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Knowledge Transfer Office

Under the Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC), every student will be able to make an original discovery or invention during his/her study at CityU. To expand the University's capacity to bring intellectual property created by students to the marketplace together with the alignment of CityU DEC 2.0, a one-stop service centre for innovation and entrepreneurship - Innovation Commons was established collaboratively by the Library, the School of Law, the Knowledge Transfer Office, and the Office of Education Development and Gateway Education in September 2014.

Innovation Commons is an important part of the CityU Innopreneurship Ecosystem. This is where entrepreneurial resources and tools are introduced to you. Here, you can find all resources related to innovation and entrepreneurship, on campus or outside, including events, courses, seminars, training programs, community workshops, business plan competitions, school and government funding sources, expert assistance in IP and venture capital financing, and find other teammates/partners, mentors, investors.

We are happy to support you in leveling up your innovative ideas and realizing your dreams. At Innovation Commons, all critical skills of finding and implementing innovative ideas are available for you to face the unknown challenges in the future. So, get in touch with us now!

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We provide facilities for young entrepreneurs at CityU to brew up their creative ideas and start their enterprises.

  • Hot desks
  • Seminar area: This can be reserved for talks, seminars, and other activities for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. You are welcome to make prior booking through here.
    Policies and Rules of the Use of Innovation Commons are here for your attention.
  • Computer Workstation: Windows PCs and Mac computer are network connected with commonly used software installed. You can take reservations of the workstation according to the "Guidelines and Rules for Using Computer Workstation" posted in Innovation Commons. Please also read Policies and Rules of the Use of Innovation Commons.
  • Printers
  • Shredder
  • 70" touch screen TV display set

We have various on- and off-campus start-up resources for student innovators and entrepreneurs, such as:

Coaching and Pitching
We offer personalised training to realize your business ideas with professional trainers. We have coaches stationed at Innovation Commons to give advice on your innovative ideas, business plans, IP strategy and pitching skills, so that you can get well-prepared for competitions and fund-seeking. Please feel free to make an appointment with us by sending an email to

Expert Corner
Seasoned professionals in intellectual property, law, venture capital investment, start-up operations, etc. host free consultation sessions known as Expert Corner on a monthly basis in Innovation Commons. Professional staff from KTO also provide coaching for IP development. You can indicate your preferred timeslot here.

Start-up Funding Schemes at CityU
When talking about funds and monetary support, we have the following three funds to materialize the business initiatives of CityU entrepreneurs.

Group Visits
We always welcome CityU community and guests to visit Innovation Commons and learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship at CityU. If you are going to arrange a group visit to Innovation Commons, please let us know at least two working days in advance by completing the Group Visit Request Form.

A wide range of entrepreneurship related talks and activities have been organized for CityU community by or at Innovation Commons.

Upcoming Events
Previous Events

Innovation Commons is a one-stop service centre on campus for innovation and entrepreneurship. Users in Innovation Commons must behave in respectable ways, and must not jeopardize the rights of other users. Innovation Commons encourages interactions and discussions among users as long as they do not cause undue disturbance to others. Please check out the Policies and Rules for IC users.

Innovation Commons appreciates every feedback of our users. You are welcome to send your feedback to us.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00 except on public holidays

FY-302, Run Run Shaw Library, CityU
(see the floor plan of Library)

Dr. Sian Chan
Tel: (852) 3442 6707