By : Min Chen
May 9, 2019
Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong
Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide (FEW), an O2O community that works to empower female business leaders and entrepreneurs, brought together a group of exceptional founders and the city’s leading tech editors to explore the topic of tech journalism. Before taking a seat in the stunning heritage building, attendees were met with the Innovation Corner, where they could better understand the startups that would be sharing their stories later in the evening.
The FEW team kicked off the event by welcoming the founders to pitch and discuss how their companies are making waves in their respective industries. First on the stage was Everise Co-founder Janet Teo, who spoke about her experience building the successful AI-infused business outsourcing startup, offering advice about how to juggle multiple roles as a female business leader. She listed “live your life with curiosity” and “have some humor” as two of her life mottos.
Teo was followed by Greenstrike, a company working to eradicate mosquito populations using zero hatch technology, and children-focused headphones brand, Buddyphones. Other companies included PRIZM Group, R-Guardian, The Method Consulting, Charmfidence, and social AR company Internet of Stories, which presented a live demo of its creative Snapchat filters.
The ‘Ask Tech Editors Anything’ panel took place after the sharing sessions; it was made up of Bloomberg Senior Reporter Lulu Chen, Reuters Correspondent Sijia Jiang, SCMP Senior Editor Luisa Tam, and moderator and Genavieve.co Founder Genavieve Alexander. They explored a range of topics, including which Innovation Corner startup left the biggest impression on them, the kinds of stories they are personally drawn to, and how to accelerate brands in the press.
The panel offered a lively discussion that provided varying perspectives and takeaways, with an emphasis on the importance of adding a human touch, such as building long-term relationships with journalists and getting to know the people behind the writing. All in all, the event was a great example of genuine community building, an arena where FEW excels. –MC