INCUBATION AND ACCELERATION

We operate incubation and acceleration programmes with a vision to make your dream a reality.
No matter if you only have a brilliant idea, or you are one of the mature startups who wants to scale up, we have a programme in place to take your business to the next level.

Shortlisted incubatees will have access to the most wanted essential skills to launch your new ventures, either from our professional team or through our mentorship programme. Aside from giving you a comprehensive introduction to Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem, we provide a wide range of training workshops to improve your technical skills from business model design to investor pitching. You will also have unlimited opportunities to get inspired by other entrepreneurs and partners through our networking events happening in the ecosystem.

We take pride to witness the success of 850+ incubation graduates, among which 80% are still in business and 4 have filed an IPO. Being the top incubator in the region, we nurture and grow startups who share the same vision of making a better world. Are you ready to be the next unicorn?

Learn more about our signature incubation and acceleration programmes below. The secret of success is simply begin. Apply now!

 

Programme overview & entitlement

HKSTP Programmes IDEATION INCUBATION ACCELERATION ELITE
Description A programme designed to turn your wild idea into a scalable business. Get challenged and inspired by our team of experts on your idea’s market readiness. Product development and solution commercialization are the key success factors at this stage. We are here to prepare you for unprecedented business growth.

INCU-BIO

If you are a biotech startup, join this tailor-made incubation programme to nurture and grow your idea to make a better, healthier world.
Business acceleration is programmed in this stage for high-flyers. Our team has the know-how of advancing growth and profitability of your business. Your product is ready to shine on the world stage after on-going experiment and refinement. Together, we will take your business to new heights and make you a global tech giant.
Funding & support Up to HK$100,000

Up to HK$1.3million
General startups


Up to HK$4 million
Biotech startups

Up to HK$4.8million Up to HK$21.5million
Programme duration 1 year General startups (3 years)

Biotech startups (4 years)
2 years 3 years
Infrastructure Programme overview & entitlement Admission schedule & criteria On-site office On-site office
Plus access to specialized labs, meeting venues and other facilities in HKSTP ecosystem
Other services Talent & mentorship programmes | startup networking events | business training workshops | business matching opportunities | corporate partnership programmes | fundraising opportunities

Admission schedule & criteria

HKSTP Programmes IDEATION INCUBATION ACCELERATION ELITE
Application timeline Jan, May & Sep Year-round Mar & Sep By invitation only
Business valuation N/A Up to US$5 million< US$5 - $50 million US$50 - $100 million
Company registration HK registered company

Person in charge is HKID holder
HK registered company HK registered company HK registered company
Years of incorporation 2 years old or less General startups
5 years or less

Biotech startups
2 years or less
No limitation No limitation
Minimum employees Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Worldwide
Individual, team or registered company

General startups
2 full-time employees
(min. 50% technical staff)

Biotech startups
3 full-time employees
(min. 50% technical staff)

No more than 100 employees
(min. 50% technical staff)
No less than 30 employees
(min. 50% technical staff)
Programme fee N/A N/A Variable-rate option
(no more than 5%)
Variable-rate equity
(SAFE model)
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