Betatron – Hong Kong’s newest accelerator coming in February [deadline for application: this Friday 16th December 9pm]

Betatron Team

Betatron team

Application deadline: countdown

 

Betatron is Hong Kong’s newest accelerator programme providing both funding and hands-on mentorship to help optimize and scale startups.

The programme will be run bootcamp style with an intensive schedule focused on the startup’s fundamental KPIs and progress.

It will launch on Monday 13th February 2017 and will take on FIVE startups in their first cohort.

We spoke to the Programme Manager for Betatron, Michael Kerr, to learn more about it.

What type of startups are you looking for?

Our mission over the four-month programme is to make your startup a viable and investable business. For this to occur, we are looking for teams with a developed product that we can work with. Again, we only have four months, so each startup needs to assess whether they feel they are at an appropriate stage. Additionally, our goal is to help the Hong Kong startup ecosystem and back local talent. As such, we aren’t limiting applicants to a specific industry or vertical. If you have a promising product – you can apply!

 

What do the startups receive when they get accepted?

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Facebook Partners with StartupsHK for FbStart Program in Hong Kong

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You saw their booth at RISE and now they are here full time – Facebook’s startup program FbStart is officially in Hong Kong and now we are happy to announce that us along with blueprint, Cyberport and Metta are all partnering with Mark Zuckerberg (or rather the team in charge of FbStart but we’re sure he knows what they are doing) in helping HK teams work with Facebook together to support FbStart members in various ways, such as offering mentorship opportunities, training workshops and networking events.

If you want to access these benefits please reach out to us via our Facebook page and we will see what you’re up to and get you into the program if you fit the criteria.

Read on to learn more:

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Calling All Hong Kong Startups: Stand Up and Be Part of #2016HKTechSurvey

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With more and more startups launching in (and moving to) Hong Kong every day it’s time to get serious about defining the data in our city so we can talk, quote and share how developed the city has become over the past 6 years since we first started meeting up in coffee shops and building the startup ecosystem.

We are working with InvestHK and our partner Collingwood Advisors to define this so everyone can have it and present the findings at the StartMeUp HK Festival in January 2017.

Since it is a government survey, we slightly toned down on the original title of the survey we came up with: STARTUP ROCKSTARS OF HONG KONG – so we’ve gone a bit more conservative but the result will be the same – a comprehensive listing of all startups in Hong Kong and where they stand in their growth as of 2016.

Last year the government found tons of new startups in Hong Kong – we hope to define the terminology around the word “startup” and then compare how it’s grown/decreased/stayed the same since a similar survey was done last year. It’s all very exciting and we hope that we will be able to put some definition on the ecosystem for the betterment of it, not just for Hong Kong, but for the rest of the world to see.

So please help us out –

fill out the survey here

Post that you filled it out to your Facebook and Twitter to help us raise awareness!

To incentivise you we are giving out a bunch of VIP tickets to RISE 2017 next year as well as the StartMeUp Venture Forum 2017 to the startups that help share the survey the most. We think startups will definitely want some red carpet treatment at these two big events in Hong Kong that saw the likes of Elon Musk of Tesla, William Shu of Deliveroo, Joel Flory of VSCO, Jon Lax of Facebook, Ben Bauer of FoodPanda, Holly Liu of Kabam, Min-Liang Tan of Razer and so many more…

We have a group of StartupsHK ambassadors that will be coming to your co-workspace, incubator, accelerator, coffee shop and sitting down with you to fill in the survey.

2017 will be an exciting year for Hong Kong startups as the city lights up for so many world stage events and we want to show off what the ecosystem looks like to everyone – hope you’ll join us!

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