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HKSTP to organise Global Matching event for tech firms

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) announced that the Global Matching 2020, an inaugural business-and-investment matchmaking event, will be held from 16 to 23 July 2020.

The event will offer a diversified entrepreneurial support platform for technology ventures to match potential partners and investors, seek funding, promote business, and build connection.

The submissions for proposals are open to technology ventures from Hong Kong and all around the world.

In a strategic partnership with InvestHK, the Global Matching 2020 connects world-class corporates and regional investors with innovative entrepreneurs to seek out opportunities for investment, businesses, and seamless adoption of commercially-validated solutions.

Technology ventures can submit their proposals online with their solutions addressing problems that persist within the eight designated industry verticals – Consumer and Retail, Education, Logistics and Manufacturing, Travel and Hospitality, Finance and Insurance, Healthcare, Real Estate and Construction, and Smart City and Government.

The CEO of HKSTP stated that Innovation and Technology is a powerful economic growth engine of now and tomorrow.

As the city’s flagship for incubation and R&D, HKSTP is set to drive Hong Kong to become an international innovation and technology hub by providing comprehensive support in the blossoming community.

The Global Matching event is designed to be direct and efficient, enabling HKSTP’s partners to seek disruptive solutions to revitalise their operational efficiency; investors to discover new avenues of opportunities in innovations; and technology ventures to brave through the coronavirus epidemic by allowing many of the viable, market-ready solutions to go to the market to keep their business healthily strong.

The matchmaking event will go “Live Everywhere” on a hybrid platform for both online and offline on-site activities at Hong Kong Science Park, including online business and investment matching sessions that engage entrepreneurs and their potential business partners or investors in one-on-one pairings.

Additionally, shortlisted technology ventures will record a two-minute pitch on their innovative solutions addressing industry operational challenges, and the pitch will be aired on an online platform to increase their exposure to potential funding and business opportunities.

Industry leaders and investors will also be invited to share corporate innovation and pre-matching tips.

The Global Matching 2020 is now open up to global entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors: The Global Acceleration Academy, an intensive business acceleration programme spearheaded by HKSTP, is calling for technology ventures across the globe to register before the deadline on 31 May 2020.

While the HKSTP Investment Platform, an entrepreneurship supporting arm that connects investors to start-ups and technology ventures, will be inviting industry corporates and regional investors in June for pre-matching and scheduling.

Hong Kong rolls out online events

According to another article, following the successful pilot month-long Spring Virtual Expo, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) that drew 1.4 million online buyers from around the world, HKTDC is launching two new digital offerings.

To meet buyer demand and mine the new sourcing trend, the HKTDC is launching a “Wellness from Within” promotion this month, featuring a wide range of wellbeing products on hktdc.com Sourcing.

The HKTDC will also organize a Summer Virtual Expo next month to complement its physical fairs, doubling support for Hong Kong businesses.

The Deputy Executive Director of HKTDC stated that as more than 2,500 fairs around the world were postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic, there is a growing demand for online sourcing.

Given this, the HKTDC will organize the digital show every quarter this year. They believe that online and physical fairs can complement each other and create synergy to help SMEs promote their products during these challenging times.

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