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Through the programme, learn the fundamental skills you need to kickstart your business. We provide all-round support from designing your business model to finding investment. We guide you every step of the way, to fine-tune your ideas for technical development. WHAT WILL STEP GIVE YOU?Seed Funding HK$100,000 financial grantCoaching Dedicated mentor for business adviceTraining Topics include: Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem, Business modelling, Pitching and investment etc.Centre Facilities Co-working space access in 12 monthsPotential to bridging programmes Prepare for HKSTP incubation programmes admissionIS STEP RIGHT FOR YOU?We’re looking to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs. You are welcome to join STEP if you: Have an innovative idea supported by R&D and business planning ANDAre a HKID holder aged 18 and above, ORHave a limited company incorporated in Hong Kong for less than a year by the application start date, ORHave a team (must incorporate a limited company in Hong Kong before the programme starts)HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR STEP?Submit your proposal for the assessment on Evaluation Criteria, with reference to the template provided below.Complete the online application with supporting documents.The applications will open in January, May and September of each year. You can only submit when application opensEvaluation CriteriaTeam competencyBusiness development potentialInnovativenessResearch & Development
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) announced on 7 October 2020 the launch of “HKSTP InnoAcademy”, which is dedicated to the continuous nurturing of young technology talent to inspire and drive success in Hong Kong’s innovation and technology (I&T) industry. HKSTP InnoAcademy aims to boost Hong Kong’s I&T competitiveness with a sustained series of programmes, including training and value-added support to upskill technology talent from various sectors into future leaders. Today also marks the inauguration of eight high-potential talents from the first cohort of HKSTP InnoAcademy’s signature “Technology Leaders of Tomorrow” (TLT) programme, as they embark on an extensive 26-month journey within the Hong Kong Science Park ecosystem. Since enrolment began in July, the TLT programme received an overwhelming response with over 600 applications from graduates in Hong Kong and across the globe, which are the world’s top 50 universities in 2020. Among the many applicants, 60% of them were holders of a Master’s degree or PhD, majoring in Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Information Technology or Data Science. “Our mission at HKSTP InnoAcademy is to build the ideal I&T breeding ground to nurture future technology leaders and pioneers. With HKSTP’s extensive ecosystem, we will work with our partners to develop forward-looking learning and training programmes tailored to young graduates and mid-level professionals.” HKSTP InnoAcademy will focus on developing young talent across HKSTP’s strategic technology areas, including Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Biomedical Technology, Data and Smart City and FinTech, as well as establishing partnerships and connections with key industry leaders, training providers and tertiary education institutions. The continuous learning approach provides talent with multiple career pathways to join the I&T industry, while supporting future skills acquisition. TLT Programme Offers Diverse Opportunities The eight selected talents from the first cohort of the TLT programme will first enter a two-month HKSTP internship and enjoy valuable exposure to Hong Kong’s leading I&T ecosystem. From there, each talent will take a 24-month full-time R&D role at one of HKSTP’s partner companies for continued career mentoring and development. Beyond the current TLT programme, InnoAcademy will continue to roll out an extensive range of talent development and training initiatives, in collaboration with major academic and industry partners to unleash the potential of young graduates and equip them to become a driving force in the future of Hong Kong’s I&T sector. Please visit https://innoacademy.hkstp.org/ for more information on InnoAcademy and the TLT programme.