November 25th 2013
As Localiiz knows better than anyone, those with bright ideas and the determination to see them through have plenty of resources at their fingertips in Hong Kong’s simmering startup scene. If you’ve just founded a business or had your dream on the back burner for a while, now could be the time to step out of the shadows. Join StartmeupHK
, one of the prime resources for entrepreneurs and startup companies in Hong Kong, for StartmeupHK December Week. With networking events, hack jams, startup clinics and more, you’re sure to find both inspiration and innovation between December 2nd and 7th. Here are our tips for a few not-to-be-missed events.
Intro to the Hong Kong Startup Community
Got a business idea but not sure where to start? Kick off a week of creativity with an Introduction to the Hong Kong Startup Community, hosted by Localiiz recommended corporate training centre General Assembly. Aimed at helping newbies on the startup scene to get familiar with the world of entrepreneurship in Hong Kong, the event will be led by Casey Lau, co-founder of StartupsHK and Popcorn Media Network.
Get the inside scoop on all the best events and meet ups to attend and the people, companies and blogs to look out for. Other important things to keep in mind when starting a business, such as incubator programmes, hot issues and venture capital, will also be explored. The class will end on a fun note, with drinks and networking.
What: An Introduction to the Hong Kong Startup Community
When: December 2nd, 7pm to 8:30pm
Where: The Hive, 21/F, 23 Luard Road, Wan Chai
Price: HKD$100 (promo price until December 2nd. HK$150 after)
RSVP: On Eventbrite here
StartmeupHK Week Launch Party – Gotta Be in HK!
What better way to begin an exciting week celebrating entrepreneurship in Hong Kong than with a party? Get your mingle on at the StartmeupHK Week Launch party - Gotta Be in HK! You’ll have the opportunity to make new friends, and network with angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, founders and more. Be sure to RSVP for this free event and bring your business cards - you’ll need them to take part in the games.
What: StartmeupHK Week Launch Party - Gotta Be In HK!
When: December 3rd 2013, 6pm to 9pm
Where: The Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Millions, 3/F, Happy Valley Stand, Happy Valley Racecourse
RSVP: On Eventbrite here
Lan Kwai Fong Before Dark
Is there more to Lan Kwai Fong than booze, parties and light up novelty head gear? You’ll find out at Wynd Co-Working Space’s StartmeupHK December Week event, Lan Kwai Fong Before Dark. In true secretive fashion, not many details have been released yet, so you’ll just have to turn up and take your chances!
What: Lan Kwai Fong Before Dark
When: December 4th, 3pm to 4pm
Where: Wynd Coworking Space, 10/F Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-44 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
RSVP: Call 3462-2777 to register.
StartmeupHK Venture Forum
The StartmeupHK Venture Programme was created by InvestHK to help facilitate the growth of new ventures on a global scale and secure Hong Kong’s position as a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. The StartmeupHK Venture Forum is the final stage of this scheme, where 12 finalists from around the world will pitch their business ideas to judges, investors and potential partners.
Competitors will go through a round of elevator pitches followed by a second round of full pitches with questions and answers. Six finalists will then go on to compete for one of three Grand Awards.
With presentations from John Tsang, Simon Galpin, Gregory So and Timothy Draper, the event will no doubt prove exciting and educational for all who attend. There will also be an optional partnership matching session after the forum. If you’re interested, be sure to state this when registering for the forum.
What: StartmeupHK Venture Forum
When: December 5th, 8am to 2pm
Where: Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar
RSVP: Register here
NEST Pitch Day
If you’ve missed the chance to take part in the Venture Programme, don’t fret. NEST is giving you another opportunity to pitch your business idea on December 7th. Fill in the online application form and the NEST team will shortlist the ideas and businesses they feel best fit their ethos.
Those selected will get the 15 minutes to present their business idea in person on NEST Pitch Day, before a 30-minute question and answer session. If the team likes your pitch and decide they want to invest, they’ll provide you and your business with up to HKD$500,000 in capital, along with mentorship, office space and hands-on support. Pitchers can bring anything from an initial idea to a young businesses to the table.
What: NEST Pitch Day
When: December 7th, 9am to 3pm
Where: NEST Incubation Centre, 16/F Chao’s Building, 143-145 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
Apply: Fill in the application form here.
Learn more about the community and resources available to Hong Kong startups here.