Dream Builder Program 2022/23 (Ideation / Incubation)

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Session Details
1 Jan 2022 09:00 - 31 Aug 2023 23:59
Program Details

Deadline :
31 Aug 2023 23:59

Enquiry Email :

Organised by :
HKUST Entrepreneurship Center


Come join the HKUST Dream Builder Program (Ideation / Incubation) to receive funding, coaching and training, mentorship, and an array of in-kind support to realize your start-up dreams!

With exclusive support from the Program, admitted start-up teams will be able to achieve the following by the end of the Program:

Business Model

Proof of Concept




Define and/or confirm business model, customer journey and product design
Complete proof of concept
Develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)/ prototype
Collect/ ready to collect market feedback
Complete business registration in Hong Kong


Our Offers:

Supporting Scheme for Entrepreneurship Projects Approved by Entrepreneurship Center

Seed Money





Up to HKD100,000 per start-up team as Seed Fund
All-round Trainings (Schedule to be announced soon)
Mentoring & Networking:
(MentorHUB has a strong network of entrepreneurs, industry professionals, investors, etc.)
Start-up Space: theBASE (1/F, Lift 29-30):
leverage theBASE for prototype showcase, promotion, and/or pop-up events
External Outreach: Nominations to external competitions, fast track, Being featured in HKUST publications


Ideation Programme:

  • Kick-start innovative idea at very early stage
  • Have trial of business, test market
  • Participate in entrepreneurship enrichment activities
  • On reimbursement basis


Incubation Programme:

  • Facilitate startup projects in completing their proof of concept and developing their MVP/ prototype through seed funds, training and in-kind support within twelve months
  • Be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skillsets for further development of their startups
  • Enhance the team competitiveness for next stage of growth


Click Here to know more about the Programs and which is the best fit for you.



  • Individual and team applications are both accepted.
  • The principal applicant must be a full-time student (undergraduate or postgraduate; non-Exchange student) of HKUST, while team members (if any) can be HKUST students, alumni or staff.
  • If the start-up is already a registered company, the company shall have been registered for no more than one year (for ideation) / three years (for incubation) at the time of application and 51% of shares shall be owned by HKUST current students (full-time/ part-time).


Click Here for details of the Program including funding scope, admission criteria, expected milestones, etc. (Application Guideline, Terms and Conditions)!

Click Here to download the budget template

Click Here to view the disbursement checklist for your reference


(2023 Sep: The program is being revamped. Please stay tuned for the updates)