Welcome to Rise Week: Tips to Survive Hong Kong in July


Asia’s biggest startup conference RISE is heading to Hong Kong next week Friday and Saturday – but there are all kinds of things happening starting on Monday.

For those out-of-town visitors I threw together this list of things to keep in mind to survive the Summer in HK (if you are not from Singapore!)

Keep these tips nearby when you arrive in Hong Kong and you will be just fine – my fellow Hongkongers please leave your tips in the comments!

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Blueprint Launches Second Cohort with 10 New Startups in Hong Kong


We don’t normally publish press releases but since everyone is super busy getting ready for RISE next week and this is news we wanted to get out – we decided to publish this as is:

Blueprint announced the names of the new tech startups selected to join its popular accelerator programme backed by Swire Properties. The ten successful startups and their business-to-business (B2B) solutions span a variety of industries including retail,education, fin-tech and commercial property. They will enjoy six months of free workspace, mentorship support, connections t capital and market testing opportunities to elevate their business. blueprint’s approach remains unique in that it does not request equity in return for its assistance, setting it apart from other incubator programmes in the market.

Blueprint are pleased to congratulate:

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Startup Island: Applications for Hong Kong Startup Visas Now Open


A lot is written about Hong Kong as a startup ecosystem, but one thing is for sure: a working visa isn’t a breakpoint anymore!

As startup mentor and as co-director of the Founder Institute in Hong Kong, I often get questions from founders about working visas in Hong Kong and I did my share of visa applications so far (6 applications, 100% hit rate). So when I got a meeting invitation (hat tip to Gene Soo) about Attracting Talent from Outside Hong Kong in the Legco office by Charles Mok and the Immigration Department, I went to brush up my knowledge on visa applications in Hong Kong.

The meeting was on knowledge migration working visas in Hong Kong and especially the new “Start up visa” regulations. I will spare you the standard visa applications and arrangements for Chinese nationals and dive right into the “start up visa” details.

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