“Born to be the Boss” Startup Event Aiming To Boost Enterprise In Hong Kong

Inaugural Conference To Inspire, Connect And Support Aspiring Entrepreneurs And Startups

HONG KONG, 27th November 2018 –Aspiring entrepreneurs, business founders and members of the SME community will come together this week for JEM’s “Born to be the Boss” Startup Conference, an initiative to boost enterprise support in Hong Kong.

Taking place at theDesk Leighton Centre on Thursday 29th November, the event which serves as a celebration of self-starters will give first-time business founders the opportunity to hear and speak with successful entrepreneurs that include Dhiraj Mukherjee, Co-founder of Shazam, Douglas Young, Co-founder of Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) and Derek Kwik, Managing Partner of Brave Soldier Venture Capital.

The programme will also feature a panel discussion with established local entrepreneurs who will discuss their struggles, plus the highs and lows of their own startup journeys.

Moderated by television and radio journalist Karen Koh, panelists include: Pilar Morais, Co-founder of CHI Residences; Lori Granito, Founder of Legendary Coaching, Boss Lady Millionaires, Kitchen Sync, Magnolia and Go Gourmet; Jonathan Glover, Founder of The Butchers Club; Thomas Hui, Co-founder and CEO of theDesk; and Bruno Lee, Founder of Project Curiosity.

According to the JEM Group’s CEO Janet Middlemiss, Hong Kong startups have a great deal of potential but further support is needed locally to help them progress beyond the small business stage. “Although the number of startups is on the rise, many are sole proprietors and small businesses who have expressed that they need more support.”

Statistics released by the Companies Registry show that the total number of local companies registered under the Companies Ordinance was 1,383,946 at the end of 2017, up 42,723 from the corresponding figure for 2016.

In 2017, a total of 160,229 local companies were also newly registered with the Registry illustrating that the entrepreneurial spirit within the territory continues to grow.

As a social enterprise, JEM through its “Born to be the Boss” entrepreneurial campaign provides information, insight, resources and connections to help budding entrepreneurs reach their business goals and grow their ventures. “Through initiatives such as our conference, JEM’s aim is to support aspiring entrepreneurs by giving them the guidance, confidence and inspiration to turn their business ideas into reality,” says Ms. Middlemiss.

To date, the event has received strong support from across the entire entrepreneurial and business ownership community, including the following trade associations and organizations:

  • Entrepr

  • Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide

  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Junior Achievement Hong Kong


  • Next Chapter

  • Startup Weekend | Techstars

  • The Entrepreneur Club

  • The British Chamber of Commerce Business Angel Programme

  • TiE Hong Kong

  • WHub.

In addition to the main conference session, the event will feature a networking cocktail reception sponsored by MyiCellar, a cellar management tool that allows wine enthusiasts to easily access information on different wines and tasting events, while tracking every bottle that they have purchased and tasted!

A proportion of the profits from “Born to be the Boss” will also be directed to aspiring entrepreneurs on Kiva, a non-profit crowd-funding platform which provides access to startup capital that assists budding business owners from developing regions of the world start and launch their own ventures.

Full details regarding the conference can be found on JEM’s website at www.thejemgroup.org. Alternatively, interested parties are invited to contact, Ms. Melanie Hill at melanie@moventusgroup.com for more information.

About the Conference

“Born to be the Boss” brings together leading business founders and thought-provoking speakers to share the entrepreneurial lessons that they have learned to inspire and support early-stage startups.

Run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the event is a celebration of self-starters where budding business owners come together to share ideas, knowledge, inspiration, connections and opportunities.

About JEM

The JEM Group is a social enterprise that is spearheading a unique global initiative to empower any person from any walk of life with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take their creative ideas and make them happen.

To do so, JEM offers an approachable facility for people to explore and develop their creative talents whether their passion is to start a business, become a chef, make their mark in the world of sport, music, fashion or drama, or instigate a not-for-profit cause.

This is achieved by offering platforms where not only young people but anyone of any age who has a creative ambition can turn to seek insight and information, network with like-minded individuals, and have access to successful mentors in their field of choice, as part of steps to make their ideas a reality.

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