Who may Enter ?


Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan registered Start-ups


Business or Project

Artificial Intelligence Technologies


Year of Establishment

Since 2015 or after



Captured less than RMB 50 million in funding (or equivalent in HK/ TW/ US dollars)

What to Do ?


Application Process


1. Online Application Form (CLICK HERE)

  • Company Information
  • Businesses and Technologies
  • PowerPoint Presentation (English or Chinese) saved in PDF format – max 16 slides (TEMPLATE)

2. Shortlisted Start-ups will be invited to join the close-door pitch in the Hong Kong Contest

  • through 8 minutes presentation plus 7 minutes Q&A. For eligible* Start-ups, parallel Assessment Panel by HKSTP will be arranged for qualification to Incu-App or Incu-Tech Programme (*please refer to the embedded links for respective Mandatory Admission Criteria)

3. Top 5 Start-ups will enter the semi-final of the Inception Awards in China

  • with traveling and hospitality sponsorship valued at around HK$15,000 for each Start-ups

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 Application Online


 Application Closed


 Start-ups shortlisted for HK Contest


 Hong Kong Contest


 Semi Final in China


 Grand Finale in Suzhou



How to Win ?

Judging Criteria


Innovation and Technology (35%)

  • Technology disruptiveness
  • Product innovation
  • Competitiveness
  • Patent filed / granted


Team Core Competence (30%)

  • Capability of management team
  • Capability of R&D team
  • Capability in resources and knowledge integration
  • Commitment and motivation

    Business Model and Business Plan (10%)

  • Concise
  • Completeness
  • Feasibility
  • Sustainability


Marketability and Competitiveness (10%)

  • Marketing strategy
  • SWOT analysis
  • Customer validation and entry barrier
  • Market size and scalability
  • Competitor analysis


What do you Get ?


Top 5 Start-ups will enter the semi-final of the Inception Awards in China for more exposure and investment opportunities in China and International platforms



Traveling and Hospitality Sponsorship valued at around HK$15,000 will be offered to each Top 5 Start-ups



Potential to join HKSTP's 2-year Incu-App or 3-year Incu-Tech Programme, which offers a Financial Aid Package of up to HK$860,000 or HK$1.29 million respectively to each successful applicant



3-months Free Membership in TusStar Hong Kong, included 2 FREE desk spaces** at TusPark Hong Kong, Kwun Tong valued at HK$5,400 for each Top 5 Start-ups (**move-in date shall be one month after announcement of Top 5. For details, please contact TusStar Hong Kong)

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