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Cyberport Community Cloud

 

 

Cyberport Community Cloud offers easy-to-use and self-provisioning Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to Cyberport tenants and start-ups. 

To subscribe for your free Community Cloud service for application deployment and testing, please apply for your user account via http://cloudadmin.cyberport.hk/.

 

 

Nomination for FbStart programme

 

 

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FbStart is a global program designed to help start-ups build and grow their business. It provides year-round technical support from Facebook, an exclusive community of global start-ups, free credits to tools and services from dozens of premier partners, training on Facebook Developer Tools, and more.

 

As one of the partners of the Programme, Cyberport could nominate start-ups to apply for FbStart. If you are interested in this accelerator programme by Facebook helping mobile developers, please send an email to ecentre@cyberport.hk.

 

 

Open API for VISA brings opportunities for Cyberport

 

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VISA has just released a set of new open API to developers. Please refer the collection of categories at https://developer.visa.com/apicatalog. Developers can now tap to real data to build your prototypes and present real stories to demonstrate how disruptive your FinTech solutions can make a difference to Financial Service Institute (FSI).

 

Useful Website for Internship Staff Recruitment (JIJIS)

Please make use of the JIJIS service (https://www.jijis.org.hk) for hiring internship staff. Please visit the website and do the registration to open your company account.

 

Microsoft BizSpark Programme: registration for new incubatees

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Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software Start-ups 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. BizSpark Programme is now opened for registration without nomination.  Please apply at: https://bizspark.microsoft.com/en-US/About/Offers

 

 

IBM Global Entrepreneur equips you with the go-to-market support, business mentorship, services, discounts, technical guidance and networking opportunities needed to quickly bring your solution to market fast on the industry leading Cloud platform.

 

Apply for the IBM Global Entrepreneur programme for your digtal start-up here: https://developer.ibm.com/startups/

 

 

 

At LYNK, we connect institutions, private equity and venture capital, hedge funds, companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs with experts for expertise, advice and insights for improved decision-making and execution. Our growing network of 35,000+ experts globally include scientists, C-level executives, thought leaders, on-the-ground managers, specialists, consultants, lawyers, and accountants among others. Our coverage is global, with deep access in Asia Pacific, across all industries such as Financials, Policies and Regulations, Healthcare, Consumer & Retail, Natural Resources, Education, etc.

 

Start-ups will be able to act faster and better define their growth strategies as a result of the advice given from our experienced domain experts.. Whether you have a quick question regarding a business plan/certain policies and regulations, or need help with pricing strategies/the launch of a product in a new market, you can trust in Lynk quickly connecting you to the right expert for help. For B2B startups in particular, you can also research and validate customer and market demand by speaking directly to potential buyers of your products or services.

 

You can engage Lynk experts for brief conversations, either by phone, online or in-person. Email us at clients@lynkpeople.com to find out more!

 

 

Dragon Law enables fast production of customised documentation.

 

Answer a few simple questions on our document builder to generate highly-customised contracts that address your specific business needs. We give you the know-how and confidence to create even the most complex legal documents from start to finish.

 

START A NO-OBLIGATION FREE TRIAL at bit.ly/dragonlawfree and experience the benefits of managing law online.

 

Dragon Law is trusted by 5,000 small and medium businesses, in-house counsels, lawyers and business advisors, and growing 20% month-on-month.

 

 

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If you're just starting your own company you might have experienced the difficulty of opening a corporate bank account and getting a corporate credit card. With Neat you can open a current account in a few minutes from your mobile phone and you then get a prepaid MasterCard for global, online and offline spending; a must if you need to buy online services and products to run your company. We're based in Cyberport and would love to hear your feedback, come say Hi! (Level 9, Core C)

 

Cyberport Start-up Gathering (8 Jun)

 

Dear Cyberport Community,

 

You are cordially invited to join the Cyberport Start-up Gathering: How #WatsonConversation Helps in Building a Chatbot with Ease on on 8 June 2017.

 

Start-up Gathering is a casual meet-up with themes related to digital technology. For this session, we have invited Mr. Vidyasagar Machupalli from IBM kindly sparing his time to share about how the WatsonConversation allows you to quickly build, test and deploy a bot or virtual agent across mobile devices, messaging platforms like Slack or even on a physical robot, without any coding experience required

 

Event Details:

 

Date:

8 June 2017 (Thursday)

Time:

12:15 – 14:00

Venue:

 

Entrepreneurship Centre, L5, Cyberport 3 (Core F), 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

 

 

Event Rundown:

 

12:15 – 13:00

Registration, networking and brown-bag lunch

 

13:00 – 14:00

How #WatsonConversation Helps in Building a Chatbot with Ease

 

14:00                     End of event

 

Interested parties can sign up by using the below form:

Registration link

 

If you are interested, please complete the registration on or before 12 May 2017 (Friday).  Confirmation email will be sent to registered applicants. 

