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E-Centre eNews Vol.26 (Feb 16, 2013)

In this issue:

 Cyberport launches innovative open work space for start-ups
 Startups Connect : Online Crowd Funding on 27 Feb 2013
 Grow Your Revenue with Windows 8 and other Microsoft Platform Development cum BizSpark Plus Launch on 27 Feb 2013
 Echelon 2013 Startup Submissions Extended to 28 February 2013
 Canadian Financing Forum 2013 - Full Conference Panel Details!
 Invitation for 2012/13 LSCM R&D Project Application
Bizpark Programme registration for new incubatees

Cyberport launches innovative open work space for start-ups

In January, Cyberport's Entrepreneurship Centre launched Connect-Space, a unique shared working environment for entrepreneurs and ICT start-ups who are Cyberport Creative Micro Fund grantees, Cyberport Incubation Programme alumni and incubatees, particularly for those based outside the Cyberport campus, as well as service subscribers of the Cyberport Collaboration Centre.

The open shared space will allow like-minded users to network and exchange ideas, and work in a collaborative environment that nurtures innovation and talent. Networking events will be held regularly to allow users to meet each other and as much as possible draw out potential business alliances.

For users, the free of charge space comes complete with mailbox, locker, free power charging facilities, high speed Wi-Fi access, use of a conference room, a multi-purpose room, brainstorming room and a pantry. In addition, users can access Cyberport's state-of-the-art Fitness Centre and receive shuttle bus free tickets.

To find out more information, email ecentre@cyberport.hk or call 3166 3900.

Startups Connect : Online Crowd Funding

Date: 27 February 2012 (Wednesday)
Venue: Solution Lab, Cyberport Entrepreneurship Centre, Level 5, Core F, Cyberport 3, 100 Cyberport Road
Time: 12:30-14:00
Fee: Free-of-charge
Language: English

A not-to-be missed hands-on first opportunity to learn how you can make use of crowdfunding, one of the hottest new online methods to raise funds from early bird fans and customers of your digital product or service.

Hong Kong's online crowdfunding platform FringeBacker will share with you case studies from Hong Kong and the United States.

  • How you can use crowdfunding to raise funds for your digital product or service through pre-selling to early bird fans and customers
  • How crowdfunding gives you instant and direct market feedback on your design or pricing
  • Successful crowdfunding case studies, ranging from HK$100,000 to HK$80 million

    Bring your lunch, come meet us and join in our talk! 

    About FringeBacker

    FringeBacker is a Network Partner of the United Nations' UNESCO Observatory RLCCE, and provides the only bilingual (English/Chinese) full-service online crowdfunding platform in the world featuring "all-or-nothing" moneyback assurance for people who use it. Launched in September 2012, FringeBacker provides a free online showcase that creative and innovative people use to display their products or services, or other work, connecting these people directly with the public. FringeBacker's platform facilitates pre-selling of your digital products or services that are not yet readily available, or simply raising funds for your project.


    If you are interested in this event, please click HERE to register by 25 February 2013.


  • Grow Your Revenue with Windows 8 and other Microsoft Platform Development cum BizSpark Plus Launch

    Echelon 2013 Startup Submissions Extended to 28 February 2013

    Due to an overwhelming response, the deadline has been extended after receiving feedback from some startups.  

    Echelon 2013 is looking for Asia's best startup. Register your startup at http://e27.sg/echelon-2013-startups for the opportunity to pitch your startup to Asia's top investors and corporate representatives and be the Echelon 2013 champion!

    Startups that register will be eligible to pitch at one of the Satellite events that take place between mid-March and April in one of the major Southeast Asia cities. Following that, the best 10 startups will be invited to pitch at the Main Echelon Conference in June.

    Details regarding registration:

    Stage 1: Online applications. Ends 28 February 2013
    Stage 2: Selected startups will pitch at the Satellites (March – April, 2013)
    Stage 3: 100 selected startups to exhibit at Echelon 2013 Startup Marketplace (June 2013)
    Stage 4: Top 10 startups will pitch for the Echelon 2013 Startup Award


    If you are interested in this event, please click HERE to register.

    For more information, please click HERE or visit http://echelon.e27.sg/SG2012

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    登記日期 登記費用
    港幣400元 / 美金50元
    港幣2,200元 / 美金285元



    敬祝 業務蒸蒸日上


    Canadian Financing Forum 2013 - Full Conference Panel Details!



    The New Start-up to Exit Journey:

    Founders, Funders & Exits

    February 21 & 22, 2013
    Fairmont Pacific Rim



    Happy Holidays!!

    As a gift from us to you we are offering

    Special Early Bird Pricing on registration ONLY until Friday, December 21, 2012.

    Register now with discount code "CFFEEB" and receive a very merry discount!



    Don't Miss the Line-up of CFF 2013 Full Conference Panel Sessions!


