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“Maker in China” SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Contest 2022 – Hong Kong Chapter will be held in Hong Kong on August 19. This annual state level innovation and entrepreneurship contest is organized by China Centre for Promotion of SME Development, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China, Department of Youth Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, China International Cooperation Association of SMEs and co-organized by Cyberport, Angel Investment Foundation and Chamber of Commerce of Guangzhou Industrial Parks. The event is also one of the celebration events of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, which is highly valued by the Central Government and Hong Kong Government. The aim of the contest is to promote the connections between innovative technology and enterprises, the innovation and technology projects and industrial parks, market-oriented operations and government policies, and to assist industries in collaborative innovation and industrial upgrading. Through the participation in the contest, one could be exposed to investors and enterprises in Hong Kong and the Mainland, explore unlimited business opportunities in the Greater Bay Area and integrate into the overall national development. The contest call for projects in 10 fields of science and technology, including: Fintech Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Internet of Things Digital Entertainment & eSports Software Smart Living, Mobility & Healthcare Biomedicine & Biotechnology New Generation Information Technology New Energy, Energy Saving & Environmental Protection Industrial Internet & Advanced Manufacturing New Materials Application is open from 1 June to 8 July 2022. For further details on the contest and application method, please visit the official website. Result of “Maker in China” Contest 2021 Hong Kong Chapter Champion : An Energy-free and Low-cost Daytime Passive Radiative Cooling Paint for Energy Saving in Buildings and Decarbonization 1st Runner up: MAD Gaze Smart Glasses 2nd Runner up: Functional Hyaluronic Acid and Innovative Microneedle with wide applications in medicine and cosmetics
Start-up Express is Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)'s highly curated start-up development programme that targets start-ups offering innovative and tech products or solutions, as well as with strong desire to enter the international market. Through a series of capability building, mentoring sessions, marketing activities, extensive publicity, and pitching opportunities, the programme aims to assist local start-ups in building connection, exploring markets, seeking business and funding partners, and enhancing brand awareness. Target Participants Start-ups with less than 5 years of establishment; Start-ups raising less than US$10 million in funding; Start-ups with core or substantial operations in Hong Kong; Tech start-ups focusing on one of these aspects:o FinTecho GreenTecho HealthTecho PropTecho RetailTecho SmartCity Registration is open from today till 4 May 2022. For further details on the programme and registration method, please visit the official website. Click here to view the results of the previous edition.
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) held its annual Elevator Pitch Competition 2021 (EPiC) on November 5 in hybrid format. This year over 600 startups around the world participated in the competition to deliver a signature 60-second elevator pitch, virtually or physically, to compete for the winning cash prize of US$100,000 as well as unique opportunities for cross-border investment, business collaboration and technology development and adoption. Champion archiREEF restores degraded marine ecosystems This year’s overall EPiC Champion, Winner of Green Tech & Construction Tech Category, as well as the “My Favourite Pitcher” award belong to Hong Kong-based archiREEF. The Greentech startup beat all other finalists with its innovative climate solutions and eco-engineering technology for ocean ecosystems restoration. The company combines expertise in marine biology and the latest technologies in 3D printing techniques and material science to create artificial habitats that are best suited for different marine life anywhere in the world. EPiC is a week-long fest of pitching, investment and business matching. International participants have to grasp a one-minute elevator pitch opportunity to investors and judges in Hong Kong. The top ten finalists were given another opportunity to face the judges in a three-minute live pitch and two-minute Q&A. All winners from the competition can win a cash prize and proceed to leverage the full resources of the HKSTP ecosystem for investment, incubation, market access, technology, and partnership opportunities. Please visit https://epic.hkstp.org/ for more details. Final pitch live replay: List of Winners: Award Company Name Market Overall Champion and Green Tech & Construction Tech Category Winner archiREEF Hong Kong FinTech Category Winner Wizpresso Hong Kong Health Technology Category Winner PointFit Technology Hong Kong Smart City Category Winner Intelligent Traffic Control（ITC） Israel My Favourite Pitcher archiREEF Hong Kong Other Top 10 Finalists: Aortyx Spain Clear Robotics Hong Kong Novai UK Papkot France TicTAP – Simply Connect Hong Kong
