25 January 2020


Hong Kong Economic Journal
  • DayDayCook founder Norma Chu wants to bring the fun of cooking into everyone’s daily life. Photo: HKEJ, DayDayCook

    DayDayCook founder turns passion into thriving business

    - Nov 11, 2019 3:00pm
    With the rise of mobile internet technology and food delivery apps, city residents spend less time cooking and eating at home nowadays, compared with previous generations. In fact, many young people can’t cook at all. Amid...
  • New technologies allow us to raise funds more efficiently and more effectively, says Henri Arslanian, Chairman, FinTech Association of Hong Kong. Photo:  HKEJ

    Innovative funding platforms reshape startup financing landscape

    - Nov 1, 2019 10:45am
    Investing in early-stage startups requires significant amount of capital and due diligence. For this reason, it was not quite for the average investor in the past. But the continued innovation of funding platforms now offers more...
  • Hong Kong-based startup MediConCen, co-founded by CEO William Yeung, aims to provide a one-stop solution for all stakeholders in the health insurance business. Photo: MediConCen/HKEJ

    HK startup MediConCen to build blockchain medical ecosystem

    - Oct 30, 2019 1:17pm
    Blockchain technology has entered the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, with patient data management one of its most popular uses in view of its ability to ensure transparency and traceability. Hong Kong-based startup MediConCen, founded in 2018, says...
  • KBQuest chief executive Eric Moy (center) explains how Ai-Knowie is used in the auditing process for financial services. Photo: KBQuest

    How AI can fuel digital transformation in businesses

    - Oct 11, 2019 12:11pm
    Artificial intelligence is now playing a crucial role in the digital transformation of businesses. Eric Moy, chief executive of digital transformation consulting firm KBQuest, recently sat down with the Hong Kong Economic Journal to talk about...
  • SoftBank's robotics arm has introduced an autonomous cleaning robot in Hong Kong targeting businesses. Photo: SoftBank Robotics

    SoftBank’s robot Whiz now in Hong Kong to clean office floors

    - Oct 10, 2019 12:15pm
    SoftBank Robotics, owned by Japanese tech and telecoms giant SoftBank, has launched its AI-powered vacuum-cleaning robot in the Hong Kong and Macau region, targeting corporates, malls, and hotels. Designed to optimize workflows in the cleaning industry...
  • Dayta AI, led by CEO Patrick Yu, has created a cloud-based video analytics platform that tracks and categorizes customers through network cameras.  Photos: HKEJ, Dayta AI

    HK-based AI startup aims to help businesses boost sales

    - Oct 4, 2019 4:02pm
    Marketing and sales activities are increasingly relying on analytical and quantitative tools nowadays among businesses around the globe, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as one of the most hyped ways to improve product, pricing and...
  • Kwok Chi-kit (second from right) and his friends, through their Freekick venture, aim to help users to team up for football games. Photo: HKEJ

    How a Hong Kong startup is serving football enthusiasts

    - Oct 3, 2019 4:26pm
    Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to play football but found all your grown-up friends busy working overtime, leaving you no one to play with? Well, do not despair. Freekick, a Hong...
  • Duncan Wong, CryptoBLK’s co-founder and CEO, has helped drive the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's early involvement in blockchain technology. Photo: HKEJ

    CryptoBLK focuses on blockchain solutions for trade finance

    - Sep 27, 2019 12:29pm
    Blockchain, the decentralized ledger behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, is triggering changes in various industries such as food, healthcare and insurance. Determined to introduce the technology to common business applications, Hong Kong-based startup CryptoBLK has stepped up...
  • OliveX, steered by co-founder Keith Rumjahn (L), considers its AI-based 'smart' fitness mirror to be a useful tool for people who seek to work out in the comfort of their home. Photo: HKEJ

    HK startup launches smart mirror for at-home workouts

    - Sep 19, 2019 3:14pm
    Seizing an opportunity from the new wave of in-home workouts, Hong Kong-based fitness solutions technology startup OliveX has developed a smart fitness mirror that deploys artificial intelligence (AI) to detect users’ body movements, and provide real-time feedback...
  • Panoramic cameras are equipped on a smart lamppost installed in Hong Kong, which will be used to monitor road traffic condition, as part of the government's pilot scheme to enhance real-time city data collection. Photo: Bloomberg

    Will smart lampposts compromise our privacy? An expert view

    - Sep 13, 2019 1:01pm
    Technologies such as face recognition and radio frequency identification (RFID) have sparked privacy controversies around the globe, with people fretting about systems that can be used for surveillance. In Hong Kong, a government initiative for “smart...
  • Hong Kong 3D printing startup Koln 3D provides solutions customized to the patient's peculiar anatomy and surgeon's specific needs. Photo: Koln 3D

    Hong Kong startup Koln 3D focuses on metal implants

    - Aug 23, 2019 4:42pm
    The use of 3D printing is gaining success in many medical fields such as surgery. Koln 3D, a Hong Kong-based tech firm, has been deploying 3D printing to provide solutions that are customized to the patient’s...
  • LocoBike, led co-founder and CEO Ken Ching, currently has a fleet of about 5,000 bikes in operation in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    LocoBike remains hopeful about HK bike-sharing amid shakeout

    - Jul 10, 2019 10:55am
    Hong Kong’s bike-sharing market has seen the entry of several players such as Ofo, oBike and Ketch’Up Bike, but the story overall has been of a quick boom and bust phenomenon. In July last year,,...
  • Hong Kong-based co-working space operator Zerozone opened a branch in New Taipei City, Taiwan, last month. Photo: Zerozone

    Opportunities and challenges facing HK startups in Taiwan

    - Jun 28, 2019 4:25pm
    Expanding to Taiwan has become a noticeable trend in the Hong Kong startup community. Among the entities that have made the move is co-working space operator Zerozone, which was founded in 2016. The Hong Kong Economic...
  • South Korean hotel booking platform Yanolja completed a funding round led by GIC and Booking Holdings. Photo: Yanolja

    Singapore’s GIC invests in Korean love hotels platform Yanolja

    - Jun 12, 2019 4:33pm
    South Korean hotel booking platform Yanolja said it has closed a US$180 million Series D funding round, taking its valuation to more than US$1 billion and making it a member of the “unicorn” club. Singapore sovereign...
  • Retykle, founded by Sarah Garner (pictured), aims to eliminate the hassles in peer-to-peer children’s wear trade. Photo: HKEJ,

    Meet the mom who started an e-commerce platform for kids clothes

    - Jun 11, 2019 3:03pm
    Having worked in luxury fashion for over ten years, Sarah Garner knows first-hand how many high-quality items often sit in closets with their tags still on or barely worn. As a mom of two, she started...
  • An illustration photo of InnoCell. HKSTP is adopting the modular integrated construction model for the building, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Photo: HKSTP

    HKSTP launches smart living initiative ‘InnoCell’ for IT talent

    - May 21, 2019 11:49am
    The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) on Monday began construction on InnoCell, a smart living facility aimed at nurturing a co-creation community of internet and technology talent. Slated to open by the end...
  • Mellow, led by co-founders Teresa Chan (inset, left) and Chester Szeen (right), aims to promote good personal finance habits among young people. Photo: Mellow

    HK startup seeks to help kids on personal finance habits

    - May 16, 2019 12:50pm
    With an aim to promote personal finance knowledge and saving habits in children, Hong Kong startup Mellow has launched a personal finance app, offering a solution for parents to teach their kids on ways manage their...
  • Shifting his career from politics to technology, former financial secretary John Tsang is calling for a transformation of Hong Kong's education model.  
Photo: HKEJ

    Ex-finance chief John Tsang on the frontline of innovation

    - May 6, 2019 1:45pm
    After his unsuccessful bid to become chief executive two years ago, former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has moved away from politics and is now technology evangelist. He was appointed vice chairman by Hong Kong fintech-focused...
  • Emma Yu's Beon advertising platform matches drivers and marketers, allowing vehicle owners to make their vehicles available for marketers to advertise on. 
 Photo: HKEJ, Beon Advertising.

    Beon taps van owners for mobile advertising platform

    - Apr 26, 2019 10:37am
    Looking at various vehicles on the streets in Hong Kong, an idea popped in Emma Yu Ka-lai’s head: “We see buses and trams displaying colorful advertisements for passers-by to see. How about putting ads on other...
  • The price of a measles shot has reportedly soared to between HK$1,800 and HK$2,500 in some private clinics. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    More vaccines on the way as price soars amid measles scare

    - Mar 28, 2019 1:58pm
    Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee has sought to allay fears about a shortage of vaccines as measles cases in the city continue to climb. There have been 30 confirmed cases so far this year, a...