JULY 8-11, 2019

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JULY 8-11, 2019

“It’s your baby. You want to see it thrive”

– Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger
Hear from our network of CEOs, founders, industry leaders and investors on what’s going to make your startup a success. Learn from the people who’ve done it all before at Startup University.


Meet our 2018 speakers

Innovation is not a goal, it is an ongoing process Keyvan Peymani, Head of Startup Marketing, Amazon

Every company is faking it ’til they make it, there’s no making it, the story doesn’t end Jager McConnell, CEO, Crunchbase

You have to hire people better than you Anna Fang, CEO & Partner, ZhenFund

Companies that attend

What's happening?

Explore each stage of building a startup with heavyweight CEOs, founders and investors. Meet the people leading the behemoths of tomorrow and share your startup's story. Startup University features five highly curated tracks.

Starting a startup

When’s the right time to start up – is it ever perfect? Explore all you need to know before taking the plunge in this dedicated track.


What’s the best way to execute your idea?
What do you need to know when recruiting and building your team?
What are the risks when starting a startup?

Venture capitalists

In this track learn how and when to approach investors, and whether seeking funding is the best route to take with your startups.


When should you start raising your first round?
What’s the best funding model for your startup?
What are the best approaches when pitching your startup?


Learn how to beat the burn rate in the scale track. From expanding your team to going after new customers, we’ll help you negotiate startup growing pains.


How do you best manage the growth of your startup?
How should you grow your and customer base?
Slow vs fast scaling: What are the benefits of both?
When should your startup IPO?

Internal and external communications

If you can’t tell your startup’s story, who will? Learn how to tell the world about the company you’re building.


How do you deal with your startup’s press?
What’s the best way to grow your brand?
How do you scale your company’s culture?


Ninety percent of startups fail. In the competition track, hear how you can tip the odds a little more in your favour.


How do you instil a winning mentality in your company culture?
What should you do if your startup fails?
How does a startup exist outside of Silicon Valley?

The event was packed with hundreds of tech startups eager to raise their profile
The Economist

The optimism at the RISE technology conference here in Hong Kong is palpable

Everywhere you go it’s buzzing and it’s electric

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