HKTDC Entrepreneur Day/Education & Careers Expo open 16 July

HONG KONG, Jul 8, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – In the digital era, people are seeking out more innovative and resilient solutions to further their studies, develop their careers or start a business. The 12th HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) and 30th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo open next Thursday (16 July) to offer comprehensive information on education and employment opportunities, and explore how entrepreneurship is driving social progress and redefining the future. The events provide a one-stop life-planning platform where participants can find a broad range of education and career options and entrepreneurial opportunities. The two fairs are being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and are open to the public free of charge.



For the first time, a futurist will speak at E-Day. The "T-Chat – Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation" seminar will address emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 era, with Gerd Leonhard shedding light on future trends in such fields as business, society and governance in the face of exponential technological progress.


The 12th edition of E-Day will bring together more than 30 speakers and 180 exhibitors, highlighting the practical and inspirational aspects of start-ups that can help to ensure the survival, growth, transformation and sustainability of the current business ecosystem in the face of significant changes and challenges.


The 30th HKTDC Education & Careers Expo features four career theme days, highlighting the development and employment opportunities in different industries each day.



The two-day E-Day exhibition will showcase innovative products and services and stage more than 20 key events to inspire entrepreneurial ventures. In light of the current pandemic, the event has undergone a transformation in terms of format and content, with live seminar broadcasts and online business matching sessions. The expo, which runs from 16-19 July, offers designated zones under two themes, Education and Careers, giving the public easy access to information related to further studies and opportunities in the workplace. The two fairs will bring together around 870 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions.

Insights into the future of entrepreneurship

Under the theme "Revive, Redefine", this year's E-Day will highlight the practical and inspirational aspects of start-ups that can help to ensure the survival, growth, transformation and sustainability of the current business ecosystem in the face of significant changes and challenges, while promoting the agility necessary to embrace future challenges. For the first time, E-day will be joined by a futurist, Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency, who will shed light on emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 era in a seminar titled "T-Chat – Futurising Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation". Addressing the audience from Switzerland, Mr Leonhard will examine the role of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in creating major breakthroughs in a technology-dominated future. He will also discuss entrepreneurship trends and look at what start-ups and entrepreneurs can do to be future-ready. At the event's plenary session, "Revive, Redefine", William Ip, Managing Director of Carousell Hong Kong, and Crystal Pang, Co-Founder of Pickupp, will share how their start-ups are working to redefine their respective industries through pioneering ideas.

A seminar titled "From Crisis to Chances" will examine how entrepreneurs are able to turn the challenging situations presented by COVID-19 into opportunities, highlighting Hong Kong's research excellence. Professor Yeung King-lun from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering & Division of Environment and Sustainability of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Professor HC Man, Dean of Faculty of Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will share how their teams' respective developments – a smart anti-microbial coating called the Multilevel Antimicrobial Polymer (MAP-1) coating and the General Use Face Shield – have helped to combat the pandemic. Katherine Cheung from local education technology start-up Snapask will share on how recent social distancing measures have unleashed opportunities for the Hong Kong-based company in both local and overseas markets.

The newly launched Enterprise Connect series, featuring Arup, Epson and Fung Group, will showcase how enterprises can join hands with start-ups to create shared value and revive businesses across different industry pillars.

Showcasing Hong Kong's excellence in technology

E-Day will feature some 180 exhibitors in three zones – Start-up Arena, the Boosters and Business Opportunities – to showcase start-ups from fast-growing sectors such as biotech, fintech, greentech, healthtech, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and more. The event offers a one-stop platform for start-ups to get inspired, seek funding, source talents and build connections, and for investors to discover innovative products and services.

Among the start-ups exhibiting at E-Day, Hollo, established in 2019, focuses on the development of AI-enabled chatbots for non-governmental organisations and their therapists. The company advances youth therapy practices using technologies such as big data and AI to turn daily records of emotions and mindfulness into online games. A suggested diagnosis is offered to users, helping to reduce the cost of mental healthcare. The start-up was named as World Champion in the 2020 Microsoft Imagine Cup – the first team from Hong Kong to win this honour since the competition's launch in 2003. Another Hong Kong start-up, MIND and Tech, will showcase an ultra-sensitive magneto-nanoparticle-based detection assay/kit which can detect Alzheimer's disease biomarkers in circulating body fluids, enabling diagnosis of the disease and monitoring of its progression. The detection is 100 times more sensitive than the traditional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method and more cost effective.

Crimson Vision Technology Limited will provide a showcase for novel dual-mode near-infrared (NIR) detection technologies and applications in fast and portable detection, including smart agriculture, bio-imaging, environmental sensing, wellness monitoring and more. Other exhibitors include DOSHA Woodcraft, a local wood upcycling furniture company founded by students from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, which turns wood waste such as old pallets, unwanted furniture and fallen trees into quality houseware. In addition, beneficiaries from this year's Start-up Express development programme run by the HKTDC will showcase their products and services at E-Day, helping them to connect with potential partners.

Activities and events tailored to start-ups' needs

A number of special events will be held as part of E-Day including the "Fund & Mentor" Business Matching Session, which engages entrepreneurs and investors in one-on-one pairings; Youth Pitching @ E-Day, which encourages young entrepreneurs to develop ground-breaking solutions to match changing life patterns under COVID-19; and the Start-up Mixer, run in partnership with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, which offers a stage for start-ups, investors and mentors to make new connections, be exposed to creative ideas and opportunities from a wide range of industries, and exchange practical business insights and advice.

