Inaugural J.A.D.E. Start-Up Conference in Hong Kong a Big Success

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Entrepreneurs, Incubators and Venture Capitalists from Around the World Share Insights and Connect

HONG KONG – (ACN Newswire) – The Inaugural J.A.D.E. Start-Up Conference – “Building Resilient Entrepreneurship”, co-organised by the Joint Association to Develop Entrepreneurship (J.A.D.E.) and Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, concluded today and was a tremendous success. Designed to encourage deep dive interaction and exchange, J.A.D.E. limited the number of attendees to the conference at 120 entrepreneurs, mentors, incubators and venture capitalists and presented them with an intimate setting, allowing them to make personal connection. J.A.D.E. Conference 2018 made a unique occasion in Hong Kong and even Asia.

The aim of the one-day event was to foster growth of local start-ups beyond incubation and seed-stage into scalable businesses. J.A.D.E. serves as a platform for entrepreneurs and investors to interact and share their insights but with a specific focus on crucial methods for start-ups to scale, including product-market fit, lean start-up methodology, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, as well as to expand globally.

Ms. Wendy Kok, Founder and CEO of J.A.D.E. kicked off the conference with an opening speech, followed by a keynote speech made by Mr. Albert Wong, CEO of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation. Among the many luminaries and distinguished industry veterans present included Mr. Hendrick Sin, CEO and Chairman of CMGE Group; Mr. Stephen S.Y. Wong, CEO of Asia Miles; Dr. Hobert Wai, Partner of Black Tiger Capital; Mr. Lap Man, Co-Founder and CEO of DYXnet Group and Managing Partner of Beyond Ventures; Mr. Sammy Hsieh, Co-Founder and CEO of iClick Interactive (NASDAQ: ICLK); Dr. Marietta Wu, Managing Director of Quan Venture Fund and Co-Founder of Zai Lab (NASDAQ: ZLAB); as well as Dr. Sridhar Iyengar, Co-Founder of Elemental Machines and Co-Founder of Misfit Wearables.

Ms. Wendy Kok, Founder and CEO of J.A.D.E., said, “We strongly believe in resources sharing and collaboration among all in the start-up eco-system. Hong Kong is well positioned as an enabler of start-ups in this era of innovation and, following the success of J.A.D.E. Conference 2018, we are ready to kick start a series of programmes to foster development of the entrepreneurship eco-system of the city. It is J.A.D.E.’s vision to reach out to more enterprising minds and help build resilient entrepreneurship.”

About Joint Association to Develop Entrepreneurship (J.A.D.E.)
J.A.D.E. is a platform to facilitate experience, knowledge, networking, and technology exchange for the perpetual growth of the entrepreneur ecosystem. The association aims to build up the Hong Kong start-up ecosystem by elevating innovators and investors through cross-pollination with Silicon Valley practical experience and networking to re-ignite Hong Kong innovators’ entrepreneurial spirit to bridge the unmet local and global innovation gaps. For details, please visit: https://the-jade.org.

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