Hong Kong’s Annual “StartMeUpHK” Festival Returns January 2017

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Upfront we’d like to clarify, this site you are reading is called “StartupsHK.”

The InvestHK startup initiative is called “StartMeUpHK.”

Two similar sounding but totally different things run by different people. One, us, decided on the most obvious name we could think of that would be easy to remember. They, InvestHK, obviously huge Rolling Stones fans.

Clear? Good. Let’s continue (and never stop…).

The StartmeupHK Festival, (the one run by InvestHK, remember?) the weeklong festival that will be held next January 2017 is going to celebrate it’s 4th year to promote and encourage Hong Kong’s startups to showcase the city’s vibrancy, lifestyle and business scene.

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Startmeup Week 2014 is Running Hot this November as Hong Kong Hosts Startup Events Across the City

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Kick the starter, give it all you got and get out your calendars and book off the second week of November for Startmeup Week 2014!

The Invest HK-backed ‘StartmeupHK Venture Programme,’ received 550 applications hailing from 47 countries this year in its mission to attract entrepreneurial talent from around the world to Hong Kong. Besides encouraging foreign founders to use Hong Kong as their launchpad for the Asia-Pacific region, StartmeupHK’s aim is to showcase Hong Kong as an innovation and entrepreneurship hub.

Monday, November 10th

If you’ve been anticipating the launch of Swire Properties’ new B2B accelerator and co-working space, this is for you. blueprint will be hosting ‘beta blues,’ a night of live jazz, drinks, food and a sneak peak while the project is still in beta phase. The event is at 6pm – 9pm, 16/F, Cornwall House at TaiKoo Place and is open to the public.

Tuesday, November 11th

The ‘StartmeupHK Forum and Awards’ will have the 12 finalists pitching to a panel of judges and an audience of angels, VCs and business communities from Hong Kong and overseas. Entrepreneurs will be competing for three Grand Awards and three special awards for the categories of ‘Data Analytics,’ ‘Fintech,’ and ‘Smart City.’ Besides pitches, the event will also have keynote and panel speakers.

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Last Call for StartmeupHK Venture Programme 2014 Applications; Deadline is 31 July

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Applications for this year’s StartmeupHK Venture Programme are due on July 31st!

For those unfamiliar with the programme, StartmeupHK is an InvestHK-run competition for startups who want to secure connections for Asia-Pacific as well as scale their business in global markets using Hong Kong as a base.

Winners will receive benefits worth up to half a million US dollars, including:

  • A sponsored trip to Hong Kong (if you aren’t already based here)
  • The opportunity to pitch to angels, VCs and strategic partners
  • Professional services such as accounting, legal, branding, design and hosting firms
  • Help with business incorporation and trademark application services
  • Mentorship, media exposure and free working space in Hong Kong

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