Idea Maker Program

start-up, job training and opportunities, children and youth, Impact Incubator

Providing STEM training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth


Riding on the success of the start-up project which was funded by the SIE Fund in 2017, the project team proposes to extend the scope of business from providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculums to training youngsters to become STEM technicians. Such training would help the youngsters unleash their talents and build their career path in STEM education.

The venture aims to provide disadvantaged youth with employment and empowerment opportunities through basic STEM courses and on-the-job training and coaching which cover design thinking, coding, 3D printing technologies, etc., as well as a 20-hour "train-the-trainer" session.

Trained youngsters will be recruited as part-time/full-time STEM tutors or curriculum designers to assist in the implementation of the team's in-house or on-site school STEM classes. On-the-job training and coaching will be provided to these youngsters, who will be awarded a certificate of achievement upon completion of the training and assessment.

The venture will also select trained youngsters to be employed as full-time contract-based STEM technicians to station at partner schools to support the implementation of STEM curriculums offered by the team to the schools.

Name of Organisation

I3D Printer (HK) Limited

Approved Funding Amount


Funding Period (Status)

2 years (Active)

Expected Impact

  • 75 youngsters with low education levels or from low-income families will receive training and 12 of them will be employed as STEM technicians at schools
  • 1200 children/teenagers from low-income families will participate in the venture's STEM curriculum


As at January 2021:

  • Upgraded the training workshop and office
  • Recruited 6 NGOs/schools/government organisations to join the programme
  • Organised STEM classes with various themes, including 3D printing, Food Science and Little City Planner for 420 children/teenagers from low-income families
  • Recruited 25 youths to join the “Train the Trainer” programme and all of them have completed the training
  • Hired 19 of the trained youths as STEM tutors and generated total tutor fee of over $127,000