Stay Strong Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Protests Rally the World Together to Support Our City

Hong Kong Students Begin Pro Democracy Strike

It’s been a heartbreaking time in Hong Kong! The #OccupyCentral and #HKStudentStrike protests have turned Hong Kong upside down.

Apple Daily has this live feed on YouTube showing the scene in Admiralty right now:

We urge you to follow the events on Twitter following the above hashtags as well as global ones at #GlobalForHK and #UmbrellaRevolution.

Stay safe and godspeed, Hong Kong!

Photo from Vox.

East Meets West in Startup Paradise: Pitch Your Startup in Hawaii this November

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We’ve seen pitch events offered to Hong Kong startups from all over the world – from Moscow to Zurich to Boracay to Kelowna, British Columbia – but this one has to be the nicest: Honolulu, Hawaii!

Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first tech venture accelerator, has officially launched registration for East Meets West 2014 (EMW’14)! This is a groundbreaking event for Hawaii that will bring together entrepreneurs and investors from Asia and the United States. This year’s theme is “Digital Lifestyle” – the innovative and disruptive ways in which technology complements all facets of daily living.

A signature piece of this event is the East Meets West Pitch contest. Blue Startups are looking for five to ten teams from North America and five to ten teams from Asia to pitch to attendants and panel of judges. The judge’s panel will include prominent investors from 500 Startups, The Hong Kong Angel Network, TPG Capital, SCRUM Ventures in Japan, Bootstrap Labs, and Blue Startups.

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Applications for Swire Properties’ New B2B Accelerator Program ‘Blueprint’ is Now Open for January 2015 Start

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Having just launched their official website for ‘Blueprint,’ the 20,000 square foot and two-floored co-working, accelerator and event space will be based in Cornwall House in TaiKoo Place. Since Swire is a driving force behind many huge commercial and retail property development projects in Hong Kong, it’s exciting news to see them get behind the tech startup community.

As a B2B-focused accelerator, Blueprint sets itself apart from other programs with it’s no-strings attached approach. Although the program offers workspace, mentorship and professional support in the product testing, customer acquisition and fundraising spheres – it does not require any fees or equity in return.

“We are likely the first accelerator programme in Hong Kong that has no strings attached,” said Don Taylor, office director at Swire Properties, in a release. “This project is about injecting a burst of tech-focused creativity and innovation into the already thriving business community at TaiKoo Place. We’re excited to encourage the entrepreneurship culture here in Quarry Bay and to see these startups grow.”

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