Hong Kong Really Rose for RISE: The Thank You Post


So, what a week eh?

Just a quick post here before a longer deep dive post into RISE week.

I am absolutely amazed at what we all pulled off in Hong Kong for RISE. It absolutely blew away all expectations! Just an incredible show of passion and just plain awesomeness from everyone.

I did a shout out on stage during the closing comments to many people but I guess this is even better: a thank you to the following people, who without, could not have made this #RiseWeek happen. Looking at this list its awesome to see that its filled with people who have both been with us since 2009 all the way to people who just recently joined the community:

  • Gene my right hand man
  • Jon my left hand man
  • Raffi the Alive Not Dead party-making machine.
  • Michelle and the Blueprint team
  • Catherine, Naomi, Fion and the Notey team
  • Atin from HUKapp
  • Bay and his Brinc empire
  • Simon from Nest
  • Asif from Spacious
  • Elaine, James and the Garage Society team
  • Mikaal from 8 Securities (still no Cinnabon)
  • Danny from Prenetics
  • Ibrahim from Outblaze
  • Elisabeth from KPMG
  • Arthur, Matt and the Vectr team.
  • Karen, Karena and the W hub team.
  • Pritish and the Gormei team.
  • Jeffrey, Bart and the Startup Weekend Avengers.
  • Fred and Hugo from East Founders

There were 30+ pub crawl captains that were the first point of entry for visitors to HK all should be knighted (if not with a sword, then at least with a beer bong) many of them are on the list above and here are the others:

  • Kalina from Lightstage
  • Nat from Hong Kong Hustle
  • Eric and Richard from Floship
  • Alice from TiE
  • Tony from Nest
  • Edwin from Spottly
  • Thomas from Double
  • Richard from Localiiz
  • Larry from Pay4Bugs

I also was ecstatic that I was able to get the BreakthroughHK stage set up and have to thank the 4 kingdoms of Westeros on coming together and getting us the 20 best startups:

  • Cyberport
  • Hong Kong Science Park
  • Blueprint
  • CoCoon

I called and all you guys came through! The HK community is eternally grateful!

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Welcome to Rise Week: Tips to Survive Hong Kong in July


Asia’s biggest startup conference RISE is heading to Hong Kong next week Friday and Saturday – but there are all kinds of things happening starting on Monday.

For those out-of-town visitors I threw together this list of things to keep in mind to survive the Summer in HK (if you are not from Singapore!)

Keep these tips nearby when you arrive in Hong Kong and you will be just fine – my fellow Hongkongers please leave your tips in the comments!

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The Start Knight Rises: Startup Weekend Hong Kong Powers the New RISE Program at CoCoon


This kick off post was written by startup mentor Marcel Ekkel and was first published on Medium.

RISE @ CoCoon, a five-day program powered by the lean startup materials used by Startup Weekend, is looking to add 2-3 more teams. If interested, please fill in this registration form ASAP.

As this is a pilot edition we are happy to get going with (just) four teams. Compared to a Startup Weekend the format and the dynamics are very different. SWNEXT has a focus on a team that has started already. The mentorship will be exploring more width and more depth and in line with that be able to spend more time with teams.

This is possible as the program is spread out over 5 weeks, with 1 contact evening every week. During the evening we start with covering work to be done from last week, followed by a mentor introduction into the new topic and ending with some FaceTime with respective mentors.

The topic of the first session was CUSTOMER DISCOVERY and we found 2 mentors willing to share their experiences and insights into the matter. Though before getting to that, the evening was kicked off with a first attempt to a 1 minute pitch followed by their discussion of the preparatory work for this week.

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