 

Please feel free to contact Ms. Dorothy Yim at 31663723 or email at dorothyyim@cyberport.hk if you have enquiries.  Thank you.

 

Guest Speakers:

 

Vidyasagar

Mr. Vidyasagar Machupalli

Vidyasagar Machupalli is a Polyglot and Pragmatic programmer with 9.8 years of experience in IT software. A well-known blogger and speaker in various technical communities, he currently works for IBM as a Developer Advocate promoting the use of IBM Cloud (Bluemix) through talks, articles, blogging, user demonstrations and recorded demonstrations. 

He has designed and developed web, mobile(app, back-end, notifications) and cloud applications, and has expertise in CRM and e-commerce domains.

 

 

 

 

Cyberport Start-up Clinic with Vidyasagar Machupalli (8 Jun)

 

Start-up Clinic provides free one-on-one personal consultation on different topics relevant to start-ups.  Cyberport is delighted to invite Mr. Vidyasagar Machupalli as consultant to provide Cyberport start-ups a chance to privately meet-up.  Please find the details as below:

 

Event details

Date: 8 June 2017 (Thu)

Time: 14:15 – 17:15

Venue: Entrepreneurship Centre, Level 5, Cyberport 3 (Core F), 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

Topic:  Cloud applications, cognitive computing and mobile app development

** Each incubatee could have up to 45 mins 1-on-1 discussion with Vidyasagar Machupalli

 

About the Consultant:

 

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Mr. Vidyasagar Machupalli, Technical Offering Manager, Developer Advocate, IBM

• 9.8 Years of experience in IT software as a Polyglot and Pragmatic Programmer.

• Designed and Developed Web, Mobile(Apps, back-end, notifications) and Cloud applications.

• Expertise in CRM and e-commerce Domains.

• Microsoft/Oracle/IBM certified professional.

• Technical Blogger and Speaker (also an organiser) at Various technical user communities, Meetups and conferences.

 

Interested parties can sign up HERE on or before 12 May 2017 (Friday). 

Limited time slots are available and confirmation email will be sent to successful applicants.

 

Please feel free to contact Ms. Dorothy Yim at 31663723 or email at dorothyyim@cyberport.hk for any enquiries.  Thank you.

 

 

Smart-Space Lunch Gathering: Let’s Fly @Cyberport (5 May)

5 May: Let's Fly @Cyberport  *HOT*

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Showcase drone applicants around the world & provide hands on experience for safe drone flying!

 

12:00  Light Lunch & Networking

12:30  DJI Intro & Drone applications

12:55  Flight Demo & Experience

14:30  End

 

5 May, FRI 

12:00pm – 2:30pm

Smart-Space FinTech, Level 4, Core E, Cyberport 3

 

Online Registration: please click: https://goo.gl/hH5q3L

<< Limited seats, first-come-first-served >>

Should you have any queries or suggestions on Smart-Space, please don’t hesitate to contact Nathan Liu at nathanliu@cyberport.hk.

 

 

 

Join Entrepreneurship & Career Development Seminar on May 6

 

 

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HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (19 May)

 

HKTDC’s Entrepreneur Day will be held on 19 May (Fri), please come and visit Cyberport’s booth.

 

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DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge (Deadline: 14 May)

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The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia aims to identify passionate aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs, who have innovative business solutions to solve social issues and create positive and sustainable social impact in Asia. This year, up to 2 teams from the Idea category and up to 6 teams from the Enterprise category will be awarded with prize money, in total worth over SGD150,000. Both DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise will provide 6 months of post-competition support for the finalist teams, such as matching you with meaningful mentors, as well as relevant incubation support with us or our country partners.

 

The Challenge is now open for online submission of application from 17 April to 14 May 2017.   

 

 

Citi HK FinTech Challenge 2017 (Deadline: 14 May)

 

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Apply for the FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific Lab 2017! (Application Deadline: 31 May)

 


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We’ve know your startup could potentially disrupt or enhance the financial services industry.

 

As a partner of the FinTech Innovation Lab APAC, we wanted to let you know that applications for the FinTech Innovation Lab Asia Pacific 2017 is now open. Would you like to consider your startup amongst applications to this year’s APAC Lab?

During this 0% equity, 12-week mentorship program, Accenture and 18 major international financial institutions will select a group of startups to gain direct access to decision makers in the financial services industry.

 

Shortlisted companies will get the opportunity to test and develop propositions directly with senior decision makers in the banks, build unrivalled contacts within the industry, and gain significant exposure via the profile of the program globally.

Apply today.

What's new for 2017?

