Global Sources Startup Launchpad Returns To Hong Kong 11–14 April At Asiaworld-Expo

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Hong Kong, 28 February 2018 – This spring, Global Sources is bringing Asia’s largest hardware startup trade show, Startup Launchpad, back to Hong Kong. With markets in the region booming, Asia has become the leader in global innovation; 45 Asian companies appeared in the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovator’s report[1]. Startup Launchpad, one of the active players in the startup ecosystem in Asia, provides real business opportunities for every exhibitor at the show.

Connecting over 35,000 buyers from 240 countries and regions, 300 startups and 250 investors, the show will take place from 11th April to 14th April at AsiaWorld-Expo, featuring exciting talks and panel discussions led by global thought leaders from diverse backgrounds. Themes discussed during the conference will include: (1) New challenges to innovation; (2) A deep dive into AI, Big Data and Machine Learning; (3) Investment trends: Connecting capital with investment opportunities in 2018; and (4) Tomorrows tech today: Are we there yet?

Startup Launchpad facilitates trade between global renowned retailers and the latest shelf-ready IoT, AI, smart home, robotics, 3D printing, wearables, VR/AR and other high-growth hardware startups. With the greatest variety of hardware to date, the show attracts quality buyers, distributors and retailers, offering unparalleled opportunities to break into any international market.

With top class peripheral programmes consisting of one-on-one buyer matching, an investors forum, the Startup Launchpad Investment Competition, product demos, workshops and conferences, Startup Launchpad delivers a highly specialized and appropriate immersion for the hardware startup ecosystem, distinguishing itself as the must-visit show not only for sourcing startup products, but for knowledge transfer and thought leadership.

Startup Launchpad had helped us big time in building our global distribution network,” says Christian Yan, Chief Operating Officer at Nanoleaf, one of the exhibitors at Startup Launchpad.“Not only were we able to get our products into big retail store shelves, but we also met key personnel that allow us to work closely with Apple Home Kit!”

Startup Launchpad serves as a brilliant B2B platform where the startup ecosystem meets and learns,” says Minesh Pore, Director of International Business at Global Sources and Head of Startup Launchpad. The opportunities created in the booming hardware industry have attracted the attention of buyers and investors in the region. Attendees will find great value in attending our show as they network, participate in workshops and obtain firsthand information from leaders in the hardware startup industry.”

Conference speakers include Caspar Ter Horst, Managing Director of ProductIP; Duncan Turner, Managing Director of HAX; Derek Kwik, Managing Partner of BraveSoldier Venture Capital; Tommie Lo, CEO of Preface.ai. More information on speakers and conference agenda will be released closer to the event. To learn more about the agenda of Startup Launchpad, you can visit the website at http://launchpadhk.com/Conference2018/schedule/agenda/.

Conference passes are available starting from HKD700 from now until 12th April 2018.

About Global Sources Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China.

The core business facilitates trade between Asia and the world using English-language media such as online marketplaces (GlobalSources.com), trade shows, magazines, and apps.

More than 1.4 million international buyers, including 95 of the world's top 100 retailers, use these services to obtain product and company information to help them source more profitably from overseas supply markets. These services also provide suppliers with integrated marketing solutions to build corporate image, generate sales leads and win orders from buyers in more than 240 countries and territories.

About Startup Launchpad For the 6th time the tech ecosystem will meet in Hong Kong from 11th to 14th April at AsiaWorld-Expo – the biggest expo centre in Hong Kong. For 4 days, thousands of buyers and retailers will gather at Asia’s largest hardware startup trade show to learn and do business.  Startup Launchpad is the source for shelf-ready innovations for over 35,000 buyers from around the world. The conference will consist of exciting talks and panel discussions on topics ranging from challenges to innovation, IoT & big data, investment trends and emerging technology like blockchain, fintech, and more.

Startup Launchpad is hosted alongside with Global Sources Electronics trade show which is the largest sourcing trade show in the world, every April and October. The two shows together attract over 65,000 visitors.

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