*Figures based on attendees who provided origin information

The StartmeupHK Festival 2019 was an action-packed week of events that drew a record 17,000+ delegates, 300+ speakers and 400+ exhibitors, from over 54 countries/territories, to share ideas, make connections and define the trends and technologies of the future. Women made up a significant 31% of attendees (numbers based on those providing gender information). Bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders across sectors, the Festival reinforced Hong Kong’s unique position as Asia’s most dynamic startup destination. Besides the seven core events detailed below, the Festival included a diverse range of community events such as job fairs, startup showcases, networking events and workshops, held across multiple venues in the city.

Core Events

Healthtech O2O

Transforming healthcare
through technology

Hosted by

“We fully recognise the possibilities with healthcare big data research and its important role in shaping our healthcare development…”
– Dr. Chui Tak-yi, JP, Under Secretary for Food and Health, Government of the Hong Kong SAR

Tech(LIFE)style Conference

Lifestyle innovations redefining
how we live, work and play

Hosted by

“In the past three years, we’ve seen around 500 million people using this process (facial recognition) to identify themselves when opening a bank account, transferring money and for proving identity.”
– Xu Bing, Co-founder of SenseTime


A unique springboard for startups in Hong Kong

Hosted by

“Mission, vision, values – these are the three most important things to think about as you start your business”
– Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group, and Director of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund

Retail’s Cutting Edge

Revolutionising the future of buying

Hosted by

“Be very clear about what pain point you want to address and what you want to do for the consumer before getting into a new retail concept.”
– Pascal Martin, Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants

The Connected Cities Conference

The next generation of city living

Hosted by

“People don’t just want a connected city, they want a city that serves them well.”
– Julian Vella, ASPAC Regional Head, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG China

AI & Education

The future of learning and workforce innovation

Hosted by

“You have to work with teachers all the time, rather than seeing it as just yet another box to tick.”
– Raphael Nolden, CEO of Jaipuna

Startup Impact Summit

Showcasing Impact. Making Impact.

Hosted by

“I want the founder to tell me how it’s going to work and why it’s important.”
– Jason Calacanis, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and founder of Angel University

Festival organisers


Supporting Organisations