AEF Student Start-up Grants

The AEF Student Start-up Grants allow full time students with innovative ideas to kick-start their own businesses. 

Why do we think this is important?

We know starting a business is never easy. The AEF Student Start-up Grants allow students to take their first step towards fulfilling their dreams and aspirations while providing guidance and encouragement.


Why pledge?

Alumnus Alvin Lam, Managing Partner of T12M Ventures—an angel investor in small startups and an accelerator fund that buys small companies to grow them—established the AEF Student Start-up Grants in 2016. He is keen to support students on their startup journey, help them with the ideation process and market analysis, and provide commercial advice on accounting and legal matters, investor relationships, and much more. With your pledge, we will be able to provide more students with the resources to develop their business ideas.



How will your money be used?

The cumulative donations received from alumni form the principal balance of the Alumni Endowment Fund (AEF). This principal is maintained in perpetuity and is the basis of sustained annual income from investments, forming a reliable and viable source of support for many projects for the benefit of students. Awarded Student Start-up Grants will typically be in the range of HK$3,000 to HK$10,000, with exceptions for outstanding applications.


Click here to learn more about Alumni Endowment Fund (AEF)

For direct donation, please use the online form. Your generous support will be eligible for tax deductions. For donors who would like to support HKUST with their United States-based assets, they can enjoy tax-deductions by contributing to our non-profit partner Give2Asia. Please download and complete the Give2Asia form.

How do students apply for the AEF Student Start-up Grants?

Please email your completed and signed application form and budget estimation form, together with copies of appendices and supporting documents, to the HKUST Entrepreneurship Center at The basic criteria are as follows:

•    Ideas need to be viable and realistic
•    Students must be committed
•    Application may be submitted at any time but will be processed in batches
•    Companies that are already trading are ineligible

For inquiries, please contact the HKUST Entrepreneurship Center at, or 2358 6021.