation video of around 3-5 minutes introducing the technology and business of the company.
  3. Complete and submit the application form with all relevant supporting documents (such as a file-sharing link (e.g. YouTube/Dropbox) to the presentation video, business proposal and a complete financial plan) electronically to:

    Email: tsssu@tto.hku.hk

    and return 1 set of signed hardcopy within 3 working days of the Closing date to:

    TSSSU@HKU
    Technology Transfer Office
    The University of Hong Kong
    Room 405A, Cyberport 4, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

    NOTE 1: If your team includes HKU students and/or alumni, please attach copies of their student ID cards/graduation certificates for our verification of their HKU identity.
    NOTE 2: If your team is not using HKU technology, please submit a declaration of not using any background IP of the University.

Important documents:

  1. UpdatedOperation Plan for TSSSU@HKU [August 2021 edition]   (
    PDF format logo PDF)
  2. UpdatedApplication Form [July 2021 edition]   /
  3. ITC Guidelines on Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities [July 2021 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  4. TSSSU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [July 2021 edition]   

Closing date / Application deadline: 26 November 2021 (Friday) 5:00 pm (Hong Kong Time)



The governing version of this funding scheme is based on the document titled "Operation Plan for TSSSU@HKU", which shall prevail in case there are any inconsistencies between this online webpage and the document.

Information Sessions (via Zoom)

 

Please click here now to register the Information Sessions!

Briefing Sessions

Briefing Session
Date:30 September 2021 (Thursday)
Time:1pm - 2pm
 
Briefing Session (repeat)
Date:29 October 2021 (Friday)
Time:1pm - 2pm
 
Download PowerPoint Presentation: PDF format logo PDF

Sharing Session with TSSSU@HKU Awardees

Date:8 October 2021 (Friday)
Time:1pm - 2pm
Speakers:Dr Wendi Li, Department of Mechanical Engineering
(Co-founder of Interlitho Technology Limited)
Mr Brian Chui and Mr Carson Yau
(Co-founders of ReUbird)
 

Please click here now to register the Information Sessions!


Note: Zoom link will be provided to the registered participants by email on or before the event date.

Related resources

List of TSSSU@HKU Awardees
https://www.itf.gov.hk/en/project-search/search-result/index.html?isAdvSearch=1&Page=1&Programmes=TSSSU&ReferenceNo=/HKU/

HKU Technology Startup Guide / Inventor's Guide
https://www.tto.hku.hk/booklet

HKU iDendron - HKU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub
https://idendron.hku.hk/

HKU Entrepreneurship Academy - co-organized by the DreamCatchers and the School of Business
https://idendron.hku.hk/entrepreneurship-academy-2020/

HKU IPR Policy
http://www.rss.hku.hk/contracts/ipr

Conflict of Interest (COI) policy and Outside Practice Regulations of HKU (Staff Handbook)
http://www.hr.hku.hk/staff_handbook/

HKU Invention Disclosure (Patent)
https://www.tto.hku.hk/for-researchers/patent-application

HKU Invention Disclosure (Software / Copyright)
https://www.tto.hku.hk/for-researchers/copyright-disclosure


Hong Kong Science & Technology Park - TechnoPreneur Partnership Programme (TPP)
https://www.hkstp.org/en/innovate-with-us/pre-incubation/technopreneur-partnership-programme-tpp/

Hong Kong Science & Technology Park -Incubation Programmes
https://www.hkstp.org/en/innovate-with-us/incubation/

Cyberport - CCMF (Cyberport Creative Mico Fund) and Incubation Programme
http://www.cyberport.hk/en/about_cyberport/cyberport_entrepreneurs

Business Start-up Information Service
https://www.success.tid.gov.hk/english/bus_sta_up_inf_ser/bus_sta_up_inf_ser.html

Write a business plan by GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/write-business-plan

