University, Accelerator & Incubation Programmes, Innovation Labs/ Centers

Run by Ablaze Idea Lab in partnership with New Media Group, Ablaze is an accelerator programme that focuses on promoting innovation in media, marketing and consumer segments. A six-month full-time programme that helps startups build traffic and adoption.


AIA Accelerator 4.0
An innovation partnership with KPMG Digital Village, powered by nest with a focus on early start-ups to accelerate their health tech and wearable businesses.


ASTRI-HKMA FinTech Innovation Hub
HKMA-ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute) Fintech Innovation Hub provides a collaborative and open space for different players within Hong Kong’s FinTech ecosystem to develop innovative technological solutions for the financial services industry. Red Hat’s enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform will be installed in the Hub’s isolated virtual machines – benefitting the Hub users in their application incubation process.


Fintech Career Accelerator Scheme (“FCAS”)
Fintech Career Accelerator Scheme (“FCAS”) is a talent development scheme initiated by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) in 2016 to nurture talents to meet the growing needs of Fintech in Hong Kong. Students from participating universities are invited to join this scheme via a full-time, semester-based internship which interns will be co-supervised by the banks, the HKMA and ASTRI on Fintech projects.


The Hong Kong Angel Investment Network
Hong Kong Business Angel Network(HKBAN)


Business Plan Competitions – Worldwide


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Business Entrepreneurship Support and Training (BEST) Programme


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2018


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Seed Fund (“KTP Seed Fund”)


4-month non-vertical accelerator programme that provides funding and mentorship to help startups make a viable and investable business. Betatron focuses on the startups and founders, with the aim to accelerate technology-driven companies.


BOCHK FinTech Hackathon


The British Chamber of Commerce Business Angel Programme


Brinc Global IoT Accelerator
Brinc Global IoT Accelerator programme supports early-stage startups from concept to sustainable commercialisation, operating in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Barcelona, London, and Bahrain.


The Cage
A full-time, 12-week ignition programme powered by The Lane Crawford Joyce Group that offers intensive mentorship and in-house commercial opportunities to two start-ups developing technologies that apply to fashion and lifestyle retail, as it relates to our core businesses.




“Challenge Cup” National Competition – Hong Kong Regional Final, Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2018
The HK Challenge is Hong Kong’s premier experiential management development programme. Having taken place seven times since 2007 the event sees up to 30 teams of 5 from Hong Kong’s top companies go head to head in a series of strategic, physical and mental challenges. Top winners will have chance to represent HKSAR and their institutes in the “Chuang Qingchun” China College Students’ Entrepreneurship Competition (Hangzhou).


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Offering info on Startup Resources: Incubation & Acceleration Programmes & others


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)’s Open Innovation Lab
Open Innovation Lab (OIL) aims at promoting open technology and technology entrepreneurship within engineering students. Being completely run by students and advised by Faculty members, OIL organizes meetups, seminars, workshops, and hackathons. OIL also introduces external resources to our students via this regular newsletter that summarizes forthcoming open-tech related events.


The City University of Hong Kong (CityU)’s Incubation and Accelerator Programmes
Offering info on Startup Resources: Incubation & Acceleration Programmes


The City University of Hong Kong (CityU)’s Information Guide for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GiE)


The City University of Hong Kong (CityU)’s Student Early Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (SEEDS)


CityU Enterprises (“CityUE”) Investment Fund
To provide investment funding support to startup companies established by staff, students and/or alumni of City University of Hong Kong (“CityU”) for  promoting knowledge transfer and commercialization of research outputs, and for strengthening the University’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.


CoCoon Incubation Programme
CoCoon is a leading entrepreneurship network and incubator based out of Hong Kong focused on early stage investments.


Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Innovation Lab


Cyberport Incubation Programme
Cyberport Incubation Programme supports entrepreneurs and start-ups with resources that aim to accelerate their growth.


Cyberport Accelerator Support Programme
The Cyberport Accelerator Support Programme prepares Cyberport incubatees and alumni for international markets and investors, providing up to HK$300,000 financial assistance to each successful applicant.


