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    Lean Launchpad Programme (LLP) on Air 2020 @ PolyU Modelled after the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme, PolyU Lean LaunchPad Programme (LLP) is a 10-week, evidence-based entrepreneurship development programme targeting the University’s researchers and research teams to search...
    The Final Presentation was held successfully on 5 July 2019 in PolyU with 13 LLP teams sharing their 10-week journey of market validation. The teams enjoyed the learning journey as much as we had the pleasure to bring together such a dynamic group of industry mentors, innovators and researchers...
    Date: 4 April 2019 (Thu) Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM Venue: N103, Block N, PolyU Agenda: 5:00PM -6:30PMLLP briefingTrainers & mentors introductionSharing from 2018 LLP teamsQualified participating teams’ introduction6:30PM – 8:00PMNetworking DinnerMentor-mentee Meeting If you are interested in...
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  • Background and Objectives


    Modelled after the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme, PolyU Lean LaunchPad Programme (the “Programme”) is a 10-week, evidence-based entrepreneurship development programme targeting the University’s researchers and research teams to search for potential market and application of their technologies.


    With the guidance of industry advisors and mentors, the participating teams will conduct extensive market research with stakeholders to gain necessary business knowledge and real market insights, as well as to discover the ways to commercialize their research technologies through this experiential learning programme.


    • To foster knowledge transfer (KT) of PolyU technologies in strategic areas / verticals with path specific competitive advantages
    • To enhance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL)1 of PolyU technologies
    • To accelerate the go-to-market of the technologies through either venturing out as tech start-ups or licensing to collaborating industry partner(s)

    1 "Technology readiness levels (TRL) ". European Commission, G. Technology readiness levels (TRL), HORIZON 2020 – WORK PROGRAMME 2014-2015 General Annexes, Extract from Part 19 - Commission Decision C(2014)4995



  • Programme Features and Benefits

    First in Hong Kong

    First-ever Lean Launchpad programme in Hong Kong targeting for university researchers and research students

    10-week Evidence-based Entrepreneurship Development Programme

    An experiential learning journey with the direct market insights in the commercial world to guide participating research teams to commercialize their research technologies

    Industry Connection and Insights

    Guidance and mentorship support from industry advisors, experienced mentors and entrepreneurs

    Acceleration of Research to Market

    Formulation and validation of commercialization pathway by using different analytical tool - Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas, etc.

    Project Grant

    Grant of HK$40,000 to each qualified participating team for their prototyping and other expenses throughout the Programme

    Access to PolyU InnoHub Resources

    Access to resources under PolyU InnoHub Hong Kong and Shenzhen (co-working space, startup consultation, etc.)

    Opportunity for Overseas Exhibition

    Further considered for showcasing the project in overseas exhibition such as International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva

  • Programme Advisor and Trainers

    Prof Poh Kam Wong


    Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre,
    Professor, NUS Business School,

    National University of Singapore


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    Mr Albert Au


    Founder, Acesobee Limited


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    Mr Frederick Yung


    Founder, Smart Start



  • Mentor

    Alan CHOW

    Chairman, Focus Capital Group Ltd


    Alvin WONG

    Veteran in Multi Identities


    Alvin was a veteran fashion practitioner commencing as early as early 80s and had engaged deeply in design, marketing, merchandising, R & D and sourcing & logistics of fashion industry with global exposures. His passion in improving operation systems in his business towards higher value chain enhancements pioneered the supply chain management models developed a decade thereafter. He disrupted manufacturing norms with new perspectives in which the first few manufacturers adopted eventually became leaders of their trades.

    For some family reasons, Alvin shifted his career in building industry in mid 90s. He built infrastructures in MTR stations to enable mobile network connected in subway. His talent in project management in perfect team building and holistic problem-solving gained him credits from his client. MTRC continuously invited him to participate in various challenging projects to ensure a better project control.

    Not long after retiring, Alvin was invited as a consultant for a renowned outdoor furniture retailer and successfully digitalized the business by cloud solutions which in turn increased their competitiveness and saving up to one million within one year.

    Alvin is currently a visiting lecturer in PolyU teaching Fashion Supply Chain Management and Global Fashion Marketing. He had been highly recognized by his students.

    Although graduated from fashion and obtained a BA in business and earned a Master degree in Global Fashion Management with Dean Honour lists, Alvin was profoundly actualized himself by successfully integrating and applying his knowledge in both fashion and construction industry.



