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University of Hong Kong "Dream On 2023" Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day: Translating Research Achievements, Start-up Outlook

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) held the "Dream On 2023" Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day today, aiming to encourage HKU members to have ambitious dreams, unleash deep creativity, and maintain flexibility in adaptation. 40 start-up companies derived from HKU participated in the exhibition during the event, representing the DeepTech 100 and TSSSU@HKU support programs. These start-ups showcased their research achievements and transformation at their booths. Three thematic discussions were held during the event, focusing on successful start-ups from HKU. Science and technology entrepreneurs described to attendees how they transformed research outcomes into influential start-up companies, such as surgical robots and new medications, by sharing their experiences and introducing their research achievements. The event also featured a business matching session, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and start-ups to collaborate.

During the event, HKU Vice-President Shen Zuojun announced the official launch of the Techno-Entrepreneurship Core (TEC) and the HKU Entrepreneurship Engine Fund. TEC provides a one-stop entrepreneurial support platform for HKU members, coordinating entrepreneurial resources within and outside the university to promote scientific and technological innovation, create an ideal entrepreneurial environment, and support students, faculty, and alumni in realizing their potential and ambitions. The establishment of the HKU Entrepreneurship Engine Fund aims to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and invest in and assist transformative innovative technologies that have a profound impact on human society. The fund will operate in the long term, collaborating with investors and stakeholders to support deep-tech start-ups and encourage venture capitalists to invest in advanced technologies.

In his speech, HKU President Zhang Xiang encouraged HKU members to have ambitious dreams, unleash deep creativity, and persevere in maintaining flexibility in adaptation. He reiterated HKU's commitment to inspire and equip students, graduates, and researchers, bringing about positive changes for Hong Kong, the nation, and even the world. The Secretary of Innovation and Technology Bureau, Alfred Sit, also expressed gratitude during the event for HKU's pursuit of excellent research achievements and efforts in transforming deep technologies into influential solutions. He believed that these contributions would strengthen Hong Kong's innovation and technology ecosystem and have a far-reaching impact.

In conclusion, the "Dream On 2023" Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the University of Hong Kong provided a platform for HKU members to showcase their research achievements and entrepreneurial potential. Through the exhibition, thematic discussions, and business matching sessions, HKU encourages members to unleash their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. At the same time, the launch of the Techno-Entrepreneurship Core and the Entrepreneurship Engine Fund provides comprehensive support for members, promoting scientific and technological innovation, deep technology transformation, and cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset. These efforts will further strengthen Hong Kong's innovation and technology ecosystem and bring about profound social impact.

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