Hong Kong’s annual StartmeupHK Festival, the startup showpiece organized by Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), has successfully held its first virtual version. The record-breaking week more than lived up to a common underlying theme apparent in each of the sector events and activities: innovation and problem solving as the driving force for startups.
From July 6-10, 2020, the event hosted 471 speakers from 97 countries and territories, attracting a total of 181,770 attendees and featured 199 exhibitors. Among the speakers were Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government‘s chief executive Carrie Lam, innovation and technology secretary Alfred Sit and financial secretary Paul Chan.
The other speakers were Funtastic Australia chairman Bernie Brookes, New World Development‘s group audit and management services general manager Teddy Liu, Kami Intelligence and Hanson Robotics board director Jeanne Lim, Dorabot co-founder and CEO Spencer Deng and UBS’s Wealth Management Asia Pacific co-head Amy Lo. Launch angel Investor and podcaster Jason Calacanis spoke, as well, from his home in California, United States.
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On the final day of the festival, at the HKFIA 2020 Forum organized by Sina Finance, Chan spoke about Hong Kong’s resilience while recovering from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He noted that despite its many challenges, Hong Kong is still faring very well and again led the world last year in funds raised through initial public offerings.
“I have no doubt that we’ll be in the running again this year, despite the turbulence out there,” Chan stated. “After all, Hong Kong has become a much sought-after place for secondary listing of Chinese companies. Just ask video-game developer NetEase and e-commerce retailer JD.com, both of which listed in Hong Kong last month, following in the welcome wake of tech giant Alibaba’s secondary listing here last November.”
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InvestHK investment promotion director-general Stephen Phillips encouraged startups to stay resolutely optimistic in these challenging times. He said, “I know that entrepreneurs just like you will play a vital role in leading us to a better future.”
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