    Andrew CHEN

    Managing Partner, Arion Ventures


    Andrew H. Chen is Managing Partner of Arion Ventures. Arion Ventures is a strategic advisory firm that provides various management consulting services including strategic introductions and strategy consulting.

    He also currently lectures a graduate course on emerging technology and entrepreneurship part-time at the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also a member of the board of advisors of Ampd Energy, a venture backed energy storage company based in Hong Kong.


    Prior, Andrew was the Founder and CEO of Menuscript, a cloud based omnichannel digital menu platform that also functioned as a mobile/desktop website and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software for restaurants. Previously he also worked as a corporate consultant for 4 years, where he worked with a wide range of organisations to solve strategic issues. Through his engagements he has worked with early stage ventures, Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, non-profit organisations, and social enterprises.


    Andrew grew up in Toronto, Canada, is a graduate of University of Toronto where he graduated with high distinction and currently has resided in Hong Kong for 13 years. In his spare time he volunteers within various causes focused on education and social services and mentors recent graduates and current students.


    Arkin NG

    Executive Director, L plus H Fashion Ltd.


    Public Services:


    •Member, Technology Committee, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

    •Member, General Support Programme Vetting Committee, Innovation and Technology Commission

    •Member, Fashion Industry Development Committee, Textiles and Garment Sector, Legislative Council

    •Member, Fashion Industry Training Advisory Committee under Qualifications Framework

    •Director, Textile Institute Association (Hong Kong) Ltd.

    •Director, Textiles and Clothing Alumni Association, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    •Director, Knitwear Innovation and Design Society Ltd.

    •Advisor, Apparel Merchandising Professionals Association, Hong Kong Apparel Industry Employees General Union


    Dr Dicky SHEK

    Professor of Practice (MIS)

    Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


    Dr. Dicky Shek is a veteran in the technology industry with more than two decades of executive and management experience for Greater China and APJ regions. Before joining the academia, Dr. Shek worked for a number of start-ups and well-established MNCs, including IBM, Compaq Computer, Dell, Cisco Systems, and NTT Communications Group.


    While managing multi-billions businesses, Dr. Shek has managed diverse functions including services, sales, marketing, products, brands, marketing communication, CRM, channel, vendor management, business planning, human resources, billing, finance and IT infrastructure. He has also rich experience in managing multicultural teams with staffs from many different nationalities. Apart from working in Hong Kong, Dr. Shek has been based in a number of cities in China.

    Currently, Dr. Shek is the Professor of Practice (MIS) in the Department of Management and Marketing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He teaches MIS, marketing and management subjects for BBA, MBA, as well as MSc Programmes in Business Management, China Business Studies, Marketing Management, and Business Analytics.


    His interests in teaching, research and consultancy include Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, FinTech, CRM, Digital Marketing, e-Commerce, Media Theory, IT Security/Control & Audit, Knowledge Management, Virtual Reality, Design Thinking, Business Model Analysis, Corporate Social Responsibility, China Business and Executive Coaching.


    Dr. Shek holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), an MBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and a DBA from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He has completed an executive program at the IMD Switzerland, and been awarded as a certified quality lead auditor by BSI.


    Dr. Donna BROWN

    General Manager, Danaher Corporation – Dental Platform


    Prof. Frank YAM

    Chairman & CEO, Focus Strategic Group Limited


    Professor Frank Yam is the Chairman and CEO of Focus Strategic Group Limited, a consulting firm providing Business and Technology advisory services, with special focus on Emerging Technologies and Innovation Leadership, Compliance, Internal Auditing, IT Auditing, Risk Management and Cyber-security. He has been very active in professional and community services and served in leadership role of numerous local and international professional bodies. Most notably, Professor Yam served six terms as the Director and International Vice President of ISACA International which has over 140,000 members around the world. He was also the founder of the ACFE Hong Kong Chapter.


    Professor Yam is a very popular speaker of a wide variety of topics at seminars and conferences for professional organisations and government agencies, including many Central Banks, the INTERPOL and the Asian Development Bank. In recent years, he has been focusing on promoting the awareness and best practices of Innovation based on Design-Thinking, Emerging Technologies (including Cloud Computing, IoT, Smart Cities, Big Data, AI, FinTech, and Blockchain), Corporate and IT Governance, Risk Management in the era of Disruption, and Cyber-security around the world.


