InvestHK’s first virtual StartmeupHK Festival intrigues, surprises and succeeds!

Hong Kong’s annual StartmeupHK Festival, the startup showpiece organised by Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), ended July 10 after a record-breaking week that more than lived up to a common underlying theme apparent in each of the sector events and activities: innovation and problem solving as the driving force for startups.


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Thank you to all those that attended the StartmeupHK Festival 2020. It was an incredible week of inspiring discussions with the most promising startups, investors, corporates, and global thought leaders. From across the globe, attendees came together to discuss the latest thinking in smart city, retail technology, digital lifestyle, fintech, and global startup trends.

“[SMU] has grown from strength to strength, from a relatively small conference to an internationally renowned conference. And it has always been a great place where you come together to meet new people, new companies and hear about great ideas and initiatives from the startup community” Maaike Steinebach, General Manager Visa Hong Kong & Macau

“I probably take my student to [SMU] every year and they really loved it. They enjoy every single minute of it. You can see the sparkles in their eyes.” Dr. Marta Dowejko, Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

“Every decision we have today, is gonna be wrong tomorrow. The key is to refine your decision, and have flexibility to adjust for the changes.”  Niq Lai, Co-Owner & CEO, HKBN Group 

“I think it’s incumbent on us to make sure after company had raised money, that they find a way to remain relevant, to remain visible to the investors and to the public, in general especially in this era of climate consciousness, ESG, CSR awareness and so forth.” Lukas Petrikas, Head of HKEx Innovation Lab

Why Attend

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The StartmeupHK Festival is a great platform to learn from experts, pitch your business to investors, meet with manufacturers, and explore new partnerships to accelerate your entry or expansion into Asia’s dynamic markets.

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The StartmeupHK Festival gives you access to some of the region’s most promising startups, a chance to connect with and learn from other investors, and get up to speed with emerging opportunities in our vibrant region.

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Whether you’re a corporate looking to innovate or an academic teaching entrepreneurship, the StartmeupHK Festival lets you connect with and be inspired by some of the world’s brightest minds shaping the future of the industry.

We have been thrilled to see so many international speakers and attendees come together to share this unique and interactive experience. It is the first time StartmeupHK Festival has gone virtual and yet we have never felt more connected with changemakers from around the world nor more relevant to the environment all entrepreneurs are currently facing. We hope we have inspired, connected, and motivated startups across the globe to #DefineWhatsNext !



Core Events


12:00 – 19:00 HKT


Connected Cities Conference will be showcasing innovations for the next generation of city living. We will be featuring global and regional speakers from academia, business and leading entrepreneurs to showcase examples of a number of smart / connected cities and technologies from around the world including IoT, AI and Data Analytics to enhance a city’s liveability, workability and sustainability.

Hosted by:

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Connected Retail Experiences

12:00 – 19:00 HKT (Virtual Fair)
13:20 – 18:40 HKT (Virtual Conference)

Driven by data, powered by people

Connected Retail Experiences (CRE) is a conference for retailers and brand owners who understand that retail is changing and are looking for solutions to help them reposition their business. The event encompasses the technology and innovation that goes into creating seamless branded retail experiences across all channels. The event will focus on the future of retailing and how retailers are able to harness the power of data lakes of information that they hold about their customers’ purchasing habits.

Hosted by:

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Startup Impact Summit 2020

(07.07.20) 10:00 – 21:00 HKT
(08.07.20) 10:00 – 19:00 HKT

Showing Impact. Making Impact

Not your typical Startup Conference! Bringing together the local and the international tech community to showcase and create impact. 365 days of Startup Life condensed into two days, with multiple tracks, stages, workshops and resources to scale your business to the next level. If you think SIS is just another Tech Conference, think again!

Startup Impact Summit aims to nurture entrepreneurs, corporates, students, investors, into socially minded change makers, and help the audience gain practical tips & tools to start and scale a project with a meaningful purpose, with the support of the ecosystem.

This year we are even more focusing on the 17 UN goals to raise awareness of the cutting-edge technologies and businesses and  the social and environmental impact they are able to create.

Hosted by:

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Lifestyle Tech Conference

10:00 – 18:00 HKT (Virtual Investor Matching)
14:00 – 19:00 HKT (Conference)


Hosted by Jumpstart Media, the Lifestyle Tech Conference will provide key insights into the startup ecosystem. Join us as we bring you insights, trends and experiences from the most promising startups, investors, corporates and change makers disrupting our world today. Come check out the latest and greatest startups learn from the organizations and visionaries forging new paths in struggling sectors.

Sign up now for the investor matching session to expand your network and pitch your business ideas.

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9:30 – 12:30 HKT

Creating a Stronger Startup EcoSystem in HK

Hosted by The Mills Fabrica, the ‘Ecosystem Summit’ will focus on ways to foster and grow the startup ecosystem in Hong Kong and globally. With a series of panels and roundtables, the half-day event will highlight:

(1) developing entrepreneurial talent through education and incubation,

(2) transforming corporates through innovation and

(3) taking Hong Kong startups global and promoting the city as a global innovation hub.

Hosted by:

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HKFIA 2020 Forum

9:30 – 17:00 HKT

Reward financial institutions for their contributions to the city’s financial market

Theme: The Road Ahead: How would the entrepreneurs be adaptive to the changing world in the next decade?

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