We can all agree that 2015 was the best year ever for Hong Kong’s startup scene, thanks to the generous contribution and support from Hong Kong’s startup community. Hong Kong has been celebrating startups with week-long event like 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week (China – Hong Kong) (16-22 Nov) and StartmeupHK Festival 2016 (23-30 Jan). Hong Kong Startup Week is likely to be an addition to this list week-long events in 2016.
Hong Kong Startup Week is coming …
In order to kick this off and see what the startup community can do together in 2016, Startup Week held a “Hong Kong Startup Week Organizer/Community Meetup” at Blueprint on Tuesday, Nov 17, 7pm. Techstar‘s Matt Helt, the program director for Startup Week, was in town from the US and shared some stories and tips on Startup Week.
What is Startup Week?
Startup Week is a 5-day free celebration of entrepreneurship in cities around the world building momentum and opportunity around each communities unique entrepreneurial identity. The goal of Startup Week is bringing the whole startup and public community together to celebrate and share.
Startup Week is 20-200 events in a 5 day period
- Entrepreneur Led: The most successful Startup Week events are led by entrepreneurs who can help reach the entrepreneur community. The lead needs to be a been-there-done-that entrepreneur.
- Volunteer Run: Local individuals help run the tracks, content and logistics. Because it is a free event, we don’t pay people to run the event or activities. It’s about the community: not about creating a job.
- Community Focus: 100% of the event should go towards making the community a better place to start something up.
A Startup Week is a mix of your community’s legacy events and new events that you plan.
Startup Week Stats
- In 2015, 41 Startup Week events was hosted, and over 100,000 people have attended.
- In 2016, 70-80 Startup Week events are expected to be hosted
- Type of attendees range from Entrepreneurs, Service Providers, Sponsors, Students
- Average Attendees are young and highly educated. Typically male 24-35 years old. Seeing more women get involved. Year one of a Startup Week attracts an average of 2,000 attendees. Attendance doubles every year after that until year four.
Startup Week is:
- A way to make a ‘give back’ mentality core to your city
- A discovery tool to find amazing companies and people
- A way to celebrate exciting and achieving companies
Startup Week is not:
- Invite only or exclusionary in any way
- A high ticket $ event
- Held at a hotel ballroom with terrible food
Recap of the meetup
Interested to be involved in Hong Kong Startup Week?
Get in touch.
- Startup Week Program Manager at Techstars
- Regional Development (Greater China) at Techstars
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