    Professor Yam is the recipient of numerous awards for his contribution to the profession, including the prestigious International Best Speaker Award by ISACA International, and the top alumni honour, Alumni Achievement Medal, by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics. He was elected as Fellow of several leading professional associations, including the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, the Hong Kong Computer Society, The Institute of Public Accountants, the Institute of Financial Accountants, and the Hong Kong IT Joint Council. Professor Yam also has an Executive Master degree in Innovation Leadership from HK PolyU with Distinction, and was honoured with the “Outstanding Student Award”.


    Herman CHEUNG

    Managing Director, Orient Forest Limited


    Herman Cheung is Managing Director of Orient Forest Limited.


    He is responsible for leading the company’s strategy, operations and business units, managing intersection of products and business teams and overseeing the development and execution of the company’s annual business roadmap.


    In the last four decades, his career spanned across a wide spectrum of the textile field, covering woven, circular knit, sweaters and fashion accessories. . He plays an active role in realizing innovative ideas from the academic arena into concrete products suitable for the demanding marketplace.


    Herman was graduated with a B.A. degree from The University of Hong Kong.


    Janet CHOW

    Regional Project Lead, Health Solutions (Asia)


    Janet has worked across the health and financial services sector in 5 different countries taking on diverse functions from strategy, operations, marketing to finance. She currently works with Matilda International Hospital doing Hospital Management. This includes overseeing the hospital’s Innovation and Technology (IT department), Pricing and Special Projects to improve operations via process re-engineering and transformation. Her passion is in Active Ageing and the Elderly, of which she was involved in the Age-Friendly Cities Project at World Health Organization. She has a Business Administration, Psychology and Public Health Degree, and is also an Accredited General Mediator and Project Management Professional (PMP).


    Jonathan WONG

    Project Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


    Jonathan Wong has over 20 years extensive international business experience in fast-paced industries.


    Jonathan spent over 11 years at one of the largest satellite TV networks in Asia Pacific, STAR TV, owned by News Corporation Ltd., in early years in his career. During his tenure as Associate Vice President in Business Development, he was involved in numerous multi-million-dollar projects in Asia Pacific, launching TV channels on various platforms, as well as leading the very first STAR TV satellite direct-to-home (DTH) TV service.


    Jonathan joined Celestial Pictures in 2002 as Director of Channel Distribution and launched the very first global Chinese movie channel. Later, he had worked in Business Development, PR and Marketing at NDS, a technology subsidiary of News Corporation Ltd, Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, Al Jazeera Media Network and MX1, a media technology subsidiary of SES, the largest satellite company in the world.


    Jonathan conducts management training programs for various corporations and institutions. He also spends time as a mentor and business consultant for social enterprises and startup businesses on numerous platforms and programs.


    Ken HUI

    Former Vice President, Marketing & Admission, HKSTP



    1976 – 1979 Hong Kong Polytechnic - Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering

    2000 – 2004 Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Integrated Graduate Development Scheme; Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Business Management

    2013 – 2016 Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Master of Science – E-Commerce



    1988 – 2017 Chartered Engineer ( CEng)

    Corporate Member of The Institution of Engineering & Technology (MIET)

    Since 1995 Member of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers ( MHKIE)


    Career Summary:

    Sept 1979 - Dec 1985 Engineer, China Light & Power Limited

    Jan 1986 - Mar 1995 Division Manager, BBC Brown Boveri ( HK) Limited/ABB Hong Kong

    Jun 1995 – Nov 2006 Chief Executive Officer, Landis & Gyr Asia Pacific/ Landis & Gyr China/Siemens Metering/ Landis+Gyr
    Greater China

    Dec 06 – 31 Mar 11 Vice President – Marketing & Admission, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP)


    Leo LO

    Managing Director, Euromed Technologies Co., Ltd.


    Michael TSUI

    Chief Executive Officer, Deltason Medical Ltd.​


    Mr Tsui is an outstanding entrepreneur who has established companies in developing innovative and technologically advanced medical devices for the healthcare sector. An occupational therapist by training, Mr Tsui has devoted tremendous efforts to spearheading new technologies in the field of medical device by introducing high-quality rehabilitation system to Hong Kong.


