From Canada to Hong Kong: A Founder’s View of Hong Kong’s Startup Community


With an average of eight unicorns born each year (companies worth over $1B) throughout each of the past 10 years, it’s no surprise that startups are becoming much more common as entrepreneurs strive to create the next Facebook, Uber or Xiaomi. This increased interest in entrepreneurship has sparked the creation of startup communities around the world, and Hong Kong might be next.

Throughout the past year and a half, I have become fully immersed in the vibrant startup community in Waterloo. With a population of only about 550,000, more than 1,850 startups have been founded in Waterloo in the past 5 years alone making it the most dense startup region after Silicon Valley. More than $650 million in investment has been raised by local companies including VidYard, Thalmic Labs, and Aeryon Labs, and we now have our own unicorn, Kik Messenger.

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Google and CUHK “Empowering Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program” Now Open for Applications


Last month, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Hong Kong and announced that Google will be partnering with The Chinese University of Hong Kong on a program to help students and young entrepreneurs in Hong Kong to innovate and connect with the global community. Now the program, Empowering Young Entrepreneurs (EYE), is officially open for applications. University students and young entrepreneurs can apply from December 10th, 2013 to January 20th, 2014.

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Hong Kong’s First Google Digicamp at ArtisTree


ArtisTree hosted Hong Kong’s first ever Google DigiCamp on Wednesday.

If you’re having trouble visualizing this, think 20,000 square feet of sensory overload: larger than life 3D brand logos (YouTube, Maps, Google+ etc.), mounted TV screens with real-time product demonstrations, projections of interactive games on the walls and of course, a giant domed Android head in the corner.

Basically, it was the amusement park equivalent for Google fans where attendees gave new and existing Google tools a whirl. In the Android corner, the delicious mascot KitKat stood next to fans eagerly waiting to design their own Androidify character for customized tote bags. At the interactive games wall, attendees got to simulate the Google Maps experience by using their body to navigate through the streets of Hong Kong, while others tried out the skydiving emulator; both were created exclusively for DigiCamp.

Exhibits for Art, Copy & Code (a 60 second film build out of code, personalized based on the viewer’s location, the weather and time of day) and 500 Chrome Experiments (showcase of web experiments written by the creative coding community) were also a couple notables.

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