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Jumpstarter (startup pitch event in Hong Kong)

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JUMPSTARTER 2017

Jumpstarter is a first-of-its-kind startup event that unites and empowers Hong Kong’s hottest startup sectors. We believe even the best ideas need a jumpstart, a lift and a boost. Our goal is to give young dreamers in Hong Kong’s startup scene a jumpstart with a series of pitching events, a lift by facilitating learning among entrepreneurs, and a boost in the form of networking opportunities with investors.

WHO CAN APPLY?

If you are an early-staged entrepreneurs (from Seed to Series B) with Hong Kong ties and you fulfil the following requirements, you are eligible to apply:

  • Startup is less than 5 years old
  • Startup has raised less than US$10m in funding
  • Startup has core or substantial operations in Hong Kong or has plans to set up in Hong Kong
  • Seeking for investment stage: Seed, Pre-A, Series A, Series B

HOW DOES THE STARTUP PITCH WORK?

ON THE PITCH DAY

Pick your language

  • Present your ideas on stage in English, Cantonese or Mandarin
  • Present your Pitch deck in English or Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese

Pitch Timer

  • Our pitch timer will begin once you start your pitch on stage

8 SEMI-PITCH EVENTS

  • 12 startups are shortlisted to pitch at each Semi Pitch
  • 10 minutes of pitch time is given to each startup:
    • 6 minutes for the actual pitch
    • 4 minutes for judges Q&A session
  • The Top 3 startups will be selected from each Semi Pitch to enter the Grand Finale

1ST ROUND PITCH AT GRAND FINALE

  • The Top startups selected to pitch at the 1st Round Pitch
  • 12 minutes of pitch time is given to for each startup:
    • 8 minutes for the actual pitch
    • 4 minutes for judges Q&A session
  • The Top 6 startups will be selected for the Final Pitch

Final Pitch at Grand Finale:

  • 15 minutes of pitch time is given to each finalist:
    • 10 minutes for the actual pitch
    • 5 minutes for judges Q&A session
  • Top 3 finalists are entitled to an investment commitment up to US$3 million by the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund

WHAT ARE OUR JUDGING CRITERIA?

Innovation and Creativity (25%)

  • How innovative is the product / service / application / adoption
  • How differentiated is the product or service from existing competitors; What is the competitive advantage of the product or service
  • What is the value proposition of the product or service

Hong Kong Nexus & Community Impact (25%)

  • Business plan / key operational functions are carried out in Hong Kong
  • Percentage of development being carried out in Hong Kong
  • Contribution to the society through its products / services

Market Potential, Business Model and Financial Performance (25%)

  • How competitive is the market; what are the barriers to entry; Any first mover advantages
  • What is the market potential; Can the product or service be scaled
  • How will the product or service generate revenue
  • How financially sound is the business

Team Background and Relevant Strength (25%)

  • Team has the capabilities and expertise to execute the business plan
  • Team’s ambition, attitude, drive, passion, vision and culture

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