Since 2001, our funding programmes have supported around 200 start-up ventures. Many have made good progress in their businesses, attracting investment funding and winning industry awards both locally and overseas.
Some Success Cases
AdvanPro’s mission is to improve quality of life through its healthcare and sports related products. It aims to develop into a brand featuring innovative wearable mobile monitoring terminals based on SOFTCEPTOR, a fabric sensing technology developed by PolyU's Institute of Textiles and Clothing. SOFTCEPTOR sensors feature a large workable strain and pressure range, high sensitivity, high flexibility, low modulus, long-term stability and good fatigue resistance properties. They are also environmentally friendly. SOFTCEPTOR can be used for strain or pressure measurement in various applications, including respiration monitoring systems (RMS) and smart footwear systems (SFS) for foot pressure monitoring.
Having graduated from HKSTP incubation programme, the start-up has relocated its core team to Zhuhai to continue its business development.
BravoLang is a series of mobile applications which address the strong market need to learn foreign languages efficiently, anytime and anywhere. The apps include phrasebooks, flashcards and dictionaries, and are specially designed to address different needs in different situations. The apps capture the tremendous market opportunity in the transitional trend in language education from traditional classroom training and handbook kit to self-learning through mobile applications.
The start-up has graduated from HKSTP incubation programme and is now a tenant at Hong Kong Science Park. With over 30 million downloads worldwide, it has been cited by Google Admob as one of the most successful contemporary app developers alongside other world-renowned developers such as Rovio.
Creatique Studio Limited
Loom Loop aims to develop a new modern fashion collection by using Canton silk, an otherwise lost heritage fabric.
Gambiered Canton silk is one of the most famous traditional fabrics in Guangzhou, China, with nearly 400 years of history. Manufactured by dip-dyeing in a yam dye solution, and insulated under the burning sun, the production process is clean, reproducible and environmentally friendly. Canton silk was a major commodity in the 1930s, yet was abandoned during the Cultural Revolution owing to an anti-tradition movement. Loom Loop would like to revive the manufacture of this beautiful fabric and bring it back to the contemporary fashion industry.
The start-up is currently part of Design Incubation Programme of Hong Kong Design Centre. It also operates a retail outlet at PMQ, with another to be opened soon in Tai Kwun – Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Art in Central.
MailTime Technology Inc.
MailTime is a mobile messenger built with email technology. It makes email as quick and easy as texting and messaging without forcing users to download their contacts to the same app. It reformats cluttered email threads into clean bubble chats, and separates people in the user’s inbox from other mails such as advertising and newsletters.
The core team of the start-up has relocated to Silicon Valley and has an accumulated HK$20 million investment secured. The team was also admitted to Y-Combinator in 2016.
Vision Science and Technology Company Limited
Vision Science and Technology aims to commercialise myopia control defocusing lenses with related technologies developed by PolyU’s School of Optometry. The defocusing contact lenses are one of the most effective myopia control products and have minimal side effects. They can reduce myopia progression up to 60% and benefit progressive myopia patients aged 6-18. They can significantly reduce their risk of myopia worsening further.
Admitted to HKSTP incubation programme, the lenses are undergoing user trials at selected clinics. They are scheduled to be fully launched in mid-2017.
ZEALER.COM is the most popular technology and electronic gadget third party review site in China. With its professional team and a specialised testing lab, ZEALER produces video reviews that have gained more than 0.5 billion views since its launch in November 2012. Besides producing video reviews, ZEALER also operates a mobile phone recycling and maintenance business.
ZEALER started its business with an angel investment of RMB 2 million from Mr Lei Jun, the Founder of Xiaomi and later secured investment from Tencent in 2014. The Founder of ZEALER, Mr Shawn Wang, gained a place on the Forbes Asia “30 under 30” list for 2016 to honour his influence and achievement.