The ParticleX Urbantech Global Challenge (PUGC) is the next stage of our initiative, a multidisciplinary process matching startups and corporations with angel investors and incubators. Tech-enabled urban development more ambitious than ever, enabling cutting-edge technologies to solve overwhelming urban challenges and improve the future of city life.

PUGC is seeking innovative solutions for both public and private sectors, as well as diverse stakeholders along the value chain. Our agile, one-of-a-kind matching mechanism brings together promising urbantech startups, venture investors, incubators, and relevant corporate clients for product-market-fit validation, procurement, incubation, and investment opportunities. This is followed by a series of cross-collaborative actions to empower both community and ecosystem players.

Benefits & Opportunities

Direct Investment & Business Matching

PUGC applicants will be evaluated by ParticleX, MTR Lab, Chinachem, HKSTP Venture, SOCAM, Baguio and other business partners. Selected solutions will be matched with prospective corporate clients from Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region.  Our unique program avoids the financial shackles of classes, cohorts, commuting and other additional costs incurred prior to getting funding or business contracts.

Incubation & Onboarding Support

PUGC, in collaboration with HKSTP and HKAI Lab, offers incubation and acceleration program opportunities to eligible candidates. StartmeupHK, a government division of InvestHK, will help overseas candidates set up their business in Hong Kong. Asia PropTech offers onboarding support and advisory services, while Smart City Consortium provides a resourceful platform to connect with PropTech industry stakeholders from China and Hong Kong.

If your company creates innovative solutions that improve city life and create a more sustainable future, this is your chance to shine the spotlight on your product or service. Join us and make a difference.

Six Core Areas

To enter, applicants must be innovators fostering the urbantech revolution in one of these six key areas: Real Estate & Built Environment, Infrastructure, Energy & Utility, Transportation & Mobility, Food Supply, Public Health & Safety, Circular Economy, Cleaning & Waste Management, Lifestyle, Culture & Education.

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 IC Meeting
#2022-3 19 Oct 2022 9 Jan 2023 Feb 2023 Mar 2023
Current Batch #2022-3
  • 19 Oct 2022 Applications Open
  • 9 Jan 2023 Applications Close
  • Feb 2023 Screening and Interviewing
  • Mar 2023 Pitching to IC

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.



Ecosystem Partners

Supporting Organizations