Angel x Angel Conference 2018 Brings Together Investors And Start-ups To Explore Emerging Opportunities In The Greater Bay Area
Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 – Around 300 start-ups, angel investors, venture capitalists, technology companies and representatives of industry organisations from Hong Kong and the Mainland gathered today for the “Angel x Angel Conference 2018”, jointly organised by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and the Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN) and supported by Ernst & Young. The conference themed “The Road to IPO in the Greater Bay Area” provided a valuable platform for investors and start-ups to learn about capital investment trends and opportunities for cross-border investment from well-regarded angel investor networks, including the China Angel Investor Club and the China Young Angel Investor Leader Association. Mr Yang Xiangyang, Council Member of China Angel Investor Committee, shared angel investment insights and how to nurture entrepreneurial spirit in the Greater Bay Area.
The conference highlighted artificial intelligence, biomedical technology, fintech and blockchain, all of which are the focused areas for innovation and technology development in Hong Kong. Twelve start-ups in those technology fields shared how they successfully attracted investment funds.
An investor matching session was also held during the conference, offering 50 Greater Bay Area start-ups the opportunities to pitch their business ideas in one-on-one meetings with 20 Hong Kong and Mainland venture capital firms.
Mr Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said the conference was one of a range of channels created by HKSTP to help start-ups raise funds and accelerate the commercialization of their research results.
“We know that start-ups in different stages of development need the support of investors. Today’s conference is remarkable in that it brings together investors and start-ups to empower the ecosystem and foster investment opportunities in the Greater Bay Area which is becoming increasingly attractive to global innovators. Hong Kong should leverage the city’s attributes that complement the neighboring cities, to help the local and Mainland companies venture out, while attracting global companies to Greater Bay Area. I believe investor sentiment will become increasingly positive in the region, driven by our rapid innovation and technology development,” Mr Wong said.
Dr Samson Tam, Chairman of HKBAN, said Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area was an important springboard to help China’s venture capital to go global.
“As an international financial center with a robust rule of law and a diverse pool of professional talent, Hong Kong is a key gateway for connecting the Greater Bay Area with other cities in Asia and the world. HKBAN is committed to promoting collaboration between venture capitalists and investors and entrepreneurs. We believe that a sound cross-border investment mechanism will help strengthen the interaction between different industry streams in the Bay Area and give impetus to developing new generations of innovative technology. Hong Kong should capitalize on the city’s inherent strengths in pooling global resources and serve as the bridgehead for the Greater Bay Area to go international,” Dr Tam said.