StartmeupHK Festival 2019 announced details of its five-day event running from January 21 to 25, where each day will focus on a unique start-up theme, with the unifying undercurrent of the Festival being a premium placed on new trends and cutting-edge innovation.
The key themes of the week will run the gamut from health, lifestyle and retail technology to smart cities, artificial intelligence and education, finance services, and partnerships between start-ups and corporate entities.
The Festival will take place in Wanchai, at the prestigious venue Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Over 200 industry experts from around the globe will be speaking at panel sessions, interactive discussions, speaking events and competitions.
Since its inception in 2013, StartmeupHK has come a long way in celebrating the city’s entrepreneurial and startup scene.
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion at InvestHK Mr. Charles Ng said, “Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem grew 18 per cent year on year to 2,625 start-ups in 2018, while the number of jobs created rose a remarkable 51 per cent to 9,548. More than a third of the start-up founders are from outside Hong Kong”, emphasizing the continuing status of Hong Kong as Asia’s world city, a global hub and crossroads for global business.
Day 1 will feature the Health 020 Summit, an event hosted by NexChange that looks at transforming healthcare through technology.
Day 2 will see the TECH[LIFE]STYLE Conference, hosted by Startup Launchpad and the Mills Fabrica. The conference theme is “Living Smarter, Living Better”: looking at how innovative lifestyle technologies are revolutionizing the ways people live, work and play.
Day 3 is Retail’s Cutting Edge, hosted by Inside Retail Hong Kong. Topics covered will include new retail, global issues ranging from logistics to social challenges, blockchain as a solution for product authenticity and supply chain streamlining, new technologies reshaping the customer experience, and the seamless merger of buying channels.
Days 3 and 4 will see JUMPSTARTER, hosted by Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. Over the two days, the event will showcase select start-ups, provide high-impact networking opportunities and showcase presentations, demos, and discussions.
Day 4 is the Connected Cities Conferenced hosted by KPMG, where a city’s liveability, workability and sustainability will be the unifying thread of the variety of discussions.
Day 5 has an exciting double bill with the Startup Impact Summit hosted by WHub and the AI & Education Forum hosted by EdTech Asia.
Expect to experience the “transformative power of technology” and better see Hong Kong as a “leading innovative hub… [playing] a part in this incredible journey towards a better, smarter world.”
For the latest developments about start-ups in Hong Kong, visit www.startmeup.hk/festival-2019.
Mr. Charles Ng, Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest HK, and Ms. Jayne Chan, Head of StartmeupHK, InvestHK, at the Media Launch on January 8, 2019.