HKUST Entrepreneurship Center (EC), established in 1999 initially as Entrepreneurship Program, is a center to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the campus. It runs activities and funds to foster an entrepreneurial campus and cultivate a risk-taking value-creation mindset. Through direct encouragement and engagement of the HKUST community (students, alumni, professors and support staff), we strive to nurture next-generation entrepreneurs whose companies make commercial, social or cultural impacts for the economic and social development of Hong Kong and other regions.
Our program is called Dream Builder, which supports the community to make big dreams and build them. The program equips interested parties from knowledge acquisition, ideation, prototyping to commercialization. It has the following three components:
Broaden and deepen skillsets: This is to equip the community with practical knowledge and tools for entrepreneurial pursuit. Through working with academic units and credit-bearing courses, we organize various seminar series inviting prominent practitioners (entrepreneurs, investors, alumni, etc.) to share their experiences. We also organize workshops on current and advanced topics of interest, where the community can gain hands-on learning experience.
Grow and build ideas: The goal is to inspire, grow and implement ideas. We run various competitions where students can be exposed to different ideas, pitch theirs, receive feedbacks, and connect with the like-minded. We organize visits to maker spaces, startups, conferences and exhibitions so that the participants can be engaged and exposed to different market sectors so as to develop empathy toward them. We also manage the HKUST BASE, a vibrant co-working space to promote entrepreneurship and a mixer to connect all HKUST entrepreneurial members.
Create value and impacts: The goal is to help our serious players to build their products and penetrate markets. We manage accelerator funds and a co-working space to help them jumpstart their products. We offer them advising and mentorship so that they can find pathways from ideas to impacts. To help their startups grow, we also organize activities so that their ventures can be exposed to the market, customers and investors.
We work closely with a student group, the BASE team, to promote entrepreneurship activities to our students. Through these, we provide systematic cultivation of future entrepreneurs, create a self-sustaining entrepreneurial eco-system, and stimulate technological innovation and knowledge transfer. We look forward to working with you in fostering an entrepreneurial culture in the campus, and seeing you in our events.