Goxip Wins BreakthroughHK at RISE: The Victory Interview


One of the exciting things about RISE was Paddy Cosgrave’s impetus to include as much of Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem into the actual event as possible.

From getting me to be co-host, to giving us a stage to show off the 20 new and unfunded startups in Hong Kong that might not be able to afford a booth but needed exposure at this early stage. Something I feel very strongly about – giving a startup access at the beginning so that they know if they are going the right way or not.

So with that idea Jack Costigan, Gene Soo, Paddy and I set up the BreakthroughHK stage – and to include the HK community we asked Science Park, Cyberport, Blueprint and CoCoon to judge the entries and to pick the 5 best that would be featured. Around 60 startups applied and from that list these 20 were picked to showcase.

On Day 2 of RISE, each team had 4 minutes to pitch and 3 minutes of Q&A. The runner-up was StayAngel – a very cool service that we loved helping you to save money on hotel rates, but the points were added up and the SoftLayer prize went to Goxip – an app that helps you find fashion by using your smartphone camera. It was Paddy who asked for them to come on stage when we did our closing remarks that afternoon.

I was able to quickly sit down with founder Juliette Gimenez and ask her about winning the first ever BreakthroughHK:

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Ambi Climate Wins RISE: The Victory Interview


In what was an incredible finale at RISE – over all of the startups selected for PITCH; the main RISE pitching stage that included 33 startups from around the world – all 3 finalists were from Hong Kong: Ambi Climate, Soundbrenner in the Brinc program and Prenetics by the founder of Groupon Hong Kong.

But it had to come down to 1 victor and the judges from Google, Facebook, Misfit and JP Morgan picked one winner: AMBI CLIMATE.

I’m thinking – as you probably are as well – that by now Julian Lee and his Ambi co-founders have won just about every startup pitch competition out there.

So I sat down with him quickly to talk about his most recent victory:

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The Top 10 Mobile Startups in Hong Kong that Showcased at Startup Saturday: Mobilliance 2013


We did things differently at Startup Saturday: Mobilliance 2013 – we handpicked the mobile startups that are from Hong Kong with a criteria instead of just putting anyone on the stage – the criteria was simple though, the startup had to have been funded, have great traction, launched within the past 12 months or showcase something truly amazing about Hong Kong – and I think we picked an amazing group and all their showcases (not pitches) were awesome.

So here is the rundown of the Top 10 startups that we featured on stage live on October 12, 2013 – we’re looking forward to seeing where they are this time in 2014 as well as to the dozens more that were inspired to launch that day.

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