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Start-up Express 2020

Winning Start-ups

Arical Limited

Arovia Hong Kong Limited

Bug Bros Biotech Limited

Gense Technologies Limited

ImBee Limited

Inovo Robotics (HK) Limited

Open Ocean Engineering Limited
Return Helper Limited

Shopkyo Limited

SPES Tech Limited

Wineworld Xplorer Limited

AMTD SpiderNet Start-up Award

ImBee Limited

My Favourite Start-up Award ( Voted by the audience)

MICology Limited

    Meet the Judges

    Calvin Choi,

    Chairman and CEO, AMTD Group

    Jason Chiu


    Hong Kong Startup Council

    Cindy Chow

    Executive Director
    Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs


    Duncan Chiu
    Co-Founder &

    Managing Director

    Radiant Venture Capital

    Herbert Chia
    Venture Partner Sequoia Capital China


    George Tee

    Hong Kong Science and Technology Park

    Michelle Li

    AMTD Digital

    Mingles Tsoi


    Patrick Leung
    Program Director LimeHK

    Qven Wong
    Senior Manager  Venture Investment, Macro Fund, Hong Kong Cyberport

    Rudy Chan
    Venture Partner CoCoon Ignite Ventures


    Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is organising a start-up programme namely “Start-up Express”. The programme targets start-ups with products or services suitable for mass consumer market, as well as with strong desire to enter the international market. Through a series of capability building, mentoring sessions and marketing activities, the programme aims to assist local start-ups in building connection, exploring markets, seeking partners and enhancing brand awareness. The programme in 2020 will be supported by Strategic Partner, AMTD Group.

    A Journey to Success: Highlights of Start-up Express 2019

  • Local and Overseas Trade Promotion

    Participate in HKTDC’s relevant local and Overseas trade promotion events.
  • Exploratory Mission to Start‐up Hub

    Visiting high potential development Start-up Hub.
  • Extensive Media Coverage

    Media coverage for the winners to enhance the brand awareness of the start-ups.
  • Power Meet‐ups

    Meeting with the business leaders or mentors in small, private settings
  • Business Matching and Building Connections

    Meeting and building network with potential investors or partners for future cooperation.
  • Capacity Building Workshops

    Learning essential business skills and market intelligence.
  • Becoming Alumni of HK Startup Society

    Benefit from resourceful platform for the elite Start-up founders / co-founders.

  • Selection Process

  • Eligibility: • Start-ups with less than 5 years of establishment
      • Start-ups raising less than US $10 million in funding
      • Start-ups with core or substantial operations in Hong Kong
      • Tech start-ups focusing on one of these technology areas:
        • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
        • Big Data
        • Biotech
        • Internet of Things (IoT)
        • FinTech
        • Smart City
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  • Applications and proposals will be vetted by representatives of HKTDC.
  • 50 start-ups will be shortlisted and to pitch their ideas in a closed-door presentation.
  • Semi-finalists will be invited to present at the final pitching.
  • 10 finalists will be selected to participate in the remaining programme.

  • Organiser


    Strategic Partner

    Institutional Partners

    Supporting Organisations