It’s an understatement to say that Startmeup Week 2014 was a doozy. With 48 events for entrepreneurs, hackers, investors, innovators, techies and the like funneled into 5 days, we all needed a little R&R by the end of the weekend (where people had to choose between Startup Weekend and Barcamp).
The events, which ranged from a co-work space soft launch to a symposium for Hong Kong’s sustainable future, were all in honor of the StartmeupHK Venture Programme that came to a close last week. The InvestHK-run competition has a two-pronged approach: give startups a chance to scale their business in global markets using Hong Kong as a base, and raise our city’s profile as an Asian hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. This year, the program pulled in 550 applications from 47 countries – up from 384 entries from 39 economies last year.
While Hanson Robotics represented for Hong Kong in 2013 as one of the ‘Grand Award’ winners, Freightos and Scoutbots (both from Hong Kong!) stepped up this year. The winning teams get support in the ways of professional services (accounting, legal, branding etc.), mentorship and free workspace – the latter of which is extremely valuable in a city with such soaring rents.