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 Legal Startup Dragon Law Soft Launches Their Legal Services Platform to Help Startups

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One of the most often questions we get at StartupsHK is: Can you introduce me to a startup friendly lawyer?

As a first-time founder, you may not be too familiar on the legal aspects of your startup. In fact, you’re probably keen on focusing on business and product development instead. That’s where legal startup Dragon Law comes in.

Combining technology with know-how, Dragon Law provides a suite of legal services for startups that struggle or would like to spend less time in that area. The first layer of their subscription-based services is very hands-off, where startups will have access to Dragon Law’s legal document builder that draws from an online library of startup-friendly templates. ‘The Starter Package’ (rolls out by the end of this year), might appeal to the entrepreneur that just needs a simple contract drawn up with the occasional customer support via email.

The second layer would appeal more to entrepreneurs that need a legal helpline here and there, but also want to avoid paying astronomical hourly fees for a lawyer. ‘The Professional Plan’ lets startups reach out to the Dragon Law team of lawyers and paralegals for email and telephone support on an ad-hoc basis. The third layer is targeted more so toward SMEs with larger documentation requirements. Visit their website for pricing details.

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StartupsHK Resources: Startup-Friendly Legal Contacts

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With its robust legal system and solid intellectual property protection, Hong Kong truly is an ideal place to start a business.

While you’d rather focus all energies on building your product instead of filling out paperwork, dealing with the legal side is inevitable. For those first-time founders that don’t have the faintest clue where to start, we’ve put together a working list of legal contacts for startups.
 

Cooley

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With a global team of 750 attorneys throughout the US and in China (they’re located in Shanghai), Cooley’s practice spans the technology, life sciences, real estate, financial services, retail and energy sectors. Operating in eleven major commercial markets, Cooley has had a track record of representing companies that have created disruptive technologies and generally challenge the status quo.

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