AirBNB During CNY: 15,000 Guests will Stay in Hong Kong, Bringing in HKD12.5m in for Local Host Community


These are very interesting stats from AirBNB, so we thought we would share this AirBNB press release with Hong Kong startups: the tourism industry in Hong Kong is growing and besides a handful of travel startups in Hong Kong like Klook and Sam the Local we’re looking to find out who else is in this space or if you are looking to get into TravelTech in Asia.

Read below about AirBNB in HK during CNY — and for those who have been with us for awhile: do you remember when Brian Chesky showed up at our Startup Saturday event back in 2011 when he came to launch Airbnb in Hong Kong?

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Betatron wraps up cohort 2 and is accepting applications for cohort 3

Betatron demo day cohort 2Betatron recently held it’s Demo Day for their seven startups in cohort2 on Thursday 25th January. The turnout was impressive with 360 event registrations and a high-quality audience with most of Hong Kong’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs in attendance.

During the event, Betatron announced the significant traction they’ve generated since the first cohort launched in March 2017. To date, Betatron has raised funding from 21 investors and has invested in 11 startups across the two cohorts. After joining the Betatron program, the startups over the first two cohort’s have raised a total of US$2.4M further funding, with 62% of the capital coming from Betatron’s founding partners.

Applications are now open for Betatron’s cohort 3 where they will be investing in up to TEN startups. Each one will receive US$30,000 investment and hands-on mentorship to position the company to scale.To apply, visit:

East Meets West brings the best of Asia and the US together in Hawaii on Feb 1-2


2018 is going to be an amazing year for tech and Blue Startups are happy to be kicking it all off in February in Hawaii with EAST MEETS WEST 2018.

Our co-founder Casey Lau is co-hosting this event and it will be the 4th year that Blue Startups brings the best tech people from Asia and the US together to Honolulu for a 2-day brain exchange on all things tech and this year in particular we are focusing on the hottest topics in the world: Blockchain, Traveltech and Social Impact with a speaker list of epic proportions!

To list a few:

  • JOYCE KIM, Sparkchain Capital: new $100mm blockchain fund.
  • MARK DE GROH, Re:public Good: massive social impact investment fund
  • COVA BASELGA, Amadeus: investor in the biggest travel tech startups
  • RAHUL SOOD, Unikrn: biggest gaming ICO
  • EDITH YEUNG, 500 Startups: Influential investor in East and West startups.
  • JULIAN HOSP, TenX: biggest ICO so far in Asia!
  • STEPHEN FORTE, Laudato Si’ Challenge – building The Vatican’s smart city accelerator with the Pope!

…and so many more!

This is the 2018 kick-off tech event you don’t want to miss – have a look at what’s in store:

  • Day 1 is the VIP Summit Day and will be held at the iconic Kuaola Ranch aka Jurassic Park where we will be doing outdoor networking activities and informative roundtable discussions with an amazing backdrop with a tight knit group of super connectors from Tokyo, San Francisco, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Jakarta, Vancouver and more!
  • Day 2 is the Community Day at the historic East West Center in Honolulu where we open it up to a larger audience and will have panels, debates, pitches, workshops and more networking under rainbows and sunshine like no other place in February (also The World.)

See you in #StartupParadise on February 1-2 for the most epic tech conference in the most epic location in the world!

Get your tickets and learn more here: