22 September 2019


Hong Kong Economic Journal
  • 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...
  • The Pearl River in Guangzhou. What should Hong Kong startups do to take advantage of the opportunities in the Greater Bay Area? Photo: Reuters

    Adventures in Greater Bay Area: Startup founders offer tips

    - Mar 8, 2019 1:40pm
    The Greater Bay Area is the Chinese government’s master plan for Hong Kong, Macau, and nine cities in Guangdong Province, with an aim to build a business and technology hub. The scheme brought excitement to many...
  • VoiceAI was named a champion and outstanding model at the CUHK Entrepreneurship Competition held during the university's Entrepreneur Day in May 2018. Kevin Li (3rd from left) is co-founder and chief executive of the startup. Photo: CUHK

    China voiceprint recognition startup wins backing from HK fund

    - Feb 20, 2019 5:07pm
    Shenzhen-based VoiceAI Technologies, a startup that provides voiceprint recognition technology and intelligent voice solutions, has completed a pre-A series funding round with the backing of a Hong Kong venture fund. The pre-A round, whose scale is...
  • Keith Rumjahn, co-founder of OliveX, launched the Lympo Squat, an app powered by artificial intelligence that allows users to perform squats and rewards those who completed the challenge with virtual tokens. Photo: OliveX

    OliveX launches fitness app that rewards users with crypto coins

    - Feb 15, 2019 3:33pm
    Earn money while you do workouts. Hong Kong-based fitness solutions startup OliveX has launched a “squat to earn cryptocurrency” challenge with Lympo Squat, an app powered by artificial intelligence that allows users to perform squats and...
  • Public and private sector leaders joined technology and research stalwarts at the ASTRI Technovation Summit

    ASTRI hosts Technovation Summit

    - Feb 14, 2019 6:37pm
    It is widely believed that the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be one of the most exciting developments in the technology sector in 2019. AI will make humans inseparable from smart systems and machines, and...
  • People queue up outside a Hong Kong government office to get application form for a welfare handout program. Authorities have come in for criticism over the paper-based application procedure, which is seen as inefficient and time-consuming. Photo: CNSA

    Digitizing government services: An expert view

    - Feb 1, 2019 12:35pm
    Hong Kong’s finance minister Paul Chan announced in his budget last year HK$4,000 handouts to some of the city’s poorest people. As the government does not provide an online application system, citizens are required to apply for...
  • StockViva, a financial social platform that features instant trading ideas from fund managers, analysts and investors, claims to have amassed hundreds of thousands of users. Photo: StockViva

    Alibaba fund invests in financial social network StockViva

    - Jan 29, 2019 12:49pm
    Financial social platform StockViva has completed a Series A funding round that saw capital being raised from the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund.  The Alibaba fund invested in the Hong Kong-based startup, though the amount is not known, according...
  • from left to right –Dr MeiKei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI; Mr Yang Yongchao, Product Development Director of C-V2X solutions at Huawei; Mr Peter Lam, Managing Director of HKT; Dr Justin Chuang, ASTRI’s Vice President of Next Generation Networ

    ASTRI’s C-V2X Smart Mobility solution helps improve road safety

    - Jan 29, 2019 6:00am
    The 5G revolution is expected to redefine mobile telecommunication. Its ultra-fast speed and low-latency connectivity will unleash new avenues of communication-based applications and solutions, particularly for the Internet-of-Things (IoT). In the future, connected devices, appliances and...
  • Facebook, led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is giving US$300 million in grants to various organizations that are trying to help local journalism thrive in today’s difficult media market. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook pledges US$300 mln to support local newsrooms

    - Jan 17, 2019 4:51pm
    Facebook has announced that will spend US$300 million over the next three years to provide grants to various organizations across the world that are helping the cause of local journalism. The cash commitment will be used...