Team Uplift, Champion of the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021 Team Uplift, the Champion of the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021, wished to improve the well-being of students. The team suggested to provide a mental health related training programme for school staff, and to develop a emotion-tracking app “MotiMe” for students to record their mental health journey. The journey begins from the experience of a team member... One of the members of team Uplift had suffered from emotional disorder. Motivated by their peer’s experience, team Uplift developed their solution to help other students in need. Janice Chin and Sarah Lai, who were interviewed by Youth.gov.hk, said that their passion towards the competition and support from other team members had brought team Uplift success! Watch the interview video below for more about team Uplift’s experience and tips for competitions! Early this year, AIESEC, an international student organisation, has held the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021 with support from the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund). Students from different tertiary institutions worked in teams to hack profitable yet socially impactful business models to tackle social issues in Hong Kong. We have interviewed with the three winning teams of the Outlier CSV Challenge to understand how they won the cash prizes and internship opportunities with creativity!
Team Tech-kle, 1st runner up of the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021 Online learning has become a new normal amid the COVID-19, yet the visually impaired (VI) community has been overlooked. Tech-kle, the 1st runner up team of the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021, assisted VI students in online learning by revamping the existing screen reader designs with three additional features: real-time controls, review logs, and smart filtering. Invite the judges to close their eyes before starting the pitch... Yannes Kwok and Anson Chan, team members of Tech-kle, shared some tips for pitching in the video. For example, at the beginning of their presentation, they invited the judges to close their eyes to immerse themselves in the problems faced by the VI students. Watch the interview video below for more tips on pitching from Tech-kle! Early this year, AIESEC, an international student organisation, has held the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021 with the support from the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund). Students from different tertiary institutions worked in teams to hack profitable yet socially impactful business models to tackle social issues in Hong Kong. We have interviewed with the three winning teams of the Outlier CSV Challenge to understand how they won the cash prizes and internship opportunities with creativity!
Team Soscientist, 2nd runner up of the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021 Mahika Khanna, a member of Soscientist and a non-Chinese speaking student, often encounters difficulties in job seeking. Team Soscientist proposed a “No Labels: Job Search Platform” to provide job matching service for people of diverse race with small-to-medium enterprises (SME). The solution has obtained the 2nd runner up in Outlier CSV Challenge 2021. Think out of the box to pitch your idea! Isaac Ng, another team member of Soscientist, said there were various challenges in the course of the competition. For example, the team had to pitch the project to SMEs for partnership; to search for funding; as well as to convince the judges on the feasibility of the project. Watch the interview video below for more about team Soscientist’s strategies in pitching and their tips for competitions! Early this year, AIESEC, an international student organisation, has held the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021 with support from the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund). Students from different tertiary institutions worked in teams to hack profitable yet socially impactful business models to tackle social issues in Hong Kong. We have interviewed with the three winning teams of the Outlier CSV Challenge to understand how they won the cash prizes and internship opportunities with creativity!
