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On the road: Doug Checks in from Hong Kong

By Doug Gould, Head of Community

I arrived in Hong Kong late last Thursday night and had a full Friday jammed with meetings. Started off speaking with Brinc, an IoT accelerator started by a group of Silicon Valley veterans and IoT experts who came together with the goal of helping startup teams take their consumer technology projects to market faster through expertise in product development, manufacturing, and distribution. We also have a team from Canada in their latest batch, Grovo.

On Friday, I went out to a public-private partnership called Cyberport, where one of last year's K50 companies, Snapask, is based. It's a massive coworking space hosting everything from small teams to the offices of Microsoft in Hong Kong. From there, I headed over to the office of InvestHK, the government fund that is working to help the startup ecosystem in Hong Kong. There's an opportunity to help drive youth participation across their initiatives and we discussed how Kairos might be able to fill that gap. They have an event coming up in February that we're exploring how to get more involved in. Stay tuned!

I also visited another public-private partnership called Science Park. Similar to Cyberport, they are a massive coworking space but more focused on the sciences and healthcare. They are also looking at getting more engrained with universities and young entrepreneurs, the next steps are working on helping bridge the work they are doing with whats happening for young entrepreneurs. They are also looking for more global exposure for the projects they are working on to drive international startups to Hong Kong.

We finished the day with a tour of the IoT accelerator, Brinc, and talk from the founder, Bay Mclaughlin. He gave an inspirational speech to the Fellows, and heard about what they are working on. Afterwards, we all headed out to dinner to hang and get to know each other a bit better. 

One thing I want to call out, the work of our Regional President Earl Ng and the HK Chairman Vince Fong has been incredible. They have really hustled, putting in time and a lot of hard work to position Kairos Society to be deeply engrained in the startup ecosystem in Hong Kong. It's the hard work of people like them that make this community so great and full of exciting potential. 

Doug Gould

Head of Community

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