Startmeup Week 2014 is Running Hot this November as Hong Kong Hosts Startup Events Across the City

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Kick the starter, give it all you got and get out your calendars and book off the second week of November for Startmeup Week 2014!

The Invest HK-backed ‘StartmeupHK Venture Programme,’ received 550 applications hailing from 47 countries this year in its mission to attract entrepreneurial talent from around the world to Hong Kong. Besides encouraging foreign founders to use Hong Kong as their launchpad for the Asia-Pacific region, StartmeupHK’s aim is to showcase Hong Kong as an innovation and entrepreneurship hub.

First up is ‘StartmeupHK Forum and Awards’ on Tuesday, November 11th. The event will have the 12 finalists pitching to a panel of judges and an audience of angels, VCs and business communities from Hong Kong and overseas. Entrepreneurs will be competing for three Grand Awards and three special awards for the categories of ‘Data Analytics,’ ‘Fintech,’ and ‘Smart City.’ Besides pitches, the event will also have keynote and panel speakers.

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5 Questions with Markus Stefanko, Co-Founder and CEO of PitchXO

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Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Markus Stefanko (pictured on the far right) headed straight for Copenhagen as soon as he finished school and was set for his first CTO position at the age of just 20. In the Danish capital, he worked on the professional electronic sports team MYM. The site attracted 1.4 million users and VC funding of $2 million from Seed Capital and Danish IT billionaire Preben Damgaard.

After five years working for the Dane; firstly at Copenhagen design agency HelloGroup as a Solutions Architect, later for three years at Everbread, hacking out travel solutions from Mallorca, Stefanko co-founded PitchXO. Under his direction, PitchXO has already made it into the UK’s Rackspace Startup Programme and has offices in the US, Denmark and Hong Kong.

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Meet the 6 Hong Kong Startups Heading to Google to Meet Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and Investors

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The Bay Area has seen a whole lot of Hong Kong as of late. While our own Shopline has been accelerating with 500 Startups and the Cyberport Delegation to the US has come and gone, six teams (HITA, Jobdoh, Myflat.HK, Optica, Talk-Now and Trafluence) from the Google EYE program will be visiting the tech giant’s HQ in Mountain View from October 19-24.

After the program launched in February, 900+ participants teamed up, wrote business plans and went through multidisciplinary training to learn entrepreneurship and tech know-how. 40 teams were then selected to enter the second mentorship-focused stage of the program, where they refined their business plans and built their prototypes.

Eight months later, six teams were chosen to visit Mountain View to meet with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors. We had a chat with all six teams and asked them two questions: ‘What did you get out of the Google EYE program?’ and ‘What are you hoping to get out of Mountain View?’

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