    He has been contributing to PolyU's biomedical research by providing funding for research projects including the development of "Exoskeleton robotic hand", with new trade name "Hand of Hope". This device has won many international awards, most notably the Gold Award and Grand Prix Award of the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in 2012.


    Dr. Patrick LAM

    Assistant Vice President - Listing (IPO Vetting), Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited


    Dr. Patrick Lam is currently the Assistant Vice President, IPO Vetting at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to this role, Patrick has been a business practitioner with over 5 years in the advisory services of Monitor Deloitte and PwC Hong Kong/ Greater China specializing in Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, and advising both private and public clients in areas of strategy design, large-scale organizational transformation, process re-engineering, and innovation design. One of Patrick's contributions in such projects, commissioned by a national health regulator, led to the strategic and business transformation of this client's drug regulatory system, leading to multi-millions of dollars in cost-savings, streamlined processes, and improved access of urgent medicines.


    Patrick obtained his PhD (Physiology) and Postgraduate Fellowship (Medicine) at the University of Toronto. As a national CIHR-scholar, his decade of academic contributions in drug discovery and translational medicine of type-2 diabetes and pancreatitis had resulted in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals (6 as lead author, including in the Cell Press) and was a recipient of over HKD$150M from top- tiered national funding and international agencies, including from the prestigious Hult Prize of the Clinton Global Initiative.


    Patrick continues to serve communities as a regular invited speaker on topics pressing to the health industries. Patrick's most recent seminars on the applications of digital health, corporate wellbeing, and advances in Regenerative Medicine have attracted a following, including at the Healthcare Drinks, HKUSPACE, and the City University of Hong Kong.


    Dr Leon Lam

    Vice President & General Manager, Asia

    Merit Medical


    Dr Lam is a veteran in the healthcare industry with more than 20 years of management and executive experience across Asia Pacific for Fortune and US-listed companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Stryker and Merit Medical. Outside of his job, Leon gives guest lectures to MBA and Master level programs and was invited to speak in regional industry conferences as well as to contribute in international magazine.


    Leon holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a MPhil in Neuroscience (HKU) and a Bachelor in Biophysics from the University of Toronto. He has attended executive/leadership education from Harvard Business School, Ross School of Business and LSE. He is also a Registered Corporate Coach ™ (RCC) and a Registered Six Sigma Champion™. He has lived in Beijing, Toronto and currently in Hong Kong.


    Jennifer Tam

    Marketing Manger, CHICKS


    Jennifer Tam, an experienced brand strategist who worked with diverse clientele from SMEs to listed companies in both local and international market. She is now working at Chicks – a 65 years old Hong Kong apparel brand specializes in quality innerwear for all ages.
    As the 4th generation, she is continuing the brand’s legacy as well as enhancing all touch points from supply chain to brand experience for people who share the same believes - The best for the family.

  • Programme Schedule

    Online Learning Mode via ZOOM

    *There may be 2 tracks which one will be on every Monday evening and another one will be on every Tuesday evening.

  • Application Details

    Submission Deadline : 1pm, 4 August 2020 (Tue)

    Targeted Projects


    The applicants / participating teams should have their research technologies which are:

    • Readily accelerated with TRL greater than 3*
    • Supported and endorsed by PolyU academic staff
    • Multi-disciplinary involvement from multiple departments is preferred
    • Use of university research facilities (e.g. 3D Printing Lab, Digital Manufacturing Lab) is encouraged.
    *TRL Level 3 = Proof-of-Concept Demonstrated, Analytically and/or Experimentally



    A team with at least one Student (Full-Time or Part-Time), Alumni or Research Staff of PolyU as the Entrepreneurial Lead.

    Selection Criteria

    • Technology Readiness of the Research Project - The maturity of the technology to go to market / commercialization
    • Commercialization Potential - Potential for having good application(s) / commercialization channel(s) for the technology
    • Applicants’ Background & Strength - The diversity and complementary strength of team members
    • Multi-disciplinary Involvement - If the team/the research technology involves multiple departments / domains

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      Application Submission:


      Complete Application Form and send to hkllp@polyu.edu.hk with:

      • Presentation Deck (with no more than 20 slides)
      • CVs of all Team Members
      • Copy of Student ID/Graduation certificate of each PolyU student/alumni
      • Relevant Supporting Documents of the research project/technology (including but not limited to research paper published, invention disclosure, filed patent application, etc.)
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