Wealth of information to inform decisions on further studies

The Education Zone at the Education & Careers Expo will connect visitors to openings offered by universities, higher education institutions and vocational education organisations, providing the public with access to a range of further education opportunities. Education Theme Days at the expo will cater for the interests of local students looking to study overseas in the United States (17 July), France (18 July), and Japan (19 July), covering the different education systems, characteristics and study environments of each country. Visitors can also meet with representatives from various consulates and official bodies at the International Exchange Village and get first-hand information on further studies or career opportunities around the world. Countries participating in the village include Austria, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States.

Theme days offer employment information, job opportunities at Recruitment Square

In addition to a wealth of information on further education, the expo also features four career theme days, highlighting the development and employment opportunities in different industries each day. Future Tech Talent day (16 July) will feature discussions on digital technology and artificial intelligence and how they relate to daily life and industry development. On Electrical & Mechanical day (17 July), electromechanical engineers from the public and private sectors will discuss the career potential in the industry. On Skills day (18 July), winners of the WorldSkills Competition will share on how people can change their lives through vocational skills. Last but not least, on Aviation day (19 July), professional pilots will share their career experience and the requirements for becoming a pilot. Launched last year, Recruitment Square returns to feature various recruitment platforms, government departments and public and commercial organisations to handle on-site job applications. Over 2,600 job openings will be offered in total, with some employers conducting job interviews on the spot.

The expo will also feature more than 80 events, including celebrities discussing their personal experiences. Among those sharing valuable insights are Chinese tutor Jayden Lam, YouTube stars Nathan Lam and Yelo, radio DJ Bonnie Wong, senior lecturer Dr Dominic Tong and educational institution principal Dr Jeffrey Hui.

Hong Kong Fair Book and Sports and Leisure Expo

The 31st HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair and its highlight event the HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo will be held from 15 to 21 July at the HKCEC, providing a wide range of activities for the general public that will help to cultivate their interest in reading, sports and leisure activities.

Entrepreneur Day
16 July 2020 (Thursday), 10:30am-7pm; 17 July 2020 (Friday), 10:30am-6pm
Venue: Hall 5F, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
Website: http://m.hktdc.com/fair/eday-en/HKTDC-Entrepreneur-Day.html

Education & Careers Expo
16-18 July (Thursday-Saturday),10:30am-7pm; 19 July (Sunday), 10:30am-6pm
Venue: Hall 5G, HKCEC
Website: http://hkeducationexpo.hktdc.com

Photo download: https://bit.ly/3f2Bud6

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

Contact:
Please contact the HKTDC's Communication & Public Affairs Department: Entrepreneur Day Creative Consulting Group Wendy Chan Tel: +852 3159 2962 / +852 6758 4869 Email: wendy.chan@creativegp.com June Wong Tel: +852 3159 2909 / +852 6986 5822 Email: june.wong@creativegp.com HKTDC Leslie Ng Tel: +852 2584 4239 Email: leslie.ss.ng@hktdc.org Education & Careers Expo Coco Yuen Tel: +852 2584 4145 Email: coco.hc.yuen@hktdc.org



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Privity FZ LLE participates in Verofax pre-seed investment round

DUBAI, UAE, Jul 5, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Verofax Limited, a start-up building innovative Traceability services with the application of blockchain, closed its recent pre-seed investment round with participation from Privity FZ LLE, based in the UAE, acquiring an equity stake. Privity is an independent venture-focused advisory firm, founded in Dubai in 2004, that has backed and invested in more than a dozen portfolio companies since its inception.

Wassim Merheby, Verofax CEO, commented, "We are truly thrilled to welcome Privity as a shareholder in Verofax. Traceability plays a key role in upgrading brand owners' business through authenticity validation, advanced product marketing and access to financing and global markets. Traceability is a key enabler of digital transformation to automated and resilient supply chain services. In the markets where Traceability has been deployed such as China, sales increased by over 30% while consumer complaints dropped by 42%. It is just a matter of time for Traceability to become a must for ShopSafe compliance regulations, currently under review in the US."

Mr. Merheby is leading transformation projects for the Health authorities in UAE in relation to eHealth native digital services, and promoting patient safety through the application of integrated technologies. The world has just been hit by a pandemic which clearly points out that Healthcare could be better managed with contactless processes applying technologies such as IOT devices, drones, blockchain, AI, and augmented reality. The most immediate need is for the safe delivery of eHealth services, where Verofax offers wide applicability for the underlying systems of the Healthcare and supply chain industries.

Sleem Hasan, Privity Founder and CEO, said "Privity participated alongside reputed regional investors in the pre-seed round of investment in Verofax. This is also Privity's first portfolio company based in the UAE, and its second HealthTech venture. I am delighted to open Privity's network to Verofax as I find the underlying value proposition of their business idea compelling. COVID-19 has demonstrated the need to transform secure delivery and offer protection to the most vulnerable in our society. Verofax services are perfectly positioned and aligned to secure pharmaceutical deliveries of medication in the region with privacy and safety."

Verofax proprietary traceability and delivery solutions powers unique compliance and brand protection services, including serialization, traceability, anti-counterfeit and anti-diversion solutions. The service supports manufacturers of food, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods, in meeting evolving product traceability regulations and growing consumer demand for product safety, security and authenticity.

About Verofax
Verofax Limited is a blockchain-enabled, traceability service provider established in Abu Dhabi Global Markets, UAE. Verofax services have been accepted by Oracle, Microsoft and Ant Group for co-selling across their established B2B channels. Verofax has recently set up subsidiary entities in Malaysia and Estonia, to offer Traceability-as-a-service across wider geographies.

About Privity
Privity FZ LLE was founded in 2004, an independent venture-focused advisory firm that seeks entrepreneurs with interesting and unique ideas and helps them develop and grow. Privity is agnostic to geography and industry vertical. It focuses on the quality of the entrepreneur and the compelling value proposition of the idea.

Visit Verofax at https://verofax.com, and Privity FZ LLE at http://www.privitylle.com.


