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- HKSTP Announces the Latest Tech Innovations and Solutions from Companies at Hong Kong Science Park
Big Data applications, Smart Living and Smart Healthcare solutions showcase the diversity and vibrancy of the Innovation and Technology Ecosystem at Science Park
George Tee, Chief Technology Officer, HKSTP, (third from the right) showed his support for Park companies showcasing their latest innovations in three technology areas - Smart Living, Smart Healthcare and Big Data applications. Technopreneurs who were involved in the product showcase include (from left to right):
Eco Link’s NanoFIL multi-functional nano air filter effectively removes airborne particulates as tiny as PM 2.5, along with the ability to remove volatile organic compounds, odour, formaldehyde and kill bacteria.
Growgreen launched asparaTM, the Hydroponic Smart Grower equipped with specialised LED grow light, smart sensors and a fully automated watering system. It provides an optimised growing environment for anyone wanting to grow vegetables at home.
FreightAmigo is a 24/7 real-time freight e-marketplace offering services that include sea freight, air freight, rail freight, domestic and contract logistics, insurance and trade finance, and even last-mile IoT-based delivery tracking services.
Manson Webtech introduced the Doctor. Q app, a smartphone/ tablet app for virtual queuing for medical care, bringing complete transparency in searching, selecting and connecting patients with medical practitioners.
Visiona MedTech’s VisionaDR is a web-based image analysis service platform that allows healthcare service organisations to provide diabetic retinopathy screening to diabetes patients virtually anywhere at affordable costs.
(Hong Kong, 6 November 2018) - Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is committed to supporting local Innovation and Technology (I&T) companies in bringing their innovative ideas to commercial success. HKSTP today showcased five Park companies with their latest innovations and solutions from three of Science Park’s focus technology areas - Smart Living, Big Data applications and Smart Healthcare.
George Tee, Chief Technology Officer, HKSTP, said that HKSTP strives to provide tailored support to help companies at Science Park grow: “Hong Kong Science Park is the city’s flagship base for R&D and incubation. We are committed to nurturing local I&T companies. With our recent launch of new initiatives, enhanced programmes and support services, we are providing a wide range of support the start-ups need at their various stages of growth. We placed substantial efforts in enhancing our value- added services such as technical support, lab services, communications and marketing assistance, as well as accounting and legal consultation. We aim to incubate about 1,500 I&T companies over the next 5 years, building upon the strong and robust ecosystem we have in Hong Kong, and further capture the global opportunities for Hong Kong people.”
“The innovations and services we showcase today not only are solid proof of the creativity and R&D capabilities of our start-ups in Hong Kong, but also show their dedication in developing solutions that tackle the challenges faced among the Hong Kong community. This speeds up our progress of Hong Kong into a smarter city,” added George.
Four out of the five companies are incubatees of Hong Kong Science Park: Eco Link and Growgreen from the Incu-Tech Programme; FreightAmigo and Manson Webtech from the Incu-App Programme. Visiona MedTech is already an incubation graduate. HKSTP’s incubation programmes help companies in business areas such as investment matching, market access and business expansion. As of September this year, the programmes currently have over 260 incubatees. Since the inception of these incubation programmes, over 570 companies have graduated and they have won more than 600 innovation awards between them.
Recently, HKSTP enhanced its funding programmes and value-added services to help start-ups receive different types of support throughout their business lifecycles, in line with their needs. This include extending Incu-App’s incubation period to 2 years, and increasing the financial support for Incu-App and Incu-Tech programmes of up to HK$320,000 and HK$480,000 respectively. HKSTP will introduce a new seed funding initiative, Science and Technology Entrepreneur Programme (STEP), to provide subsidies for budding start-ups and enterprising individuals. Meanwhile, the support for Global Acceleration Academy (GAA) and Leading Enterprises Acceleration Programme (LEAP) will also be expanded to allow more high-potential technology companies to build a solid business foundation and prepare for their development.
Overview of the five innovations and services from the Hong Kong Science Park companies
|Company||Area of Innovation||Innovations and Products|
|Eco Link||Smart Living||
NanoFIL - multi-functional nano air filter.
High-efficiency NanoFIL can filter PM2.5 airborne particulates, with low pressure drops, to remove volatile organic compounds, odour, formaldehyde and kill bacteria. This product can be applied to a large variety of air filters, effectively improving indoor air quality.
NanoFIL uses advanced nano-electrospinning technology. The diameter of a nanofibre is only 1/1000th of the width of human hair. The use of nano-electrospinning technology can achieve low pressure drop but at the same time maintaining high filtration efficiency. NanoFIL is developed and designed in Hong Kong.
aspara - hydroponic smart grower
asparaTM is a Hydroponic Smart Grower designed for homes. Thanks to its specialised LED grow light design, smart sensors and fully automated watering system, aspara provides an optimised growing environment for everyone to grow vegetables at home.
Coupled with its mobile app, aspara also provides users with plant-growing advice and cooking recipes, to allow users to share their progress and results with friends and families.
|FreightAmigo||Big data application||
FreightAmigo - 24/7 real-time freight e-marketplace
FreightAmigo is a one-stop platform to seek quotes, book, track and manage all worldwide shipments. The services on the platform encompass sea freight, air freight, rail freight, domestic and contract logistics, insurance and trade finance, and even last-mile delivery tracking services through IoT devices.
Its vision is to make trade easier for users, supported by insurtech, fintech and blockchain technologies. The platform offers functions and features such as Instant Quote, Tailored Solution, Tender Bidding, Contract Logistics, Cargo Insurance, Freight Consultancy, Track and Trace as well as Trade Finance.
Doctor. Q - virtual queuing app for medical appointments
Doctor. Q is a smartphone/ tablet app (iOS and Android) for virtual queuing, bringing complete transparency in searching, selecting and connecting patients with the right medical practitioners.
Doctor. Q provides a comprehensive directory of medical practitioners and real-time information on their availability. Patients can make advance 24/7 online appointment bookings regardless if they are in Hong Kong or not, in the easiest possible way. Push notifications provide the queue sequence and transparency of the waiting time. The app ensures a better experience patients and medical practitioners alike.
VisionaDR - Retinal image analysis for detection of diabetic retinopathy
VisionaDR is a web-based image analysis service platform that allows healthcare service organisations to provide diabetic retinopathy screening to diabetes patients virtually anywhere, using their fundus camera. This technology is reshaping the delivery models of current preventive healthcare services, allowing diabetic retinopathy screening to be made available easily at affordable costs.
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