Lean Launcher programme

HKSTP Lean Launcher is a 12-week experiential learning programme (3 hours/ week) ​targeting scientists and researchers to help them develop entrepreneurial mindset and technology translation skills. The programme, to be delivered in the format of thematic tracks, will be led by experienced trainers, industry practitioners and mentors who are domain experts.

The curriculum is centred on the key principles of the Lean Start-up methodology and will enable participants to develop viable business models for startup formation and commercialisation stemming from fundamental discoveries in science and engineering.



12-week highly experiential learning programme
targeting scientists & researchers
Experienced industry practitioners as mentors and trainers
Train and develop participants’ entrepreneurial mindset and technology translation skills
Guest lectures / workshops on core subjects / topics

Key Modules

Lean Startup, Business Model Design & Hypothesis Setting
Incubation & Investment Fundraising
Market Analysis & Validation Process
Pitch Deck & Business Plan
Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
IP/ Technology Licensing
Customer Discovery & Interview Skills

Programme Timeline

Briefing Session
Team Application
Participating team submit an expression of interest with preliminary project information
Meet Our Trainers and Mentors
Organisers meet with individual applicant teams
Lean Launcher Programme
Pitching Day & Graduation


Chief Trainer Prof. Poh Kam Wong
Professor, Strategy & Policy Dept, NUS Business School
Track Trainer
Mr. Albert Au
Founder, acesobee limited
Track Trainer
Ms. Marina Chan
Senior Director and Head of Education, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Track Trainer
Ms. Yina Chan
Principal, Saltagen Ventures
Track Trainer
Mr. Michael Tsui
Chairman, Deltason Medical Limited
Mr. Alex Cheng
Co-Founder / General Partner, Ooosh Tech Lab
Mr. Raymond Chow
Director, Marketing & Strategy Asia, Merit Medical Asia Co. Ltd
Mr. Tom Chui
Founder and Director, Inclusive Impact
Dr. Leon Lam
Senior Vice President of Asia and Vice President of Asia Pacific Strategy, Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
Dr. Patrick Lam
Vice President, Listing Division (Biotech and Medical Gatekeeper), Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Dr. Simon Law
Assistant General Manager (Innovation), Sino Group
Mr. Stephen Lee
Head of Innovation Medicine Business Unit, Commercial Excellence & Access, Merck Healthcare
Mr. Eric Leung
Founder and General Manager, Vee Care Asia Limited
Dr. David Li
Director, Great Bonus Development Limited
Mr. Leo Lo
Founder & Managing Director, EuroMed Technologies Co. Ltd.
Ir. Dr. Jacky Ng
Principal Engineer, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Hong Kong Limited
Prof. Dicky Shek
Vice President, GBA Business School
Mr. KY Tan
Director, Business Development, Asia Pacific, Brainlab
Mr. Mingles Tsoi
CXO, ParticleX
Mr. Alvin Wong
Owner, Central Project Development Ltd
Dr. Alwin Wong
Board Member, Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals
Mr. Phil Woo
Co-founder and Product Director, PREN
Mr. Michael Yung
Strategic Advisor, Google Cloud

Project Showcase

In the order of cohorts and teams



• Part A: About HKSTP Lean Launcher
• Part B: Entry Requirements & Team Composition
• Part C: Application & Attendance
Part A: About HKSTP Lean Launcher
What is HKSTP Lean Launcher?  How is it different from other entrepreneurship training?
Originated from a similar programme in the US, HKSTP Lean Launcher aims to turn scientific research into business with a curriculum structured based on lean startup methodology and tailored for supporting business model development, market exploration and commercialisation of research and innovation.
Why HKSTP Lean Launcher? How can I benefit from the Programme?
HKSTP Lean Launcher helps participating teams explore target markets and customer segments in order to define their business models and achieve product / technology market fit before committing any serious resources. Through this Programme, participating teams can de-risk their startup process, and also gain access to a wealth of industry networks and resources from HKSTP to support the commercialisation and their research and innovation ventures.
Who is teaching in the Programme ?
The programme’s instructors, trainers and mentors are all academia-industry practitioners. From time to time, we will engage suitable industry experts to join the teaching team. You may refer to the list of trainers and mentors here. In addition, experienced entrepreneurs will also be invited as guest speakers to share their stories and insights with the participants.
How can I be connected with industry mentors?
We will recruit mentors from industry who are practitioners / experts in related industry domains, investors or from university technology transfer offices. Each participating team will be paired with an industry mentor with relevant background and experience in the sector which the team is targeting for their commercialisation. In addition to the team’s assigned mentor, participants will also be able to seek advice from the pool of mentors in this Programme to gain further insights from different experts.
Will I need to disclose confidential information of my research in the Programme?
No. While you should have a research / innovation project for the Programme, we do not expect you to disclose any detail or confidential information about your research / innovation. You just need to elaborate on how your technology works and the core technology edge of your research / innovation.
What is the expected time commitment for this Programme?
We look for teams’ active participation and commitment so that they can get the most out of the Programme. Timing-wise, teams should expect to spend at least 3 hours per week to attend the Programme sessions and to conduct market research / explorations.
Is there any further support from HKSTP during and after the Programme?
Absolutely. In addition to the HKSTP Lean Launcher, we will bridge you to other HKSTP resources (e.g. business / industry networking, online training / learning, funding and incubation, etc.) that shall be made available to you. We shall connect and fast-track the participating teams to HKSTP Ideation Programme at the end of the HKSTP Lean Launcher so that the teams can pitch for up to HK$100,000 grants and other supports to kick off their startup process.