Event agenda, 19th June
6:30 - Doors open for people with reserved seats
6:45 - Doors open for all
7:00 - Community news by WHub - Money raised, #852TECH etc
7:15 - Nest VC interview
7:45 - 3 startup pitches
9:00 - Networking at Liberty Kitchen & Bar
Why HK Tech Meetup?
"When I came to HK recently it struck me that this is a tech ecosystem that is just about to take off. Just like Stockholm a few years ago. One of the key things that accelerated the take-off was STHLM TECH MEETUP, today Europe's largest monthly event for startups. As the founder happens to live in the region, I thought "why not bring him and let him do his magic here?" // Lukas Duczko, Founder of HK TECH Meetup
Tyler Crowley is the founder of STHLM Tech Meetup, Europe's largest monthly event for startups with over 500 attendees each month. The secret sauce is his unconventional style. The startup pitches rarely go uninterrupted. Tyler will stop the startup founders to give live feedback and ask the VCs for their live input. Often funny. Sometimes nerve wracking. Always very inspiring and educational.
Proud to present!
We are excited to have Nest as featured guests! Nest is Asia's leading startup accelerator and corporate innovation partner. They enable startups to commercialise and scale with the world’s leading corporates and governments across Asia, Middle East and Africa. Nest Ventures is their investment arm with presence in AMEA (Asia, Middle East, and Africa), focusing on early stage startups.
Tyler will interview Nest about their VC fund and their other engagements in the Hong Kong tech ecosystem.
Thereafter three local startups will pitch and get live feedback from Tyler and the VCs during the pitch session.
WHub will share news on Hong Kong startups that recently closed their rounds and what events are up this coming month.
With experience in fundraising, Dennis helps manage the Nest Ventures portfolio and investor relations.
Dennis has over 16 years of experience in PE, VC investments and M&A advisory across Europe and Asia. He has a successful track record of over 60 corporate finance transactions with companies ranging from start-ups to stock listed corporates. Dennis specialises in hands-on PE & VC portfolio management, supporting businesses in various industries with their expansion across Asia, the UK and Europe. Prior to Nest, Dennis advised tech start-ups on late-stage seed and Series A fundraising as Director of Corporate Finance and M&A Advisory at an investment and advisory boutique in London. Dennis lived in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2012 and returned late 2015. He has been active in the start-up ecosystems in London and Hong Kong, most recently co-founding Get in the Ring UK, part of the world’s largest pitch competition for start-ups.
Alice is French and German, and loves both cultures equally. She earned a degree in international business from Poitiers University, specializing in trilingual negotiations. After working for Goodyear Tires in Shanghai for two years, Alice left the corporate world and began working in the F&B industry, managing boutique restaurants and events in both Shanghai and Hong Kong. She particularly enjoyed the entrepreneurial energy she found in this competitive and engaging environment. She later joined a Hong Kong fintech SME, marketing financial analysis tools for two years, before moving to TIE, a global non-profit, which organizes mentorship programmes for start-ups. With this introduction to the start-up community, she hasn’t looked back and is excited to support the ecosystem as Community Catalyst with Nest.
Alyssa was previously an investment analyst at Conversus Capital, where she focused on evaluating private equity direct investments and secondaries. Prior to that, she was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Chicago. Alyssa returned to Hong Kong to join Nest where she is responsible for sourcing and the due diligence process around new investments. She received a BS in Finance and International Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Amanda leads Nest’s Innovation pillar, focused on delivering startup integration programmes that address corporate innovation needs and advising governments on building sustainable startup ecosystems. Amanda has helped develop the corporate innovation team for the UK’s largest utility (Centrica), including building an impact-led venture fund and growing it 10x. She has built a career in innovation and startups (including her own) throughout Europe and the Middle East. In addition to her Smart Cities and energy technology expertise, she has experience in health tech and social venturing.