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Startup Day – Sustainable Futures


09:00-17:20 (UTC/GMT+8)

Main Conference Program

9:00-9:45 (UTC/GMT+8)


9:45-10:00 (UTC/GMT+8)

Welcome Remarks and Opening Remarks 

Welcome Remarks
Mr Stephen Phillips
Director-General of Investment Promotion
Invest Hong Kong
Keynote Speech
Dr Bernard Chan Pak-li, JP
Under Secretary for
Commerce and Economic Development
of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
10:00-10:30 (UTC/GMT+8)

Empowering Sustainable Futures

Hong Kong is uniquely positioned to be a key contributor in empowering sustainable futures. Looking at key challenges and necessary enablers, this fireside invites to a dialogue for impact.

Professor Christine Loh, SBS, JP, OBE
Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite

Chief Development Strategist
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Ms Karena Belin
CEO & Co-Founder
10:35-11:15 (UTC/GMT+8)

Panel 1: Emerging Trends in Fashion Innovation

Ms Elisa Harca
Asia CEO
Red Ant Asia
What are the latest developments in fashion innovation, especially as it relates to sustainability?
Mr Angus Tsang
Assistant Manager
Research and Investment
The Mills Fabrica
Dr NERVINO Esterina
Assistant Professor
City University of Hong Kong
Ms Joanne Chow
Ms Annika Visser
The Head of Brand
Ms Lisa Wong-Farcis
Sustainability Manager
Asia Pacific
11:15-11:55 (UTC/GMT+8)

Panel 2: Positive Impact through Foodtech

Mr Ben Wong
Head of Open Innovation
Eureka Nova
What kind of foodtech are innovators working on, and what kind of impact can we expect to see?
Mr Manav Gupta
Founder & CEO
Ms Sonalie Figueiras
Founder & Editor in Chief
Green Queen
12:00-12:40 (UTC/GMT+8)

Panel 3: Attracting Innovation to Fast Track Hong Kong’s Journey Towards a Low-Carbon Future (Powered by ReThink)

Mr Chris Brown
Founder and Director
ReThink Hong Kong
Mr Desmond Marshall
Managing Director
Rouge International & Rouge Ventures
Ms Nikki Spurdle
Head of Sustainable Innovation
The British Consulate-General in Hong Kong
Ms Einav Nixon
Commercial Consul & Head of Economic and Commercial Mission
Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong


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12:45-13:15 (UTC/GMT+8)

Startup Showcase

Mr Deniz Tekerek
Co-founder and
Chief Commercial Officer
Mr Justin Chan
CEO, Co-founder
Gense Technologies
Mr Martijn Ros
Co-Founder and
Chief Operating Officer
Tech Pro Green Limited
14:00-14:40 (UTC/GMT+8)

Panel 4: Investing into Real Greentech

Mr Jordan Kostelac
Asia Pacific Director of PropTech
With so much capital being invested into sustainability and climate technologies, how do investors ensure that their capital and investment is going towards technologies, companies & innovations that are making a real impact are not just greenwashing?
Mr Alexander Bent
Managing Partner
Undivided Ventures
Mr Kevin Lee
Head of Smart Facilities Management
SOCAM Development Limited (SOCAM)
Ms Ellie Tang
Sustainable Investing
Fidelity International
Ms Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed
Global Head of Impact
Rosewood Hotel Group
14:40-15:20 (UTC/GMT+8)

Panel 5: Seeking Alpha – Hong Kong Sustainable Start-ups

What are some common attributes behind these HK start-ups that enable them to attract funding while working towards a sustainable future? How could they balance the need of "seeking alpha" from VCs, without compromising their vision and mission?
Mr Fred Li
Executive Director
Gobi Partners GBA
Mr George Chen
Co-founder and CEO
Ecoinno HK Limited
Ms Winnie Wong
Chief of Staff
Mr Sidhant Gupta
Dr Maggie Wang
Associate Professor
JC School of Public Health and Primary Care
Faculty of Medicine, CUHK
Beth Bioinformatics Co., Ltd (BethBio)
15:40-16:20 (UTC/GMT+8)

Panel 6: Impact Valley: How Start-ups Collectively Reimagine a Sustainable Community (Powered by SVhk)

Can Start-ups be a force for good? If so, exactly how? As impact investors are desperately looking for impact start-ups that could address our social and environmental challenges, a purpose direction could be a promising way for start-ups to tap resources in the impact ecosystem. In this session, speakers will showcase their experience in pursuing the dual mission of profit and purpose in one go!

Mr Francis Ngai
Founder and CEO
Social Ventures Hong Kong
Green Monday
Ms Juliana Lam
Founder and President
Ms Ellen Lau
Director of Nomad Management


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16:20-16:50 (UTC/GMT+8)

Panel 7: Sustainable Supply Chains

Regional snapshots of current supply chains, and what role can HK play in contributing to more sustainable supply chains over the coming decades?
Mr James Cunningham
Director of Sustainability and Business Development
Speed Sourcing Ltd.
Ms Connie Kay
Regional Director, Global Account Management – APAC
Crane Worldwide Logistics
16:50-17:05 (UTC/GMT+8)

Keynote: Hong Kong, the Next Top Sustainable City

Mr David Liu
Founding Advisor for
Moment Fintech
Regional Managing Director
Head of ESG Advisory, APAC
17:15-17:20 (UTC/GMT+8)

Closing Remarks

Mr Charles Ng
Associate Director-General of
Investment Promotion (Sector Specialists)
Invest Hong Kong
Concurrent (9:00-17:00)

Startup Clinic

5 service providers ranges from talents recruitment, company secretary, legal and marketing industry will be here to provide free consultation.

Concurrent (9:00-12:30)

ATEC2022 Startup Competition Semi-finals

The Asia Technology Entrepreneurship Conference (ATEC) is the largest university alumni club-led technology conference and startup competition in Asia. They are bringing their Pitch Semi-finals to our Startup Day – Sustainable Futures.

Fireside chat with Gabriel Li, Managing Partner of Orchid Asia

LIVE Startup Pitches (6 Semi-Finalists) & Q&A with Judges 
• 2 Finalists to be selected by ATEC Semi-Finalist Judges
• 1 Finalist to be selected by Popular Vote

ATEC Semi-Finalist Judges
• Anna Cheung (Director, HKEx)
• Thomas Chou (Partner of Morrison Foerster)
• Irene Chu (Partner, Head of New Economy and Life Sciences, KPMG China)
• Gabriel Li (Managing Partner, Orchid Asia)

Panel Discussion with ATEC Judges
• Xinxing Chen (Special Counsel Private Equity/M&A, Baker McKenzie)
• Howard Cheng (COO, Cyberport)
• Maureen Ho (Private Equity/M&A Partner, Morrison Foerster)
• Anthony Woo (Director of Ventures, CMA)

Announce Top 2 Winners from ATEC Judges & Audience Voting

Announce Finalists & Networking


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Concurrent (10:30-17:00)

Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund Venture Hours

This month Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Venture Hours has moved to our Startup Day – Sustainable Futures. Click the link and reserve a slot to meet the investors.

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