Hong Kong is a centre of innovation in Asia. In areas ranging from business and finance to IP and design – the city is at the forefront of nurturing a new generation of innovators to power the next phase of global innovation.
"Start-up Express" is a brand new development programme like no other. Catering for the needs of start-up, it will help new businesses in the areas of network-building, market exploration and funding through a series of top-notch marketing initiatives.
The Startup Zone at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and International ICT Expo (13-16 April 2018) will feature tech startups from around the world, presenting innovative ideas in APPS, Consumer Tech, Digital Business, eHealth, Internet of Things (IoT) and more. Together with a series of events including pitching sessions, mentoring sessions and “Startup, Smart Launch”, the fairs provide an unparalleled platform for startups to connect with investors, global buyers and manufacturers.
The Hong Kong International Franchising Show features a wide range of local and foreign franchise opportunities, consulting and supporting services, where franchisors and prospective franchisees meet to explore win-win business collaboration. A series of forums, business matching and networking events will be held during the three-day event to explore franchising opportunities and connect franchisors and franchisees from around the world.
The inaugural SmartBiz Expo is a one-stop platform tailored for enterprises, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to explore trends in business transformation and upgrade through innovation, creativity, application of technology and design and market opportunities.
A one-stop platform for business professionals to network with renowned online retail experts, the Asian E-tailing Summit offers participants the chance to tap the latest sourcing trends and market intelligence. The Summit will highlight the impact of rising online consumption on the world economy and digital supply-chain solutions arising from cross-border e-commerce, as well as explore how the latest tech solutions offered by social commerce and omni-channel retail can accelerate business growth.
Marketing Pulse is an integrated branding and marketing conference for global marketers, brands, advertising agencies, media, innovation professionals and enterprises. From content defining new marketing strategies, to events that connect and catalyse, MarketingPulse is not only a conference, but an inspiring annual gathering to explore new market frontiers.
DesignInspire is an international exhibition on creativity, featuring an array of interactive installations, novel ideas, design products and projects. With urbanovation as the theme, pioneering brands and urbanovators will showcase how new design thinking and innovative solutions can re-shape urban life and help co-create a vibrant city.
FILMART is the largest marketplace in Asia for the entertainment industry, covering various aspects along the value chain, including TV, digital entertainment, documentary, distribution, production, post-production, shooting locations, film and broadcasting equipment and film financing. Internationally renowned producers, distributors, investors and professionals use FILMART to launch promotions, network with key industry players and negotiate deals.
The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) brings together influential members of the global financial and business community for groundbreaking discussions and exchange of insights on the global economy. Under the theme, “Steering Growth and Pioneering Innovation: Asia and Beyond,” AFF 2018 will also survey the impact and outlook for various developments related to innovation and technology, including AI and robotics, cybersecurity, Fintech, payment technology, regulatory technology and the future of mobility.
The AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session is a unique matchmaking session that connects sources of funds with sources of deals, enabling participants to meet with potential business partners from around the world. The InnoVenture Salon will be introduced to bring new connections and leads to high-growth businesses and start-ups through such dedicated sections as “Investor Meetup,” “Startup Zone” and “Mentor Hours.”
The Business of IP Asia (BIP Asia) Forum brings IP professionals, brand owners, designers and technology pioneers from around the world to discuss the latest developments in the innovation and IP world, and to explore business collaboration opportunities.
The Global Tech Summit at BIP Asia invites research institutes and technology enterprises to explore global technology trends, share success cases of breakthrough technologies, and examine the relationship between technological innovation and IP.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show, the second-largest show of its kind in the world and the largest in Asia, is an effective marketing platform to capitalise on the fastest-growing Asian licensing opportunities. To promote home-grown creativity, the Hong Kong Creative Gallery will spotlight outstanding properties and original characters created by young Hong Kong designers and illustrators, helping to turn their creative ideas into business opportunities.
Hong Kong’s vibrant start-up environment is fuelling the city’s innovation and creativity. Paired with its long history of market know-how and international outlook, Hong Kong is attracting homegrown entrepreneurs as well as those from abroad to find success through setting up in Hong Kong or collaborating with partners in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.