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11th HKTDC Entrepreneur Day opens today
11th HKTDC Entrepreneur Day opens today, 5/17/2019 - The 11th HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (E-Day), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The opening ceremony for the two-day event was officiated by Jason Chiu, Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Startup Council. E-Day brings together more than 280 exhibitors, offering a one-stop platform for start-ups to get inspired, seek funding, source talents and build connections. It also offers investors an invaluable opportunity to discover innovative new products and services.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Margaret Fong, HKTDC Executive Director, said: "Start-ups are a powerful growth engine for Hong Kong's economy and supporting them is a priority for the HKTDC. The vibrancy of the local start-up ecosystem can clearly be seen at E-Day, which has kept pace with market developments by introducing new elements every year and doubling the number of exhibitors over the past decade." Ms Fong added that she was pleased to see that E-Day has thrived alongside local start-ups, with angel funds, mentoring programmes, shared workspaces and accelerators emerging to provide Hong Kong entrepreneurs with a broad range of support.

Start-ups show stronger focus on corporate social responsibility

Under the theme of "The Start-up Living Lab", the 2019 E-Day encourages start-ups and prospective entrepreneurs to create solutions for challenges in four different areas of everyday life - clothing, food, housing and transportation - using innovative ideas and research to develop new products and services. This year's E-Day exhibition features more than 280 exhibitors and their advanced products and technologies, many of which address current social problems and showcase corporate social responsibility initiatives. The Imaginarium zone features local start-ups that are developing real-life applications in the areas of healthtech, biotech, fintech, greentech, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Final Start-up Express pitching contest held tomorrow

Another key HKTDC initiative is Start-up Express, a start-up development programme now in its second year. In 2019 the programme will see 20 start-up finalists proposing solutions to improve efficiency in daily life and promote smart city development through AI, big data, greentech, fintech, the Internet of Things (IoT), medical technology, tourism technology and so on. The proposed ideas include a technology education start-up, iSTEM, that analyses emotions and hand gestures using big data, AI, VR and other technological applications to enhance students' engagement; and GoByBus, a mobile platform that provides long-distance bus reservation services. The Our Hong Kong Foundation and AMTD Group are the official partner and strategic partner of Start-up Express, respectively.

The final Start-up Express pitching contest takes place tomorrow (17 May) with the top 20 finalists presenting their ideas to a panel of judges led by Duncan Chiu, Co-founder and Managing Director of Radiant Venture Capital; Calvin Choi, Chairman and President, AMTD Group; Jason Chiu, CEO of Cherrypicks; Jimmy Tao, Managing Director and CEO of Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Limited; and Prof GuanHua Chen, Co-founder of Hong Kong X-Tech Startup Platform.

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