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HKTDC Entrepreneur Day: Entrepreneurs and tech talents redefine local industries

HONG KONG, Jun 29, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – The HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (E-Day), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) on 16 and 17 July 2020. Under the theme "Revive, Redefine", the two-day event will bring together more than 30 speakers and 180 exhibitors, highlighting the practical and inspirational aspects of start-ups that can help to ensure the survival, growth, transformation and sustainability of the current business ecosystem in the face of significant changes and challenges.



For the first time, a futurist will speak at E-Day. The "T-Chat – Futurizing Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation" seminar will address emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 era, with Gerd Leonhard shedding light on future trends in such fields as business, society and governance in the face of exponential technological progress.


The 12th edition of E-Day will bring together more than 30 speakers and 180 exhibitors, highlighting the practical and inspirational aspects of start-ups that can help to ensure the survival, growth, transformation and sustainability of the current business ecosystem in the face of significant changes and challenges.



As the anchor start-up initiative run by the HKTDC, E-Day serves as a one-stop platform for start-ups to get inspired, seek funding, source talents and build connections, and for investors to discover innovative new products and services. In light of the current pandemic, E-Day has undergone a transformation in terms of both content and format. Seminars held as part of E-Day will be broadcast live to reach a broader audience across the world, while the HKTDC will also arrange online meetings between start-ups and investors.

Insights into the future of entrepreneurship

Entering its 12th edition, this year's E-Day presents a strong line-up of speakers. For the first time, a futurist will address the audience on emerging issues in the post-COVID-19 era in a seminar titled "T-Chat – Futurizing Your Business: Renaissance from the Age of Digitalisation". The talk will feature Gerd Leonhard, CEO of The Futures Agency, who will shed light on future trends in such areas as business, society and governance in the context of exponential technological progress.

In a technology-dominated era, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming the main drivers for many businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated digitalisation by putting "remote everything" as the default setting. Addressing the audience from Switzerland, Mr Leonhard will share how the future of jobs, work and commerce is being redefined amid the challenges and transformation brought about by the pandemic; examine the role of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in creating major breakthroughs in a technology-dominated future; and look at what start-ups and entrepreneurs can do to be future-ready. He will be joined by Karena Belin, CEO & Co-Founder of WHub, Dr Toa Charm, Associate Professor, Business School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Herbert Chia, Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital China, to discuss how COVID-19 will shape decision-making for start-ups, incubators and venture capitalists in Hong Kong and Asia. They will also answer questions from the floor.

Mr Leonhard is one of the world's leading futurists whose work focuses on the future of humanity and technology, digital ethics, AI, future-leadership and communications. He has taken part in some 2,000 engagements in more than 60 countries since 2004, boasting a global audience of more than 2.5 million people.

How challenges lead to opportunities

A seminar titled From Crisis to Chances will examine how entrepreneurs are able to turn challenging situations into opportunities, offering inspiration to the audience. Highlighting Hong Kong's research excellence and the city's experience in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, Professor Yeung King-lun from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will share how his team reacted to the challenges presented by the global pandemic to develop a smart anti-microbial coating, the Multilevel Antimicrobial Polymer (MAP-1) coating, to control infectious diseases. Designed for use on different surfaces including wood, glass, metals, concrete, plastics, fabrics, leathers and textiles, the coasting provides lasting protection and surface disinfection against microbial contamination for a period of up to 90 days. The university, in collaboration with industrial partner Chiaphua Industries Limited, has applied the smart coating in more than 70 day-care centres, homes for the elderly, kindergartens and primary and secondary schools. In addition, Professor HC Man, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will share on how his team launched the General Use Face Shield, to provide enhanced protection for the public and minimise the risk of virus transmission within the community.

Business opportunities are also arising for start-ups in fields such as fintech, smart city and education technology. Katherine Cheung, Chief Marketing Officer of on-demand online tutoring platform Snapask, will share on how recent social distancing measures have unleashed opportunities for the Hong Kong-based start-up in both local and overseas markets.

Founded five years ago, Snapask is now serving over 3.2 million students with more than 350,000 tutors across eight Asian locations – Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Korea. The start-up has registered an increase of 1.3 million users over the past 12 months, including a big surge due to the suspension of classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Hong Kong, the platform currently has some 40,000 tutors and 200,000 active users, most of whom are high school students with a high percentage of them preparing for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination. Some parents also seek advice while helping their primary school kids with their homework. Understanding the demand from students studying late at night, Snapask has pushed the boundaries of traditional tutoring to offer a 24-hour service. Apart from its app, Snapask is also developing business-to-business (B2B) solutions using AI technology to provide personalised learning resources through big data analysis.

Pioneering ideas help to redefine industries

The E-Day plenary session, "Revive, Redefine", will feature two start-ups that are helping to redefine their respective industries through pioneering ideas. William Ip, Managing Director of Carousell Hong Kong, will share how the company has promoted the concept of a "sharing" future through its customer-to-customer (C2C) marketplace, which has recently been evolving into a business-to-consumer (B2C) Platform. Crystal Pang, Co-Founder of Pickupp, will introduce how the start-up is redefining the delivery industry and expanding its business in the Asian market. Pickupp also works with genetic testing and digital health company Prenetics to provide a door-to-door saliva specimen collection service for patients who need to undergo COVID-19 testing.

The newly launched Enterprise Connect series, featuring Arup, Fung Group and P&G, will showcase how enterprises can join hands with start-ups to create shared value and revive businesses across different industry pillars. The series offers unparalleled opportunities – including speaker sessions, networking sessions and business matching activities – for corporations and start-ups to connect and explore potential collaboration.

Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) details:
16 July 2020 (Thursday), 10:30am-7pm; 17 July 2020 (Friday), 10:30am-6pm
Venue: Hall 5F, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
Website: http://m.hktdc.com/fair/eday-en/HKTDC-Entrepreneur-Day.html

Photo download: https://bit.ly/2Afx9UI

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

Contact:
Please contact Creative Consulting Group or HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department: Creative Consulting Group Wendy Chan Tel: +852 3159 2962 / +852 6758 4869 Email: wendy.chan@creativegp.com June Wong Tel: +852 3159 2909 / +852 6986 5822 Email: june.wong@creativegp.com HKTDC Leslie Ng Tel: +852 2584 4239 Email: leslie.ss.ng@hktdc.org



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Start-up Express Pitching Contest showcases innovative solutions

HONG KONG, Jun 10, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Start-up Express, an entrepreneurship development programme organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), has returned for its third edition. The pitching contest under the programme successfully concluded today as a judging panel selected exceptional start-ups to participate in local and international activities to build connections, explore markets, seek partners and enhance brand awareness. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Pitching Final was livestreamed online with a live polling of the "My Favourite Start-up Award", which was awarded to MICology.



Start-up Express Pitching Final winners photographed with jurors and guests.


Renowned stand-up comedian Vivek Mahbubani, the event host, talks to participating start-ups.


A distinguished judging panel witnessed the rise of new start-up success stories.



Stephen Liang, Assistant Executive Director of HKTDC said: "Start-ups have been affected by the economic downturn like much of the world but the true essence of entrepreneurship is persistence in the face of adversity. There can always be opportunities found amid what otherwise appears to be a crisis. Traditional business and consumption models are seeing a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which can in turn increase receptiveness to new ideas. With outstanding achievements in innovation and technology, local start-ups launched products and services to fight against the pandemic. The HKTDC will continue to support local start-ups in exploring business opportunities amid the pandemic-struck economy, and to promote the city's capabilities in innovation and technology to overseas buyers."

Start-up Express offers global promotion, market exploration

The contestants propose innovative and disruptive solutions to transform business and social ecosystems through biotech, fintech, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) and responded to questions raised by a distinguished judging panel and online audience. This year's juror line-up (listed below) witnessed the rise of new start-up success stories alongside online spectators:

– Calvin Choi, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, AMTD Group
– Jason Chiu, Chairman, Hong Kong Startup Council
– Cindy Chow, Executive Director, Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund
– Duncan Chiu, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Radiant Venture Capital
– Herbert Chia, Venture Partner, Sequoia Capital China

This year's winners of the Pitching Final include: Arical, Arovia Hong Kong, BUG BROS BIOTECH, Gense Technologies, imBee, Inovo Robotics, Open Ocean Engineering, Return Helper, Shopkyo, SPES Tech and Wineworld Xplorer. (Click here https://bit.ly/2UsM30s for the list of wining start-ups and their profile)

The start-ups will be invited to exploratory sessions, power meet-up sessions with successful business leaders, business-matching sessions and local events organised by the HKTDC, including Start-up Zones at the Asian Financial Forum, spring and autumn editions of the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair and HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair. The HKTDC will also bring the start-ups to the international stage by organising overseas missions and setting up Hong Kong Pavilions at international technology exhibitions – including CES in Las Vegas and MWC Barcelona.

Double opportunities to build professional networks

AMTD Group is the strategic partner of Start-up Express for a second year. Calvin Choi, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer said: "I am impressed by the innovative ideas and practical solutions presented by our city's young entrepreneurs in this year's Start-up Express Pitching Final presentation. This recurring programme serves as a valuable platform for participants to showcase their unique business ideas and demonstrate the innovative power of the young generation in Hong Kong.

"The current business landscape is full of challenges, but for start-ups that are agile and versatile in responding to changing conditions and market needs, they can definitely identify and seize the best out of available emerging opportunities."

With the support of AMTD Group, the SpiderNet Award has been established to recognise the top performer selected by AMTD in the Pitching Final. The award aims to provide the winner with a unique and rare opportunity to access the resources and network of the AMTD SpiderNet eco-system. The winner will benefit greatly for its future development, and will also offer synergetic value to other entrepreneurs within the eco-system. imBee won the inaugural prize.

Jason Chiu, Chairman, Hong Kong Startup Council, said: "In every entrepreneurial journey, there are bound to be challenging times and the strength of a true entrepreneur is the ability to fight through the hard times and learn from each setback. This year has been especially trying due to the health situation that has impacted businesses globally but these start-ups have shown the resilience to fight through the adversity and succeed."

Mr Chiu added: "It has been great to see how this batch of start-ups have navigated the past few months to present themselves in a shining light, ready to embrace new opportunities on the international market through Start-up Express' unique support system. The programme helps entrepreneurs build connections and seek opportunities with potential investors and partners. I look forward to the winning start-ups joining HKStartupSociety and realise their dreams of not only excelling in Hong Kong but on the international stage."

Helping Hong Kong start-ups expand markets and networks

A key driver for Start-up Express participants has been the opportunity to enhance brand and media awareness, while also connecting with mentors, partners and investors through HKTDC-organised local and overseas events. This has provided start-ups with the chance to learn from experts and strengthen their core business.

Start-Up Express past winners benefitting from new opportunities include Miscato Limited, which developed and patented smart aromatherapy solutions, and Quikec International Limited, which developed a one-stop cloud-based supply chain management solution.

Michelle Fno, Founder & CEO of Miscato Limited, said: "HKTDC's strong network has helped us land interview opportunities with local and overseas media outlets, which in turn allowed me to share how my company developed our new series of antiviral smart aromatherapy products. Thanks to this increased exposure and HKTDC's support, we've since been able to capture new business opportunities and expand our clientele."

