StartmeupHK Festival 2018 to commence Jan 29

InvestHK associate director general for investment Charles Ng and head of StartmeupHK Jayne Chan (image InvestHK)

InvestHK has announced the details of the StartmeupHK Festival 2018, due to kick off late this month.

The five-day festival will commence on January 29 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This year's event will focus on financial technology, connected city, retail technology, health technology and a new theme of the “Internet of Life.”

More than 100 industry experts will be involved in panel sessions, interactive discussions, speaking events and competitions during the week.

The festival will commence with the flagship StartmeupHK Venture Forum on day one, which will provide keynote speeches, fireside chats and panel discussions from globally recognized entrepreneurs, industry leaders and policy-makers.

During days two and three the festival's partner organization will host the 2018 Fintech Finals, which is expected to be attended by around 2,000 people including 500 founders and CEOs. A global selection of 24 startup will compete for prizes and money during the event.

Also on the second day, KPMG will hold the Connected City conference, a gathering of global industry leaders, government representatives and entrepreneurs to discuss innovations for next generation city living.

On day three, Inside Retail Hong Kong will hold e Retail’s Cutting Edge, comprising speeches, exhibitions, round-table discussions, a start-up pitchfest and a cocktail reception for retailers, startups, investors and entrepreneurs.

On the fourth day, the Healthtech O2O Summit will bring together health professionals, Healthtech entrepreneurs, investors and regulators to share intelligence and experience on the latest developments of health technology.

The week will conclude with the Internet of Life Summit, focused on exploring merging technology with everyday life.

“The [festival] will give a taste of the future, helping to inspire people to take the plunge and try to convert their ideas to reality,” InvestHK head of StartmeupHK Jayne Chan said.

“An ever-growing number of people are doing just that, reflecting the ever-improving environment we have here in Hong Kong, from academic institutions through to financial and professional services support infrastructure.”