Cyberport Youth
Cyberport Digital Tech Internship Programme; Cyberport Creative Micro Fund & Cyberport University Partnership Programme


DBS Accelerator
The DBS Accelerator, powered by Nest, is a 12-week integration geared towards FinTech startups from seed through Series B stages. This programme is breaking away from traditional time-based accelerator models by having applications open year-round.


DBS The Vault
Home for accelerator participants in the form of the ‘The Vault’; a dedicated 5,000-square open-plan, multifunctional space in Wan Chai, Hong Kong


The Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)’s Design Incubation Programme (DIP)
Fully supported and funded by CreateHK of Hong Kong SAR Government, the Design Incubation Programme (DIP) aims to sustain the long-term development of the city’s creative human capitals and enterprises.


Asia eCommerce Awards


Education for Good Social Entrepreneur Incubation Program (社會企業創業者培育計劃)
Site in Chinese
Education for Good, a social innovation consultancy firm, and is responsible for providing training and consulting services for innovation projects. Conducted social innovation policy research for Our Hong Kong Foundation. Education for Good Social Entrepreneur Incubation Program 「社會企業創業者培育計劃」is a 12 week long programme.


Elevator Pitch Competition (EPiC)
“EPiC” is a fun-filled international start-up event organised by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. 100 start-ups will be selected to pitch their ideas in a 60-second elevator ride at the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong.


 Eureka Nova


Fashion Incubation Programme
FIP is an advanced business of fashion incubator for ardent fashion talents and brands. 15 designers will be selected to join a 2-year programme over the next 3 years.


Teamed up with StartupsHK, Cyberport and Metta, FbStart offers mentorship, training, networking events and free tools. A global programme that offers startups with technical support; to help startup bootstrap and accelerate their business.


FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific
The FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific, launched by Accenture, is a collaboration between Accenture and leading financial. The Asia-Pacific lab is running its fourth year in Hong Kong — up to 10 finalist startups will get access to mentorship from leading firms and VCs, insights from senior figures and user groups in the financial sector, free workspace at Cyberport and weekly workshops. Participating startups will also join the demo day where they will showcase their business to financial service executives, investors and journalists.


Fintech Career Accelerator Scheme 2.0
Under FCAS 2.0, the HKMA will collaborate with its strategic partners, Applied Sciences and Technology Institute (ASTRI), Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, in offering four fintech talent building programmes : Entrepreneurship summer boot camp ; Shenzhen Summer Internship Programme; Gap year full-time placement programme & Full-time graduate programme.


Hong Kong FinTech Week


Fresco Capital
Involved in enterprise, education, infrastructure, healthcare, online/offline consumer and entertainment. Also support startup ecosystem building, especially in Asia, through mentorship, content and speaking.
Garage Cadet


Good Seed Incubation Programme
Funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) (, the Programme is jointly developed and organized by Institute for Entrepreneurship (IfE) and Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Good Seed Programme aims to drive for innovative solutions from young people to tackle poverty issues and promote social inclusion.


Good Lab
Good Lab – your partner in social innovation.  A do tank and social
innovation hub to enable tri-sector collaborations in bringing about innovative solutions for a better Hong Kong. Work with businesses to create more impactful ways to engage the community, engaged civil servants in learning more about social innovation and advised foundations on creating new programs for impact.



Good Lab x Henderson Social Innovation Classroom
6-week interactive learning program that will provide the knowledge, tools and connections for you to become a social innovator in your work and community. Over the six weeks, you’ll be inspired by social innovation around the world, get to know more about the social issues in Hong Kong first hand and then work to develop prototypes that can improve them.


HKSTP Global Acceleration Academy Accelerators (GAA)
Current Event: 2018 Jan Intake – AIEA – Smart Building & AI Bayer – Digital Healthcare Hactl – LogisticsTech During the Accelerators, you will gain support and validation from anchor industries leaders, enjoy series of startup trainings by elite speakers, and prepare for opportunities of sales and investment ahead!
Up and Coming: 2018 Apr Intake – DHL and NVIDIA.


HKSTP Leading Enterprises Acceleration Programme (LEAP@HK)
An acceleration programme to nurture selected current and graduated members of HKSTP’s Incubation Programmes as well as selected current tenants of the Science Park into regional or global companies and prepare them for eventual IPO or M&A.


