StartmeupHK Festival agenda outlined

Invest Hong Kong has revealed details of the five-day StartmeupHK Festival 2019 that will run from January 21 to 25, including Retail’s Cutting Edge run by Inside Retail Hong Kong.

Each day of the StartmeupHK event will focus on specific industries, with the common thread being an emphasis on new trends, fresh thinking and cutting-edge innovation.

The key themes of the week will be healthtech, retail technology, smart city, artificial intelligence and education, finance services, and co-innovation between start-ups and corporates.

Taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, the event will see more than 200 industry experts from around the world share their knowledge and insight at a mix of panel sessions, interactive discussions, speaking events and competitions. The festival attendance is set to exceed 8000 delegates.

Associate director-general of Investment Promotion at InvestHK, Charles Ng, says the city’s start-up ecosystem grew by 18 per cent year on year to 2625 start-ups last year, while the number of jobs created rose a remarkable 51 per cent to 9548.

“More than a third of the start-up founders are from outside Hong Kong.”

Ng said the main business sectors for these startups include fintech, e-commerce, supply chain management and logistics technology, professional or consultancy services, and information technology and services.

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The agenda

Day 1 will feature the Healthtech 020 Summit, an event hosted by NexChange that looks at transforming healthcare through technology. It will bring together healthcare experts, entrepreneurs and investors, including representatives from government, industry bodies, startups and corporates, to examine how international and local innovation is transforming the way healthcare is delivered, while also opening doors to new solutions to health issues.

Day 2 will see the Tech[Life]Style Conferencehosted by Startup Launchpad and The Mills Fabrica. The conference theme is “Living Smarter, Living Better”. With more than 1000 attendees, more than 100 start-ups and 40-plus speakers at the conference, the audience will be treated to stories told by world-class speakers about how innovative lifestyle technologies are revolutionising the ways people live, work and play.

On Day 3 is Retail’s Cutting Edgehosted by Inside Retail Hong Kong. A popular event last year, this will be a day-long immersion on the future of retail. 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. It will include a panel session to look ahead 10 years with five retailers from the recently announced list of the Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders in Hong Kong.

Days 3 and 4 will see a new event for the StartmeupHK Festival: Jumpstarterhosted by Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. Over the two days, this first-of-its-kind event will showcase top-notch start-ups, provide high-impact networking opportunities and bring together start-ups, corporates and investors to make connections. Various founders, CEOs, world-renowned experts, innovators and investors will take the main stage for presentations and discussions while startups and corporates will participate in demos and showcases.

On Day 4, the Connected Cities Conference, hosted by KPMG, will have industry leaders, government representatives and entrepreneurs from around the world discuss technological trends in the urban landscape, and examine what it means to enhance a city’s liveability, workability and sustainability. A great variety of topics will be discussed, such as impact investing and entrepreneurship for women.

Day 5 has a double bill with the Startup Impact Summithosted by WHub, and the AI & Education Forumhosted by EdTech Asia. The summit will focus on the impact created by regional and international start-ups, driven by successful cases of co-innovation projects between startups and corporates. The event will include world-class start-ups, influencers and stakeholders, with speeches, hands-on workshops, business matching opportunities, and curated networking.

The AI & Education Forum will bring together key stakeholders from across the region who are influencing the future of learning and work innovation through emerging technologies, such as AI and big data analytics. Prominent speakers representing the most progressive companies in education and technology will share insights on ethics and human resources issues around the subject, while exploring synergies.

“During the festival, you will experience the transformative power of technology that enables people to turn their ideas into reality,” explains the Head of StartmeupHK at InvestHK, Jayne Chan.

“This is a true eye-opener where you can see how technologies are making waves in every aspect of our lives, and how Hong Kong as a leading innovative hub globally plays a part in this incredible journey towards a better, smarter world.”

Tickets are still available for Retail’s Cutting Edge. Reserve yours online here.

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