Why we really like these 10 intriguing startups

Why we really like these 10 intriguing startups

April 16, 2015 by Anna O'Hare


Be among these startups exhibiting at ALPHA. Apply and exhibit for free. 

Let’s take a look at some of the top startups exhibiting as part of our ALPHA program for RISE in Hong Kong.



Shopa is where shopping gets social, connecting retailers with customers through the power of recommendation. Pivotal in the evolution of ecommerce, the UK and US-based business is focused on unlocking the opportunities that social commerce brings and monetising the power of personal recommendation through its social marketplace.



Algolia was created by veterans in the fields of algorithms, search engines and text mining. They help developers deliver an intuitive search-as-you-type experience in their apps and websites. They strive to provide a developer-friendly SaaS API for database search, and return full results in less than 10ms on average. Impressive. algolia



Nothing delights OneSky more than helping an app pick up a new language. Their platform provides easy solutions to translate mobile apps, websites and documents to fit an agile development cycle.




Qraved provides users with restaurant information, reviews, recommended dishes with photos, promotions, and an instant booking facility. Their vision is to create the best dining experience possible across all occasions.




Tamoco are all about connecting physical media to the digital world. They are a leader in mobile proximity technology and analytics. Definitely one to watch.



KAWO is a Chinese social media management platform which manages the planning, scheduling and approvals for globals brands across social media in China.  It empowers brands to seamlessly integrate live content published across western social media facebook, Instagram and twitter by pulling in the feeds to an inspiration board within KAWO. Teams then collaborate, share, and seek approvals all within one platform.  Now publishing to over 32m Chinese followers across 30+ global brands, KAWO is transforming the way marketers manage brands in China.   Brands include Manchester United, Macy’s, Novak Djokovic, UFC and the NFL.



Nanoleaf is a green technology company that focuses on maximizing 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.




CreoPop is the world’s first 3D pen with cool ink- no hot parts and no melting plastic. Instead, it uses photopolymers that are solidified using LED diodes to let users create amazing 3D designs. All you do is press the button, and create any shape you like- the possibilities are pretty much endless.  


Doobie empowers everyday people to become t-shirt artists. You can instantly personalise high quality custom t-shirts and apparel from anywhere in the world. Their user friendly t-shirt and apparel template make the whole personalising process fun and easy. doobie  


Vee is a matchmaking app in India that recommends verified singles based on your personality and interests. These common areas of interest act like icebreakers. Vee also makes sure that users are verified.   Be among the best startups in the world for free. Apply to exhibit at ALPHA. It only takes a minute.

About the Author

Anna O'Hare
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.