Excellent Start-up Award 2021

Strategic Partner: Cyberport



To recognise the outstanding achievements of the member associates of the Federation who have developed their start-up business through Hong Kong or with business links with Hong Kong.



6 cash awards ($5,000 each), with 2 winners in each region (i.e., Asia & Australasia, Europe, and Americas)

  • To be listed at Federation website
  • Sharing opportunity at HK Forum 2021 (subject to Awards Committee’s screening and Hong Kong Forum’s schedule)
  • A complimentary Startup Booth at selected HKTDC Fairs in 2022* (value up to USD800)

* Potential events include HKTDC Entrepreneur Day, Electronic, ICT, Houseware, Gifts & Premium in 2022, if products/services match the criteria for participation


Subject to admission/application criteria, the Excellent Start-up Award winners could have the opportunity:

i) to be invited as a member of HK Startup Society (https://hkstartupsociety.hktdc.com/) (only for registered company in HK)


ii) to participate in Start-up Express (a start-up development programme) targeting start-ups with products or services suitable for mass consumer market, and with strong desire to enter worldwide markets (https://info.hktdc.com/startupexpress/en/index.html) (+ Start-ups with core or substantial operations in Hong Kong)


iii) Potential collaborations with Cyberport

1) Fast-track Cyberport programme for 3 winners

Seats to fast-track programme will be applied to either Cyberport Creative Micro Fund (CCMF)’s Professional Stream and Hong Kong Young Entrepreneur Programme (HKYEP), and Cyberport Incubation Programme (CIP). The *3 awardees can choose to apply either of the CCMF programme or the CIP programme while terms and condition applied. Entrepreneurship Centre reserves the right to offer the fast-track to other awardees in case the eligible 3 awardees give up the opportunity or they were not eligible to apply the Cyberport programmes.

Details of CCMF programme and Cyberport Incubation Programme


1. If all the Excellent Start-up Awards winners are eligible for applying the above programmes, priority will be given to the 3 highest score winners; and

2. Final decision will be subject to Cyberport management. No guarantee to be admitted to the programme, but a fast track to the vetting stage.


2) Three-month free access to Flexi Space in Cyberport Smart-Space for winners

Cyberport offers 2 free Flexi Space in Cyberport Smart-Space for 3 months to Federation's Excellent Start-up Award winners. The number of flexi-desk offered to ICT Winners is capped to 3. Given the quota, flexi-desk will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and subject to the availability. Winner shall submit application to Cyberport for the offered flexi-desk on or before 31 Mar 2022 after the announcement of results in Dec 2021. Any submission after the deadline will become ineligible.  Check here for more details about Smart-Space.




  • The applicant must be a member associate of the Federation.
  • The applicant’s start-up must be less than 5 years of establishment.
  • The applicant must have a business connection with HK.
  • The applicant must not be a past winner of the Excellent Start-up Awards
  • For applicants interested to join Cyberport Creative Micro Fund (CCMF)’s Professional Stream and Hong Kong Young Entrepreneur Programme (HKYEP), and Cyberport Incubation Programme (CIP), T&Cs of their programmes apply.



Extended Deadline: 6 October 2021


All other terms and conditions of joining HK Forum apply. In case of any dispute on the offer, the Federation Secretariat reserves the right to make final decision.  


Previous Winners

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