The Startup Launchpad Spring 2018 – Consumer Electronics was held on 11-14 April 2018 at AsiaWorld-Expo. Being one of the supporting partners of the Show, Dr. Eric Leung, the Associate Director of the Technology Transfer Center, was invited to be one of the officiating guests of the Opening Ceremony.
6 start-ups from HKUST participated in the show to showcase their cutting-edge technologies and products. These start-ups include: 3DK Tech Limited, AuVi Entertainment Inc. Limited, Hong Kong Innovative Display Technology Limited, iSTEM Limited, Pear Limited and WEXTECH HK LIMITED.
3DK Tech Limited, iSTEM Limited, Pear Limited and WEXTECH HK LIMITED were selected to win the Analyst’s Choice Award as part of the Show. Aiming to help buyers find new and innovative products at the show, the products should have the following features in order to be selected to win the Award:
- The product has a unique, innovative, unusual, different or new feature, design or function;
- The product has a feature, function or capability that is not available in other products in the market;
- The product is new, recently released within the last 3 months, or upcoming;
- The product is the first of its kind in Asia or the world.
Among 200 start-ups participated in the Show, only 20 start-ups were selected to win the Award.
Business matching were provided for HKUST start-ups. Pear Limited went to the Huawei Campus to pitch Huawei investment VP and Huawei consumer electronics team.
“This event provides us with a great opportunity to meet buyers all over the world.” said Michael, the company delegate of Hong Kong Innovative Display Technology Limited, “We found lots of collaboration opportunities here. They were mainly trading company and a few retailers. We are glad to meet visitors all over the world, including India, Mainland China, Japan and Korea.” According to the Event Evaluation Survey collected from the participating start-ups, each HKUST start-up met around 60 potential collaborators on average. Cherishing this opportunity offered by HKUST, they would be eager to join the show next year.
About Startup Launchpad
Startup Launchpad (SULP) is the Asia’s largest hardware trade show that facilitates global distribution between startups and renowned online and offline retailers. As one of Global Sources iconic initiatives, the Startup Launchpad has entered its 3rd year, where more than 700 technology start-ups showcased their cutting-edge products and technologies since its launch in October 2015.
Held twice a year in Hong Kong - Startup Launchpad continues its impact in the start-up ecosystem. 200 hardware startups showcased their latest products to buyers worldwide in April 2018 and more than 50 thought leaders will be sharing their expertise to the community in an effort to build Hong Kong’s value proposition as an innovation hub. In addition, this will promote a business-friendly environment to all kinds of companies, including start-ups, while also enhance Hong Kong’s position as a leading international trade and business center with a focus on high-valued, creative products and activities. Global Sources Consumer Electronics has 3,800 booths with consumer electronics, gaming, components and smart living products.
About Global Sources
Global Sources (GlobalSources.com), a business-to-business media company, is one of the largest facilitators of trade with Greater China. It has been serving the international trade industry for more than 46 years. The trade shows series has built on its strengths over the past decade in Hong Kong, notably the electronics series, and has become an important fixture on the calendar of many of the world’s largest electronics buyers.
Dr. Eric Leung (fourth from left), The Associate Director of HKUST Technology Transfer Center officiated the Opening Ceremony of the Startup Launchpad April 2018.
The HKUST Pavilion at Startup Launchpad