Last Call for StartmeupHK Venture Programme 2014 Applications; Deadline is 31 July

Applications for this year’s StartmeupHK Venture Programme are due on July 31st!

For those unfamiliar with the programme, StartmeupHK is an InvestHK-run competition for startups who want to secure connections for Asia-Pacific as well as scale their business in global markets using Hong Kong as a base.

Winners will receive benefits worth up to half a million US dollars, including:

  • A sponsored trip to Hong Kong (if you aren’t already based here)
  • The opportunity to pitch to angels, VCs and strategic partners
  • Professional services such as accounting, legal, branding, design and hosting firms
  • Help with business incorporation and trademark application services
  • Mentorship, media exposure and free working space in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s Ambi Climate Launches Crowdfunding Campaign Today on Singaporean Platform Crowdtivate


Homegrown hardware startup Ambi Climate has launched a crowdfunding campaign this morning for its smart air conditioning device. Taking to the Singaporean social Launchpad Crowdtivate, Ambi is armed with the noble goal of keeping users comfortable while saving the environment.

The Ambi team has been hard at work for the past two years doing Asia-focused research on user behavior, air conditioning usage and performance. After surveying 4,000 prospective online users across 10 markets across Asia, Ambi has found that the main challenges that AC users face is maintaining comfortable indoor conditions and minimizing cost and their carbon footprint.

[UPDATE: Ambi will award up to 25% rebate to members of the winning team, so if you backed Ambi, here's how to join #startupshk team:

  • Post "Just got #ambified. I backed Ambi Climate with #startupshk team. Come join me" on their Facebook Page or on your twitter account - if #startupshk team gets first place, you will get 25% rebate!!
  • Fill out form to let Ambi know your FB account or twitter that you used to post the above
  • Check status of team ranking here

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Cyberport Sending Startups to Bay Area/Seattle from 7-15 September for ‘HKICT Delegation to USA’

Silicon-Valley The Bay Area’s startup scene is like a well-oiled machine that startups in the east often look up to.

While Hong Kong-based startups have the unique advantage in hardware, logistics, finance and eCommerce, our entrepreneurs can certainly learn a great deal from an established ecosystem like Silicon Valley. As our young tech startup scene turns an estimated five this year, Hong Kong entrepreneurs need to continually educate themselves in order to build a sturdy foundation for the years to come.

Which is why Cyberport will be sending a batch of startups to Silicon Valley and Seattle from 7 – 15 September in the ‘Hong Kong ICT Delegation to USA’ to facilitate this.

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