HKTDC Entrepreneur Day seeks to connect startups and investors

May 09, 2018 18:44
HKTDC deputy executive director Raymond Yip (right) said this year's Entrepreneur Day will include business sessions to help startups widen their connections and secure funding. Photo: HKEJ

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will hold an Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) next week.

Now on its 10th year, E-Day will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 17 to 18.

More than 270 exhibitors will participate in this year's event, including startups in the fields of medical technology, biotechnology, fintech, green tech, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic technology, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

About 35 percent of the exhibitors will come from overseas.

A number of healthcare-related startups are participating in the event, which is significant amid the emergence of various healthcare issues in Hong Kong, including those related to the city's aging population.

One of them is With You Out-patient Escort Services, a mobile app that allows people to book a care worker to accompany them to attend medical appointments. Generally, users have to book a care worker seven days in advance.

Currently, the platform relies on the experience of its manpower in choosing a care worker for the users. But it hopes to collect more data to make AI-based matching feasible, said Wu Wai-tung, a co-founder of the startup, which has partnered with social welfare organizations.

Another participating startup, WBD101, is a fabless semiconductor company that has developed an earbud that can measure a user's heart rate. When the reading says the user is under pressure, the earbud will send an alert for the user to relax. The product can be used with a music app, allowing it to choose an appropriate music for the user using the built-in AI in the earbud.

Other exhibitors include Health View Bioanalytic, which uses Automatic Retinal Image Analysis to assess the user's stroke risk, and MedMind Technology, which is also focused on elderly users, using AI to analyze their performance in mahjong games to assess their risk of dementia.

HKTDC deputy executive director Raymond Yip said Hong Kong's start-up ecosystem has become more advanced. 

A series of seminars, promotional meetings, business advisory sessions and networking activities will take place in this year's event in order to help startups widen their connections, obtain more useful information and funds, as well as find talents.

The E-Day will also serve as a platform for investors to find innovative ideas for possible investment.

Admission to the event, which is expected to attract about 18,000 visitors, is free.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on May 9

Translation by Jonathan Chong

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