Mark you calendar! Ecozine is proud and excited to support the upcoming StartmeupHK Festival on 23-30 Jan 2016.
A week-long celebration of start-ups, the Festival aims at showcasing the dynamism and growth of Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem to both international and domestic audiences, and will feature keynotes, interactive how-to-sessions, hackathons, powerful lessons from seasoned founders and investors, networking opportunities, plus much more.
The target audience? Start-ups of course, but also investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, learners, techies, designers, experts, newbies... The aim of the festival is to provide opportunities for all of the above to meet, learn and build success, underscoring how fully the Hong Kong government supports its emerging position as one of the fastest growing start-up hubs in the world.
Leading accelerators, corporates and associations will hold a series of thematic conferences and pitch events, covering areas such as the Internet of things (IoT), financial technology (fintech), health technology and data analytics – an area in which Hong Kong already has a competitive advantage. The Festival is expected to attract thousands of local and overseas start-ups, investors and business leaders to converge in Hong Kong.
The anchor event and highlight of the Festival will take place on Tuesday, January 26th. The StartmeupHK Venture Forum is the week’s flagship conference, with renowned founders and investors offering advice, inspiration and insights for aspiring entrepreneurs through presentations and panel discussions. Confirmed speakers include such as Fritz Demopoulos, Founder of Queen’s Road Capital; Fred Mouawad, Chairman & CEO of Synergia Group of Companies; Mitch Presnick, founder of Super 8 Hotels; Paul Tomes, PassKit Inc’s CEO and Co-Founder; award-winning journalist and news anchor Deborah Kan; and our own Cofounder and Editor in Chief, Nissa Marion, who will be the MC of this invitation-only event.
Other core events during the StartmeupHK Festival will include:
25-26 January 2016 @ PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
With Hong Kong as one of the world’s major financial centres, FinTech is not surprisingly a hot topic here. To showcase some of the cutting edge innovations happening in this space, NxtBnk and Fintech Hong Kong are launching FF16 – Asia's biggest new fintech event, including a start-up village, full conference, breakout summits, networking sessions and a global competition for fintech start-ups, in which winners will be invited to pitch to investors and potential partners and clients. Speakers include the Chairman of Financial Services Club, Mr Chris Skinner, and the CEO of Fidor Bank, Mr Matthias Kroner.
Internet of Things: LAUNCH
27-28 Jan 2016, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
LAUNCH, a Consumer IoT Conference presented by Brinc, will include IoT workshops, pitches by finalists of a global IoT start-up competition, and a conference with prominent speakers in the hardware space – such as Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman; Sonny Vu, the Founder of Misfit, a new wearables company that pre-sold 250,000 devices in one day; and Spencer Fung, Group CEO of Li & Fung.
Digital Health: HealthTech Asia
29 January 2016, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
Hosted by AIA, this conference will highlight the latest developments in health technologies and will feature thought leaders and some of the most innovative champions in health tech, offering a chance to interact with health tech innovation thought leaders, experts and entrepreneurs.
Alongside the conference is the 2016 Health Tech Demo Day – the premier Health Tech competition in Asia. Grab the opportunity to talk with founders and team members from dozens of health tech start-ups exhibiting in the Startup Village, and watch them compete in the AIA Nest Health Tech pitch competition. Through a series of five-minute pitches, founders will articulate their personal stories and how their innovation may change your life or those you care for. You will also get
Data Analytics: "The Changing face of Commerce" Seminar
23-29 January 2016 ¬ 23/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
An understanding of data offers competitive edge and massive potential value to businesses large and small. Get up to scratch with expert views, privacy discussions and case studies on data analytics from around the world at this showcase of KPMG’s state-of-the-art data analytics lab, the ‘Insight Lab’ – a virtual R&D centre that serves as a global innovation hub with the aim to incubate and develop data-driven business solutions.
In addition to the core events, the week will feature social mixers, roundtable discussions and investor group meet-ups in venues across Hong Kong. Don’t miss this chance to leverage the incredible resources available to the start-up community in Hong Kong!
For more information, visit www.startmeup.hk