Knowledge Transfer Office | City University of Hong Kong

Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU) 

About TSSSU eligibilit Timeline Assessment Download Briefing FAQ Start

Launched by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), to encourage university students, alumni and professors to start up technology businesses.

Each selected start-up will be funded an annual funding capped at HK$1.2 million, for not more than 3 years.

Promotional videos on TSSSU (by the Innovation and Technology Commission)
The team forming the technology start-up may have any mix of the following members of CityU:
  1. Current undergraduates or postgraduates
  2. Full-time professor(s) to serve as consultant(s), providing technical expertise and direction of the R&D work; and/or
  3. Business savvy CityU alumni who graduated on or after 1 January 2012, giving business and management advice, etc. (not applicable to existing CityU TSSSU recipients)

The start-up must be a company registered under the Companies Ordinance for not more than 2 years (This requirement does not apply to start-ups recommended for the TSSSU funding for the second or third year).
Application deadline
  1. Application form (Annex A) with supporting documents mentioned in Section C – signed original, and
  2. 3-year budget plan, and
  3. Copy of student/staff card or graduation certificate

 Before 6pm, 9 January 2017

Interview of applicants

 January / February 2017

Result announcement

 March 2017

Submission of:
  1. Quarterly report
  2. Reimbursement request form

 First quarter (April – June) : 31 July 2017 
 Second quarter (July – September) : 31 Oct 2017 
 Third quarter (October – December) : 31 January 2018

Submission of:
  1. Annual report
  2. Reimbursement request form
  3. Audited accounts of expenditure
  4. Auditor’s report

 31 May 2018

  • the innovation and technology content of the business;
  • the commercial viability of the business;
  • the sustainability of the business;
  • the capability of the technology start-up and its team to undertake the R&D work and manage the company;
  • the social and/or community impact of the technology start-up’s business and R&D work;
  • the use of intellectual property rights (IPRs) of CityU; and
  • any other criteria that CityU sees fit
Briefing Session
Date: 11 November 2016 (Friday)
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Innovation Commons, Run Run Shaw Library

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a graduate from CityU, am I eligible for the scheme?

A: CityU alumni who have graduated for not more than 5 years are eligible, i.e graduated on or after 1 January 2012.

Q: How will the reimbursement be arranged?

A: Reimbursement will be made on a quarterly basis. Quarterly report and reimbursement request have to be submitted to CityU’s Knowledge Transfer Office before deadline.

Q: What kind of expenditure cannot be reimbursed?

A: If the items are already funded by CityU, the Government or a Government subvented body/institution, those items will NOT be funded under TSSSU. There are some more examples of items not to be funded under TSSSU stated in paragraph 10 of the Guidelines.

Q: How many applicants will be selected per year?

A: There is no limit on the number of selected applicants. The total annual funding for CityU is HK$4 million. The amount of funding for each start-up is capped at HK$1.2 million.

Q: Does the existing funded start-up need to apply for TSSSU funding again?

A: Yes.

  • Q&A issued by ITC

  • Enquiry
    Ms. Fanny Ho
    Tel: (852) 3442 6859

    The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) has approved funding support to the following technology start-ups initiated by our students, alumni or faculty members.

    1. Air Button Technology Limited
    2. Animae Technologies Limited
    3. BeVoid Limited
    4. C4Cat Entertainment Limited
    5. Cinme Tech Limited (千憶科技有限公司)
    6. ClothClip International Limited
    7. GlobeXchange Co. Limited (環野國際有限公司)
    8. Hands Life Science Limited (聯手生命科技有限公司)
    9. Hong Kong Bilingual Learning and Translation Studies Association Co. Limited (香港雙語學習與翻譯研究會有限公司)
    10. Jacky Instruments Limited (積奇儀器有限公司)
    11. Kung Fu Motion Limited (功夫動態有限公司)
    12. MindLayer Limited
    13. New System Technologies Limited (新益科技有限公司)
    14. NoPhish Technology Limited (弩飛科技有限公司)
    15. ProHub Limited
    16. Spreadfast Interactive Limited (塊塗互動有限公司)
    17. Teorema Limited
    18. The Worldpath Limited (環博優才國際語言學習有限公司)
    19. V&R Laboratory Limited (互動虛擬現實實驗室有限公司)