Peter Li, President and Co-founder of Quikec International Limited said: "Start-up Express has provided us an opportunity to participate in different exhibition and international exchange events. This has helped us expand our client base and find excellent partners despite operating on a tight budget. For example, meeting with Duncan Chiu, a well-known investor, offered many valuable lessons for us as he offered suggestions on business-development strategy."

HKTDC throws full support behind local start-ups

The HKTDC will continue to fully support the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem to maintain Hong Kong's status as a competitive business city and hub for innovation. To support enterprises, the HKTDC has launched the "HKTDC Transformation Sandbox (T-box)", offering free support on branding, e-commerce, manufacturing relocation and new market development. A "Voice of Start-ups" series has been launched on the HKTDC online platform to promote the success stories of local start-ups and to show how their creativity and versatility help them thrive and capture local and overseas business opportunities.

In addition to organising Start-up Express, HKTDC will support start-ups by hosting the annual Entrepreneur Day in July. The Council will also set up dedicated start-up zones at its world-class trade fairs in Hong Kong to help local start-ups reach out to overseas buyers and suppliers for potential partnership opportunities.

More information
Start-up Express: http://info.hktdc.com/startupexpress/en/index.html
Photo download: https://bit.ly/30ugiZ4

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

About AMTD

AMTD Group is Asia's leading comprehensive financial services conglomerate, with businesses in investment banking, institutional asset management, strategic investment, virtual banking, corporate insurance brokerage, etc. and non-financial services areas to include property investment and hotel operation, K12 education, innovative technology, and digital investment. AMTD Group is a global Strategic Partner Associate of the World Economic Forum, and has been supporting the Singapore Fintech Festival since 2017.

AMTD International (NYSE: HKIB; SGX:HKB), a subsidiary of AMTD Group and dual-listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Singapore Exchange, is the No. 1 independent investment bank in Asia and one of Asia's largest independent asset management companies, and is also a leading investment house in the financial and new economy sectors.

AMTD Digital, a diversified digital technology platform under AMTD Group, operates in businesses covering digital financial services, digital marketing, media, and data intelligence, digital connectors and digital investment. Airstar Bank, one of the eight licensed virtual banks in Hong Kong, is the joint venture between AMTD and Xiaomi and a portfolio under this platform, and is also one of the earlier virtual banks launching its service.

Media enquiries
Please contact Creative Consulting Group or HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Creative Consulting Group
Wendy Chan
Tel: +852 3159 2962 / +852 6758 4869
Email: wendy.chan@creativegp.com

June Wong
Tel: +852 3159 2909 / +852 6986 5822
Email: june.wong@creativegp.com

HKTDC
Leslie Ng
Tel: +852 2584 4239
Email: leslie.ss.ng@hktdc.org

Beatrice Lam
Tel: +852 2584 4049
Email: beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org

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Superfanz Launched in Vietnam with Top Actors and Live On

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM, May 28, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – After the recent soft launch in Thailand and Taiwan, Superfanz is expanding its footprint to Vietnam in partnership with the upcoming big-budget film Thoat E (True Love) by Live On.









Thoat E (True Love) is based on the popular Vietnamese series called Chien Dich Chong E, which is based on popular online fan fiction. The Chien Dich Chong E series revolved around the lives of 3 attractive yet single women in their 20s. The series' theme quickly captured the cultural zeitgeist spawning popular catchphrases such as "Single life is the new trend."

The movie focuses again on the lives of the same 3 characters 5 years later. Thoat E boasts some of the country's most famous actors and actresses including household names such as Minh Hang, Bao Anh, Dieu Nhi, Thuan Nguyen and Quoc Truong.

Live On is partnering with Superfanz in order to further push the envelop on what's possible with technology for its movie. Live On is using the Superfanz platform to create the fanpage for the film, offering exclusive VIP membership packages for fan clubs of actors and actresses. Fans will be able to get perks including visit to the filmset during the shoot, join the cast for lunch, and take part in the red carpet events.

Since Superfanz takes a hyper-local approach to the markets the company enters, Thoat E (True Love) will be able to have maximum reach and conversion. This is crucial because 95% of the Vietnamese audience consume entertainment in the local language and make online payment through methods such online banking, counter-service, scratch card, and e-wallet.

"Superfanz brings a very unique proposition to the Vietnam's entertainment industry. With Superfanz's platform we give fans unprecedented access to our cast, open new avenues of income for the stars, and generate ongoing buzz for our film, Chien Dich Chong E (True Love)," said Tai Do, CEO of Live On. "What we are doing with Superfanz will be the first for the Vietnam film industry."

"I see this as a fan service," added Dieu Nhi, one of Vietnam's top actresses who plays the lead role in the film. "It rewards my fellow cast members' super fans and give them exclusive ability to be on this journey with us from the first day of shooting all the way to the red carpet premiere. It's very exciting."

"Live On and the casts immediately understood Superfanz's vision and how the platform can bring something completely new to the film industry. Our mission is always about giving top fans the place where they can get the most exclusive perks from their idols whether that be KOL, influencers, creators or celebrities," said Oh Thongsrinoon, Superfanz CEO/Founder. "This partnership is the perfect showcase of the benefits we can give to fans, celebrities, and movie studio."

With the entertainment industry hit hard by the pandemic, Superfanz's expansion into Vietnam comes at the fortuitous time. KOL, influencers, creators, entertainers and celebrities are looking for more the creative ways to monetize their personal brands. They will be able to use Superfanz social fan club platform to generate extra income on top of their existing ones starting today and this partnership with Live On and the movie Thoat E (True Love) is the perfect showcase of what's possible.

