This month’s sixth edition of Jumpstarter, running until November 19, features Tech by the Harbor – a series of tech activities at venues next to Victoria Harbor giving people the chance to listen lively panel discussions featuring industry experts, to view and interact with outdoor art installations. and exhibitions, and take part in networking events – as well as the grand final of the Global Pitch Competition
The main event – the 6th Grand Finale of the Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund/HSBC Jumpstarter Global Pitch Competition 2023, November 16-17 – features 30 finalists who, after several previous rounds, were selected from more than 1,000 teams from 85 countries and regions around the world who are originally entered to compete for honors, including the title of Top Winner and prize money totaling HK$1 million (US$128,000).
“We continue to push the boundaries this year by hosting a two-week Tech by the Harbor event in the breathtaking setting of the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront,” said Cindy Chow, Director and CEO of AEF.
“AEF believes that start-ups are the driving force behind the development of our society and we hope that Jumpstarter will continue to be an important step for them in their quest for recognition among the market and investors. »
Frank Fang, managing director and head of commercial banking for Hong Kong and Macau at HSBC, the main sponsor of the event, said start-ups and technology companies were able to gain a strategic foothold in the Greater Bay Area. southern China and beyond thanks to Hong Kong. innovation and technology ecosystem.
Here we take a look at six of the best events, some of which are open to the public, at this month’s festival, showcasing tech creativity next to Hong Kong’s iconic skyscraper-flanked harbour:
1. Artistic Technology Park
The creative minds behind local brand design firm Way of Difference (WOD), which has enjoyed international recognition since its inception in 2019, curated an immersive art exhibition showcasing Hong’s vibrant city life and cultural diversity Kong.
The installation, titled Imagine the futurecombines water, mirrors and a digital screen displaying animation to create a fascinating journey for participants.
Or when? Clock Tower, Tsim Sha Tsui; now until November 19.
2. Robotics near the port
The public can witness spectacular performances involving more than 80 robots in nine genres, ranging from machines with complex technology to those that are functional, but no less innovative. Expect synchronized dancing and scenes featuring human and machine interaction.
Where and when? Outdoor plaza of Nina Mall 1, Tsuen Wan West, November 12, 4 p.m.; Hong Kong Cultural Center, Piazza near the Clock Tower; November 17 and 18, 4 p.m.
3. Vision near the port – Where the future comes to life
This pop-up museum at K11 Musea presents a live experiential exhibition on how technology is revolutionizing our daily lives. One of the highlights is the Sandbox 4D experience, which offers distinct gaming experiences. It was developed in Hong Kong thanks largely to funding from Jumpstarter.
Sandbox, which started in Hong Kong as Glostation, now manages 40 franchises of the location-based virtual reality (VR) game around the world from its new headquarters in San Francisco, United States. During the Jumpstarter festival, visitors can experience the world’s first VR version of Squid gamedeveloped by Sandbox VR.
6/F, Kunsthalle & Sculpture Park, K11 Art & Cultural Center, K11 Musea; November 18 and 19. Free entry, but registration required.
4. Center Stage – Inspirational Keynotes and Speeches
Visionary entrepreneurs, technology enthusiasts, global thought leaders and other industry pioneers will come together for inspiring talks and lively panel discussions with Victoria Harbor providing an impressive backdrop.
Selected speakers from diverse backgrounds represent multinationals, start-ups and social enterprises. They will examine how technology and innovation can transform different aspects of our lives, such as education, consumption and appreciation of music. There will also be discussions on issues such as the digital, financial and gender divide, as well as the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics-based industries, as well as a panel featuring African speakers who use innovative questions to improve lives and perspectives of the world. the population of the continent.
Harbourfront, Hong Kong Cultural Centre; From November 16 to 19. Registration is required to attend.
5. Jumpstarter Global Pitch Competition 2023 Grand Finale – From Dream to Reality
Jumpstarter 2023 aims to enable start-ups from 85 countries and regions around the world to share their ideas. Finalists represent startups from industries including deep tech/AI, data/robotics, sustainability, biotech/life sciences, and healthcare.
Seventeen of the 30 finalists are from Hong Kong, five from mainland China, three from Singapore and others from parts of the world, including Africa.
A survey last year by government agency InvestHK found there were 3,985 start-ups in Hong Kong employing 14,932 people working mainly in financial technology and e-commerce, followed closely by management of supply chain and logistics technology.
Harbourfront, Hong Kong Cultural Centre; November 16 and 17
6. StartMeetUp – Gather, Collaborate and Succeed
Networking and partnership opportunities for start-ups, businesses and investors are discussed both socially and in a more formal office setting. It’s also where venture capitalists, bankers and angel investors will rub shoulders with tech entrepreneurs and promising start-ups. Issues such as the potential for a company’s initial public offering (IPO) – when a private company offers its shares on a stock exchange – can be a topic of conversation.
Despite recent fluctuations in the technology stock market, listing rules are being relaxed in Hong Kong for companies applying for an IPO in sectors such as AI and semiconductors. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s annual report shows that 51 of the 68 IPOs completed in 2022 were from the new economy sector, accounting for 72.7 percent capital raised during the period.
Participation is by invitation only:
Business Matchmaking, Serenade 1-2/F Hong Kong Cultural Center Restaurant Block; November 16-17, from 10 a.m.