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Pre-incubation for Innovators and Entrepreneurs (PIE) Programme​

Application for the 1st cohort of PIE Program is Open in Sep 2022! 


Application for the 1st cohort of PIE Program is Open in Sep 2022! 


About PIE Program 

The Pre-incubation for Innovators and Entrepreneurs (PIE) Programme is a co-ideation and incubation programme launched by Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) for early-stage start-up projects. The program aims at supporting young innovative leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into actions for a better society. 

The PIE Program enables students to:  

  • Discover potential business ideas to address community & market needs   
  • Identify suitable team members and establish a functional team  
  • Turn their concept into an applicable business plan and minimum viable products  
  • Be capable of joining the external incubation program(s) and advanced-stage of competitions 


Program Highlights 

  • $100K SEED Money​ 
    A fast and direct track to HKSTP's co-ideation program, which offers up to $100k seed money upon meeting milestones requirement​ 
  • Capacity-Building Opportunities​ 
    Essential training that enhances your knowledge in starting and managing a business​ 
  • Mentorship​ 
    1-to-1 mentoring to guide you along the entrepreneurship journey​ 
  • Professional Service Support​ 
    Including patent application, intellectual property rights workshop, accounting, and marketing training​ 
  • Overseas Exposure​ 
    Start-up internships, tours, visits, and humanitarian technology missions, if the pandemic situation allows​ 
  • Start-Up Resources ​ 
    Access to Lingnan's start-up resources, networks, facilities, and support from LEI​ 
  • Mix & Match Sessions​ 
    Allow you to meet like-minded people to brainstorm start-up ideas and collaborate 



  • Current full-time UG & PG students, faculty members & staff, and alumni from Lingnan University; OR​ 
  • Individuals/ teams referred by recognized community partners of the PIE Programme​ 


Selection Process 

LEI will conduct an initial screening to eliminate non-eligible applications or applications poorly meeting the selection criteria. Shortlisted individuals and teams will receive online and in-person training to sharpen their business ideas and build entrepreneurial knowledge and capacity. After that, they will be invited to attend a selection interview to enter the HKSTP's co-ideation program to get a maximum of $100K to implement their project ideas. The selection panel will be composed of Lingnan LEI representatives and HKSTP members. 


Selection Criteria 

  • Business Model (30%) ​ 
  • Social Impact (30%) ​ 
  • Innovativeness (20%) ​ 
  • Individual or Team Competency (20%) 


Start-up Mixer Session x LEI O'night

Do you want to know more about the PIE Programme and its opportunities? Are you looking for like-minded people to join the programme with you? This mixer session provides an opportunity for you to find your potential start-up team members who are interested in entrepreneurship and the PIE Programme. Fun activities and souvenirs are available!

Date: 28 Sep 2022 (WED)
Time: 19:00 - 2100
Venue: LKK303

Registration: Coming soon


Programme Application 

Application Form:
Application Deadline: 19 Oct 2022 (Wed) 




Phone: Mr Michael KUM (2616-8061) or Ms Fish CHIU (2616-8051)