22 Sep 2022 - 31 Dec 2022

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

Hong Kong

TOPICS: Entrepreneurship , Hong Kong



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 pre-incubation program(s) and/or 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%)  


Programme Application  

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/riic8tVRwT 
Application Deadline: 10 Oct 2022 (Mon)  



Email: lei@ln.edu.hk  

Phone: Ms. Fish CHIU (2616-8051)