We are open to more tertiary students
Since 2018, JUMPSTARTER IdeaPOP! has been giving students comprehensive startup experience through pitching, mentoring and networking opportunities. In response to popular demand, this year we decided to extend our eligibility criteria to include all tertiary students in Hong Kong.
From Ideas
to Reality
Get into the Top 30 Teams to join our startup workshops - that are very practical to help translate your innovative business ideas into reality.
The Top 8 Teams will be given exceptional networking opportunities through mentorship - an exclusive opportunity to consult for expert advice from accomplished entrepreneurs.
Pitching in front of
Business Leaders
The Top 8 Teams will also be pitching on stage, in front of leading investors and industry leaders, for professional feedbacks, and perhaps even the chance to jump start your business!
And the Winning Team
will be Awarded with...
  • Mentoring from Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund senior executives
  • Cash reward of HKD $10,000
  • Travel sponsorship to attend the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland
  • Conditional admission offer of HKSTP’s Science And Technology Entrepreneur Programme (STEP) *

*The STEP offer shall be determined by HKSTP in its sole and final discretion.

Your IdeaPOP! Journey
Who can Apply?
  • All tertiary students in Hong Kong, from diploma and associate degree students, undergraduates, post-graduates to PhD students.
  • We are looking for student teams who are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship, technology and innovation.
  • Your team may be comprised of students from different institutions. No more than 4 students per team.
How to Apply?
Online Submission

Submit your application online with a PowerPoint deck up to 15 SLIDES in PDF format.

The selection of the Top 30 student startups is based on your submission material, which will be assessed by our judging panel. Please ensure that you have completely filled out the information according to our requirements.

Focus on 4 Core Industries
(Other sectors are also welcome)
Smart City
Deep Tech
Judging Criteria
  • Innovation and Disruption to Industry (20%)
  • Market Potential, Business Model and Defensibility (20%)
  • Team Background and Hong Kong Nexus (20%)
  • Traction and Further Development Plan (20%)
  • Social Impact (20%)
Innovation and Disruption to Industry (20%)
  • Advancement of innovation in product / services/ application/ adoption etc.
  • Potential to disrupt the relevant industry
  • Value proposition
Market Potential, Business Model and Defensibility (20%)
  • How will the idea generate revenue
  • Competitive, barriers in entry, first mover advantage etc.
  • Unit economics and scalability
Team Background and Hong Kong Nexus (20%)
  • Capabilities and expertise to execute the business plan
  • Passion, ambition, vision and culture
  • How will you utilise Hong Kong to expand the business
  • Evidence of existing or future operation plans in Hong Kong
Traction and Further Development Plan (20%)
  • Operation and financial metrics, milestones and achievements since inception
  • Forecast and product roadmap
Social Impact (20%)
  • Contribution to general wellbeing of wider society
*Bonus Point : 10% (max.) will be added to your total score if you’ve taken any initiatives to support your local community to combat COVID-19
Challenges Overview
Online Semi Pitch for the Top 30 Teams
On January 15, 2021, your team will pitch online to our judging panels.

Pick your language

  • Present your ideas in English, Cantonese or Mandarin
  • Present your pitch deck in English

Pitching Format

  • Our pitch timer will begin once you start your pitch online.
  • 8-min pitch time is given to each team:
    • 5-min presentation
    • 3-min Q&A with our judges

The 8 teams with the highest score will advance to the final round.

Final Pitch for the Top 8 Teams
Your team will pitch live to a panel of top-notch judges including established entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry leaders.

Pick your language

  • Present your ideas in English, Cantonese or Mandarin
  • Present your pitch deck in English

Pitching Format

  • 5-min presentation
    • 1-min fixed time
    • 4-min variable time, subject to our judges’ discretion
  • 3-min Q&A session with our judges
Who is on the panel of judges?

Student startups will be selected and ranked by a panel of judges, including industry experts, investors and startup experts, who represent local and global startup communities.

Can I represent multiple teams?


Who is eligible to apply for JUMPSTARTER IdeaPOP! (Tertiary Students)?

Students, who currently hold a valid student ID card issued by one of tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, are eligible for JUMPSTARTER IdeaPOP! (Tertiary Students).

Can we submit an idea which out of the 4 core industries?

Yes, we welcome ideas from other sectors.

Any benefits for the Top 30 and Top 8 Teams?

Benefits for Top 30 teams

  • Certificate
  • Startup Workshops
  • Discount code / Free ticket to JUMPSTARTER Grand Finale

Additional Benefits for Top 8 teams:

*The STEP offer shall be determined by HKSTP in its sole and final discretion.


JUMPSTARTER is a startup platform for all entrepreneurs and young people to jump start their dreams in Hong Kong. It is also a first-of-its-kind startup event where we unite entrepreneurs, corporates and investors to build, empower and boost Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship.