We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of incredible startups who have applied to exhibit at RISE. Last month Paddy visited seven cities in seven days across Asia with some of our team. They met amazing entrepreneurs, investors and the next wave of unicorns. I absolutely can’t wait for the rest of the team to meet some of these companies in Hong Kong at the end of July.
We have an amazing 80 startups from Hong Kong alone coming to exhibit over the 2 days at RISE. Check out some of them below.
Nanoleaf is a green technology company that focuses on maximising energy efficiency in lighting products. Their journey started out on Kickstarter where they received overwhelming support. They describe their products as an origami art looking crosshatch between science fiction and avant-garde, with just the right mix of design and technology. While the first LED bulbs on the market were only powerful enough to replace a 40-watt bulb, the Nanoleaf One provides the same amount of light as a standard 75w, 100w or even 115w incandescent bulb. Impressive.
Notey is a topic-focused blog platform that have raised $1.6 million recently. The service itself is akin to an RSS reader at first glance, but with an emphasis on discovery and curation, and a very cool design. Blogs are an immensely popular medium but they exist independent of social networks. Their ecosystem lacks a structure amenable to easily search. That’s what Notey aims to solve. It aims to bring the best of the blogosphere in a super-simple platform.
HotelQuickly is the leading last-minute hotel booking app in Asia Pacific. Founded 3 years ago and headed by two ex-Rocket Internet executives, they’ve raised $5.7 million so far. The app lets users book “last minute” hotel rooms at heavily discounted prices. The folk at HQ believe people can and should experience last-minute traveling because spontaneous moments enrich life. Sounds like our kind of people. In June the app reached 1 million downloads, so looks like it’s one to watch.
Shopline is a service that allows non-tech-savvy merchants in Asia to launch self-branded, web and mobile online shops in minutes. The mobile focus of the platform means the process can be done using only a smartphone. The service is free and comes complete with marketing tools. Very handy. This Hong Kong-based startup took part in 500 Startups’ US-based accelerator program and have raised $1.2 Million so far.
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Anna is a storyteller at heart and is particularly passionate about telling the stories of startups. After returning from a year working in New York City's tech sector, she now writes for Collision, Web Summit, RISE and SURGE.