A Step-by-Step Guide
step 1 – Commercialisation assessment
Conduct a market analysis to identify potential market opportunities and develop your commercialisation strategies accordingly. We recommend consulting with our Business Development team at TTO for industry insights and expert advice.
Step 2 – IP Protection
Based on your commercialisation strategies, our IP team at TTO will guide you through patent filing and other forms of IP protection. Please note that this should be done before planning any form of publication.
Step 3 – Venture Building
Team formation shall start as early as possible. Consider reaching out to TEC, which offers talent-matching support partnering with CEDARS and advice on start-up essentials such as market validation, business planning, and shareholding structure through Mentors and Service Partners.
Step 4 – declaration & licensing
For full-time staff or research postgraduate students, there may be restrictions limiting your role in a start-up.
Faculty members should follow the instructions to make a Declaration of Interests via the HKU Portal.
If your start-up utilises any HKU IP, please consult our Business Development team at TTO to obtain an IP licence agreement.
Step 5 – incubation & fundraising
Participating in an incubation programme can provide you with essential training and support, along with a community of like-minded founders.
Check out our Pre-incubation / Incubation Programmes. You may also consider Trusted Support Schemes offered by reputable incubators.
Depending on your development stage, you should also grasp HKU Grants and Investment opportunities while exploring external funding opportunities. Stay tuned to Upcoming Events!
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