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Start-ups Incubation

We offer incubation opportunity and support to graduates or participants who have completed courses or educational activities organised by the Academy for Sustainable Communities.


Rural Sustainability Hackathons

Rural Sustainability Hackathons are community incubation events for people who are passionate about the betterment of our rural areas to converge and consolidate new ideas into actions. The Hackathons provide an occasion for idea jamming, exchange of perspectives, and facilitating collaborations among individuals from different sectors and backgrounds. Innovative ideas will be cultivated and discussed; concrete action plans for rural sustainable development will be developed during the Hackathons. 

In June 2019, the Academy held its first sustainability hackathon with the theme of Rural Technology. Over 50 participants gathered at HKU, preparing through a series of inspiring sustainable development, innovation, design thinking, and marketing talks and workshops and forming teams to begin conceiving their projects. Participating teams made visits to partner villages to understand their struggles and potentials. Following three weeks of preparation, 12 teams pitched their projects to a panel of judges. One team, stood out for the innovation, impact and viability of their proposed Vitex negundo project, winning them the first place and a cash prize of HK$10,000.

Keep an eye out for the next Sustainability Hackathon to be held in Summer 2020.


Rural in Action Start-up Scheme (RA2s)

The Rural in Action Start-up Scheme (RA2s) is an award scheme that aims to encourage proactive involvement of young and experienced entrepreneurs or talents who are interested in developing sustainable rural revitalisation models, businesses and innovations that are environmentally friendly, financially sustainable, culturally appropriate and socially beneficial. Priority will be given to proposals that foster rural-urban interactions and collaborations.

For details about the Scheme and application procedure, please refer to the Application Guide (English version only). 

Application Deadline: September 27, 2019 (Fri) noon

For enquiries, please contact Ms Sianna Yiu (by email: sianna@hku.hk or by phone: 3917-4910) or Ms Anna Yau (by email: annawyau@hku.hk or by phone 3917-5540).