Creating Shared Value (CSV) is a strategy for addressing society’s challenges through profitable business models. With the popularity of the idea of “CSV”, various organisations and schools have participated in promotional works. Early this year, AIESEC, an international student organisation, has held the Outlier CSV Challenge 2021. Students from different tertiary institutions worked in teams to hack profitable yet socially impactful business models to tackle social issues in Hong Kong. Let's watch the video below for the highlights of the Challenge: You may also learn more about the idea of CSV through a few frequently asked questions below: Q: How can a “CSV” approach generates economic and social values simultaneously?A: "Shared Value” is created for both the company and the society when a company applies its assets and skills to innovative projects that bring business return while simultaneously advancing the economic, environmental and social conditions in the communities in which it operates. Q: How can businesses adopt a “CSV” approach?A: There are mainly three ways: Reconceiving products and markets, meeting social needs while serving existing markets or accessing new ones through innovation. Redefining productivity in the value chain, improving the quality, quantity and reliability of products while driving economic development. Enabling local cluster development, leveraging their network of local suppliers, access to talent, and an effective infrastructural system to thrive. Q: How is CSV difference from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?A: Shared Value is more than just corporate social responsibility or philanthropy. It is about sound strategic thinking on the part of business leaders whose goal is to create sustainable shareholder value, and who understand how to engage with and invest in society in a way that is essential to long term business success and social progress. We will interview with three winning teams of the Outlier CSV Challenge: Uplift, the champion team which concerns about the mental health of the students; Tech-kle, the 1st-runner up team which assists the visually impaired in e-learning; and Soscientist, the 2-nd runner up team which provides a job-matching platform for people of diverse race. Please stay tuned to understand how they won the cash prizes and internship opportunities with creativity! Source: SIE Fund / Outlier CSV Challenge Facebook
Looking for a greater stage to showcase your innovative ideas? The 9th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition is open for application. You may form teams with post-secondary students and graduates from other institution and winners will have the chance to participate in national innovation and entrepreneurship competitions. Organised by Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, and co-organised by Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation with the support from Innovation and Technology Commission, the Competition has set up two individual streams, namely Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Participants are required to submit research thesis, invention or PowerPoint and proposals to present their project ideas on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from science and information technology to education and culture. Current students of Hong Kong’s full-time post-secondary programmes are eligible for the Competition; projects from graduates who graduated in the past 5 years or Cooperative Projects from teachers and students are also eligible for the Entrepreneurship stream. Registration is open from today till 31 March 2023. For further details on the Challenge and registration method, please visit the official website. (The video is in Chinese)
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) held its annual Elevator Pitch Competition 2020 (EPiC) virtually on 6 November for the first time. This year, EPiC attracted 476 entries from 37 countries and cities, who presented their innovative business ideas with a one-minute video pitch to simulate the signature 60-second elevator ride to leading investors and judges. US-based biotechnology startup, Mi Terro, crowned champion and claimed the top prize of US$100,000 at the competition. Mi Terro, also the winner of the Smart City category, is a company that upcycles and reengineers protein food waste into plastic and cotton alternative fibres for the fashion, medical and packaging industries. The three Tech Category Winners, including UK-based AI & Robotics startup Arctoris, Philippines-based fintech startup PearlPay, and Portugal-based health technology startup RUBYnanomed, showcased their potential as innovators in the competition. Startups which participate EPiC have to present their innovative business ideas in a one-minute elevator pitch. The top ten finalists were given another opportunity to face the judges in a three-minute live pitch and two-minute Q&A, before announcing the overall champion, who took away a cash prize of US$100,000 while each of the category winners received a cash prize of US$10,000 and all ten finalists won US$6,000 each. This year the event was expanded to a week-long virtual programme. Please visit https://epic.hkstp.org/ for more details. List of Winners: Award Company Name Countries and Cities Champion and Tech Category Winner – Smart City Mi Terro United States Tech Category Winner – Artificial Intelligence & Robotics Arctoris United Kingdom Tech Category Winner – FinTech PearlPay Philippines Tech Category Winner – Health Technology RUBYnanomed Portugal Other Top 10 Finalists Augmented Bionics Australia D-Engraver Hong Kong FindOurView United States Pivotal Technologies Limited Hong Kong PurCity Denmark Qi Sensor Technologies Limited Hong Kong
Ever thought about winning startup funds and supports by simply giving a 5-minute pitch? Organised by The Young Entrepreneurs Development Council, the “Dare To Change Business Pitch Competition” offers students a chance to showcase their business ideas in front of seasoned executives by conducting a five-minute pitch. The competition is sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Commission and co-supported by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. All full-time current students and 2020 graduates from Hong Kong tertiary education institutes are eligible to participate in teams. In the preliminary round, each participating team will have 5 minutes to conduct their entire presentation in any form. The presentation will be immediately followed by a 10-minute Q & A session with the judging panel. 10 teams entering the final round will receive one-to-one guidance from business professionals with subsidies as a start-up fund. There will be a total of seven awards with cash prize up to HKD15 000. Some of the winning teams will have an opportunity to execute their business ideas offered by the HKSTPC through the HKSTPC Incubation Programme, and will be recommended to regional contests. Various sorts of Networking Events will be held with the aim to let all the participants have the opportunity to know more about the business realm through potential investors and seasoned professionals. Online registration will close on 8 January 2021 at 3 pm. Please visit the official website for the eligibility and further information.
