Venture in Focus

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (CVCF), the region’s global tech venture event, presents “Venture in Focus” with the latest industry insights and fresh perspectives on smart investments & digital transformation for you to pivot in the new normal. Stay with us for more insider viewpoints to come!

CVCF2020 Webinar Series: Capturing EdTech Opportunities in Greater Bay Area

EdVentures Global Business Acceleration Fellowship, a spotlight of this year’s Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (CVCF) staged a webinar for ventures interested in EdTech opportunities in the Greater Bay Area.

In a panel moderated by Cyberport’s Chief Public Mission Officer Eric Chan, leaders from enterprise, investment, legal and consultancy fields shared great insights on EdTech’s industry environment, market entry, policy, funding and global marketing platform in the Greater Bay Area. Here are the highlights:

John Tsang, Founder, Esperanza:

“We believe that we can learn from and collaborate with one another in developing effective solutions with global significance.”

Eric Chan, Chief Public Mission Officer, Cyberport:

“Many overseas companies see Hong Kong as the perfect place to land in Asia, using Hong Kong as launch pad for the China GBA region as well as the neighbouring countries in southeast Asia.”

Laura Shi, Executive Director, Investment of Greater Bay Area Development Fund Management Limited:

“It has been proved as a great strategy to have companies based in the greater bay area and to develop the Chinese market and that’s always a right move to start from Hong Kong.”

Catherine Tsang, Partner – Tax & China Business Advisory Services, PwC Hong Kong:

“Infrastructures and funding programmes supported by the government will unleash economic development in GBA area and create business opportunities for both young entrepreneurs and corporations who are looking to do business in the region. “

Ming Kwok, CEO & Founder, Trumptech Group:

“Hong Kong is a very good test bed for the EdTech industry to make sure you are in the right track developing the right product.”

Joe Lam, Managing Director, Pearson Greater China and India Hub:

“Capital and hardware manufacturers are the key benefits of GBA; innovative of the business model and the pay model are key success factor for doing business in China.”

Eunice Chiu, Partner, Disputes Resolution Group, Oldham, Li & Nie:

“Hong Kong as a city can be a good gateway into the GBA area and providing lots of legal resources.”

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Asia Venture Capital Forum

With the support of all participating members, ‘Asia Venture Capital Forum 2020’ (AVCF 2020), jointly organised by the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association with Hong Kong Cyberport and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, was concluded with great success! Opened to investors and entrepreneurs from around the world, the seventh edition of the Forum covered a range of topics including corporate venture capital, PropTech, logistics, international economic landscape and several panels differentiated by investor niche and geographies.

Mr Eric Chan, Chief Public Mission Officer of Cyberport, moderated the ‘Investment Outlook’ panel session during the forum. He first briefly introduced Cyberport as a one-stop platform for funding, mentorship and networks for start-ups, and outlined ‘Cyberport Investors Network’ and ‘Cyberport Macro Fund’ as our two key initiatives in terms of venture capital. Here are the highlights:

Eric Chan, Chief Public Mission Officer, Cyberport:

“Cyberport provides one-stop platform for funding, mentorship and networks to help start-ups succeed. Cyberport Investors Network raised more than 361 million dollars and successfully matched 26 partnerships since its inception in 2017.”

Cindy Chow, Executive Director, Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund; Chairperson, Cyberport Investors Network (CIN) Steering Group:

“Start-ups should re-evaluate their profit metrics now. Teams are recommended to build a strong company culture and spirit for teamwork and lay a strong foundation during the crisis so they can come out even stronger.”

Duncan Chiu, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Radiant Tech Ventures:

“Sharp drop in early stage investment is projected and start-ups working on POC should focus on near-term revenue and may need to avoid long-term R&D now. Logistics and HealthTech start-ups are getting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Ben Cheng, Managing Director, C Ventures:

“Portfolio companies are advised to preserve cash and prepare for recession.  Start-ups should achieve profitability in the shortest amount of time now. COVID-19 is a catalyst to boost the online shift where 5G and AI will form the eCommerce and social media backbone. ”

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