Information for TSSSU@HKU Awardees

2020-2021 | 2021-2022

Reminder for TSSSU@HKU 2020 awardees:-

  1. Please submit a half-yearly interim report of your company to TTO no later than 15 October, 2020 (Clause 45 of the Operation Plan)  ; and
  2. Please complete the relevant section in Annex D(ii) and submit the completed form with an annual report of your company to TTO no later than 31 May, 2021 (Clause 45-46 of the Operation Plan)  ; and
  3. Please submit [1] a completed reimbursement request form (Annex B) and [2] the audited accounts of expenditure and the auditor’s report for the previous Government financial year in accordance with the ‘Notes for Auditors’ at Annex C to TTO no later than 30 June, 2021 (Clause 44 of the Operation Plan).

Application documents for the 2020-21 Government Financial Year:

  1. Operation Plan for TSSSU@HKU 2020 [3 September 2019 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  2. ITC Application and Reimbursement Guidelines [March 2019 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  3. Annex A - Application Form [March 2019 edition]   /
  4. Annex B - Reimbursement Request for the 20XX-XX Government Financial Year [March 2019 edition]
    - For Awardees with Reimbursable period from 19 May 2020
    (MSWord format logo Word )

    - For Awardees with Reimbursable period from 22 Sep 2020
    (MSWord format logo Word )
  5. Annex C - Notes for Auditors [March 2019 edition]  
  6. Annex C(i) - Specimen Auditors’ Report and Statement of Expenditure [March 2019 edition]  
    - For Awardees with Reimbursable period from 19 May 2020
    (MSWord format logo Word )

    - For Awardees with Reimbursable period from 22 Sep 2020
    (MSWord format logo Word )
  7. Annex D(ii) - Assessment of Technology Start-up for the 2020-21 Government Financial Year [March 2021 edition]  
  8. Annex E - Request for Material Modifications to the TSSSU Budget [March 2019 edition]  
  9. Request for Material Modifications not covered by Annex E (Version 1.2)  
  10. TSSSU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [March 2019 edition]   

Reminder for TSSSU@HKU 2021 awardees:-

  1. Please submit a half-yearly interim report of your company to TTO no later than 15 October, 2021 (Clause 45 of the Operation Plan)  ; and
  2. Please complete the relevant section in Annex D(ii) and submit the completed form with an annual report of your company to TTO no later than 31 May, 2022 (Clause 45-46 of the Operation Plan)  ; and
  3. Please submit [1] a completed reimbursement request form (Annex B) and [2] the audited accounts of expenditure and the auditor’s report for the previous Government financial year in accordance with the ‘Notes for Auditors’ at Annex C to TTO no later than 30 June, 2022 (Clause 44 of the Operation Plan).

Application documents for the 2021-22 Government Financial Year:

  1. Operation Plan for TSSSU@HKU 2021 [11 September 2020 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  2. ITC Application and Reimbursement Guidelines [March 2019 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  3. Annex A - Application Form [March 2019 edition]   /
  4. Annex B - Reimbursement Request for the 20XX-XX Government Financial Year [Jul 2021 edition]  
  5. Annex C - Notes for Auditors [Jul 2021 edition]  
  6. Annex C(i) - Specimen Auditors’ Report and Statement of Expenditure [Jul 2021 edition]  
  7. Annex D(ii) - Assessment of Technology Start-up for the 2021-22 Government Financial Year [Jul 2021 edition]  
  8. Annex E(i) - Request for Material Modifications to the Approved Budget [Jul 2021 edition]  
  9. Annex E(ii) - Request for Material Modifications to the Approved Business Proposal [Jul 2021 edition]  
  10. TSSSU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [Jul 2021 edition]   


The governing version of this funding scheme is based on the document titled "Operation Plan for TSSSU@HKU", which shall prevail in case there are any inconsistencies between this online webpage and the document.

Enquiries

Please send your questions to

Director, Technology Transfer Office
The University of Hong Kong
Phone:+852 2299 0111
Fax:+852 2299 0122
E-Mail:tsssu@tto.hku.hk
Website:https://www.tto.hku.hk