Subsite Background

Start-up Trial Fund

Trial-and-error is part and parcel of an entrepreneurship pursuit. To this end, LEI encourages students to undergo the idea validation process by providing financial support  for small scale testing. The Start-up Trial Fund can be used for prototype development as well as user acceptance test (UAT) activities such as trial workshops, pre-launches, etc. 




  • Open to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate);
  • Projects must be led by a full-time Lingnan student. 


Financial Support

  • The maximum amount of subsidy is HKD5,000. Projects that have successfully received funding support from the Innovation and Impact Fund (IIF) or the Students Entrepreneurial Exploration Development (SEED) Fund will not be considered for this subsidy.
  • The support will be on a reimbursement basis. Project Leaders will need to submit original copy of receipts and relevant supporting document(s) for reimbursement. 


Project Execution

  • Projects that are successful in their application of the fund will be required to start the business trial as planned.  
  • The activities should ideally be completed in 3 months.  
  • Project Leaders are required to submit a report on the feedback/results of the trial activities within one month upon the end of the funding period.    



  • Review of application is on a rolling basis. 
  • Interested students are required to submit their application to LEI.
  • Shortlisted projects will be vetted via an interview. 
  • Application for the academic year of 2023-2024 is currently closed. 


For more information, please contact LEI at 26168079 (Belinda Lau) or through email at [email protected].