Recently, the Hong Kong Startup Council (the Council), which was set up by The Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI), held its STARS Programme 2018. The programme provides support and guidance to startups, encourages collaboration with business segments and eventually introduces their products to the market.
This year, CLP acted as the programme collaborator to help startups achieve their innovation dreams. Our colleagues, including Ms Lena Low, Senior Director – Customer & Business Development, and Mr Austin Bryan, Senior Director – Innovation, took part as mentors. They equipped startups with professional knowledge about business development, product trials, market trends and customer needs.
On 21 November, the Council hosted the “Meet Our STARS” media briefing. During this event, a new group of startups shared their experiences about starting their own businesses and collaborating with customers, and also showcased their innovative and green products.
The theme for this year’s programme was “Smart Energy and Eco-homes”, and 12 startups were chosen from across the world for their innovative technologies, such as air-conditioning and thermo-control systems. CLP worked with candidates to select potential customers for product trials, including local institutes and care services. Thanks to CLP’s assistance, the trials gave participating startups valuable and practical experience.
CLP’s Chief Corporate Development Officer, Ms Quince Chong, said, “The advancement of smart technology is helping businesses improve their green performance and energy efficiency more easily. With our colleagues acting as mentors for startups, and introducing their innovative solutions to businesses and industries, we hope to push forth Hong Kong’s progress in becoming a smart city.”
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