The 2014 StartmeupHK Venture Programme is a global competition for high-impact, innovative and scalable ventures whose founders aim to expand their businesses globally from Hong Kong.
The Programme is the second global startup competition organised by InvestHK as part of the department’s initiative to raise the profile of Hong Kong as the leading hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia. This year the department received 550 entries from 47 economies, compared to 384 entries from 39 economies in 2013.
The 12 finalist entrepreneurs pitch their ventures to the judges and assembled crowd of angel investors, venture capitalists, and overseas and local business communities at the Forum.
The 12 ventures come from a wide range of locations: Hong Kong, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Sweden and the US. Their business fields are also diverse and cover digital marketing, advertising, freight pricing, home design, an open source operating system, open source sailing robots and more.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So (third left) and Director-General of Investment Promotion, Simon Galpin (first left) presents the Grand Awards to the winners.
InvestHK’s Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Simon Galpin, said that the StartmeupHK Venture Programme had attracted not only scalable startups but also the attention of local and overseas family offices and high-net-worth individuals about the investment potential Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem has to offer.