Science and Technology Entrepreneur Programme (STEP)

What is STEP?

Turn your brilliant ideas into reality and launch successful ventures with STEP, our one-year startup support programme for tech-focused entrepreneurs.

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 grant


  • Dedicated mentor for business advice


  • Topics include: Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem, Business modelling, Pitching and investment etc.

Centre Facilities

  • Co-working space access in 12 months

Potential to bridging programmes

  • Prepare for HKSTP incubation programmes admission

Is 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 AND
  • Are a HKID holder aged 18 and above, OR
  • Have a limited company incorporated in Hong Kong for less than a year by the application start date, OR
  • Have 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 opens
  • Evaluation Criteria
    • Team competency
    • Business development potential
    • Innovativeness
    • Research & Development

Application Timeline

May 2021 (Cohort 21-07)

  • Application Period:3 May 2021 noon to 31 May 2021 noon
  • Admission Panel Meeting (shortlisted applicants only): Late June/early July 2021
  • Result Announcement: July 2021

September 2021 (Cohort 21-08)

  • Application Period: 1 September 2021 noon to 30 September 2021 noon
  • Admission Panel Meeting (shortlisted applicants only): Late October/early November 2021
  • Result Announcement: November 2021

January 2022 (Cohort 22-09)

  • Application Period: 3 January 2022 noon to 31 January 2022 noon
  • Admission Panel Meeting (shortlisted applicants only): Late February/early March 2022
  • Result Announcement: March 2022

*Detailed programme schedule will be shared with applicants.




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