StartMeUp Festival 2016 Takes Over Hong Kong Next Week


InvestHK has decided to pump up their activities for this year’s StartMeUp Festival 2016 by having some of the ecosystem pitch in for events next week. So here is a list of stuff you should be looking to attend if you are not already and here’s the app for iPhone and Android to track all the events.






The startup excitement actually even starts earlier, as Startup Weekend HK Alpha kicks off at CoCoon on Friday evening and runs till Sunday night. Check it out here.

And for those that are more night owls there will be the StartMeUpHK Festival AfterHours X powered by Nest and lots of cool drink-ups around the city for those that want to meet the HK ecosystem.

3 Mobile Startups to Represent Hong Kong at MCAP 2016 in Honolulu


We’re very excited to have 3 fresh new mobile startups from Hong Kong at the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii next week.

The Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) is a mobile startup competition that brings together entrepreneurs from 9 countries to meet and compete in order to qualify for 3 places at the GSMA Barcelona Conference World Finals in 2016. The challenge is organised by J-Seed Ventures and IE Business School in conjunction with GSMA and is sponsored in part by SoftLayer – an IBM Company.

Representing Hong Kong are:

  • SwapIt: Buy/Sell/Trade stuff in location-based smartphone app.
  • uSpace: Marauders Map for workspaces via smartphone.
  • Spincle: Create your own VR content, distribute everywhere via smartphone.

These new teams will be competing against 24 other startups from around Asia to be 3 of the finalists to be flown in to compete in Barcelona at GSMA! This is amazing viability for Hong Kong teams and we are happy to have 3 of our newest and most exciting startups out there to represent HK on a global stage.

The East Meets West 2016 conference will also be taking place next week in Honolulu and some local familiar faces like our own Casey Lau, Cyril Ebersweiler from HAX and our good friend Dave McClure of 500 Startups.

Congrats to the teams and good luck on stage!

You’re Invited: Fireside Chat with SoftLayer’s George Karidis at Paperclip on 19 August


Next week, SoftLayer – and IBM Company‘s Chief Strategy Officer George Karidis will be back in Hong Kong and there are a bunch of events happening for startups.

This is a great chance to learn from the infrastructure company that recently opened a datacentre in Hong Kong (and will soon open ones in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Sydney for APAC) to serve the growing need for cloud services in Asia on topics like:

  • How they helped WhatsApp scale to a US$19 billion company (bought by Facebook)
  • How FitBit became the most successful Catalyst startup.
  • Share insight into the global startup market from mentoring at accelerators.
  • What the cloud means for your startups as it becomes the new standard.

George will be at a Fireside Chat at Paperclip on August 19 from 7-9pm, please register here.

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