About Live On
Live On is one of Vietnam's top movie studios with headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Live On produces some of the biggest blockbusters and well-known movies in Vietnam including titles such as Season for Love Song, Sai Gon I Love You, Mistress, and Happy Wedding. https://www.superfanz.co/liveonmovie

About Superfanz Pte Ltd
Superfanz is the social fan club platform for Creators (KOL, Influencers, YouTubers, Celebrities) and their most loyal followers. Superfanz addresses the pain point that over 95% of the Creators do not earn enough money from their social media presence to make a living.

Visit us online: https://superfanz.co
See our new platform: https://web.superfanz.co
Watch our video: https://youtu.be/-gb04JgaCRg
And contact us! Dolly Hoang, e: media@superfanz.co, m: +66 87 706 2002, hq: Superfanz Pte Ltd, Singapore.

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Wowotalent: Harvest twelve years of value over five years

BEIJING, May 11, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – The global coronavirus pandemic has cast the world economy into turmoil. Undermining the capital markets, investment institutions and investors have become more cautious. The current situation is unpredictable, say investors, and risk in new investment projects has increased significantly. At the same time, they could say that a platform that insists on being responsible for investor funds and caring about the development of entrepreneurial projects is invaluable.





There is such a platform in China, the WOWO Innovation Camp. The platform was established by WOWO (Beijing) Network Technology Company Ltd in June 2019. WOWO has more than 9 years of headhunting industry experience in the real estate and Internet sectors, accumulating significant business resources. WOWO Innovation Camps bring startup entrepreneurs together, pooling resources, providing investment funds, and guiding entrepreneurship to success.

The 1st WOWO Innovation Camp

From August to December 2019, the WOWO (Beijing) Network and Fosun Group successfully hosted the first WOWO Innovation Camp. More than 1,000 young entrepreneurs attended the orientation. 25 projects were guided by the mentors; 11 projects enrolled for bootcamp and 3 projects entered the overseas roadshow Fosun ProTech Innovation Pitch competition. More than 50 well-known Chinese entrepreneurs and investment partners participated in the program, resulting successfully in 28 cooperative commercial and public welfare projects.
During the novel coronavirus outbreak in 2020, startup staff and students worked together to equip the affected areas with more than 2,400 oxygen ventilators.

The 2nd WOWO Innovation Camp

Despite the severity of the global pandemic, WOWO holds to its intention of guiding young entrepreneurs, and the 2nd WOWO Innovation Camp held its orientation on 3 March 2020. This year we have a number of experienced mentors in the Entrepreneurship Academy, offering simultaneous online and offline guidance, along with each mentor's ability to invest and attract investment. WOWO Innovation Camp wants every entrepreneur and investor to get the most out of this platform.

The WOWO Innovation Camp

Participants:
– Entrepreneurs and projects with original and sustainable or socially minded ideas
– Investor Mentors with time and investment or investor raising ability

Schedule:
– Mar to May 2020: Preliminary screening of the project – Online assessment
– May to July 2020: Guidance for offline Enterprises
– Aug to Sept 2020: Project investigation

Venue:
– China (Beijing or Shenzhen)

Projects:
Business innovation award: Sustainable business projects
– Scientific and technological innovation and entrepreneurship projects
– Medical technology innovation and entrepreneurship projects
– Commerce and industry innovation and entrepreneurship projects
Public innovation award: Public welfare projects that solve new social problems

Benefits:
– For entrepreneurs: capital injection, resource allocation, growth and expansion
– For investors: invest in high-quality projects, achieve financial growth, and the honor of investment achievement

Registered:
– Beijing Tiantian Wisdom Technology Co., Ltd. – Chaired by Liang Xiao, a well-known Chinese investor.
– Zhejiang Yiwu Baode Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. – Leading real estate company in Zhejiang, China.
– Henan Dacheng Grain & Oil Group Co., Ltd. – Products sold in China, SE Asia, U.S., Israel and other countries.
– Apollo Box – Building cross-border e-commerce platform, technology to distribute quality products worldwide.
And more…

Replace the traditional '10 + 2' model with the innovative '5 + 2', even '3 + 2', model for rapid and stable financial growth. ['5 + 2' : Capital invests in a project for 5 years, capital exits from a project for 2 years.]
China's top startup projects and unicorn projects are waiting for investors!

Global investment institutions are welcome to join WOWO Investment Camp.

Media contact:
E: li_wang@Wowotalent.com
WeChat: wo15600657291
Telephone: +86 15600657291
U: https://www.Wowotalent.com


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Found8 coworking launches biggest COVID-19 membership relief

SINGAPORE, May 4, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – In light of COVID-19, its effect on SMEs in Singapore and the extension of the Circuit Breaker, Found8 has launched a membership relief of 30% for the months of May, June and July to all of their active members. Found8 understands that this is the largest and longest relief passed to coworking users in Singapore to date





Found8 is a curated, innovation-focused, coworking provider with over 1000 members across Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the leading coworking space for the startup and innovation community. Offering capacity-building programs, corporate innovation services, and access to capital, Found8 enables its game-changing members to collaborate and grow.

Found8 co-founder Grace Sai commented, "Although we've received support from only some of our landlords, we have decided to take on the bulk of responsibility of supporting our members by taking this relief primarily out of our own pocket. We are a community that has a set of strong values that includes 'Care Beyond Profit' and that has not wavered, even during a crisis. In fact, a crisis like this tests the values system of coworking operators, and whether they truly are member-centric as most claim to be, in good times."

Found8 co-founder Michelle Yong commented and continued "And this is our gesture to do just that; back our members, through good times and bad. This is a crucial time for startups and SMEs. We hope that with this relief, Found8 members will be able to see through these difficult times and stay with us as they continue to innovate with solutions for the local and global community."

Found8 continues to support the community with a free Resource Pack, conducting research on the challenges faced by business owners and employees via an Ecosystem Survey, as well as launching the F8 Virtual Community online.

