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StartmeupHK Festival, Asia’s leading annual startup event, returned in a virtual format on the 24-28 May. Curated by Invest Hong Kong, with 14 events organised by its event partners under the theme of “A Future Unlimited”, the Festival’s schedule was packed with exciting keynotes, panels, matched investor meetings, hackathon, job fair and startup pitches. It also showcased the latest startup and business trends on sustainability, ESG investment, GBA, Non-Fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain gaming and proptech. If you missed it you can still catch some of the action below.

StartmeupHK Festival 2021 Highlight Video

Quotes by Speakers

"The StartmeupHK Festival 2021 shows that challenging times cannot dampen the enthusiasm for innovation. As the conference demonstrated, challenge spurs innovation. InvestHK and StartmeupHK have done a fantastic job bringing together key stakeholders in the international startup ecosystem to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship."
Bill Reichert,
Partner, Pegasus Tech Ventures
Startup World Cup Asian Regional Finale 2021
Pegasus Tech Ventures
"Instead of making blockchains only work for a couple of things… we build a platform in the same way… one that is decentralised and focused… but you include a programming language so that you can build any kind of application inside it."
Vitalik Buterin,
Creator, Ethereum
Virtual Fintech Forum
Virtual Fintech Fair
"Technology is an essential component of any industry and the property sector is no exception. However, the COVID pandemic has highlighted the obsolete and insufficient adoption of PropTech."
Christina Gaw,
Managing Principal and Head of Capital Markets, Gaw Capital
Proptech Asia & Beyond
Asia PropTech
"Great brands don’t make great products. Great products make great brands."
Guy Kawasaki,
Silicon Valley based Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur
Startup World Cup Asian Regional Finale 2021
Pegasus Tech Ventures China
"The connection in the city of Hong Kong is about people coming together, working with a common purpose to be innovative, to help people to be well, to be more efficient."
Prof. Christine Loh,
Chief Development Strategist and Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Connected Cities Conference
"Cities have a large role to play in ensuring sustainability, both in terms of adapting to physical risk, and mitigating transitional risk."
Dr. Jonathan Woetzel,
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company Director, MicKinsey Global Institute
1.5°C – The Defining Decade for Impact with Tech
Eureka Nova, New World Development Company Limited
"You need to research the platform you are buying. Be aware that it’s a process, it will take a bit of time."
Anand Venkateswaran (Twobadour),
Co-founder, Metapurse
Scaleup Impact Summit

Main Events

The first edition of SHAPERZ is a two-day virtual event bringing the latest technological innovations to SMEs, scale-ups and corporates. No matter which industry or team you are in, we have the digital solutions, connections and skills you will need for transforming your business.

A 1.5 day conference highlights the evolution of real estate and the urban landscape through identifying forward-thinking start-ups and hosting keynotes speeches and panel discussion to address foreseeable real-life challenges and global issues within the Property Technology (PropTech) sector.

AI is already complex and all the myths and hype only makes it hard. Bringing together Tech leaders to help separate hype from reality and spot suitable opportunities in AI.

A half day event bringing together business leaders, investors and experts to discuss the importance of investing in women to promote gender equality and to lift up female founders through mentoring.

The global conference created for futurists like you. Whether you are an entrepreneur, creator, business contributor or investor, you are part of this movement. We are all creating the future(s) together. We bring the deepest insights, most powerful networks and best experience through highly curated interactions.

Focusing on the topics of technology, industry, and investment in the Greater Bay Area, the GBA Innovation Summit will focus on how to build a technological innovation ecosystem in the GBA. Starting from Hong Kong, it will explore how to use technological innovation as the driving force to form a strong and resilient Greater Bay Area development path. 

During pandemic, there are many discussion surrounding what is ahead for startups and what the future of investment looks like. On the one hand, entrepreneurs need to be more aware of the current ESG trends not only to attract investment and retain employees. On the other hand, investors seek to lower their risks while building a more sustainable future for everyone.
A world class startup event platform under Pegasus Tech Ventures, which brings together the CEOs of top startups, venture capital and large enterprises worldwide. SWC regionals are held in 6 continents. Now we hope to convene regional champions from other parts of Asia to Hong Kong and expand the competition to entire Asia.

The 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.

The Asia Healthcare Innovation Summit will bring together health startups, professionals, and investors to share their knowledge and experience on the latest developments within health technology.

A full day Fintech conference that will provide insights and curated thought leadership on the core themes of Fintech for Industry 4.0 and Fintech for ESG & Sustainability. This full day agenda will include Thought Leadership Panel discussions, Industry Roundtables, Expert Workshops, Startup Showcases, Research highlights and Business Networking.

Startup Salad Online Hackathon is a hackathon done with online co-innovate system. By using one week polishing of mentoring, brainstorming, team work , the projects will be facilitated.

The Mills Fabrica will organize a half-day conference with panel discussions about “Strengthening Hong Kong Innovation Ecosystems”. The discussion will focus on promoting Hong Kong as a sustainability hub, facilitating business collaboration particularly within the Greater Bay Area, and fostering Hong Kong talents development

This event will showcase a mix of local and international sustainability and impact-driven startup solutions, share successful case studies of driving impact through tech, and provide the audience access to this very important community. There will be a mix of networking opportunities for attendees to engage with experts, startups, NGOs and government representatives.

Community Events

Video Library

SCMP: Setting the Stage for Hong Kong’s Startups to Thrive

Scaleup Impact Summit by WHub (Soundbite)

Virtual Fintech Forum (Promo Video)

Startup World Cup Asian Regional Finale 2021 by Pegasus Tech Ventures

Connected Cities Conference by KPMG

AI for All & Making Money with AI by

Event Photos

Special Thanks


Take a look back at the StartmeupHK Festival 2020