–I’m excited to announce that Casey Lau will co-host RISE with me in Hong Kong in 2 weeks time. When I first met Casey in Hong Kong I was so impressed by his incredible passion for helping Hong Kong startups succeed. It was infectious. He loves startups, and he’s the perfect co-host of our inaugural conference in Asia.
Casey is leading a series of initiatives in the build-up to RISE for Hong Kong’s startup community, details of which he’s been sharing on Twitter. More than 80 startups from Hong Kong will be at RISE.
Many of them will battle it out in their very own pitching competition – Breakthrough HK. Casey and our team have put together something special to get the best unfunded startups built in Hong Kong to pitch on stage. The competition is open to any HK startup that has received little to no funding and is no more than 12 months old. The top 20 startups will present in front of distinguished investor panels and influential media.
Some more about CaseyCasey is arguably Hong Kong’s leading start-up evangelist/advocate. He launched one of the first HK-based web design studios, and co-founded one of Asia’s first e-commerce sites. In 2009 he started, with 3 other entrepreneurs, StartupsHK to ignite the tech startup scene in HK. He helped grow the ecosystem from 4 founders to 10,000+ members today through the first HK co-workspace, the first startup conference as well as mentoring, matching and mixing startups, media and investors in local events and reaching further through social media. Casey works as the Asia-Pacific Community Development Manager for SoftLayer’s Catalyst program which allows him to travel the region to mentor and connect with startups in Tokyo, Singapore and Shanghai.
“OUR FIRST EVENT IN ASIA”Casey was instrumental in us picking Hong Kong for our “Asian Web Summit”.
Over the last few years we’ve been blown away by the number of Asian startups travelling all the way to Dublin for Web Summit. They have also made their way thousands of miles to attend Collision in the US. They all told us we could not afford to ignore Asia. So I am thrilled to see over 500 startups exhibiting at RISE.
When we started Web Summit in 2010, we never intended it to be Europe’s biggest tech conference. Our focus was on creating the best little startup conference we could. People liked it. And from those first 400 attendees, word spread, and it grew to 22,100 attendees from 110 countries 4 years later. In fact in Hong Kong we thought we would set up a small event for a few hundred people – a bit like our first Web Summit five years ago. Happily RISE is set to welcome thousands of attendees.
By day, RISE will take place in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Networking by night will see us taking over Wyndham Street in Central HK.
Casey and I look forward to welcoming you to RISE. We’ll see you in Hong Kong on July 30 at the opening party. Make sure to stop us both and introduce yourself.
If you haven’t got your ticket yet, you can still grab one. Not long to go… I can’t wait to get to Hong Kong. I arrive on July 24. See you then.