Startup Launchpad Spring Event Focuses on Blockchain for Supply Chain and Startup Founder Education


Startup Launchpad is back and this time we sat down with Minesh Pore the Head of Startup Launchpad to give us the tour of this April’s event at Asia World Expo.

Mishesh, tell us about yourself?
Thanks StartupsHK! I’m a highly regarded global trade expert with over 18 years’ experience leading multinational organizations in corporate transformation, Intra-prenuership, Innovation, International business development, and strategic planning. I would say I am a well-connected and respected globally for my experience, network and knowledge of the Greater Bay area startup ecosystem, mentoring startup founders, helping startups scale up and expand international.

What is Startup Launchpad?
Startup Launchpad is hosted in HK every April and October, the show focusses on helping Hardware and Retail Solutions startups scale up by meeting buyers / retailers / wholesalers from over 140 counties. We will also be hosting a 1 day conference, the focus is on Blockchain as a Transparency took for Supply Chain. We will have 2 day workshops, focus of which is to educate startup founders on every step from Initiating a business plan to working with distributors globally. We will also have pitches from the top 10 Startups that will be pitching for over 500,000 HKD in prizes.

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Startups x UX Event: How do Successful Startups Leverage UX?


Remember a few years ago (5 actually now) when we kicked off The UX-Men – a UX-themed series of meetups? Well, we are finally back with a new event next week to get startups to look closer at UX and UI as Hong Kong drives design thinking into the cold hearts of HK-based corporates.

The idea for this is to start more dialogue between the UX community and the startup community and StartupsHK co-founders Casey Lau and Gene Soo are coming out for this one alongside the IXDA and UXD.

So in light of the Startmeup Festival next week across Hong Kong we thought we’d contribute this awesome event to get startups discussing this important concept – its free at Garage Society and all you have to do is REGISTER HERE.

Animoca Brands to acquire stake in leading AI accelerator Zeroth


Animoca Brands has entered into an Earn-In Agreement with Zeroth founder Tak Lo to acquire a 67% stake in Venture Classic Limited, the operational company for the artificial intelligence accelerator Zeroth SPC (both companies together: “Zeroth”). Total consideration for the transaction is approximately US$1.08 million (A$1.5 million), consisting of US$0.72 million (A$1 million) in cash earn-in and approximately US$0.36 million (A$0.5 million) in Animoca Brands shares.

Additionally, Animoca Brands has committed to underwrite investment into Zeroth SPC totalling up US$2 million. This investment will provide participants with Limited Partner status and grant them claims on proceeds from the cohorts of AI and blockchain startups accelerated by Zeroth.

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