Drive Hong Kong to a City Transformation with Intelligence and empower Collaborative Innovation Over 200 industry leaders and entrepreneurs gathered at Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Program (EYE Program) Gala Event to share insights on how to strengthen communications between corporations and entrepreneurs. Top 6 teams including 36Link, GreenActs, HomeTaste, iSTYLEUP, Lifespans Ltd. and Preface Holdings were presented for their excellency on their ideas and innovation to make Hong Kong a smarter living city.
EYE Program, powered by Google and supported by Asia Miles Limited, HKT, and New World Development Company Limited., aims to drive collaborative innovation across industries, by connecting leading corporations and startups.
Since the kick-off in June, participating entrepreneurs and corporate leaders completed 5-month dedicated mentorship, 8-module Innovation Boost Workshops, Insight Night by Corporate Partners, Alumni Networking, and Trip to Singapore. They worked closely with mentors and industry leaders to brainstorm creative solutions related to lifestyle loyalty program, information and communications technology (ICT), and smart living.
Industry leaders in Hong Kong collaborate and promote innovation
Attending the EYE Program Gala Event include Dr. David Chung Wai-keung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government; Charles Ng, Acting Director-General of Investment Promotion; Leonie Valentine, Managing Director of Sales & Operations, Google Hong Kong; Stephen S.Y. Wong, CEO, Asia Miles Limited; Steve Ng, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing & Solutions Consulting, Commercial Group, HKT; Teddy Liu, General Manager – Corporate and Talent Development, New World Development Company Limited; Ada Au, Manager, Global Customer Experience – Greater China, Google; Edwin Lee, Founder & CEO, Bridgeway Prime Shop Fund Management Ltd.; Stan Tang, Founder and Chairman of Stan Group (Holding) Limited; and Nancy Ting, Head of SMB Marketing, Google. Speakers not only shared their famous failure and how did they pivot to success; senior executives from Corporate Partners and Google discussed how to drive Collaborative Innovation, promote creative thinking within organizations, and collaborate with entrepreneurs. This is critical for the future of Hong Kong.
Seizing Opportunities for Smart Mobility City
Leonie Valentine, Managing Director of Sales & Operations, Google Hong Kong, highlighted that Hong Kong is one of the leading cities with advanced infrastructure on information and communications technology. With 79% smartphone penetration, Hong Kong is well equipped for new business development such as FinTech, smart living, and m-commerce, making Hong Kong a “Smart Mobility City”. Google Hong Kong strives to promote the adoption of technology, empower businesses and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong to succeed in digital era, and solve real-life problems with smart use of technology. The EYE Program is an excellent platform to promote Collaborative Innovation.
City Transformation with Intelligence
“The EYE Program has become a rendezvous for young entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors and the government to gather and share innovative ideas for a better future. New ideas from young entrepreneurs can be implemented, while corporates also are encouraged to take steps forward and foster open, creative culture within. In 2017, the program will be themed around people and city transformation with intelligence. For example, we will discuss how to tackle challenges due to aging population using data and technology; or how to make Hong Kong a smart mobile city with intelligence. We look forward to cooperating with key stakeholders in Hong Kong achieve city transformation with intelligence, and showcase the best of Hong Kong,” said SL Ho, Program Director of EYE Program.
EYE Program aims to empower young entrepreneurs and encourage entrepreneurial spirit. 2016 cohort will continue to receive dedicated mentorship until this December. They will also become the members of EYE Alumni Network, which continues support to entrepreneurs and grow the network together.
This year’s EYE Program is also supported by Supporting Partners, including blueprint, Center for Entrepreneurship of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Cyberport, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, Hang Seng Management College – Executive Development Center, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, InvestHK, Jumpstart Magazine, K11 Concepts Limited, Lan Kwai Fong Group, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Institute for Entrepreneurship, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Wave, Uber, Visa Hong Kong Limited, and W Hub; Strategic Partner SLLIN Consultants; and Overseas Partners including Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) – BASH, DBS Innovation Group、KPMG、Resort World Sentosa and Tech in Asia.
About EYE Program 2016
Think 10X, not 10%. EYE Program 2016 is found based on Google’s philosophy and empowers both entrepreneurs and corporates in Hong Kong by making collaborative innovation possible. The program serves as a platform for entrepreneurs, corporates, business executives, government and investors to collaborate, generate and implement innovative ideas that tackle everyday business issues and bring values. Highlights of this year’s EYE Program include dedicated mentorship supported by senior executives and seasoned entrepreneurs, 8-module intensive Innovation Boost workshops, Insight Night by industry leaders, Shadowing with Corporate Partners, Trip to Singapore, as well as Gala Event.
Key features of EYE Program 2016: dedicated mentorship supported by senior executives, 8-module intensive Innovation Boost Workshops, Insight Night by industry leaders, Alumni Networking, Shadowing, and Singapore Trip and Gala Event.
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