HKETO Newsroom

March 13, 2020

HKETO Director visits YSpace and ventureLAB

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, visited the YSpace and VentureLAB on March 13 to learn about the operation of the innovation and technology hubs in Markham, and explore how HKETO can work with these two organisations to assist startups in the York Region to expand to Hong Kong and beyond.

YSpace is York University’s newest community innovation hub that supports high potential innovators to create a thriving and robust pipeline of talent. The VentureLAB is Canada’s densest technology cluster which supported over 2,000 entrepreneurs in the York region through programmes that focused on capital, talent, technology and customers.

Hong Kong is Asia’s most dynamic startup destination. Its local startup ecosystem is supported by a robust network of incubators and accelerators with seven official unicorns, as well as the unique business advantages offered by the city, including a free and open economy, excellent infrastructure, pro-business policies, a bi-lingual common law system, etc.  These advantages make Hong Kong the preferred destination for starting and expanding businesses, and the best gateway to opportunities in the Mainland of China and the rest of Asia.  Survey showed that one-third of the startup founders in Hong Kong were non-locals, from countries/territories as diverse as the United States, Canada, the mainland of China, among others.

HKETO and the two organisations look forward to future collaboration in assisting Canadian startups to expand outside of Canada through the Hong Kong platform.

March 13, 2020

香港經貿處處長參觀 YSpace 及 VentureLAB

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於三月十三日參觀YSpace及VentureLAB的設施,以了解這兩間位於萬錦市的創新及科技樞紐的運作,並探討香港經貿處未來與他們合作的機會,從而協助約克區初創企業發展業務至香港及其他地區。

YSpace是約克大學最新落成的社區創新中心,協助高潛力的創新者建立強大的人才支援計劃。VentureLAB則是加拿大最密集的技術群組,透過針對資本、人才、技術和客戶的計劃為約克區超過2,000位企業家提供支援服務。

香港是亞洲最具活力的初創城市,其初創企業生態系統擁有穩健的培育和加速機構網絡,包括七間「獨角獸」。香港獨特的營商優勢,包括自由開放的經濟、優良的基礎建設、簡便營商政策、雙語普通法制度等,使它成為創業及拓展業務的首選營商目的地,也是通往中國內地及亞洲其他地區的最佳門戶。調查顯示香港的初創企業中有34%的創辦人來自世界各地,包括美國、加拿大、中國內地及其他地方。

香港經貿處與這兩所機構期望未來的合作,協助加拿大初創企業通過香港這個平台在加國以外地區發展。