For the members of Found8 KL Sentral in Malaysia, Found8 is currently working on a relief package in line with its landlord and the Malaysian government's relief schemes.

About Found8

Found8 is over 1000 members strong across KL and Singapore. It is the leading coworking space provider and innovation community, enabling their game-changing members to collaborate and grow by providing the right network, knowledge, and environment.

Their 6 locations in central business locations in KL and Singapore including Amoy Street, Orchard, Tanjong Pagar, Prinsep and High Street Center and in the heart of KL at KL Sentral makes them one of the widest spread Singaporean coworking players on the market. Found8's goal is to support the development and creation of innovative companies of all sizes.

Questions? Email hello@found8.com to find out more.
Contact: Laura, Growth Marketing Manager, laura@found8.com


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UK Real Estate Cryptocurrency Breezecoin (BRZE) Lists on Bithumb Global

UK, Apr 27, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Breezecoin (BRZE), a real estate cryptocurrency issued by Breeze de Mar, which is a real estate company with over 60 years of experience in the field, will be listed on the cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb Global on April 29th.

– Breezecoin is a real estate focused utility token issued by Breeze de Mar, an international construction company based in UK, with offices in United States, Germany and Turkey.
– The spot trading of Breezecoin against BTC will go live on April 29th at 9am CET.
– Breezecoin aims to empower everyone worldwide to invest in properties conveniently by eliminating the high entry barrier.

Breeze de Mar is a brand owned by a UK-based real estate investment company, Breeze de Mar LTD, as the successor of Akpinar Group. Akpinar Group is one of the rooted construction companies in Germany and has been serving the construction and real estate sectors on building commercial and residential complexes, as well as manufacturing areas since 1960.

Unlike most of the other cryptocurrencies, Breezecoin is tied to physical assets, namely real estate assets. The token's staking program allows holders to receive bonuses. Discounts are offered to Breezecoin holders for buying various versions of real estate from Breeze de Mar projects.

"We envision a world where everyone has the right to invest in any asset securely and conveniently. With decades of experience in real estates, we've built a system to empower people to invest in properties conveniently by eliminating the high barrier to entry," said Harald Kendzia, CEO of Breezecoin.

The deposits and withdrawals of Breezecoin (BRZE) on Bithumb Global will be available from April 27th and April 29th at 9am CET respectively. The spot trading pair BRZE/BTC will go live on April 29th at 9am CET.

About Breezecoin
Breezecoin (BRZE) is a real estate focused utility cryptocurrency issued by Breeze de Mar, a brand owned by a UK-based real estate investment company Breeze de Mar LTD.

About Akpinar Group
Akpinar Group is one of the rooted construction companies in Germany and has been serving the construction and real estate sectors on building commercial and residential complexes, manufacturing areas since 1960.

About Bithumb Global
Bithumb Global is a digital asset exchange launched to meet the diverse needs of users around the world. Bithumb Global will leverage on their deep resources and technology to provide a wide range of services such as digital asset exchange, digital asset issuance, blockchain project incubation, decentralized finance among other services.


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Start-up Express 2020: A Journey To Success For HK Start-ups

HONG KONG, Apr 6, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Start-up Express, a development programme launched by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in 2018, is returning for its third edition to help local start-ups build connections, explore markets, seek partners and enhance brand awareness. Through power meet-up sessions with successful business leaders and a wide range of activities, including exploratory missions, business-matching sessions and local and overseas exhibitions, the 20 winning start-ups can explore business opportunities with potential investors and partners.



HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Stephen Liang


The Start-up Express Pitching Final, held during Entrepreneur Day last year, yielded 10 winners. Pictured are the judges, guests and finalists of the competition, which was held as part of the HKTDC's Start-up Express development programme.


The launch of HK Startup Society, the HKTDC's first start-up platform, took place in May 2019, hosted by HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong (second from right) and joined by respected start-up entrepreneurs.



HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Stephen Liang said that Start-up Express has been giving tremendous support to local start-ups over the past two years, helping them explore global markets. Some of the participating companies have even sealed major orders and won international awards.

"Start-ups can help Hong Kong diversify its economy and facilitate social innovation, which is why supporting them is a priority for the HKTDC. To offer start-ups more opportunities to explore new markets by participating in overseas exhibitions, we have increased the number of Start-up Express beneficiaries to 20 this year, up from 10 in previous years. We hope to promote Hong Kong's entrepreneurial spirit by empowering relatively mature start-ups and helping them operate at a profit through sustainable development," Mr Liang said.

Beneficiaries doubled to nurture more start-ups

Start-up Express targets start-ups with products or services suitable for the mass consumer market and that have a strong desire to build an international presence. The programme helps start-ups to realise their vision by providing a platform to grow through learning and exchanging ideas.

To be eligible to apply for Start-up Express, tech start-ups must have been established for less than five years; have raised less than US$10 million in funding; and have core or substantial operations in Hong Kong with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI) & robotics, big data, biotech, the Internet of Things (IoT), fintech or smart city. The application deadline is 8 May 2020. A total of 50 start-ups will be shortlisted for closed-door pitching, and selected finalists will join the pitching contest in June.

Participating in overseas promotions, missions and more

Start-up Express is supported by the AMTD Group as Strategic Partner. The 20 winning start-ups will have the opportunity to participate in HKTDC-led activities, including:

– Local and overseas trade promotions
– Exploratory missions to visit high potential start-up hubs
– Power meet-ups with leaders and mentors in small private settings
– Networking opportunities via business-matching activities with potential investors or partners
– Capacity-building workshops with skills training and market intelligence

From a brand-building perspective, winning start-ups will also benefit from extensive media coverage, locally and internationally, and become a member of the HKStartupSociety, a resource-sharing platform for successful start-up founders and co-founders.