    Exits, Exits, Exits: Selling to Strategics 

    The traditional venture funding ecosystem is continually evolving, and now more than ever, corporate strategic funds are playing an increasingly important role in maintaining a healthy investment environment. Whereas IPO's were almost considered a rite of passage in the 1990's, the credit crisis locked the public markets and M&A activity has become the overarching liquidity strategy for venture backed companies. Listen to some of the key corporate acquirers as they discuss acquisition activity and how to successfully onboard with their firms.


    US Deal Syndication and Cross-Border Investing: How to Access the World's Largest VC Network

    Given the fluid nature of the current investment environment, it is increasingly evident that companies and VCs are actively looking to form cross-border connections. With the reduction of onerous barriers to foreign investment in Canada, US funds are increasingly looking north of the border for syndication opportunities. Listen in as Managing Partners from US and Canadian VC funds discuss the syndication environment, what drives it, and how entrepreneurs can leverage existing cross-border relationships.


    Meet the Investors

    With the decreased legal and taxation burdens tied to cross border investment, the Canada/US border has opened up, and US firms are looking to Canada for both innovative technology companies and viable syndication partners. Listen to senior players from some of the key North American VC firms as they discuss key issues currently facing the VC space and what really peaks their interest when it comes to ground-breaking technologies.


    Click Here to See the Full Program of Events!



    New Sponsor Spotlight


    We are pleased to welcome the Canada Media Fund (CMF) as a Gold Level Sponsor of the Canadian Financing Forum 2013!

    The Canada Media Fund champions the creation and promotion of successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and industry research. Created by Canada's cable and satellite distributors and the Government of Canada, the CMF aspires to connect Canadians to our creative expressions, to each other, and to the world. Please visit www.cmf-fmc.ca.



    Call for Presenting Companies!


    The 2013 Canadian Financing Forum invites both early and growth stage companies to apply to present! This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your company in front of investors and other major industry influencers. The CFF is a fantastic platform to gain visibility among the investment community and companies do not need to be in active fundraising mode to present.

     For more information or to apply please click here!



    Registration Details


    Special Early Bird Pricing ends this Friday, December 21st!

    Register with discount code "CFFEEB" now!


     Network with the who's who of the west coast VC, Startup & Corporate Strategic communities.

     Make 2013 your big build year!



     Preferred Accommodation




    Stay at one of western Canada's most beautiful and luxurious hotels while you are at CFF 2013.


    A special room rate has been negotiated for CFF delegates and to make a reservation, call 1-800-441-1414, and use the block code CANA0213_001. Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and will fill up quickly. Reservations must be made by January 30, 2013 to be eligible for special CFF 2013 pricing. For more information, please click here.


    This year's event schedule is comprised of a full-day on Thursday, Feb. 21 and a half-day on Friday, Feb. 22. We suggest arriving on Wednesday - enjoy the vibrant city life of Vancouver and rise early for CFF 2013 on Thursday!




    GrowLab DemoDay



    Attend GrowLab DemoDay on February 20th, 2013 in Vancouver, BC. Meet and network with some of North America's top entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and advisors. GrowLab is excited to showcase the best and brightest startups from their community. Register now to reserve your spot!



     CFF 2013 Title Sponsor








    More information is available at the CFF 2013 website. Visit www.financingforum.com for updates and announcements.


    For questions or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

    Erynn Shannon, Associate Executive Director at erynn@criticalpathgroup.com


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    Invitation for 2012/13 LSCM R&D Project Application

    Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM R&D Centre) is now inviting applications for research and development projects.

    Applications for funding should be under one of the following technology focus areas:
    1. RFID Hardware and Systems
    2. Networking and Infrastructure Technologies
    3. Industrial Segment-Specific Proposal
    4. Internet-of-Things (IoT) Technologies and Applications

    The deadline for application is on 8 March 2013, 5:00 pm (Hong Kong Time). Interested applicants please visit http://www.lscm.hk/RD/CallForProposals.do for more details.

    Microsoft Bizpark Programme: registration for new incubatees

    Microsoft® BizSpark® is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility. Microsoft Hong Kong joins hands with Hong Kong Cyberport to provide BizSpark program to incubatees.  The programme also includes access to Windows Azure, a flexible, comprehensive, and powerful cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services.

    Join the BizSpark Program to get such benefits as:



    MSDN Subscription for Microsoft Software & Tools (including Windows Azure)

    Microsoft BizSpark membership includes a Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN Subscription which offers a wide range of products for development, testing, and production. Products include:

    Visual Studio is the ultimate all-in-one solution for Windows, Windows Phone, the web, and beyond.

    Expression tools will help creating content for the Web and developing apps for the desktop or phone.

    Microsoft SQL Server provides the data platform developers need to quickly create compelling, data-driven applications.

    Learn more about BizSpark programme
    Learn More about Azure

    To register BizSpark programme membership (for Cyberport incubatees and alumni only), you could send email to ecentre@cyberport.hk with your company name and we will help proceeding your application.


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