Entrepreneurial Incubation Lab

Entrepreneurial Incubation Lab

At HKU MBA, we believe that technology startups are a key element for driving the internet economy enabling Industry 4.0. Technology firms are reshaping business models across industries and future business leaders will need to be entrepreneurial to drive their organisation’s business growth. No where is this more evident than in the Greater Bay Area, with Hong Kong and Shenzhen as leading global innovation and startup hubs.

To empower our students to build their entrepreneurial skills, the HKU MBA programme is partnering with Cyberport Academy, part of Hong Kong’s largest startup incubation hub, in conducting the Entrepreneurial Innovation Lab course. This course will enable students to experience the journey of tech start-up from business concepts, team dynamic, idea development and validation through entrepreneurial incubation training.

Students will get a unique opportunity to learn from award-winning start-ups about their secret sauce of minimal viable products development, and the challenges often encountered by start-ups. At the end of the course, students shall develop and pitch their business idea, and have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the interview of Cyberport Creative Micro Fund (‘CCMF’) or Cyberport Incubation Programme (‘CIP’) to realise their dreams.

The course is driven with the objectives of building up entrepreneurial mentality & skills that leverage entrepreneurial incubation training, cultivating the capabilities of start-up founders for identification of market opportunities & the development of sustainable business models and to engage in practical workshops to develop investor decks and present startup pitch.

Course Content (3 different stages, we will be creating a timeline to show these stages so maximum 3 sentences per stage to explain each stage)

The course will be spread over three main stages of Incubation, Business Concept and Angel Investing.
• Incubation:

It is critical for entrepreneurs to learn the process of incubating an idea and developing it from scratch. In the incubation stage, students will learn about idea development and team formation. They will get to validate their ideas and understand the role played by incubation platforms in the tech startup ecosystem.
• Business Concept:

For a startup to successfully scale-up, the business concept must be well thought out and developed. In this stage, students will learn about key technology trends and how they can incorporate them into their business concepts. Through interaction with mentors, they will be able to finalise their business plan and prepare their investor decks for the startup pitch.
• Angel Investing:

Angel investing is a major enabler in supporting startup founders with adequate funding to take their idea to market. In this stage, students will get to understand key elements that Angel and corporate investors look for in making investment decisions. The course ends with a startup mixer and a final pitch to real-world investors and startup founders.