10 Hong Kong Startup Founders Share What They Most Look Forward to in 2015

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Happy holidays startups! 2014 has been a huge year for the Hong Kong startup scene and we can all attest to the speedy growth of our ecosystem.

Take mobile logistics startup Gogovan for example. The homegrown startup picked up their US $6.5 million Series A over the summer, then an additional $10 million last month – for a total of $16.5 million raised in 2014 alone. Or Google’s acquisition of enterprise tech startup Divide which was much buzzed about.

And how about the three new accelerator programs that have all arrived in the past year? Besides Accenture’s ‘FinTech Innovation Lab’ launching back in June, Swire Properties’ ‘blueprint’ for B2B startups has also arrived on the scene with AIA and Nest teaming up to create a new accelerator program for wearable tech and healthcare startups.

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Hong Kong’s Paul Lee, Co-Founder of ACE HEARING, Wins the ‘Community Impact’ Award at ‘Talent Unleashed 2014’

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Hong Kong’s ACE HEARING is the winner of the ‘Community Impact’ Award at this year’s ‘Talent Unleashed Awards,’ held at the W Hotel last week. For the first time ever, the ceremony took place simultaneously in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Auckland in a live broadcast.

The legendary likes of Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak and our own Yat Siu made up the judging panel helping awards organisers ‘Talent International’ sift through 600+ entries across the region. The final six winners will take a whirlwind trip down to the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa for a five-day workshop come November.

We had a chat with ACE HEARING’s co-founder Paul Lee to find out more about the big win. Besides bringing public attention to the importance of hearing health, Paul said that the results of this year’s ‘Talent Unleashed’ also puts Hong Kong startups, who he considers a “best kept secret,” in the limelight.

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CashYou, GateCoin Amongst 5 Hong Kong Startups Declared Winners in the ‘Talent Unleashed Awards’

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Amongst deals, mergers and acquisitions, it’s been a busy year for Hong Kong so far.

The latest back-to-back exits of homegrown startups Divide and Cherrypicks is proof that the ingenuity of our entrepreneurs are stronger than ever before. Just when we couldn’t get any prouder of our burgeoning startup scene, the prestigious ‘Talent Unleashed Awards’ announced that it was extending its reach to include Hong Kong and Singapore. The aim of ‘Unleashed’ is to celebrate individuals whose impactful ideas could potentially change the world, whether it be solving business problems or helping a community in need.

While the overall winners will be chosen by the legendary Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak, our own Yat Siu was invited to represent Hong Kong as a regional judge. See more details on each award category here.

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