Stephen Forte is Living the Dream: From AcceleratorHK to Mach5 to Multi-million Dollar Acquisition and Driving a Tesla

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Although they’ve left Hong Kong, some entrepreneurs continue giving back to our startup scene – just like AcceleratorHK’s Stephen Forte.

Although he’s taken Hong Kong’s first accelerator with him to Palo Alto, Forte is still backing our startups as one of Fresco Capital Advisors’ venture partners – and is also a mentor for Swire Properties’ new B2B accelerator program ‘Blueprint.’

As a part of Forte’s role as Telerik’s chief strategy officer, which just got acquired by ‘Progress Software’ for US $262.5 million, he mentors startups on a daily basis and brings them on as partners if they’re in the programming tool business. According to Forte, the developer ecosystem for Telerik’s new mobile development platform was first tested in Hong Kong via AcceleratorHK.

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Meet ‘Coco Alexandra PR & Events,’ a Hong Kong PR Startup Geared Towards Helping Entrepreneurs

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Unsure your startup needs a PR hand? Meet Coco Alexandra PR & Events. Co-founded by PR pro Coco Alexandra Chan and auditor-turned-entrepreneur Dan Lun, this six-month old startup wants to help entrepreneurs perfect their product launches.

With 10+ years of product launch, social media, PR strategy and event management experience, Chan has worked with a variety of big brands including Brickhouse, Lane Crawford and Redbull, just to name a few. Lun, who comes from an auditing background, grew tired of his accounting role – so he switched into a sales and business development role for a mobile payments startup.

After launching in March 2014, Chan and Lun began taking on clients in the food & beverage startup space such as ‘Craft Brew & Co.’ in Hong Kong’s hip Soho restaurant and bar district. Although the majority of their clients are in F&B, this dynamic duo plans on branching out into the tech space and are currently helping one startup with their app launch.

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Hong Kong’s EzeeCube Raises US $100,000 From Nest Investments on Top of a Successful Indiegogo Campaign

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After coming off a successful Indiegogo campaign, EzeeCube pulls in an additional $100,000 from Nest Investments.

Just four months ago, we had a chat with founder and CEO Ashok Jaiswal about his startup, as he was gearing up for the launch of their crowdfunding campaign. After raising almost US $150,000 of their $75,000 goal and selling over 1,000 units – EzeeCube has been added to Nest’s portfolio of the most promising startups in Asia. “We’re happy to team up with Nest and their high profile management team and take part in their wealth of marketing prowess, capital and strategic thinking to bring EzeeCube to every corner of the globe,” said Jaiswal.

The Hong Kong-based investment incubator will be lending the young hardware startup a hand to scale up sales and marketing efforts. And at the nick of time, as EzeeCube is just on the brink of a marketing blitz including their global retail launch at the Consumer Electronics show in January.

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