ParticleX Urbantech Global Challenge (PUGC) is an empowering platform that connects startups with angel investors, corporates, and incubators, fostering collaborations and driving innovation. With a strong focus on sustainability, PUGC is dedicated to shaping a vibrant and sustainable urban future.

At PUGC, our mission is to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, including investors, property developers, corporate bodies, incubators, and government organizations. By creating a dynamic ecosystem of collaboration and innovation, we empower startups to thrive and succeed.

We firmly believe in the power of multidisciplinary partnerships at PUGC. The best urban tech solutions happen when different sectors come together. Our platform is a place where new ideas can grow, the latest technologies are used, and important partnerships are made.

Join us at PUGC and be part of the empowerment of innovations for a sustainable urban future. Together, we can drive positive change and shape a better tomorrow.

Benefits & Opportunities

Direct Investment & Business Matching

PUGC applicants undergo evaluation by esteemed partners such as ParticleX, Arup, Baguio, Chinachem, HKSTP Venture, Hysan, MTR, SOCAM and others. Selected solutions are then matched with potential corporate clients in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. Our program stands out by eliminating financial burdens like classes, cohorts, commuting, and additional costs until securing funding or business contracts.

Incubation & Onboarding Support

PUGC, in partnership with Hong Kong Science Park and HKAI Lab, presents exciting opportunities for eligible candidates through incubation and acceleration programs. Overseas candidates can benefit from the support of StartmeupHK, a division of InvestHK, in setting up their businesses in Hong Kong. Join us and unlock your potential for success.

Six Core Areas

To enter the ParticleX Urbantech Global Challenge (PUGC), applicants must be visionary innovators driving the urbantech revolution at least one of the six vital categories. These categories are Real Estate & Built Environment, Infrastructure, Energy & Utility, Transportation & Mobility, Food Supply, Public Health & Safety, Circular Economy, Cleaning & Waste Management, and Lifestyle, Culture & Education. Each category represents a crucial aspect of urban development and sustainability.

Learn more about these areas of focus here.

Application Process

Our simple two-step enrolment application:
Register to indicate your interest
Submit presentation deck before the deadline

Selection and Vetting

PUGC will conduct the screening and interview process virtually.
Vetting is conducted by ParticleX and representatives from our Programme Partners.

Time Schedule

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with our network of investors, ecosystem stakeholders, and incubation and mentoring partners.

Batch No. Application Deadline Interview Final Pitching
#2023-1 26 Sep 2023 5 Jan 2024 5-21 Feb 2024 5 Mar 2024
Current Batch #2023-1
  • 26 Sep 2023 Applications Open
  • 12 Oct 2023 Physical Event: Ignite Urbantech - A Launch Towards Sustainable Innovation
  • 5 Jan 2024 Applications Close
  • 5- 21 Feb 2024 Screening and Interviewing
  • 5 Mar 2024 Final Pitching

Startups with PropTech focus from Seed to Series A are welcome to register. For more details, please read our FAQs.

Personal Information Collection Statement & Privacy Policy

Please read the Personal Information Collection Statement & Privacy Policy. Upon enrolling in this programme, you hereby understand that ParticleX may collect, use, and transfer your personal data to promote this programme, and for direct marketing, as set out in the PICS & Privacy Policy.


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