InvestHK wants to put Hong Kong on the global startup map

Invest Hong Kong is hoping to turn the spotlight back on Hong Kong as an innovation hub for startups with the launch of its 2014 StartmeupHK Venture Programme.

A key part of the Venture Programme is a global competition to promote Hong Kong’s rapidly expanding startup ecosystem.

Open until July 31 for entries from innovative and scalable businesses, it will culminate in a week-long startup festival from November 10 to 14.

Prizes worth more than US$500,000 include pro bono accounting, legal, design and branding advice and services, supported by sponsors including Baker Tilly, CoCoon, CWL Partners, Nest, Orangefield ICS, Paperclip Startup Campus and PwC.

2014 StartmeupHK Venture Programme aims to put Hong Kong on the global start-up map

Director-General of Investment Promotion introduced the launch of Invest Hong Kong’s (InvestHK) 2014 StartmeupHK Venture Programme today (, which aims to highlight Hong Kong as the region’s leading hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, said startups and entrepreneurs can make significant contributions to Hong Kong’s economy.

"What InvestHK is doing to promote Hong Kong as the start-up location in Asia and attract start-up entrepreneurs will help our city further develop its growing status as the region’s leading innovation and entrepreneurship hub,” he said.

The Director-General of Investment Promotion, Simon Galpin, added that Hong Kong has become an important centre for overseas entrepreneurs looking to expand globally.

"With our StartmeupHK Venture Programme, we hope to build on last year’s momentum and put Hong Kong on the global start-up map.”

Details and the online entry form for the StartmeupHK Venture Programme 2014 are available on InvestHK’s dedicated start-up website

The site offers a one-stop portal to the start-up community in the city, listing the latest start-up events and signposting visitors to resources including government incentive and incubation schemes.