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STARTUP LAUNCHPAD INVESTMENT COMPETITION

AsiaWorld-Expo , OCT 18 - 21, 2018

WIN UP TO $100,000 WORTH OF PRIZES

ACCELERATE YOUR BUSINESS & BECOME INVESTOR READY

Applications for our second Pitch Competition are now open to startups from all over the world. 


Apply now for the Startup Launchpad Investment Competition in Hong Kong 


To Win $100,000 worth of prizes and even possible investment. 


And get fast tracked in the HKSTP Elevator Pitch Competition to win $120K investment funding & $10K USD cash

Meet Potential Investors, Alliance Partners & Consumers

LAST YEAR'S WINNER

WHO CAN APPLY?

1. You have a hardware product or a retail solution

2. You have a working prototype or MVP of your product

3. You are less than 5 years old

4. You are a mid to late stage startup

WHAT ARE THE COSTS TO APPLY?

THE SLIC APPLICATION IS FREE TO ENTER GIVEN THAT YOU FIT THE REQUIREMENTS

FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM. BE AS PRECISE AS POSSIBLE

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WE WILL APPROVE OR DENY YOUR APPLICATION

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ONCE APPROVED, UPLOAD YOUR PITCH DECK

03

HOW TO APPLY

YOU MUST BE A MID OR LATE STAGE STARTUP

YOU MUST HAVE A WORKING PROTOTYPE

IMPORTANT DATES

31 AUGUST 2018

STARTUP CONTEST APPLICATION END DATE

SEMI-FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT

SEMIFINALS ON THE STARTUP STAGE

FINALS ON THE INVESTOR PITCH STAGE

15 SEPTEMBER 2018

18 OCTOBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

22 - 24 OCTOBER 2018

STARTUP ECOSYSTEM TOUR

26 OCTOBER 2018

HKSTP EPiC 

PITCH COMPETITION

FAQ

We want you to succeed and become the next unicorn so we’ve included lots of extra perks for startups who apply including:

  • Top 10 startups automatically enrolled into the top 100 of EPiC and join the pitch on 26 Oct 2018
  • Round-trip economy class ticket sponsored and arranged by HKSTP for top 10 overseas (non-Hong Kong) startups selected
  • All applications will be enrolled into EPiC to join the selection process in September as a second chance to join the EPiC Pitch
  • Networking opportunities with the investors and expert judges
  • Access to our Ecosystem tour in Hong Kong & Shenzhen
  • Access to our Exhibition show at the Startup Launchpad Expo
  • Access to our conference program featuring international speakers and topics covering the Future Of Retail

Am I guaranteed to pitch?

Unfortunately, only 10 startups will be selected to pitch in front of our investor panel. Once your applications are sent in, we will narrow it down to 10 startups based on the following criteria: 

  • Business Model: (0 - 10 points)
  • Team: (0 - 10 points)
  • Market Validation: (0 - 10 points)
  • Presentation: (0 - 10 points)
  • Product Idea: (0 - 10 points)

How long will I have to pitch?

  • Top 10 semi-finalists will have 5 minutes to pitch and 3 minutes of Q&A at Startup Launchpad pitch stage on Day 1 
  • Top 3 finalists will have 10 minutes to pitch with 10 minutes for Q&A on the Startup Investment Day in front of a fresh group of panel judges

What if I also want to exhibit at the Startup Launchpad Expo?

  • No problem. The top 10 semifinalists automatically get a free Launch Pod at the show. For the rest of you, feel free to email us at launchpadhk@globalsources.com

Will I get to meet and network with the judges?

  • Of course! Our judges are generally more than happy to have a chat with startups pitching. We only ask that you be respectful of their time and of others who may want to speak with them as well. You will also have access to the panel of judges as well as the 37,000 global retailers, 6,000 manufacturers and 300+ startups.

What extra perks do I get as a Pitch Competitor?

*Disclaimer: If you are selected to pitch you consent for Startup Launchpad and Elevator Pitch Competition to film and photograph you on stage, use your likeness as well as public company images (including logo, theme, branding, etc..) for the purpose of marketing Startup Launchpad and Elevator Pitch Competition through our newsletter, social channels, and other means of communication with the general public.

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