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HKSTP Hosts Global Entrepreneurs at First-Ever Hybrid Elevator Pitch Competition to Spark a Week of GBA and International Business Opportunities

Global startups connected with leading investors and corporations as HKSTP’s unique EPiC experience returns


05 Nov 2021


Photo 1: This year’s EPiC event was held in hybrid format for the first time, allowing top-notch startups and global partners to go beyond geographical boundaries and join the virtual EPiC event and journey live at sky100.  

Photo 2: Mr Alfred Sit, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology (front row, middle); Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology (front row, 5th from right); Dr Sunny Chai, BBS, JP, Chairman of HKSTP (front row, 6th from right); Mr Albert Wong, CEO of HKSTP (front row, 6th from left), and HKSTP senior management on the stage along with the 10 finalists.

Photo 3: HKSTP incubatee archiREEF beat other finalists to be crowned champion, winner of Green Tech & Construction Tech Category, as well as “My Favourite Pitcher” award, taking away a cash prize of over US$100,000.

Photo 4: This year’s EPiC event returned to sky100, re-creating a genuine 60-second elevator pitch experience for the participants. This photo is showing the pitching process of PointFit Technology, winner of the Health Technology Category.

(Hong Kong, 5 November 2021) – Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) today held its first-ever hybrid Elevator Pitch Competition (EPiC), with over 600 startups from Hong Kong and around the world joining the annual signature event. HKSTP is approaching 20 years of leading innovation in Hong Kong with the return of EPiC 2021 to its iconic home at sky100 at the top of the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon to re-create a genuine 60-second elevator pitch experience.

In its sixth year, the annual EPiC event in hybrid format for the first time, allowed overseas innovators to go beyond geographical boundaries and join the virtual EPiC event and journey live. This year’s event surpassed all expectations, attracting over 600 entries from 40 countries and cities across five continents. A total of over 160 contestants entered the semi-final round, with nearly 60% from overseas.

This year’s overall EPiC Champion, Winner of Green Tech & Construction Tech Category, as well as the “My Favourite Pitcher” award belong to Hong Kong-based archiREEF. The Greentech startup beat all other finalists with its innovative climate solutions and eco-engineering technology for ocean ecosystems restoration. The company combines expertise in marine biology and the latest technologies in 3D printing techniques and material science to create artificial habitats that are best suited for different marine life anywhere in the world.

The other three tech category winners included: FinTech Winner, Hong Kong-based Wizpresso; Health Technology Winner, Hong Kong-based PointFit Technology, and Smart City Winner, Israel-based Intelligent Traffic Control (ITC). All EPiC entries this year were focused on one of four key themes: FinTech, Green Tech & Construction Tech, Health Technology, and Smart City. 

Albert Wong, CEO at HKSTP, said: “The return of our flagship pitching and investment event EPiC 2021 at the iconic sky100 is the ideal platform to lead into our 20th year, while the record participation is a showcase of the city’s growing entrepreneurial strength and world-class I&T potential. The EPiC week of activities provides a unique borderless experience that educates and connects innovators around the world with insights to sharpen entrepreneurial skills and deepen knowledge on the thriving Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area market. EPiC is where we unlock opportunities, where innovation begins and where talent flourishes as pioneers and innovators connect in a genuine haven of global innovation and investment.” 

EPiC is a week-long platform generating opportunities not only for the winners but for all participants. Global and local entrepreneurs have interacted with active investors and innovation ecosystem leaders at this year’s EPiC competition. Meanwhile, physical and virtual guests from various industries and territories explored a wealth of GBA and international business partnership, as well as investment opportunities. The competition leads on to the Investment & Business Matching from November 8-12 and finally the Investment Conference on November 12, to complete a week of immersion into HKSTP’s world-class I&T ecosystem.


Since its inception in 2016, HKSTP’s EPiC has drawn a huge number of international participants to grasp a one-minute elevator pitch opportunity to some of the most demanding investors and judges in Hong Kong. The top ten finalists were given another opportunity to face the judges in a three-minute live pitch and two-minute Q&A. The overall champion took away a cash prize of US$100,000, while each of the category winners received a cash prize of US$10,000 and all ten finalists won US$6,000 each.

List of Winners:

Award

Company

Market

Overall Champion and Green Tech & Construction

Tech Category Winner

archiREEF

Hong Kong

FinTech Category Winner

Wizpresso

Hong Kong

Health Technology Category Winner

PointFit Technology

Hong Kong

Smart City Category Winner

Intelligent

Traffic Control (ITC)

Israel

My Favourite Pitcher

archiREEF

Hong Kong

Other Top 10 Finalists:

Aortyx

Spain

 

Clear Robotics

Hong Kong

 

Novai

UK

 

Papkot

France

 

TicTAP –

Simply Connect

Spain

 

Vista InnoTech

Hong Kong

 

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