HKSTP TechnoPreneur Partnership Programme (TPP)
TPP extends its comprehensive support services to local and overseas start-ups beyond Hong Kong Science Park. a collaborative programme between the Corporation and 19 partners from the start-up community, including 13 start-up organisations such as CoCoon, Paperclip and Nest; and six local universities.


HKSTP Incubation Programmes
Custom-made programmes for startups in the fields of web and mobile technology (Incu-App), technology (Incu-Tech) and biotechnology (Incu-Bio).


The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Technology Transfer Office
Offering info on Startup Resources: Incubation & Acceleration Programmes


HKUST Entrepreneurship Center
Offering info on Startup Resources: Incubation & Acceleration Programmes, Fundings & Mentoring Programmes


INCO is a social enterprise that supports the new generation of entrepreneurs. Through its impact investment fund of 100 million euros and its 13 incubation programs, INCO aims at shaping a new economy that will create jobs and economic opportunities for all. Each year, INCO organizes world forum Impact² in Paris to promote entrepreneurship and the new economy worldwide. INCO ran So In So Good’s TechForGood Challenge with HKSTP.


InnoPower@JC: Fellowship for Teachers and Social Workers
Initiated and Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust,  the programme cultivates an enabling environment and empowers professionals to innovate in the education and social service sectors for a better future of Hong Kong.
Ednovators Ltd. 教育燃新


The Innovation and Technology Venture Fund
With support from CarbonCare Asia, the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and Education For Good (EFG), this programme is designed to equip those passionate climate innovators with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop high-impact solutions to tackle climate change. Spanning 8 months, this incubation programme provides intensive coaching to guide incubates through a process from ‘Conception’ to ‘Realization’ of their green projects.


INFINITI LAB Future Consumer Accelerator Program
The INFINITI Accelerator, driven by NEST is a 12-week programme run by a full-time dedicated team.  Up to 8 startups will be selected to come to Hong Kong to accelerate their Smart Cities or Internet of Things (IoT) businesses. Offering Startup Weekends, to the Accelerator programs, to the Integration program.  INFINITI Motors also has Infiniti Engineering Academy.


Impact Incubator
Appointed as Intermediary of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund), the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) launches Impact Incubator – an one-stop supporting platform to support and incubate social entrepreneurship and innovative projects that address and relieve poverty problems.


Jockey Club CarbonCare Open Innovation Lab(JC COIL) Incubation Programme


Jockey Club Incubation Programme for Social Innovation
The Jockey Club Incubation Programme for Social Innovation provides one-stop entrepreneurial services for young entrepreneurs in HK aged between 18 and 35 years old, who wish to find solutions for social issues through a sustainable business model. Participants will receive a 12-month continuous assessment and will be able to receive a package of financial and non-financial services. Email :


Jockey Club Social-Tech Incubation and Youth Entrepreneurship Programme
Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Programme is a partnership of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (“HKSTP”),  Le Comptoir de l’Innovation (“CDI”), the first global network of green and social start-ups from France, and Hong Kong Children & Youth Services (“HKCYS”).
2 parts : the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme – Social-Up Youth Project; and the Social-Tech Incubation Programme – So In So Good Project.


KPMG Digital Village
Based in Singapore.


LimeHK Startup Accelerator
provides one-on-one mentorship on topics including fundraising strategy, presentation skills, marketing, corporate management and investor relationship. Startup will also be provided with workspace, legal advice and a demo day for investment opportunities.


The Mills Fabrica
The Mills Fabrica is a business incubator and springboard for techstyle startups and strategic partners – companies at the intersection of fashion, textile and technology. Aims to become a catalytic hub for techstyle startups and ecosystem partners, where new ideas spark and game changing collaboration takes off.


Next Money Asia FinTech Finals Competition


Nurturing Social Minds
Selected as one of the appointed Intermediaries of the HK SAR government’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship fund (SIE Fund), The Yeh Family Philanthropy (YFP) has collaborated with 2 universities – HKUST and CUHK – to deliver 9 interdisciplinary action-based courses on social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy at the MBA level. This social entrepreneurship & venture philanthropy education program is Nurturing Social Minds.


One Million by One Million (1Mby1M)
One Million by One Million (1Mby1M) is the first global virtual accelerator, headquartered in Silicon Valley.


