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Minor in Science Entrepreneurship

Programme Information

Required Courses (36 credits)

Introductory Level Courses (12 credits)

   Disciplinary Core Courses (12 credits)

   (Resource, and Management and Basic Entrepreneurship)

   ENTR2001      Professional and Leadership Development (6)

   IIMT1611       Principles of Technology Entrepreneurship (6)

Advanced Level Courses (24 credits)

  Disciplinary Core Courses (24 credits)

  (Creativity and Innovation)

  ENTR3001      Science-based Innovation Development (6)

  ENTR3002      Customer Analysis and Strategic Marketing (6)

  (Practical Experience)

  ENTR4966      Entrepreneurship Internship (6)

  ENTR4999      Entrepreneurship Project (6)


Highlights of Courses for Minor in Science Entrepreneurship


IIMT1611       Principles of Technology Entrepreneurship (6 credits)Mr Joseph Chan

The Minor starts with IIMT1611 by Mr. Joseph Chan, one of the Design Thinking experts in HKU. Mr. Chan will introduce students to the entrepreneurial process of the technology industry in general. Student will learn:

  • the fundamental aspects of launching a technology entrepreneurial venture to complement the research and development activities in science and technology

  • common practices in venture development process such as opportunity identification and verification, to technology transfer and commercialization
  • topics on legal subjects, e.g. intellectual properties & patent laws, and simple financing & strategic approach in the business plan…etc.


ENTR2001     Professional and Leadership Development (6 credits)

ENTR2001 is designed for training students who would like to setup their own business venture to:CEDARS logo

  • build their founder team by understanding people personality through MBTI training
  • recruit early employees with the skill of “Preparation for an Interview”
  • expand their business network with their enhanced communication skill
  • further promote creativity & innovation within their company

Part 1: Career Essentials

  • MBTI: Personality and Career
  • Graduate Employment Update & Career Planning
  • CV, Cover Letter & Personal Statement Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Presentation Skills & Impromptu Talk
  • Group Discussion & Case Presentation

Part 2: Career Enrichment

  • Creativity & Innovation at Work
  • Networking Skills
  • Meet the Insiders
  • Communication, Teamwork & Leadership


ENTR3001     Science-based Innovation Development (6 credits)Dr Kotaka

Most of the startups that investors would like to invest are those technology-based with strong Intellectual

Property protection.

Dr. Masayo Kotaka will introduce the “technology to market” approach to students so that students will learn:

  • how business opportunities can be generated from science and technology
  • the process of translating scientific ideas to commercial products and/or services and the challenges therein
  • the different regulatory requirements for science and technology-based business opportunities, including the different stages of clinical trial required for biomedical-related products/ services
  • how to identify potential business ideas from science and technology research and to synthesize a feasible action plan for a start-up company


ENTR3002     Customer Analysis and Strategic Marketing (6 credits)Dr Law

Knowing the market needs, customer preferences and business pain points are crucial for startup particularly in its early stage. Dr. Rocky Law will try to hand-in-hand go through the company formation process with students from the market segment identification to business model generation.  Students will learn how to:

  • identify customers’ needs and market situations
  • define strategies to satisfy customers’ needs and to capture market shares
  • develop systematic approaches for developing a solution from the result of analyzing the current market condition and customers’ need
  • develop a business plan to commercialize such a solution for the need.


ENTR4966     Entrepreneurship Internship (6 credits)Dr Law

Gaining the essential knowledge of entrepreneurship within the classroom only provides students the materials to build a business venture. Without the opportunity to actually practice what is learnt in classroom, students will not be well equipped for the challenge from the real world. Therefore, ENTR4966 is designed for providing students to work in a startup company that is selected according to student’s preference through the help of the incubation program in HKSTP. Dr. Law will provide a bi-weekly training and coaching to students during internship period. Students group themselves into a 4-member team (preferably from different faculties) and focus on helping a startup to develop its investment proposal.




ENTR4999     Entrepreneurship Project (6 credits)

ENTR4999 is the last course in the Minor that is designed for students to apply what they have learnt from the last 5 courses for the creation of their own business venture. Dr. Rocky Law will assist students to:

  • solicit 2-3 business opportunities (better to be a Billion-Dollar Idea) for their own business ventureDr Law
    • from Market
    • from Professors at HKU
    • from themselves
  • do due diligence for the business opportunities
    • Market / Product / Technology  match
  • produce a detailed business plan and investment proposal that is ready
    • for pitching and fund raising