We Are HK Founders Panel and Hong Kong Startup Ecosystem Leaders at the RISE Breakthrough Stage


RISE is a global conference that takes place in Hong Kong, with hundreds of investors and startups with eyes on the Asian market flying in to learn more, network more and invest more.

Only 1/5th of attendees and exhibitors are from Hong Kong, so this year we wanted to make sure that at this year’s event we made sure everyone knows about the power of the Hong Kong ecosystem with our fresh new campaign We Are HK Founders!

RISE were kind enough to set aside a stage for us to program introductions to the leaders in the startup community in Hong Kong and that is what the BREAKTHROUGH stage is all about.

You can check the schedule at RISEconf.com for the breakdown on June 2 (click on BREAKTHROUGH on the left menu) but one of the highlight panels will be the StartupsHK/KPMG We Are HK Founders talk with 6 of our most game changing founders based in Hong Kong.

The point of this is to show off the amazingly diverse founders that call Hong Kong their home and their base of operations for their startups and learn about the challenges on setting up here and what their plans are for conquering the world from this amazing city we call home.

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Looking Back to the Future on the Hong Kong Startup Scene


As a startup ecosystem champion and connector I get asked to do many interviews about startups in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific (i’m in fact going to be talking about this at the East Meets West 2016 conference in Hawaii next week) I know I have been extremely lax on blogging about the ecosystem so when asked to do an interview I pick ones that will hopefully reach out to the audience intended and generate more awareness for the startup ecosystem.

I was interviewed recently by the Alibaba Morning Post South China Morning Post recently, only to find 1% of it made it into the story that had not much to do with what the story was pitched to me as. So I’ve decided to post the full email interview here in its entirety so you can read my thoughts.

No, nothing controversial just some thoughts that you might like to read in their entirety. Full of typos and all.

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The 14 Most Popular Hong Kong Startup Stories of 2014


It’s the last day of 2014 and there have been some amazing stories published on StartupsHK.com about the Hong Kong startup scene.

SO we decidied to sit down with Google Analytics and have a look at which stories were the most popular on the site from January 1, 2014 till today – here is what Google told us in terms of pageviews and not including social media shares or reprints on other sites.

While there are a few surprises to us in this list, it’s what we saw had the most activity in social media sharing – news on new co-workspaces and news on new funding. We’re happy to see that the most popular founder stories were our 5 Questions interviews with Raymond Yip of Shopline and Catherine Tan of Notey.

So pour a coffee and have a look back at 2014 before we step into a new year of excitement in the Hong Kong startup scene:

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