Connecting Top Talent and Enterprises to the HK-GBA-China Innovation Powerhouse
(Hong Kong, 2 June 2023) – Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), launched HKSTP’s “Innovation Mixer”, in a mission to boost and elevate the local innovation and technology ecosystem. Following the Singapore leg of the tour, HKSTP continued its overall mission to connect local South East (SE) Asian talent and enterprises to the fast-growing Hong Kong-Greater Bay Area (GBA)-China market opportunities.
As Malaysia seeks to rapidly up-level its digital economy capability, HKSTP’s two-day visit led by HKSTP CEO, Albert Wong and the delegation, is paving a seamless path to technology upskilling and innovation acceleration for Malaysian entrepreneurs.
On the first day in Kuala Lumpur, HKSTP joined a networking dinner with some of Malaysia’s leading government officials and business leaders. These included: Mr. Chang Li Kang, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Mr. Andrew Chiu, Executive Chairman, Land Pacific Development Sdn. Bhd and Mr. Muhammad Ihsan Bin Anwar (son of Malaysia’s Prime Minister), among many others.
HKSTP delegation met with two of SE Asia’s leading and most influential venture capital firms -- 500 Global and SEATech Ventures, to help more promising tech ventures scale up and raise funds regionally and globally.
HKSTP CEO, Albert Wong and the delegation also met with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), a leading agency in driving the digital economy in Malaysia under the Ministry of Communications and Digital, to explore digital economy growth and partnership opportunities to between Hong Kong and Malaysia. HKSTP’s leadership team also hosted a special lunch with the representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology to discuss deeper collaboration to drive innovation between the two eco-systems.
The evening featured the Tech Talent Ignite networking event for top tech talents and entrepreneurs to hear and share views with some of Hong Kong’s world class scale-ups and unicorns. HKSTP featured ventures from Hong Kong Science Park included Aerosim, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Fano Labs, FreightAmigo, Huawei, Lalamove, SenseTime, and Spaceship. In total, there are 150 top talents engaged with HKSTP during the SE Asia tour. Both events received overwhelming responses and high attendee interest in the career and growth opportunities offered by HKSTP and its park companies.
The SE Asia trip concluded with a visit to Universiti Malaya, Malaysia’s top university, to explore research and innovation collaboration as well as talent exchange opportunities. The extensive engagements provided an ideal platform for Malaysia’s brightest talent and growing ventures to connect to growth opportunities, plus world-class expertise in R&D and innovations.
The completion of both Malaysia and Singapore visits generated high engagement and huge interest from key stakeholders across government, business, research, education and local talent communities, including networking opportunities with 50+ Singapore startups, investors and professional service providers. There was a significant number of companies that met with HKSTP and Park company leaders to highlight the exciting potential of joining the SE Asia I&T ecosystems with HKSTP’s I&T ecosystem and the broader HK-GBA-China opportunity.
Photo 1-3: A full house Tech Talent Ignite networking event is held together with featured ventures from HKSTP.
Photo 4: HKSTP launched the “HKSTP’s Innovation Mixer” and completed the four-day trip in Singapore and Malaysia with the park companies. Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP (2nd row, fourth from right) and Fanny Wong, Head of Talent & Human Resources of HKSTP (2nd row, fourth from left) led the delegation with representatives of Science Park tech ventures to connect local talent to join Hong Kong’s I&T ecosystem.
Photo 5 & 6: Mr. Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP (fourth from left) joined a networking dinner with some of Malaysia’s leading government officials and business leaders on the first day in Kuala Lumpur, including Mr. Chang Li Kang, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation (centre); Mr. Andrew Chiu, Executive Chairman, Land Pacific Development Sdn. Bhd (fourth from right) and Mr. Muhammad Ihsan Bin Anwar, son of Malaysia’s Prime Minister (third from left).
Photo 7: HKSTP delegation met with Mr Nick Davison, Director of Marketing Strategy at 500 Global (first from left) and Ms Mei Chel Tan, Partner at 500 Global (second from left).
Photo 8: Mr. Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP, and the HKSTP delegation met with Ms. Jocelyn Chan, Market Access Lead, Digital Export (sixth from right), Mr. Jesse Chooi, Head of Unicorn Development of Digital Export (centre), Mr. Kelvinder Singh, Business Development Manager of Foreign Digital Investment (sixth from left), and representatives of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
Photo 9: HKSTP's leadership team hosted a special lunch with representatives from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Photo 10-11: HKSTP delegation met with Mr. Chin Chee Seong, CEO, President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director of SEATech Ventures (left).
Photo 12-13: HKSTP delegation visited Universiti Malaya and met with Professor Dr. Yatimah Alias, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International) and International Relation Centre of Universiti Malaya (seven from left, left photo).