Connecting Hong Kong start-ups with global market

One of the key drivers for start-ups participating in Start-up Express has been the opportunity to connect with many potential buyers, partners and investors through HKTDC-organised local and overseas events. This has provided start-ups with the opportunity to expand their client base and help them strengthen their core business through new market intelligence and insights. Among the many Start-Up Express success stories are MedEXO Robotics, a developer of wearable devices for movement disorders, and RaSpect Intelligence Inspection, a company providing AI-powered predictive building inspections.

Denis Huen, Founder of MedEXO Robotics, said: "It was a pleasure to participate in Start-up Express, which in our view has distinguished itself as a platform for start-ups aspiring to break into the international market. Thanks in part to the HKTDC's unique network and international credibility, we've managed to win awards such as the CES 2020 Innovation Award (Tech for a Better World) in the United States while also benefitting from international media coverage of our work."

Harris Sun, CEO and Founder of RaSpect Intelligence Inspection, said: "Start-up Express has been very helpful for our business development. Technology is a fast-moving and ever-changing area, so it's crucial to be as connected as possible to the global market to ensure we don't fall behind. The HKTDC's platform provided us with market intelligence and networking opportunities that helped us realise our vision, as well as giving us direct access to tech industry leaders who shared advice that couldn't be found elsewhere."

Holistic support for start-ups

"To drive Hong Kong's economy forward, we will continue our work to nurture an international entrepreneurial ecosystem to take businesses to the next level," said Mr Liang.

In addition to organising Start-up Express and the annual Entrepreneur Day, the HKTDC has dedicated start-up zones at eight of its world-class trade fairs in Hong Kong, including the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair and HKTDC International ICT Expo. Last year, more than 500 start-ups took part in these eight fairs, representing growth of 23% compared to 2018. "This year, we will offer a new 'free-trial' online package to help start-ups and entrepreneurs expand their network of buyers and partners through the hktdc.com Sourcing platform. Besides, we are launching a 'Voice of Start-up' marketing campaign to publicise Hong Kong start-up success stories and promote their brands," he added.

To help start-ups navigate the current challenging times, the HKTDC is working to enhance their competitiveness and resilience through its new T-Box programme. Mr Liang explained: "Modelled on a sandbox concept, the programme provides advisory services in fields such as legal, accounting, human resources, advertising and marketing, risk management and trade finance. The programme is free of charge, and participants can join other HKTDC events at discounted fees during the three month participation period."

More information
– Start-up Express http://info.hktdc.com/startupexpress/en/index.html
– Click here for online registration https://tinyurl.com/tsqq782
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3bEiGic

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

About AMTD

AMTD Group is a Hong Kong-founded financial services company with a strong entrepreneur and investor network providing three core services: investment banking, asset management, and strategic investment.

Please contact Creative Consulting Group or HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Creative Consulting Group
Wendy Chan
Tel: +852 3159 2962 / +852 6741 9620
Email: wendy.chan@creativegp.com

June Wong
Tel: +852 3159 2909 / +852 6986 5822
Email: june.wong@creativegp.com

HKTDC
Leslie Ng
Tel: +852 2584 4239
Email: leslie.ss.ng@hktdc.org

Beatrice Lam
Tel: +852 2584 4049
Email: beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org

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TNB Aura launches Special Situations Fund, backing tech startups with US$2M each

SINGAPORE, Apr 2, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, its message balancing the inevitability of the virus' global ramifications, with the observation that governments, businesses, and individuals still possess the critical ability to alter the outbreak's trajectory. With businesses abruptly curtailing operations across most sectors, only a select set of companies are well positioned to take advantage of the current situation, while the majority are not.



TNB Aura Co-founders and Managing Partners Vicknesh R Pillay and Charles Wong.




TNB Aura has launched a new Special Situations Fund, backing tech companies impacted by the pandemic with ~US$2M each.

"While we continue investing in growth companies in South East Asia via our first fund, and soon to be second, we see an opportunity to support great companies which are facing near-term cash flows issues as a result of The COVID-19 black swan event," Co-founder and Managing Partner, Vicknesh R Pillay commented. "Our highly selective and hands on approach to investing has proven resilient, reflecting as such in a majority of our portfolio companies. With our financial acumen, we assist our investee companies to be nimble in the manner in which they manage their cash flow, budgeting and talent optimization through volatility."

By providing an extended runway of 12-18 months to weather the headwinds, the fund serves to aid companies in returning their focus to achieving their targeted milestones. "We are investing for the long term, and seek to provide an encouraging narrative to the ecosystem at this critical time. Ultimately, we believe in strong fundamentals, and in the ability of selected companies to both weather the current storm and come out stronger on the other side," said Co-founder and Managing Partner, Charles Wong.

"With the market having previously witnessed a glut of over-valued deals, and today, a current value dislocation, TNB AURA is targeting value deals of high quality for this new fund," Pillay added. TNB AURA aims to turnaround funding within 1-2 months, with the fund open to a range of funding structures such as convertible notes or direct equity. For all interested applicants, please apply through the Special Situations Fund Form. All applications will be dealt with, with the highest confidentiality.

About TNB Aura
TNB Aura is a Singapore headquartered venture capital firm focused on Series A and B technology investments in the region. Founded by entrepreneurs and fund managers who have established, grown and exited several businesses, TNB Aura looks to become the marquee venture capital fund in South East Asia. We believe in people and companies with strong fundamentals, and invest $1mil-$5mil into the next wave of technology-led high growth companies.

For further information, please contact:
Vicknesh R Pillay
Managing Partner, TNB Aura
E: vicknesh@tnbaura.com
M: +65 9009 6164

Charles Wong
Managing Partner, TNB Aura
E: charles.wong@aura.co
M: +65 8250 2525

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