We Are HK Founders: Paul Tomes of Passkit


Paul Tomes, Co-Founder and CEO of PassKit, grew up in sunny Bournemouth, England. After graduating as an Engineer has been working in 5 countries. He has been living in Hong Kong for 11 years now. Before diving into the startup industry, Paul worked for Ford Motor Company, HBSC and Credit Suisse.

Paul likes to skateboard and he does it regularly to work, and more surprisingly he also used to skateboard to work when he worked in Investment Banking. At the time he ran a blog called corporateskateboarder.com.

The startup, PassKit is a software company that is specialised in effective, easy-to-use mobile marketing solutions. The startup platform allows users to reduce costs and waste, track real-time data and magnify customer engagement.

In your own words what does your startup do?

In a sentence, PassKit is to mobile wallet what mailchimp is to email.

To expand, PassKit allows businesses, of any size, to engage with their customers through their most intimate possession – their mobile phone.

We enable this by harnessing the power of the latest mobile wallet applications, (like Apple Wallet, Android Pay, WeChat Wallet, and AliPay) beacon technologies, physical web concepts and apps. Our solutions empowers brands to deliver online and offline insight-driven interactions with their customers, fostering real-time conversations, building long-term relationships and making micro moments matter for their customers – when and where it matters the most.

We are recognized as world-class experts in mobile wallet, proximity marketing, beacon technology, physical web and big data.

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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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Meet the 5 Newest Additions to Startbase.HK, Hong Kong’s Startup Directory


Startbase.HK, our daily-updated directory for Hong Kong’s ecosystem, which is a new and powerful resource for those looking to get connected to startups and people in Hong Kong – whether it’s that founder you want to chat with or that investor you want to pitch to or looking to make a local connection to startups in your industry.

We also feature VC firms, government-led initiatives and tech companies of all types, Startbase.HK has, since its 2013 launch, signed up 34 different categories of ‘companies’ and as of last month, has been integrated into CrunchBase’s directory which gives Startbase.hk the highest international profile is assisting Hong Kong-based startups in visibility globally.

To illustrate the vibrant community that we’re building on this directory – here are 5 newly added profiles to Startbase.hk:

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