Date
21 October 2019

startup

  • HK’s Omnipork takes aim at Asia plant-based meat market

    - Oct 21, 2019 4:58pm
    “A few years ago, we launched Green Common (the plant-based grocery shop and cafe), and introduced Beyond Meat products into Hong Kong. Everybody was thinking like, ‘What are you doing?’, ‘Where do we have a market...
  • Green Monday more than just a restaurant, says co-founder

    - Oct 21, 2019 4:12pm
    Hong Kong-based Green Monday has positioned itself as a social startup that tackles climate change and global food insecurity. “We are more than just a restaurant, or a food product company,” co-founder and chief executive David...
  • HK startup Booqed raises US$1.68 mln in seed funding

    Oct 17, 2019 12:44pm
    Hong Kong-based startup Booqed, which operates an online platform for booking short-term rentals of business workspaces, has raised US$1.68 million in seed funding despite the ongoing political and social unrest in the city. The seed funding round...
  • US regulator blocks Telegram’s US$1.7 bln crypto token sale

    Oct 14, 2019 11:53am
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has blocked a US$1.7 billion crypto token sale plan of messaging service Telegram’s blockchain initiative, putting the project in jeopardy. Telegram Open Network (TON), the blockchain initiative of the...
  • Grammarly reaches ‘unicorn’ status after US$90 million financing

    Oct 11, 2019 5:11pm
    Grammarly, an online grammar-checking service, has raised US$90 million in its latest funding round, valuing the company at more than US$1 billion, TechCrunch reports, as the “unicorn” attracts more users by expanding its tools and bringing them...
  • 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...
  • HK startup wants construction industry to go digital

    - Oct 8, 2019 2:23pm
    Internet-powered technology is shaking things up in traditional industries. Hong Kong startups GoGoVan and Lalamove, for example, have brought digital solutions to the logistics business. In the construction and engineering sector, Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Andy Cheung, general...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tencent leads US$20 mln funding for blockchain firm Everledger

    Sep 27, 2019 6:17pm
    London-based startup Everledger, which leverages blockchain technology on the supply chain of luxury goods, recently announced the completion of a US$20 million Series A funding round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent (00700.HK). With the investment,...
  • 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...
  • How YouTrip eliminates currency conversion fees for travelers

    - Sep 26, 2019 4:51pm
    Founded in 2016 by Hongkongers Arthur Mak and Caecilia Chu, financial technology startup YouTrip offers a multi-currency mobile wallet that allows customers to pay overseas with no transaction fees, and to exchange and store up to...
  • Circle: China leading digital currency push as US falls behind

    - Sep 26, 2019 11:00am
    In June, social media giant Facebook unveiled its plan to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra, allowing money transfers over its messaging infrastructure – WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, targeting the cross-border payments market. Threatened by Libra’s...
  • 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...
  • Visa and Mastercard invest in fintech unicorn Plaid

    Sep 18, 2019 12:36pm
    Financial technology startup Plaid, which builds application programming interface (API) to enable seamless access to bank accounts through mobile applications, has revealed that payment giants Visa and Mastercard were among the strategic investors in the firm’s...
  • How Transferwise is taking over the world of remittances

    - Sep 2, 2019 8:04am
    (First of a two-part interview with Kristo Käärmann, co-founder and CEO of TransferWise) According to World Bank estimates, an estimated 270 million migrants around the world will send a combined US$689 billion back home this year....
  • Transferwise CEO on fintech partnerships and Facebook’s Libra

    - Sep 2, 2019 8:03am
    (Last of a two-part interview with Kristo Käärmann, co-founder and CEO of TransferWise) TransferWise, arguably one of the world’s most well-known fintech brands, has expanded its presence to more than 70 countries since its founding in...
  • Bridgefy: A startup that enables messaging without internet

    - Aug 26, 2019 12:37pm
    In the digital era, few things could be more disconcerting and disruptive of our normal everyday life than losing internet connection. San Francisco-based startup Bridgefy aims to remedy this situation by making apps that send messages from one...
  • 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...
  • HK crypto exchange aims to power ahead with LSE tech support

    - Aug 23, 2019 11:34am
    Despite the worldwide attention on crypto-related businesses following a meteoric surge in digital currency prices in the recent past, the sector players, such as the trading firms and technology developers, are still struggling to build trust among...