WHAT IS STARTUP LAUNCHPAD


Startup Launchpad is Asia’s largest hardware startup tradeshow and conference event, featuring more than 200 startups and 35 speakers over an 8-day period. The event takes place twice a year in Hong Kong, every April and October, and draws over 66,000 attendees from around the world.

OCT 2016 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


Learn more about the journey of being a hardware startup and network with industry experts through a comprehensive conference program on topics regarding ideation, validation, manufacturing and distribution.

October 11, 2016
Virtual Reality - 5 Topics
13:00 - 17:00 - Speakers from HTC, 3 Glasses, Immersively, Cherrypicks, Digital Magic Limited
October 18, 2016
Smart Home - 7 topics
12:30 - 16:55 - Speakers from Deepoon, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Kaizor Innovation, Remotec Technology Limited, Dragon Creative Enterprise Solution Limited, Qorvo, Microsoft
October 12, 2016
Validation - 6 Topics
13;00-16:40 - Speakers from Indiegogo, Industrie IT Asia, Mesh Ventures, HAX, BroadLink, Data Science Ltd.
October 19, 2016
Validation - 6 topics
13:00 - 16:40 - Speakers from Cyberport, Brave Soldier Venture Capital, HKUST, Brinc, HWtrek, UniMaker
October 13, 2016
Manufacturing - 5 Topics
13:00 - 17:10 - Speakers from Kirmuss & Associates, PassageMaker Group, China Manufacturing Consultants, ProductIP, Jabil
October 20, 2016
Manufacturing - 4 Topics
13:00 - 16:40 - Speakers from Ricebox, SGS Hong Kong Limited, PassageMaker Group, Jabil
October 14, 2016
Distribution - 4 Topics
13:00 - 15:40 - Speakers from RadioShack, Backer Stores
October 21, 2016
Distribution - 3 Topics
13:00 - 15:30 - Speakers from Floship, Sweet Light International Limited

"It’s an awesome place for you to find crazy things that you just won’t find anywhere else."

– Ben Bateman, Director of Strategic Programs of Indiegogo

"An amazing platform to allow startups to turbocharge their businesses."

– Prof. Michael Sung, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Indiegogo

"A fantastic platform for emerging hardware startups that are looking for distribution."

– Jonathan Tam, Business Development Manager of Nanoleaf

"Startup Launchpad offers us a new opportunity to tap into  trending products and technologies from groundbreaking companies."

 – Howard Chen, Managing Director Asian Division of Brookstone

OCT 2016 SPEAKERS


Our inspiring conference sessions spotlight key people and trends germane to the hardware startup community.

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Ben Bateman

Senior Director of Strategic Programs, Indiegogo

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Derek Kwik

Managing Partner, BraveSoldier Venture Capital

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Benjamin Joffe

General Partner, HAX

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Lucas Wang

CEO, HWtrek

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Nick Ramil

Head of Validation, Brinc

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Kevin Leung

Director of Vive X, HTC

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Yang Yang

CEO, UniMaker

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Peter Yueng

Head of ICT, Smart City & Green Tech

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Ben Bateman
Senior Director of Strategic Programs, Indiegogo
Ben Bateman is Indiegogo's Senior Director of Strategic Programs, and currently leads Indiegogo's China efforts. He has been a key player in building Indiegogo's hardware category, and now focuses on helping Asia-based companies launch products internationally through Indiegogo. He is passionate about making hardware entrepreneurship more accessible. Over the past four years he has worked with some of Indiegogo's largest campaigns including the Ubuntu Edge, JIBO, Skully, Axent Wear, and many more.
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Derek Kwik
Managing Partner, BraveSoldier Venture Capital

Derek is an early "returnee" to Asia with over 25 years of market entry experience. He is one of the most respected technology community leaders and is involved with nearly every accelerator/incubator/co-working space in Hong Kong.