Finalist startups will also have access to the following additional benefits in 2017:

INCREASED VISIBILITY TO EXPERTS THAT COUNT

·         Increased exposure and visibility to Senior executives at Accenture: Present your business at the APAC Financial Services Leadership quarterly meeting, to showcase your technology to the team who lead our priority accounts in APAC (selected finalists)

·         A secured spot at the FinTech Finals 2018: 5 minutes on stage to demo in front of 1000 delegates and a panel of world-class fintech experts, and the chance to win the trophy and huge cash prizes (selected finalists)

ACCELERATE YOUR BUSINESS GROWTH

·         The opportunity to become one of Accenture’s FinTech Go-To-Market partners

·         The opportunity to partner with Accenture Interactive to help speed up your innovation and software development cycles through an open environment

BOOST YOUR COMPANY PROFILE

·         A professionally produced 5 minute video featuring your company: to be posted on the FinTech Innovation Lab APAC website and the FinTech Innovation Lab official social channels (including LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook)

·         Be interviewed and featured exclusively on one of FF18’s podcast, to be shared across FF18’s official social media channels

And much more.

But don’t just take our word for it, here is what some of our alumni have said about the APAC Lab:

“Having been involved in a few accelerators I can honestly say that if your thing is an enterprise B2B sales play into banking then the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab is the goods. You get access to sales people at a level, breadth and volume that many enterprise banking sales people would give away body parts for. Within 60 days of the Lab finishing we had two new deals in two new countries, received fabulous exposure, have been asked to keynote the American Banker Retail Banking conference for 2016 and have doubled our team size. That’s ROI we can bank."
 
Colin Weir
Founder & CEO, Moroku 
(Lab Alumni 2015)


“The track record of the Lab is actually quite phenomenal. If you look at the New York, London and Asia Labs, the mentoring and evolution each start up goes through with the 12 plus financial institutions is quite remarkable. The connections made with senior members in each of the banks is unmatched in any other accelerator in the market.”
Bimal Gandhi
CEO, Uniken (Lab Alumni 2015)

 

This is definitely something well worth your time if you are serious about the growth of your start up.

 

Visit the website for more information on this year’s Lab and to apply to the 2017 program.

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

 Follow the Lab on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fintechinnovationlabapac

 Follow the Lab on Twitter at @FinTechLabAPAC

 

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Crowdfunding Initiative with HKUST Business School

 

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SparkRaise is a crowdfunding platform based in Hong Kong, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise funds for their business ideas.

Cyberport is a Strategic Partner of SparkRaise and has committed to offer up to 8 workstations for free for 6 months to selected students, which is a great way to help these young entrepreneurs kickstart their businesses starting this summer.  In addition, an angel investment group, Nanyang Angelz, has also stepped in to financially back one of the campaigns.

There are 13 campaigns by HKUST students currently fundraising to develop their prototype or “minimum viable product” (MVP) on SparkRaise. Almost every campaign is a “Fixed” (all-or-nothing) campaign, meaning they need to reach at least 100% of their fundraising target in order to receive their funding.

The top 5 by % raised are:

  • Lingo2GoGo: 127% Funded 
    (platform to practice languages real-time with others on the go)
  • Miglia: 35% Funded 
    (a personalized necklace for travelers at heart)
  • Men's Secret: 27% Funded 
    (subscription box of men's grooming products)
  • QQ'Food: 20% Funded 
    (app for take-away food pre-order)
  • OrMaybe: 16% Funded
    (Tinder for food)

VIEW ALL 13 HKUST Campaigns HERE.

 

 

 

Apply to AppWords Accelerator

 

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We are hiring! AppWorks is looking for a full-time associate and a full-time analyst.
 

If you're passionate about internet industry in Taiwan and South East Asia, and you would like to learn about full life cycle of startup investments, apply now.

 

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E-commerce Shakes up the Taiwan Retail Sector

By the maturity and growth of e-commerce, Taiwanese shift to online shopping, traditional merchants are losing business increasingly. The American journalist shares the article after he spent 10 years observing China and Taiwan market. The Taiwan e-commerce market has averaged 10-15% annual growth over the past five years, and the value of sales reached US$34 billion in 2015 (the most recent data available), according to government sources. The average expenditure rose to US$240 in 2015 from NT$210 a year earlier, according to research firm AC Nielsen. Impressively, despite its small market size, Taiwan has the world’s third-highest rate of e-commerce penetration (62%) after the United States (66%) and the U.K. (77%).


Taiwanese tech firms eye Asean online market

A growing number of Taiwanese online firms are choosing Singapore as their base to expand into South-east Asia as Taiwan and its regional rivals compete to snap up talent and become a tech hub. Taiwan's biggest start-up accelerator, AppWorks Ventures, said at least 10 per cent of the 305 start-ups it has helped to nurture since 2011 have ventured into Asean. AppWorks founder Jamie Lin, also chairman of the Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association, said: "Tech firms know that we still have the biggest e-commerce market in the region and one of the best brains here. We are seeing a lot more interest in Taiwan and many firms are coming here to do research and development and test their products."

 

 

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