City University of Hong Kong launches HK Tech 300 Southeast Asia Start-up Competition to foster the I&T ecosystem in the region
with strategic partnership with UM, UPM, MDEC and other regional players
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -
Media OutReach - 9 May 2023–
City University of Hong Kong launched the first ever
HK Tech 300 Southeast Asia Start-up Competition (HK Tech 300 SEA Competition) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, extending the highly anticipated innovation and entrepreneurship programme to Southeast Asia to foster start-ups and innovation and technology development in the region.
A large-scale flagship innovation and entrepreneurship programme by City University of Hong Kong, HK Tech 300 was organised with a total commitment of up to HK$600 million (about MYR 340 million).
"We are thrilled to expand our successful HK Tech 300 initiative to Southeast Asia," said
Professor Way Kuo, President and University Distinguished Professor of City University of Hong Kong. "This Competition presents a unique opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in the region to gain exposure and secure funding for their projects, and will help translate City University of Hong Kong's outstanding research into applications, which can have a transformative impact on the entrepreneurship landscape here. We are excited to witness the positive impact of HK Tech 300 on the region and are committed to supporting and empowering innovative ideas in this part of the world."
The HK Tech 300 SEA Competition is being held in partnership with universities and incubators in the region, including Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) from Malaysia, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) from Brunei Darussalam, Chulalongkorn University from Thailand, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (SIDEC), and various chambers of commerce. Through these partners, the Competition will bring together the most promising start-ups in the region to join the competition. The Top 10 winners will each be awarded Angel Fund investment of up to HK$1 million (about MYR 565,000), providing a significant boost for their entrepreneurial endeavours.
Datuk Seri Khaled Mohamed Nordin, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia, said, "A thriving small and medium enterprise (SME) and start-up ecosystem is essential for sustainable digital development. The Malaysian Higher Education Ministry welcomes City University of Hong Kong's decision to launch this regional edition of HK Tech 300 in Malaysia, as it demonstrates the success of Malaysia's efforts to accelerate the digital economy and produce knowledgeable graduates with excellent marketability. I believe the exposure and guidance they will receive from the Competition, will enable them to contribute to the expanding digital ecosystem."
Emeritus Professor Dato' Dr Morshidi Sirat, Higher Education Adviser to the Minister of Higher Education, in representing Datuk Seri Khaled and delivered his speech during the launch event at Hilton Kuala Lumpur.
Professor Dr Sabri Musa, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya said that they are delighted to be a partner in the Competition and hope to create synergy for the start-up ecosystem in the region.
Since its launch in March 2021, the HK Tech 300 programme has made significant strides towards its goal of creating 300 start-ups within three years. With a total allocation of HK$500 million in 2021, the programme is a strategic move to translate City University of Hong Kong's groundbreaking research results and intellectual property into practical applications, while simultaneously providing valuable opportunities for young talent and aspiring entrepreneurs to grow and learn. To further support the programme, the University added an additional of HK$100 million (about MYR 56.5 million) this year.
To date, HK Tech 300 has cultivated more than 560 start-up teams, each of which received a HK$100,000 (about MYR 56,500) Seed Fund, and it has provided up to HK$1 million (about MYR 565,000) in Angel Fund investment to more than 110 start-up companies.
Riding on the success and positive impact of the Programme, City University of Hong Kong has expanded the HK Tech 300 initiative to Southeast Asia, with Malaysia chosen as the location for the launch of the inaugural HK Tech 300 SEA Competition, demonstrating its vision and determination to make HK Tech 300 the biggest university-based innovation and entrepreneurship programme in Asia.
The expansion aims to promote technology transfer and commercialisation in the region, showcasing the University's commitment to support Southeast Asian start-ups in expanding their business to Hong Kong, Mainland China and the whole region, leveraging the unique advantages and resources available in Hong Kong.
About City University of Hong Kong and HK Tech 300
As one of the fastest-growing universities in the world over the last decade, City University of Hong Kong is recognised as a hub for innovation in research and professional education. Our world-class faculty champion the integration of teaching and research and consistently excel across many key international indicators for research excellence. Focusing on our core mission, we are committed to promoting knowledge and contributing to society through outstanding teaching and research.
Under the theme "Venture Beyond Boundaries", HK Tech 300 is a large-scale flagship innovation and entrepreneurship programme launched by City University of Hong Kong for aspiring entrepreneurs among the Univeristy's students, alumni, research staff and others to establish start-ups and ignite their entrepreneurship journey. With an allocation of HK$600 million, the programme offers comprehensive support for entrepreneurship training, a seed fund, an angel fund, co-working space, and networking opportunities in the industrial and commercial communities.
HK Tech 300 aims to provide educational and growth opportunities for young entrepreneurs and to translate City University of Hong Kong's research results and intellectual property into practical applications. Since its launch in March 2021, over 1,300 people have participated in entrepreneurship training, more than 560 teams have each been awarded a seed fund of HK$100,000, and over 110 start-ups have been selected to receive angel fund investment of up to $1 million each to develop and validate their business models. Over 150 experienced industrialists and successful entrepreneurs have accepted our invitation to serve as mentors.