There are quite a few outstanding start-ups in Hong Kong which are waiting for a chance to shine. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has launched the third edition of its entrepreneurship development programme “Start-up Express”. The pitching contest under the programme successfully concluded today as a judging panel selected exceptional start-ups to participate in local and international activities to build connections, explore markets, seek partners and enhance brand awareness. 3-min Pitch on Enterpreneuship Plan The business focus of this year’s semi-finalists varies from AI, big data, biotechnology to IoT and robotics. They were invited to present their entrepreneurship idea at the final 3-min pitching and 3-min Q&A contest. Eleven exceptional start-ups and the AMTD SpiderNet Award was selected by the judge panel, while “My Favourite Start-up Award” was voted by online live poll. Click here to view the remarkable pitching performances of the awardees. Start-up Express 2020 List of Winners Arical (Artificial intelligence, Big Data,Design) Arovia Hong Kong Limited (Advanced Materials) Bug Bros Biotech (Bio-tech, Eco-Tech, Internet of Things(IOT)) Gense Technologies (Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IOT), Medical Technology, Microelectronics) ImBee (Big Data,CRM) Inovo Robotics (Advanced Materials, Robotics) Open Ocean Engineering Limited (Artificial intelligence, Eco-Tech,Robotics) Return Helper Limited (eCommerce) Shopkyo (Fintech) SPES Tech Limited (Chemical/ Bio-tech) Wineworld Xplorer (Big Data & Fintech) AMTD SpiderNet Award: imBee Limited (Big Data,CRM) “My Favourite Start-up Award” voted by online live poll: MICology Limited (Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Simulation) (Click here for the profiles of the wining start-ups) Expand Business to Overseas The start-ups will be invited to exploratory sessions, power meet-up sessions with successful business leaders, business-matching sessions and local events organised by HKTDC, including Startup Zones at the Asian Financial Forum, spring and autumn editions of the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair and HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair. The HKTDC will also bring the start-ups to the international stage by organising overseas missions and setting up Hong Kong Pavilions at international technology exhibitions – including CES in Las Vegas and MWC Barcelona. Visit the official website for more details.
Have you think about exploring business opportunities by joining hands with fellow local designers and technology companies? Sponsored by CreateHK, the Hong Kong Designers Association collaborates with Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation to organise the DXT Start-up Challenge from July to December. Tailor-made for Design x Technology (DXT) startups, the competition aims to team up local designers and technology companies for business development through Entrepreneurship Programme, Pitching Contest and Overseas and Mainland Mission Tours, and help realizing vivid imagination into a profitable business! Entrepreneurship Training Provided by Experts from Silicon Valley The DXT Start-up Challenge is divided into four phases. In the first phase 30 teams will be selected for a 3-month Entrepreneur Mentorship Programme led by experts from Silicon Valley. 15 out of the 30 teams selected and further invited to make a pitch of their DXT products on stage for 7 minutes to a team of expert judges. Explore Business Opportunities Through Outbound Tours 12 best teams will enter the third round to join the Mission Tours to US and the Mainland to showcase their prototypes around the world and get feedback from investors. The top 6 pitches will be announced at the awards presentation ceremony during the DXT Conference. For details, please visit the official website of The DXT Start-up Challenge .