French Tech Tour China 2017 Hong Kong station pitch session was successfully held on 7 December 2017 in SmartBiz Expo. During the event, prominent guests made their presence to support 12 elite French start-ups. A panel discussion was held to thoroughly analyse the technological development in the Greater China Region. The start-ups also presented their business ideas to the audience. The event ended with a networking cocktail with the presence of more than 70 local and international tech community members.
On 6-8 December 2017, 12 French start-ups in innovation and technology field came to Hong Kong to participate in the immersion programme “French Tech Tour China 2017” (FTT China 2017). This 2-week programme allows them to visit four Chinese metropolises – Shenzhen/Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. They are going to participate in local trade fairs and pitch sessions, and meet potential local partners in tech communities.
Pitch session at SmartBiz Expo
During the FTT China 2017 Hong Kong Session, apart from having B2B meetings with local companies, the 12 start-ups also participated in SmartBiz Expo, a brand-new trade fair for technological innovations and e-commerce field. A special pitch session was organized on-site in the fair on 7 December 2017. The event started by opening speeches of various prestigious speakers, including Mr. Eric Berti, Consul General; Dr. David Chung, Under Secretary of Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) of HKSAR Government and Mr. Charles Ng, Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion of Invest Hong Kong. These VIP speakers gave meaningful and detailed analysis on French tech communities development and the government policies of tech field in Hong Kong. Dr. Chung delivered his speech, thoroughly introduced and analysed Hong Kong government’s policies in supporting start-ups and development of technology and innovation. Following was the speech by Mr. Ng, also gave a detailed address on Hong Kong technological development.
Mr. David CHUNG, Under Secretary of Innovation and Technology Bureau (ITB) of HKSAR Government
Mr. Charles NG, Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion of Invest Hong Kong
Mr. Eric BERTI, Consul Général of France in Hong Kong and Macao
The event continued by a panel discussion hosted by Mr. Gene Soo, Director and Co-Founder of StartupsHK, and participated by Mr. Fred Sheu, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Hong Kong; Mr. Simon Yeung, Executive Director and President of Comba Telecom International; Mr. Chadi Hantouche, Senior Manager of Wavestone; Mr. Romain Aubert, Coordinator of French Tech Hong Kong and Shenzhen; and Mr. Alexandre Artru, Business Line Manager of Pramex International. Together, they discussed the opportunities and challenges tech communities in Hong Kong facing, as well as the issues to note for foreign tech companies wish to enter the market of Greater China. This panel discussion gave the audience and the start-ups an inspirational prospect to enter the China market.
Panel Discussion on the challenges and opportunities for startups in Hong Kong. From left to right: Mr. Gene SOO, City Mapper; Mr. Fred SHEU, Microsoft Hong Kong; Mr. Simon YEUNG, Comba Telecom; Mr. Chadi HANTOUCHE, Wavestone; Mr. Romain AUBERT, French Tech HK & SZ; Mr. Alexandre ARTRU, Pramex
12 start-ups later presented their business ideas consecutively, they introduced their latest solutions developed, services and products to the audience. The 12 selected start-ups cover the elites in areas of e-commerce, e-marketing, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, mobile applications, internet optimization and smart city, manifested the richness and diversity of the French tech ecosphere. Several exhibitors in the fair also expressed their interests in meeting the start-ups afterwards. A cocktail reception with prominent guests including government officials, management staff members of different enterprises as well as local and foreign media gave a perfect wrap-up to the event.
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