Two Ways Hong Kong’s Startup Scene Could Borrow and Benefit from Singapore’s Techventure 2014


Singapore’s Techventure 2014 has come and gone, with 100+ exhibiting tech startups and 700 visiting conference attendees from Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Switzerland, Malaysia and the US. Notable talks featured YouTube co-founder Steve Chen who chatted about his startup story, and Evernote CEO Phil Libin who shared his ‘lessons for Southeast Asian startups’ drawn from building Evernote.

The two-day conference featured over eight pitching events including the ‘Techventure Connect 180′ which facilitates investor-startup matchmaking via the official conference app and the ‘Business Pitch Competition,’ where startups went head-to-head for a US $40,000 grand prize.

As Hong Kong and Singapore are often pitted against each other in ecosystem comparisons, here are two ways our tech startups could benefit and borrow from Techventure 2014.

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Techventure 2014: A Chance to Pitch Investors From Google Ventures and Monk’s Hill Ventures – HK Startups Get 10% Off Tickets

Hong Kong startups seeking their next round of funding should consider Singapore’s upcoming ‘Techventure 2014.’

The three-day conference, organised by the National Research Foundation, will include a tour to Blk 71, which the Economist has called “the world’s most tightly-packed entrepreneurial ecosystem,” and keynotes from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen and Evernote CEO Phil Libin.

Visiting startups will also have the chance to take part in pitch competitions and business match-making – such as the ‘Techventure Connect 180,’ an accelerated match-making session facilitated by the conference app (yes, Techventure has developed an app for startup-investor speed dating). In each matching round, Startups will have 180 seconds to impress investors from the likes of Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Monk’s Hill Ventures and Golden Gate Ventures, just to name a few.

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Speakers from YouTube, Evernote and Sequoia Capital Set to Invade the Merlion City for Techventure 2014 Singapore


Here in Hong Kong, we find our startup scene being constantly compared with our Southeast Asian neighbor Singapore.

As this ‘Startup Nations Asia’ report indicates, Hong Kong and Singapore both boast very similar environments in the areas of regulation, financing, talents and technology. As such, the two cities’ are two of Asia’s most ideal places to build a startup – the upcoming Techventure 2014 will be the perfect place for Hong Kong and Singapore to converge. Click here to view a chart highlighting the two ecosystem’s similarities.

Running from September 23 – 25, the three-day conference will give tech startups from Asia-Pacific the chance to network with other technologists, VCs, private investors and the regional business community.

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