Since 1999, Derek has reviewed over 15,000 business plans and pitches beginning with first generation internet companies when product offerings were limited to free email, web browsers and chat rooms.Since 2004, Derek is the Managing Partner of BraveSoldier Venture Capital, a technology venture capital fund.

With over 500 "day trips" to Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, Derek has supervised manufacturing operations for electronics companies in telecommunications, robotics, sports watches and pc peripherals.

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Benjamin Joffe
General Partner, HAX

Benjamin Joffe (@benjaminjoffe) is a Partner at HAX, a Shenzhen and San Francisco-based global accelerator solving the world’s problems through hardware. With over 150 IoT, robotics and health tech portfolio companies, HAX is a global leader in early stage hardware investment. Notable companies include Makeblock, NextThing (makers of the $9 computer) and Simbe Robotics. HAX B2C startups ran over 60 successful crowdfunding campaigns with an average funding above $400,000, including 8 in the world’s Top 100.

Benjamin is also an angel investor and a frequent speaker in global tech conferences including TechCrunch Disrupt, Pioneers and TEDx. He has been a guest columnist for TechCrunch, China Entrepreneur Magazine and has been featured in numerous media such as Forbes, WIRED, Bloomberg and The Economist.

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Lucas Wang
CEO, HWtrek

Lucas is the CEO of HWTrek, the largest global platform for hardware innovators and industry. HWTrek provides online planning and team collaboration tools, supply chain management services, and channels for global market expansion.

Before HWTrek, Lucas founded TMI (Taiwan Mobile Innovation), which makes early stage investments and incubates promising entrepreneurs. More than 16 startups have been incubated through the support of TMI, ITRI, and WI Harper. Previously a partner in WI Harper, Lucas led the TMT team in Beijing and Taiwan, and co-invested in Kai-Fu Lee's new venture, Innovation Works. In addition, Lucas directed the project and market development of RFID products at MTI Technology, a well-recognized wireless communications manufacturer.

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Nick Ramil
Head of Validation, Brinc
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Kevin Leung
Director of Vive X, HTC

Kevin is the director of Vive X and the head of Shenzhen Vive X. He set up the Accelerator Operation and spearhead a number of government and academic initiatives in the city of Shenzhen.

Kevin has almost 20 years of technology and entrepreneurial experiences in Hong Kong and China, ranging from Dot Com, Fintech, Entertainment, Investment, New material and Hardware. He ran one of the first highly successful Kickstarter campaigns based in Hong Kong. His product was covered in ABC, CBS, Fox, Yahoo, TechCrunch and has been distributed in the premium channels of more than 20 countries. He was also a 5 stars winner in the TV reality show of "I'm a boss" in Hong Kong.

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Yang Yang
CEO, UniMaker

Yang Yang is the Founder of UniMaker and CEO of World Maker Group. He graduated from Engineering Systems in University of Warwick, involved in Low Volume Manufacturing and customisation. He worked as a designer for ThyssenKrupp Accessibility (UK) Ltd.

After 11 year in the UK, he returned to Shenzhen and had his own startup to build up 3D printers and 3D printing education in 2012, created 3D printing brand UniMaker. He work with many makerspaces and incubators all over China. After years in the manufacturing supply chain, Yang is managing World Maker Group (WMG) to help hardware startups bring their prototype into production all over the world, including many succeeded Kickstarter projects manufactured in China. His entrepreneurial story has been reported on EETimes, CCTV and the BBC.

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Peter Yueng
Head of ICT, Smart City & Green Tech
Ir Yeung, Head of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Cluster and Green Technology Cluster of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, is responsible for the cluster development, market strategy and development of the Smart City technology platform. A Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and served as the Chairman of the Electronics Division (2009-2010 Session) of the Institution. Ir Yeung has over 25 years of experience in business management and technology development. Peter holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Oregon State University and a Master degree in Business Administration from the York University of Toronto. Peter is also a member of IEEE and the Pau Beta Pi Engineering Society.

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