The University of Macau (UM) aspires to be an outstanding, internationally-recognized institution of higher learning, firmly committed to learner-centred education, focused research with impact, and dedicated public service. It aims at nurturing self-reflective, caring, and socially responsible persons within a culturally diverse and intellectually challenging environment.
Under its vision and mission, UM provides assistance to staff and students in transforming their innovative ideas into reality. The University will provide a supportive platform for innovation and entrepreneurship so that members of UM can establish their businesses and collaborate with the local communities and government in order to bring progress and development to UM and the Macao society, which in turn will enable Macao to become an innovative society. Moreover, the University helps members of the UM community position themselves for the future, cultivating an enthusiastic atmosphere for research and innovation while stimulating industrial development and establishing a novel talent training mechanism.
The UM is recruiting innovatively entrepreneurial teams for intensive incubation at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. After committee assessment, the Centre will provide incubation teams appropriate advice from entrepreneurial guidance at the initial stage to regular expert consultations. With expectation of visible progress in one year, the Centre may offer incubation teams with temporary office spaces, meeting rooms, and office facilities. The Centre may also provide startup funding for the selected teams after evaluation and recommendation by the Incubation Team Selection Committee. Moreover, the Centre will assist the teams in seeking external resources for their new businesses.
At least one member of a team must have a connection with the University of Macau. All current students, alumni, and current staff are eligible to apply. One team must also have at least one Macao permanent resident.
Team Selection and Criteria
The selection of incubation teams will be conducted by the Incubation Team Selection Committee, which is composed of professionals outside and/or inside UM. Through the business proposal and interview, the Committee evaluates the submission with focuses on creativity, originality, and potential benefits to the society in terms of business and culture. Cross-discipline and cross-faculty innovative ideas are encouraged for applications.
Rules for Startup Funding
|Date / Time Frame||Item|
|1st semester: 31 August|
2nd semester: 31 January
|Application Deadline (Except Dean’s Recommendation and Special Circumstances)|
|Within a semester||Participation of Innovation Camp / Related Course|
|Within a semester||Review of Proposals and Release of Short-list|
|Within a semester||Proposal Enrichment and Confirmation of Incubation Teams|
|End of a semester||Depending on Individual Progress, Incubation Process Starts and Release of Startup Fund|
Remarks: The recruitment of incubation teams is an ongoing exercise with regular schedule and will be carried out once in each semester normally. The University reserves the right to modify the schedule above and will announce accordingly.