PolyU Institute for Entrepreneurship (IfE)
Offering info on Startup Resources: Incubation & Acceleration Programmes


PolyU Institute for Entrepreneurship (IfE)’s Micro Fund Scheme
The PolyU Micro Fund Scheme is a key initiative to promote student-driven startups as a way to facilitate knowledge transfer (KT).


PaperclipHK  “Startup Mentoring Intensives”


Readwrite Labs Hong Kong
Readwrite Labs Hong Kong is located within Cyberport, the country’s leading entrepreneurial center. The six-week Gateway program in Hong Kong focuses on providing founders with education and expertise on APAC manufacturing and prototyping, the APAC market, APAC fundraising, financial technologies (FinTech) and smart cities.


seToolbelt has two distinct collaborate programs: Practitioner Innovation Communities and Social Enterprise Capacity Building Labs, and plans to add Collaborate features such as online discussion groups and wiki capabilities for participatory writing, editing, and crowd sourcing.
An open content community resource center for social entrepreneurs. Its content—over 1,400 free toolkits, cases, essays, videos, examples, tips, podcasts, business plans, research papers, and templates—comes from practice and spans regions, sectors, industries, and business functions. Through an online platform, seToolbelt helps its users find practical resources; learn about social enterprise; share their own internal and unpublished resources, and collaborate to create new ones through programs such as our Practitioner Innovation Communities.


Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge (HKSEC)
A social venture startup competition, organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau.


Startup IO x naked Hub Pre-Accelerator for Non-Technical Founders


SmarTone Innovation Hub


The Smart City Innovation Centre (SCIC)


Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund)
Mostly through intermediaries, the SIE Fund provides visionary individuals and organisations with diverse resources in support of research, capacity building and the entire life cycle of innovative programmes, from idea incubation and seed funding to implementation and eventual scale-up.


Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk)
SVhk is a venture philanthropic organisation focusing on inventing, incubating and investing in social start-ups that address urban social challenges in Hong Kong through sustainable and innovative business solutions, and inspiring a culture of social innovation.


SoInSoGood Incubation Program
A social-tech start-up accelerator, partnering with Hong Kong Science Park and are funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. A 6-month incubation program which is free for the startups as it is totally funded by the HKJC. SoInSoGood supports the growth of HK social entrepreneurship scene. Each startup benefits from a HKD 30,000 grant (reimbursement based) and if they need to raise seed money we can connect them directly with potential investors.


SOW (Asia) Foundation’s i2i (“Incubation to Investment”) accelerator programme
Supports social businesses clarify their social impact, improve their business models and refine their pitches for investment. The accelerator programme is powered by SOW Asia.


SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator
12-week FinTech accelerator programme sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank and Fidelity International, hosting 8 companies per year.


Jointly launched by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (“HKSTP”), The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (“HSBC”) and Hong Kong Business Angel Network (“HKBAN”), SPRINTER is a two-year program aiming to energize our innovation and technology ecosystem and thus build Hong Kong as a technology hub in Asia Pacific.


Synergy Biz Group
Dedicated to providing innovative solutions for business startups and choices on youth accommodations in Hong Kong through the idea of “Co-Space” including co-living space, co-working space and multi-functional space.


Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU)
TSSSU provides funding to six HK local universities to support their teams in starting technology businesses and commercialising their R&D results. An annual funding of up to $4 million is provided to each of the six local universities.


Hong Kong Techathon


The University Grants Committee (UGC) launches Research Impact Fund
The Government request universities to conduct more impactful and translational research projects that meet Hong Kong’s needs, so as to tie in with the work promoting the development of industries and re-industrialisation. In this regard, the Government requested the UGC to complete the review on the allocation of research grants within one year, and expand the assessment criteria to include research impact and effectiveness of knowledge and technology transfer.
Uptown Co-workshop Incubator Program



Nurture start-up companies in the design and wearable technology fields.


The Young Entrepreneurs Development Council (YDC)
Hong Kong-based accelerator that focuses on working with early-stage AI startups in Asia, particularly startups that are working on Edge Computing, Agtech, Ethical Computing, Natural Language, Autonomous Vehicles, and Human-Machine Interface Technology.


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