Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the “StartmeupHK Canada Salon” event on July 7 to showcase the opportunities that Hong Kong presents to startups, while promoting Hong Kong is an ideal platform for Canadian companies to tap into the vast opportunities in the Mainland China and Asia.
Ms Mo spoke at the Canada leg of the event organised by the Invest Hong Kong, TechTO and OneEleven, and supported by the HKETO, she updated participants on the latest startup scene in Hong Kong and talked about the strengths of the city as an ideal platform for Canadian companies to access the Mainland China and Asian markets.
“Other competitive advantages include a low and simple tax system, free flow of capital, an international business environment, an efficient government and a deep pool of professionals and talents,” Ms Mo said.
Ms Mo highlighted that the startup ecosystem in Hong Kong has been thriving the past few years. “The number of startups jumped 68% from 2017 to 3,755 in 2021 despite the global pandemic, and the number of companies in Hong Kong with parent companies overseas or in the Mainland China also increased to over 9000, both reaching record high,” Ms Mo continued.
At the panel discussion following the remarks, Head of Investment Promotion of HKETO Mr Christopher Chen introduced to the audience the startup ecosystem in Hong Kong and the services provided by StartmeupHK to facilitate Canadian companies interested to set foot in the city. Other speakers who shared their insights and successful experience in expanding to Hong Kong included Co-Founder of TechTO, Mr Alex Norman, Managing Director of OneEleven, Mr Matthew Lombardi, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Korah Limited, Mr Jack Li and Chief Product Officer of Tappy Tech, Mr Prashanth Dappula.
StartmeupHK is an initiative by InvestHK aimed at helping founders of innovative and scalable startups from overseas to set up or expand in Hong Kong. This year, StartmeupHK will be hosting Salon events across a number of cities including Berlin, Brazil, Guangzhou, Jakarta, San Francisco and Toronto.
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巫菀菁致辭後，香港投資推廣署加拿大投資推廣總監陳立智在專題討論環節向與會者介紹香港的初創企業生態系統，並介紹StartmeupHK為有意踏足香港的加拿大公司所提供的服務。其他講者包括TechTO共同創辦人Alex Norman、OneEleven行政總監Matthew Lombardi、Korah Limited 行政總裁暨共同創辦人李卓富及Tappy Tech首席生產總監Prashanth Dappula，他們分享成功拓展業務至香港的心得和經驗。