Posted in: Press Releases
May 21, 2019
Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, hosted a reception for Hong Kong Innovation and Technology (I&T) delegates attending the Collision Conference 2019 in Toronto on May 21.
In delivering the welcoming remarks at the reception, Ms Mo first gave an account of the vibrant start-up scene in Hong Kong. “InvestHK’s 2018 survey reports a significant increase over 2017 on all key parameters, with a total of over 2 600 start-ups (+18%), employing more than 9 500 employees (+51%) across 13 800 workstations (+120%),” she said.
The strong growth is driven by a robust network of incubators and accelerators, as well as the unique business advantages offered by Hong Kong including the free and open economy, pro-business policies, the bi-lingual common law system and the strategic location which make Hong Kong the most preferred destination for businesses, and the best gateway to opportunities in Mainland China and the rest of Asia.
Besides hosting the reception, Ms Mo also took the opportunity to visit the Hong Kong delegation, including 14 start-ups sponsored by InvestHK and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), at the Collision Conference 2019 held at the Enercare Centre in the afternoon. The Collision Conference is the fastest-growing technology conference in North America gathering many of the world’s most disruptive emerging technology companies, startups and investors. It aims to drive innovation and furthering global thought exchange. This year, the conference is held in Toronto from May 20 to 23 and expecting over 25 000 participants.
Three speakers from Hong Kong also spoke at the reception. They included Head of StartmeupHK at Invest HK, Ms Jayne Chan, who spoke on the startup ecosystem in Hong Kong, International Development Lead, Acceleration Programmes of HKSTP, Mr Francis Pun, who introduced how the corporation helps businesses grow and expand in Asia, and Mr Casey Lau, Co-host of RISE, who introduced this Hong Kong tech conference produced by the team behind Collision. In addition, Vice Consul and Trade Commissioner of the Canadian Consulate General in Hong Kong, Ms Michele Anderson, also extended welcome to the Hong Kong delegation to Canada.
Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, speaks to the participants of the reception for Hong Kong Innovation and Technology delegates on May 21.
Ms Mo (2nd left) photos with Head of StartmeupHK at Invest HK, Ms Jayne Chan (1st left), International Development Lead, Acceleration Programmes of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Mr Francis Pun (1st right) and Vice Consul and Trade Commissioner of the Canadian Consulate General in Hong Kong, Ms Michele Anderson (2nd right) at the reception on May 21.
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