The 7th Cyberport University Partnership Programme (CUPP) joins hands for the first time with the University of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) the Programme partner, while Lingnan University newly joined the Programme as one of the co-organising universities this year.

CJBS is one of the oldest business schools in the United Kingdom, and among the top three universities of the world, with its Master of Business Administration courses well renowned in academia and the business sector.

Over 45 students nominated from eight local universities formed 15 teams to participate in a two-week online entrepreneurship bootcamp by CJBS in next January for a series of training related to FinTech and entrepreneurship, design innovative business solutions and then present their final proposals at the Demo Day in February to vie for HK$1,000,000 funding by the Cyberport Creative Micro Fund.

Alfred Sit, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, remarked at the Programme opening ceremony, “The young creative minds and innovation solutions are the keys to unlock the future with the sky as the limit, and we are committed to back them up. With the support to Hong Kong in the National 14th Five-Year Plan, we will continue to promote the I&T development by provision of land, infrastructure support and financial investment.”

Dr George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport, expressed that CUPP is Cyberport’s key initiative in nurturing FinTech talents, he is pleased to collaborate with such world-class university. Cyberport will continue to assist youth to master digital skills to meet the demand in Hong Kong’s I&T industry, thereby injecting impetus into the local I&T ecosystem.

Professor Matthew Grimes, Academic Co-Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School, stated, “CUPP is an exciting opportunity for us to leverage the historic expertise that Cambridge offers in scientific discovery and global entrepreneurial breakthroughs to help the student teams develop their innovative Fin-Tech ideas.”

With pre-camp nurturing sponsors in place for the first time, the Programme this year has landed support by Hang Seng Bank and Edvantage Group, allowing participants to gain a better understanding of the FinTech market development landscape in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. The Programme also invited Hong Kong Institute of Bankers and the RegTech Association of Hong Kong as industry partners. The RegTech Association of Hong Kong will even provide complimentary online courses on RegTech-related knowledge on the online platform of the Cyberport Academy for participants to review the learning at their leisure.

CUPP aims to nurture more FinTech talents for Hong Kong. Since its inception in 2015, the Programme has provided professional FinTech training for over 400 local university students. It is now a key initiative under Cyberport Academy (established last year) to nurture young entrepreneurs.

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