Pre-Incubation Programme (7th Cohort – October 2021)

7th cohort Pre-incubation Poster

Programme Description

The Pre-Incubation Programme (PI Programme) is a 9-month programme for supporting HSUHK aspiring entrepreneurs to realise their new venture ideas. Its objectives are to:

  • Provide mentorship support to HSUHK aspiring entrepreneurs;
  • Assist HSUHK aspiring entrepreneurs to further develop their business ideas so that they can be qualified for external incubation programmes or investment; and
  • Extend the social network of HSUHK aspiring entrepreneurs.

Students shall participate in the PI Programme as teams. Each team will be assigned with a mentor who will meet the team and provide mentorship support to them from time to time. The teams are required to participate in a number of specific training sessions and workshops offered by WUCIE as well as a range of other activities including guest speaker talks, field trips, networking events, and pitching activities etc. They are also required to submit interim progress reports on a regular basis as well as a final report. Besides, the teams are eligible to use the co-working space offered by WUCIE to work on their venture ideas. Upon successful completion of the PI Programme, they will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion.


All current students in HSUHK are eligible to apply for the PI Programme. Each application should be made as a team with 1 to 6 members. Alumni are also welcomed to apply. Each team must assign a team leader and he/she must be a current HSUHK student. Each student shall join one team only.

Application and Screening Process

Application shall be made to WUCIE with the submission of a business concept statement, together with a goal statement, subject to fulfillment of one of the following conditions:

Category Documents needed
Finalists of HSUHK x SCMP Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019, 2020 or 2021 / Awardees (Merit or Excellence) of HSUHK Innovation Project Competition 2019 or 2020 1)    cover page

2)    original business plan/proposal submitted for the respective events

3)    a goal statement

*no need to submit a new business concept statement

Awardees (Winning teams and Honourable Mentions) of HSUHK Social Innovation Competition 2021 1)    cover page

2)    original business plan/proposal submitted for the respective events

3)    a goal statement

*no need to submit a new business concept statement

Finalists of one of the external entrepreneurship or innovation related competitions 1)    cover page

2)    finalist certificate

3)    the original business plan/proposal submitted for that competition

4)    a goal statement

*no need to submit a separate business concept statement

Other applicants


1)    cover page

2)    a full business concept statement

3)    a goal statement

Requirements of the business concept statement and the goal statement are as follows:

Business concept statement

The business concept statement shall include the following components in no more than 3 pages:

  1. Description of the business idea and its product / service
  2. The targeted / intended market
  3. Benefits of the product / service
  4. Description of the positioning of the new venture or its product / service in the market
  5. A brief description of your management team


Goal statement

All teams are required to submit a 300-word statement about “Why do you wish to participate in the Pre-Incubation Programme?” and list 2 to 5 goals that you intend to achieve throughout the programme.


Cover Page

Each team needs to prepare a cover page indicating your team’s details:

  1. Team name
  2. Team members’ names, emails and contact numbers


The documents should be submitted in the following format:

Language: English or Chinese

Font size: 12

File name: Your Team name

File format: PDF

Header & footer: Indicate your team name in header and page numbers in footer

Please combine the cover page, relevant documents and statements in ONE PDF file.

A selection panel will be formed to select the qualified teams for the PI Programme. Award winners of HSUHK Entrepreneurship Challenge will be automatically qualified for the PI Programme. Priority will be given to teams which have already won an internal or external award.


Application Timeline

There will be two calls for applications per academic year in October and February respectively. For the seventh cohort, the application timeline is as follows:

4th October 2021: Open for application

18th October 2021: Deadline for application

25th October 2021: Result announcement


Requirements for the Eligible Teams

All eligible teams are required to sign an Admission Agreement which specifies the roles and responsibilities for participating in the PI Programme. They are also required to comply with the regulations for using the co-working space offered by WUCIE.


Criteria for Completion

To complete the PI Programme successfully, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  1. Submission of the interim progress reports (every three months) and the final report with satisfactory achievement of the specified goals;
  2. At least 70% attendance rate in specified training sessions and workshops AND regular participation in other activities offered by WUCIE; and
  3. Satisfactory feedback report from the mentor.
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