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Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and HSBC present JUMPSTARTER 2020

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Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, a non-profit initiative launched by Alibaba Group, announced today that HSBC will be the title sponsor of the third edition of its start-up event JUMPSTARTER, called Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund/HSBC JUMPSTARTER 2020 (“JUMPSTARTER 2020”).

For the first time, JUMPSTARTER will feature a global pitch competition that covers eight cities in premier locations worldwide. InvestHK, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX), Hong Kong Cyberport and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) will also partner with Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund and HSBC to further promote the competition in local and global start-up communities.

Cindy Chow, Executive Director of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, said, “the market in Asia for cutting-edge technology is booming. The region is home to over 4.5 billion people, presenting tremendous opportunities for young entrepreneurs to innovate and create. We are glad to leverage Hong Kong’s strategic position to create a springboard for top JUMPSTARTER companies and gain access to the talent, opportunity and funding critical to their success.”

Diana Cesar, Chief Executive, Hong Kong, HSBC, said, “Hong Kong remains one of Asia’s economic and financial powerhouses with strengths in world-class education, professional services and international trade. It is also home to over 2,600 start-ups, which provide over 9,500 jobs. Over the years, we have been a trusted partner to small businesses. As of today, over 80 per cent of our new business accounts in Hong Kong are for start-ups with less than three-year in history. We not only see the value and potential of thriving start-ups, but also tomorrow’s unicorns. Together, we build a prosperous and sustainable future.”

As a leading trade bank, HSBC is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and innovative companies to flourish in its home market and globally. HSBC expands digital solutions, offers a wide range of banking services, as well as initiates financing support to high-potential, early-stage companies to help them sprint and grow in the new economy era.

JUMPSTARTER 2020 is going global, with a series of pitching events in Hong KongShenzhenShanghaiBeijingKuala LumpurLondon, the San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto, teaming up with key partners in each location. It will work with PKU-HKUST Shenzhen-HongKong Institution and 36Kr in China, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in Malaysia, Level 39 in the UK and Berkeley SkyDeck in the US.

JUMPSTARTER aims to build a global network that connects local and overseas start-ups, small businesses, larger companies and investors through the global pitch competition. The Hong Kong Grand Finale is scheduled for February 11-12, 2020.

JUMPSTARTER has pledged to invest as much as US$5 million in the winning start-ups, in addition to a total of US$100,000 cash prizes to the top five Grand Finale winners. In addition to the investment commitment, JUMPSTARTER winners will also get the chance to plug into the Alibaba Digital Economy, which will help them obtain valuable insights, experience and resources. As a part of InvestHK’s StartmeupHK Festival, JUMPSTARTER 2020 will also provide additional benefits to its participants, such as access to different ecosystems and international tech hubs.

JUMPSTARTER has drawn strong participation since its 2017 inception and has successfully raised public awareness of Hong Kong’s vibrant start-up community. JUMPSTARTER 2019 attracted over 10,000 attendees to its events and 600 proposals from 35 markets around the world.

Appendix 1 — Quotes from Global Co-organizer and Co-organizers of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund/HSBC JUMPSTARTER 2020

Global Co-organizer:

Stephen Phillips, Director-General of InvestHK, said: “With the enthusiastic responses of global track applications of JUMPSTARTER last year, we look forward to welcoming more start-ups from diverse industry backgrounds to apply for the JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition, and join us in the annual Hong Kong Fintech Week and StartmeupHK Festival. We also look forward to working closely with the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund to support start-ups and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as the leading international business location in Asia.”


Charles Li, Chief Executive of HKEX, said: “Entrepreneurs and start-up businesses are essential for the long term sustainability of a vibrant economy. They are also the big listed companies of the future. We are therefore very excited to be supporting JUMPSTARTER in helping them showcase quality start-ups and talent, and look forward to welcoming these young enterprises to Hong Kong, one of the world’s best locations for starting a new business. ”

Peter Yan, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Cyberport, said: “Cyberport is glad to be the co-organizer of JUMPSTARTER for the third consecutive year since its launch. This year we are delighted to take a step further to leverage our resources by co-investing with Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund in the outstanding start-ups. I would encourage Cyberport digital tech start-ups to actively participate in this global event and hope to see winners putting the entrepreneurial support to good use, and better capture the opportunities of digital tech wave through the international platform of JUMPSTARTER.”

Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HKSTP, said: “Our support of JUMPSTARTER is part of our drive to fast-track innovative start-ups in Hong Kong by connecting them with investors and business partners, and transforming laboratory innovation into commercial success. Alibaba is a great partner – we are also working together to incubate AI-focused start-ups at the HKAI Lab. HKSTP is now grooming 250 start-ups at Science Park through a range of initiatives including our accelerator programmes LEAP and the Global Acceleration Academy (GAA). These initiatives are fuelling the growth and sustainability of Hong Kong’s vibrant I&T ecosystem and to co-organizing JUMPSTARTER will simply further consolidate Hong Kong’s unique position as an International I&T hub for global companies and talent.”

Appendix 2 — Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund/HBSC JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition Timeline

All eight pitching events are opened for application now.


Deadline for Application

Startup Shortlist Announcement


Grand Finale



Jul 27, 2019

Aug 6, 2019

Aug 19-20, 2019

Feb 11-12, 2020

Kuala Lumpur

Aug 7, 2019

Aug 14, 2019

Aug 27-28, 2019


Aug 26, 2019

Sep 3, 2019

Sep 16-17, 2019

San Francisco

Sep 10, 2019

Sep 24, 2019

Oct 9-10, 2019


Sep 18, 2019

Sep 30, 2019

Oct 16-17, 2019

Hong Kong

Oct 2, 2019

Oct 15, 2019

Oct 30-31, 2019


Oct 22, 2019

Nov 5, 2019

Nov 19-20, 2019


Oct 28, 2019

Nov 12, 2019

Nov 26-27, 2019


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