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A1 Start-Up Award 2016

February 27, 2016

Join the A1 Start-Up Award now

The HKUST Alumni Association (A1) is organizing a Start-up Award to provide a platform for graduates who have started their own businesses to meet and learn from experienced judges and seasoned alumni entrepreneurs.

We have invited some of the most successful, self-made entrepreneurs in Hong Kong from the '80s and '00's, coming from many different industries, to be our judges and advisors for the Award.

Dr Allan Zeman - Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Group [Biography]
Dr Samson Tam - President, Hong Kong Business Angel Network [Biography]
Mr Peter Chan - Partner / Hong Kong TMT Industry Assurance Leader, Ernst & Young,  [Biography]
Mr Marvin Lai - Managing Partner, iTM Ventures / Executive Director, Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association [Biography]
Mr Mark O. Clift- Chief Operating Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited [Biography]
Mr Peter Mok - Head of Incubation Programmes, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation [Biography]

Supporting Fund Houses
Radiant Venture Capital
Vectr Ventures
Click Ventures
… more to be announced.

Award Objectives
- To recognize the achievements of HKUST alumni entrepreneurs 
- To carry out A1's vision of "Alumni Inspire Alumni" by creating a platform for HKUST alumni entrepreneurs to network, raise questions, and seek advice for the challenges they face from experienced mentors and judges panels 
- To help HKUST alumni start-ups gain exposure in the community and connect with potential investors

Start-ups must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Registered in Hong Kong
- Have been operating for at least 1 year but no more than 6 years
- At least one key founder of the company is an HKUST alumnus/alumna

* Sponsors, judges, their employees and their families are not eligible for the Award

Top Reasons for Joining
- Fabulous prizes
- Recognition of your start-up's outstanding achievements by the prestige judges
- Chance to present your business at upcoming alumni events
- Chance for alumni investors to invest in your start-up
- Opportunity for collaboration with other alumni start-ups and entrepreneurs

- December 2015: Applications open
- 18 January 2016: Kick-off ceremony and introduction networking
- 26 February 2016: Applications close
- 5 March 2016: Announcement of Shortlisted Start-Ups
- 19 March 2016: Business presentation to the judging panel and award presentation [event details]

Application closed

For inquiries, please contact Mr. Dicky Yuen, Project Chairman, at dicky.yuen@ustaa.hk