HKTDC Entrepreneur Day helps Start-ups to Scale Up
 
May 11, 2018
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11 May 2018 – As a one-stop platform for new businesses to gather market information, seek advice and funding, build connections and gain exposure, the 10th Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) will take place next week with informative forums, pitching sessions and networking events.

Taking place from 17-18 May (Thursday to Friday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), the event is one of the 30 some trade fairs in Hong Kong organised each year by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong’s businesses.

Showcasing Tech-capabilities

More than 270 exhibitors have signed up for the E-Day, the largest participation since its launch. Among the fair highlights is a dedicated exhibition zone, the Imaginarium, which brings together more than 140 start-ups, representing a 100 per cent increase over the last year. It features a wide range of innovative products and technologies in fields such as healthtech and biotech, fintech, green tech, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

Start-ups from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Cyberport, as well as start-ups recruited by Advantage Austria Hong Kong, brinc, and CoCoon will demonstrate their latest inventions and smart technologies in a series of demo sessions. Among them are the world’s first handheld affordable hybrid-spectrometer powered by AI, the world’s first mobile air conditioner, a single breath analyser to diagnose different diseases, and an online social platform for drone pilots to manage their profiles and portfolios. Featuring start-ups from Canada, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Portugal, the UK and the US, it also adds some international flavour to the show.

Enlightening Dialogues

The HKSAR government is planning to diversify the city’s economy, and new focuses include four key areas: biotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI), smart city and financial technologies. In response to the market needs, E-Day will feature a host of inspirational and informative talks as part of the “Start-up Runway”, including “What’s next for Fintech?”, “AI for the Future”, “Smart City – from IoT to IoE (Internet of Everything)”, “Embracing the Era of HealthTech” where successful start-ups will discuss upcoming trends in their respective industries.

Moreover, renowned industry leaders including Bonnie Cheung, Venture Partner of 500 Startups, one of the most active seed investors globally with over 2,000 portfolio companies; Lawrence Tzang, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Prenetics Limited, an internationally-acclaimed DNA company which raised over USD 50 million; and AI expert Miles Wen, CEO of Fano Labs Limited, which is backed by Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of tycoon Li Ka-shing, will share their insights during the event.

Journey to Success

The HKTDC has launched a new incubation programme entitled “Start-up Express.” Collaborating with Our Hong Kong Foundation, it offers start-ups unique opportunities to learn, to grow and to connect. Twenty finalists will present proposals and pitch to a panel of judges, including Antony Leung, Group Chairman & CEO of Nan Fung Group at E-Day.

Ten winners will join an exciting programme of local and overseas trade fairs and missions to explore global markets and gain valuable exposure, and they will have the opportunity to get personal advice from business leaders such as Vincent HS Lo, Chairman of the HKTDC and Victor Fung, Group Chairman of Fung Group.

Making Connections

Connecting fledgling entrepreneurs with industry experts and investors is one of the key aims of E-Day. To cater the needs of start-ups who are trying to scale up, the HKTDC will launch “Start-up Clinic” at E-Day, offering one-on-one customised business advisory services for new businesses. It aims to help them avoid or solve problems in the areas of financial management, information technology application as well as branding and marketing.

Start-ups can also meet potential investors and mentors at the “Start-up Mixer”. Co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, this networking event takes a similar format to speed-dating, allowing new businesses to indulge in creative ideas and opportunities from a wide scope of industries. During the “Fund & Mentor Business Matching Session”, one-on-one matching will be arranged for start-ups to meet with potential investors and mentors to gain entrepreneurial advice and funding.

Recognising that sometimes start-ups struggle to raise fund, E-Day will feature government and statutory bodies with prominent funding schemes and start-up support programmes. These include Cyberport, which offers an Incubation Programme and Accelerator Support Programme; the Hong Kong Design Centre, which has a Design Incubation Programme; the Hong Kong Productivity Council, which offers InnoSpace; the Trade and Industry Department which offers an SME Loan Guarantee Scheme and SME Development Fund alongside other programmes.

Meeting Talents

Last year, the total number of start-ups in Hong Kong increased by 16 per cent to more than 2,200, employing more than 6,300 people. Considering the growing needs, “Start-ups Meet Talent” will be returning to E-Day. Co-organised by the HKTDC and WHub, the event aims to connect talented job seekers with the best Hong Kong-based start-ups. It will bring together undergraduates, graduate students, and seasoned professionals to one event, exclusively for start-ups.

Also new to E-Day is the “Start-up Battle: Working in a Start-up”, which is tailored for people who want to join a start-up. It will allow participants to learn more about the start-up scene and the qualities that start-ups are looking for when recruiting talents.

HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (Open to Public, Free Admission)

Dates and Opening Hours
17 May (Thursday) 11am-6:30pm
18 May (Friday) 11am-6pm

Venue:
Hall 1D-1E, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

Website:www.hktdc.com/eday

Registration:https://bit.ly/2rcuXp3

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC’s Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Angel Tang Tel: (852) 2584 4554 Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org
Beatrice Lam Tel: (852) 2584 4049 Email: beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org

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