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JUMPSTARTER makes you credible to corporates and investors, and gives you the opportunity to be distinctive in the startup community.
01
Visibility

Showcase your products or solutions in front of Hong Kong’s leading corporates, investors and the media to gain the resources you need for reaching your goals.

02
Network Expansion

Enjoy access to curated, one-on-one meetings with Hong Kong’s leading corporates. Meet different insiders for advice and partnership opportunities. Make your startup grow and flourish.

03
New Perspectives

Thought leaders will share unique perspectives and insights on cutting-edge topics. Gain a deep understanding of the industry, market competition and the latest startup trends. Sharpen your awareness and creative edge.

JUMPSTARTER
LAUNCHPAD

We are offering a prestigious platform where you showcase your product or solution, elevate your company’s brand awareness and receive great attention.

The top 100 startups will be selected for Hong Kong and Global tracks respectively by a panel of A-list industry experts and investors. Through a highly competitive selection process, chosen startups will receive showcase spots in front of a high-impact audience, including C-level execs, industry experts, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and the media.

If you are selected as
HONG KONG Top 100
startups
Top 36
startups
Top 12
startups
Global Top 100
startups
Top 36
startups
Top 12
startups
PROGRAM BENEFITS
Chance to get a coveted demo spot on the main keynote stage
8 out of 24 startups will be selected
DEMO to Industry:
Pitch to industry leaders and manifest your visions
Startup Exchange:
Selected startups pitch to each other to facilitate cross-border knowledge exchange and connection between startups
Exhibition Opportunity:
Free, well-designed booth at one of the industry pavilions
1 booth 1 booth
Corporate Speed-dating:
Curated 1-on-1 meeting with six Hong Kong leading corporates for business introduction or mentoring
6 meetings
Investor Meeting:
Curated 1-on-1 meeting with six venture capitalists for funding opportunities
6 meetings
Priority Access to Startup-Corporate/ Investor Matching:
1-on-1 meetup with industry experts and investors for business collaborations or funding opportunities
Priority Access to Startup Mentoring:
Corporate experts and investors will provide actionable feedbacks to the founders
Branding on our Website:
Your logo, company profile and video featured on our website
Video of your demo to be displayed after the event
Complimentary Startup Pass:
Access to all content and networking opportunities, plus a discounted code to share with your contacts
2 4 6
JUMPSTARTER Launchpad is designed for growing companies at all stages from four major industries
focus on
4 industry cohorts
SMART
CITY
  • Design
  • Automotive
  • Sharing Economy
  • Building Management
  • Energy & Energy Management
  • Lifestyle
  • Green & Environmental
  • Mobility
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Real Estate
  • Smart Buildings
  • Social Impact
and more
RETAIL
  • Online Commerce
  • O2O
  • Fashion
  • Logistics
  • Retail Tech
  • Customer Experience
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Entertainment
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health & Wellness
  • Music
  • Content
  • Food Tech
  • Sensors
  • Gaming & eSports
  • Trading
and more
ADVANCED
TECHNOLOGY
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • AR/VR
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics & Drones
  • Manufacturing
  • Education Tech
  • IoT & Sensors
  • Recruitment
  • Photography & Cinematic
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Social Networks
  • SaaS
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Enterprise Tech
  • Life Sciences
  • Sensors & Wearables
  • Legal & Regulations
and more
FINANCIAL
SERVICES
  • Capital Market & Investment
  • Finance Technology
  • Finance Exchanges
  • Insurance
  • Insurtech
  • Personal Finance
  • Payment
  • Digital Banking
  • Finance Regulations & Compliance
  • Lending & Underwriting
  • Cryptocurrency
and more
RULES & REQUIREMENTS
TIMELINE
01
Nov 9, 2018
Application Deadline
02
Nov 26, 2018
Announcement of Top 100 Hong Kong startups and Top 100 Global startups
03
Dec 3, 2018
Announcement of Top 36 Hong Kong startups and Top 36 Global startups
04
Dec 10-14, 2018
Community Voting
05
Dec 17, 2018
Announcement of Top 12 Hong Kong startups and Top 12 Global startups
06
Jan 23, 2019
JUMPSTARTER - Day 1
  • Investor Matchmaking
  • Startup Mentoring
  • 72 Startup Booths
  • Startup Exchange
  • Keynotes & Talks
  • Master Classes / Workshops
07
Jan 24, 2019
JUMPSTARTER - Day 2
  • Corporate/Investor Matchmaking
  • Startup Mentoring
  • 72 Startup Booths
  • DEMO to Industry
  • Announcement of Top 4 Hong Kong startups and Top 4 Global startups: DEMO on the main stage
  • Keynotes & Talks
  • Master Classes / Workshops
Overview of JUMPSTARTER
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JUMPSTARTER Launchpad is open to all startups around the world. If you are an early stage startup and you fulfil the following requirements, you are eligible to apply:

  • Less than 5 years old
  • Startup has raised less than US$30m in funding
  • Startup funding is between Seed and Series C stage
  • Possess a groundbreaking and innovative product or service
  • Core or substantial operations in one of the industry cohorts
  • Believe in using Hong Kong as a base for further development
  • Corporate Innovation and Disruption to Industry (25%)
    1. How disruptive is the product or service to existing industries
    2. What are the values the product or service will bring to potential corporate partners / clients
    3. Opportunity for the startup to leverage corporates to grow
  • Market Potential, Business Model and Traction (25%)
    1. What is the market size and potential; assess competitive landscape and regulatory framework
    2. How will the product or service generate revenue
    3. Did the startup gain any traction. Can scalability of model be demonstrated
    4. How do you exploit Hong Kong for expanding the business to Asia
  • Innovation and Defensibility (25%)
    1. How unique and innovative is the product / service / application / adoption
    2. Defensibility. How difficult is it for competitors to replicate the product or service
  • Team Background and Relevant Strength (25%)
    1. Team has the capabilities, expertise to execute the business plan
    2. Team’s understanding of the market
    3. Team’s ambition, drive, passion, vision and culture

Startups will be selected and ranked in four cohorts by a panel of judges, including industry experts, investors and startup experts, who represent local and global startup communities. Based on the scorecard, we will rank the top 100 startups for the Hong Kong track and the Global track respectively.

Online Application and Scoring by Judging Panel

  • Submit the online application with a PowerPoint deck of up to 10 slides in PDF format.
  • The selection of Top 100 startups for the Hong Kong track and Top 100 startups for the Global track is based on the material you submit online, which will be assessed by our judging panel. Please ensure that you have completely filled out the information according to our requirements.

Community Voting

  • The ranking of Top 12 startups from each track is based on the voting from our invited 24 corporates and the general public.
  • In total, 24 JUMPSTARTERS (12 startups from the Hong Kong track and 12 startups from the Global track) will be entitled to have live demo spots on stage, speed dating with corporates and investor meetings.

Showcase Onstage

Top 4 startups from each track, which finally take to the keynote stage for a demo, is based on the scoring and voting they receive from:

  1. Startups on Day 1 – Startup Exchange
    • Voting by participating startups
  2. Industry Experts & Investors on Day 2 – DEMO to the industry
    • Scoring by the judging panel