InvestHK Launches its 2014 StartmeupHK Venture Programme.
Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) has announced as of today the launching of its 2014 StartmeupHK Venture programme, which aims to highlight Hong Kong as the region’s leading hub for entrepreneurs and innovation.
An important key feature of the Venture Programme is the global competition to promote Hong Kong’s rapidly expanding startup ecosystem. Entries shall be open until July 31st, from innovative and scalable businesses, it will culminate in a week-long startup festival from November 10 to 14. A Forum during this weekend shall see 12 shortlisted winners from two categories compete for three Grand Awards and two sector awards awards in financial technology and smart city fields.
Prizes worth more than US$500,000 include pro bono accounting, legal, design and branding advice and services, supported by sponsors that include Baker Tilly, CoCoon, CWL Partners, Nest, OrangeField ICS, Paperclip Startup Campus and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, said, “Now in its second year, I am happy to see the competition attracting more attention. Start-ups and entrepreneurs can make significant contributions to Hong Kong’s economy. What InvestHK is doing to promote Hong Kong as the start-up location in Asia and attract start-up entrepreneurs will help our city further develop its growing status as the region’s leading innovation and entrepreneurship hub,” he said.
The Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Simon Galpin, said, “Hong Kong has become an important centre for overseas entrepreneurs looking to expand globally.With our StartmeupHK Venture Programme, we hope to build on last year’s momentum and put Hong Kong on the global start-up map.”
He added, “We are seeking to bring in not only innovation but also to promote Hong Kong to potential founders and angel investors who will, in the long run, help further develop Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem.”
Details and the only entry form for the StartmeupHK Venture Promgramme 2014 is available on InvestHK’s dedicated startup website. The site offers a one-stop portal to the startup community in the city, listing the latest startup event and signposting visitors to resources including government inventive and incubation schemes.