Stephen Forte is Living the Dream: From AcceleratorHK to Mach5 to Multi-million Dollar Acquisition and Driving a Tesla

Although they’ve left Hong Kong, some entrepreneurs continue giving back to our startup scene – just like AcceleratorHK’s Stephen Forte.

Although he’s taken Hong Kong’s first accelerator with him to Palo Alto, Forte is still backing our startups as one of Fresco Capital Advisors’ venture partners – and is also a mentor for Swire Properties’ new B2B accelerator program ‘blueprint.’

As a part of Forte’s role as Telerik’s chief strategy officer, which just got acquired by ‘Progress Software’ for US $262.5 million, he mentors startups on a daily basis and brings them on as partners if they’re in the programming tool business. According to Forte, the developer ecosystem for Telerik’s new mobile development platform was first tested in Hong Kong via AcceleratorHK.

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Cab Ordering Service ‘Taxiwise’ Has Been Acquired By IKKY, a Likeminded Booking Platform

Taxiwise has been acquired by likeminded booking platform IKKY for an undisclosed sum.

As these two startups join forces, we can only expect our lives to be that much more efficient with this latest tech union.

While Taxiwise specifically focuses on helping expats and non-Cantonese speakers book cabs, IKKY lets its users book all daily activities and services such as dinner reservations, doctor’s appointments and yes – even taxi pick ups. Along with instant confirmation and social media sharing capabilities, the IKKY platform also lets you integrate booked activities into your calendar.
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AcceleratorHK Cohort 2 Demo Day Launches 5 New Mobile Startups in Hong Kong


A big congratulations to AcceleratorHK for graduating its second cohort of mobile startups here in Hong Kong!

Here we take a look at the 5 startups who have just graduated from the AcceleratorHK program. This is the second cohort and they just had their demo day on this past T8 typhoon day in Hong Kong. It must have been a sign for their blowing our minds with awesomeness.

Held at The Good Lab in Cheung Sha Wan the attendees and startups were in high spirits – so let’s have a look:

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