Leading-Edge Enterprise to the Fore

The 6th Annual HKUST One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition brought triple success for the School of Engineering (SENG), with all three top winning teams featuring SENG students or alumni.

Sundial Technology, comprising three SENG students and a HKUST Business School student, won the President’s Prize for their anti-reflection and self-cleaning film to enhance the performance of solar panels. The team also collected the Innovation Prize and Student Prize. First runner-up NeoForest, involving two SENG alumni and a Shanghai Jiao Tong University student, developed an air purifier providing forest-grade air to indoor environments. Second runner-up Perfuso set out a novel technology that reduces the side effects of dialysis, lowers bio-waste, and halves treatment time and cost. The five-member cross-disciplinary SENG team also won the Trade Show award.

For the first time, the top prize-winning teams then had the opportunity to compete in a Grand Final at the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute in Nansha, Guangzhou, following this year’s extension of the One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition to cover a total of five cities in China. More than 500 teams joined the contest from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau and Hong Kong, with the three winners in each city participating in the final.