Introduction

TSSSU@HKU (Technology Startup Support Scheme for Universites at HKU) is an award scheme for promoting entreneurship 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 years 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 full-time professoriate staff of HKU;
  2. current full-time or part-time students of HKU;
  3. graduate of HKU for no more than 3 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 / Submission deadline: 25 November 2020 (Wednesday) 5:00 pm (Hong Kong Time)

Cut-off date: 1 February 2021

 

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 2021 [11 September 2020 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF)
  2. Application Form [March 2019 edition]   /
  3. ITC Guidelines on Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities [March 2019 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  4. TSSSU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [March 2019 edition]   

Closing date / Submission deadline: 25 November 2020 (Wednesday) 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!

Information Sessions (you are invited to attend either one of the below Briefing Session):
Briefing Session 1
Date:16 September 2020 (Wednesday)
Time:1pm - 2pm
 
Briefing Session 2
Date:29 October 2020 (Thursday)
Time:1pm - 2pm
 
Sharing Session with TSSSU@HKU Founders
Date:23 September 2019 (Wednesday)
Time:1pm - 2pm
Speaker:Dr Sloan Kupler (Co-founder of Lifespans)
Ms MIchelle Chan (Co-founder of Weavatools)
 

Please click here now to register the Information Sessions!


Note: Zoom link will be provided to the registered participants by email on or before 15 September 2020.

Related resources

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

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

HKU DreamCatchers
http://www.dreamcatchers.hku.hk/

HKU Entrepreneurship Academy - co-organized by the DreamCatchers and the School of Business
http://www.dreamcatchers.hku.hk/?page_id=57097

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

2019-2020 | 2020-2021

Reminder for TSSSU@HKU 2019 awardees:-

  1. Please submit a half-yearly interim report of your company to TTO no later than 15 October, 2019 (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, 2020 (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, 2020 (Clause 44 of the Operation Plan).

Application documents for the 2019-20 Government Financial Year:

  1. Operation Plan for TSSSU@HKU 2019 [1 September 2018 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  2. ITC Application and Reimbursement Guidelines [March 2019 edition]  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  3. Annex A - Application Form [May 2017 edition]   /
  4. Annex B - Reimbursement Request for the 20XX-XX Government Financial Year [March 2019 edition]  
  5. Annex C - Notes for Auditors [March 2019 edition]  
  6. Annex C(i) - Specimen Auditors’ Report and Statement of Expenditure [March 2019 edition]  
  7. Annex D(ii) - Assessment of Technology Start-up for the 20XX-XX Government Financial Year [March 2019 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 1.1)  
  10. TSSSU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [March 2019 edition]   

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]  
  5. Annex C - Notes for Auditors [March 2019 edition]  
  6. Annex C(i) - Specimen Auditors’ Report and Statement of Expenditure [March 2019 edition]  
  7. Annex D(ii) - Assessment of Technology Start-up for the 20XX-XX Government Financial Year [March 2019 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]   

TSSSU@HKU 2020/21 Briefing for Awardee held on July 10, 2020

  1. Powerpoint Presentation  (
    PDF format logo PDF )
  2. Q&A after the presentation


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