The aim of the one-day event was to foster growth of local start-ups beyond incubation and seed-stage into scalable businesses. J.A.D.E. serves as a platform for entrepreneurs and investors to interact and share their insights but with a specific focus on crucial methods for start-ups to scale, including product-market fit, lean start-up methodology, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, as well as to expand globally.
Ms. Wendy Kok, Founder and CEO of J.A.D.E. kicked off the conference with an opening speech, followed by a keynote speech made by Mr. Albert Wong, CEO of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation. Among the many luminaries and distinguished industry veterans present included Mr. Hendrick Sin, CEO and Chairman of CMGE Group; Mr. Stephen S.Y. Wong, CEO of Asia Miles; Dr. Hobert Wai, Partner of Black Tiger Capital; Mr. Lap Man, Co-Founder and CEO of DYXnet Group and Managing Partner of Beyond Ventures; Mr. Sammy Hsieh, Co-Founder and CEO of iClick Interactive (NASDAQ: ICLK); Dr. Marietta Wu, Managing Director of Quan Venture Fund and Co-Founder of Zai Lab (NASDAQ: ZLAB); as well as Dr. Sridhar Iyengar, Co-Founder of Elemental Machines and Co-Founder of Misfit Wearables.
Ms. Wendy Kok, Founder and CEO of J.A.D.E., said, "We strongly believe in resources sharing and collaboration among all in the start-up eco-system. Hong Kong is well positioned as an enabler of start-ups in this era of innovation and, following the success of J.A.D.E. Conference 2018, we are ready to kick start a series of programmes to foster development of the entrepreneurship eco-system of the city. It is J.A.D.E.'s vision to reach out to more enterprising minds and help build resilient entrepreneurship."
About Joint Association to Develop Entrepreneurship (J.A.D.E.)J.A.D.E. is a platform to facilitate experience, knowledge, networking, and technology exchange for the perpetual growth of the entrepreneur ecosystem. The association aims to build up the Hong Kong start-up ecosystem by elevating innovators and investors through cross-pollination with Silicon Valley practical experience and networking to re-ignite Hong Kong innovators' entrepreneurial spirit to bridge the unmet local and global innovation gaps. For details, please visit: https://the-jade.org.
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