In an age of prescribed social distancing, in order for innovative tech solutions to flourish, it is imperative that founders and tech entrepreneurs connect with their audiences. To bridge gaps between corporate buyers and solution providers. This requires strategic networking and the opportunity to showcase one’s products and services in a platform that is reputable, credible, and full of possibilities.
Through strategic matching, technology ventures and startups are not only able to display their solutions to a curated audience of potential corporate buyers and regional investors, but they are also exposed to other new innovations that can help inspire better ideas in the future.
One institution spearheading efforts to connect startups with corporates and investors is the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). HKSTP recently announced that it will be hosting the Global Matching 2021 from 26 May to 2 June 2021. Harnessing its resources as Hong Kong’s innovation hub, HKSTP will be powering the Corporate Innovation Summit, as well as workshops for corporate buyers to drive innovation adoption at speed and scale.
The 6-day programme offers startups and technology ventures a platform to expand their business network and connect with potential corporate buyers and investors. Local and international technology ventures are invited to submit their online proposals in one of nine designated industry verticals, namely Consumer and Services, Education, Manufacturing and Logistics, Travel and Hospitality, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Healthcare, Construction and Real Estate, and Government and Smart City.
Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP, said, “Entrepreneurs need the right environment to unlock ideas and sustainably bring them into fruition. Pooling our resources of knowledge, network and R&D expertise together, HKSTP is honoured to provide the support for these innovators to be productive and to succeed.”
“This event is a two-way learning ground for entrepreneurs and investors. Our corporate partners get to discover emerging solutions that could potentially fill a need in their industry. Technology creators, on the other hand, gain a swift introduction to regional investors, along with market-entry insights and funding from interested partners. Ultimately, we are able to accelerate the production of solutions that could revitalise and move industries forward with innovation and technology,” added Wong.
What to expect from the Corporate Innovation Summit 2021
Around 300 technology ventures from across the globe are expected to participate in the programme for an opportunity to get matched with potential new corporate customers and partners during the Global Matching sessions.
The event builds upon the success of last year’s virtual Global matching event, which saw over 320 one-on-one matching meetings between 160 global tech ventures and over 200 industry corporates and regional investors. This year’s matchmaking sessions will combine online and onsite business-and-investment matching activities, followed by two-minute pitches to be delivered by shortlisted technology ventures over an online platform.
The pitches will be publicly live-streamed and then made available via video-on-demand, extending the exposure for entrepreneurs to potential investors.
The Global Matching 2021 is now accepting applications from global technology ventures on or before 16 April 2021.
For further event updates and the latest list of corporate buyers and regional investors, please visit our event website.
About Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region.
Established in May 2001, HKSTP has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information & Communications Technology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Materials and Precision Engineering. We enable science and technology companies to nurture ideas, innovate and grow, supported by our R&D facilities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centres with professional support services. We also offer value-added services and comprehensive incubation programmes for technology start-ups to accelerate their growth.
Technology businesses benefit from our specialised services and infrastructure at Science Park for applied research and product development; enterprises can find creative design support at InnoCentre; while skill-intensive businesses are served by our three industrial estates at Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long. More information about HKSTP is available at http://www.hkstp.org/.
This article is produced by the e27 team, sponsored by HKSTP
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