Propels Start-ups to Grow and Scale-up
HONG KONG, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 10th HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 17-18 May. Featuring more than 270 exhibitors, the event showcases a wide range of innovative technologies, products and supporting services tailored for entrepreneurs. A series of seminars, pitching meetings, business advisory sessions and networking activities will be held, supporting start-ups to build connections, acquire information, seek funds and recruit talents. E-Day will also serve as a platform for investors to seek out innovative ideas for potential investments. The exhibition will be open to the public for free.
Strong interest in The Imaginarium Zone with doubled exhibitors
"The start-up ecosystem in Hong Kong has become more advanced, with the number of start-ups in the city growing 16% to 2,200 last year," said Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director of HKTDC. "We are devoted to supporting start-ups, and we have been organising various events and missions to meet the start-ups’ needs at different development stages. In 2009, we launched E-Day, which is HKTDC’s flagship event to support start-ups. Given the vibrant start-up scene, the number of exhibitors and visitors at E-Day have doubled since the first edition, and new innovative elements have been incorporated to cater to the ever-changing needs of start-ups."
"The government have launched a lot of initiatives to boost Hong Kong’s innovation and technology in recent years, especially in the areas of biotech, AI, smart city and the fintech sectors," noted Mr Yip. "With this strong support from the government, we can see that more and more exhibitors from these industries are joining E-Day." With the theme "Powering start-ups", the fair showcases a wide range of innovative products and services. This year, the scale of the Imaginarium Zone has doubled, featuring more than 140 start-ups in the fields of medical tech and biotech, fintech, green tech, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), robotic technology, and more.
Star speakers share secrets of success
More than 40 entrepreneurs from different industries will share their experiences on starting up and scaling up, and they will also discuss technology trends and business opportunities including AI, IoT, fintech, healthtech and edtech in a series of seminars at the "Start-up Runway", one of the event’s highlights. "Many of the start-ups nowadays have already grown beyond the process of starting, idea generation and product testing to the new stages of launching the product and expanding their business," said Mr Yip as he explained the theme "Start up Right – Scale up Fast."
Renowned experts including Bonnie Cheung, Venture Partner of 500 Startups, one of the most active seed investors globally with over 2,000 portfolio companies, Wesley Ng, CEO & Co-founder, Casetify and Norma Chu, CEO, DayDayCook, will be speaking on the first day of the event and share the secrets of transforming from start-ups to becoming large enterprises. Many speakers this year have gained seed funding, Series A or Series B financing. Among them are Lawrence Tzang, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Prenetics Limited; Dr Miles Wen, CEO, Fano Labs Limited; Christopher Hugentobler, Head of Growth, Snapask Hong Kong Limited, and Mathias Helleu, Executive Chairman, 8 Securities Limited.
Ample Opportunities in the Bay Area
"Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao all have their own unique advantages," noted Mr Yip. "The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area Development (Bay Area) is a symphony of these strengths, making the whole area more competitive." He added that Hong Kong is the most internationalised metropolis in the Bay Area with world-class financial and professional services. "By utilising this great advantage, Hong Kong can promote closer business cooperation between Bay Area and the rest of the world, especially in the areas of commercialisation, intellectual property trading and cross-border investment."
E-Day also features from Guangdong province and Macao, showcasing products such as Biomorphic robots and smart energy management system. In addition, several organisations and multipliers such as the Authority of Qianhai, Guangdong Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Promotion Centre, Junior Chamber International Apex, the Angel Investment Foundation and STARTHUB, will host a seminar and a series of start-up competitions at E-Day.
Expanding to overseas
This year, the HKTDC launched a brand new "Start-up Express" programme to connect start-ups with potential investors and business partners to explore new opportunities, and expand global businesses through participating in exhibitions and missions. "The response exceeded expectations, with more than 100 enrolments. Twenty finalists will present their innovative ideas to the panel of judges led by Antony Leung at E-Day on 18 May. Ten winners will have the opportunity to grasp new businesses opportunities overseas by taking part in international events and exhibitions for free, such as Think Global, Think Hong Kong and In Style – Hong Kong.
The Council is also planning to organise a mission to the Bay Area in August. Visiting Shenzhen Nanshan district and Dongguan, the mission aims to help start-ups understands more about the start-up scene in the Bay Area, its potential as a production base and consumer market, as well as the demand for professional services. The "NiCubator" programme, which is set up by award-winning actor, singer and entrepreneur Nicholas Tse, will also support "Start-up Express" by providing winners with the promotional opportunities such as appearing in his programme.
Relationship and network building are key elements for start-ups to grow. ‘Start-up Mixer’ will return to E-Day, allowing start-ups to meet with experts from a wide spectrum of industries in the speed dating format. Launched by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and the HKTDC, it aims to inspire start-ups to generate new ideas for starting up a new business.
Other special events include the ‘Bootcamp by Techstars Startup Weekend’, the inaugural ‘Pitching for Charity’ co-organised by Jumpstart Media, "Start-ups Meet Talent" co-organised with WHub, ‘Fund & Mentor’ and ‘Start-up Clinic’, and more.
HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (Open to Public, Free Admission)
Dates and Opening Hours
17 May (Thursday) 11am – 6:30pm
18 May (Friday) 11am – 6pm
Hall 1D – 1E, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
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About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong’s businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus.