JCI Kowloon E-Dialogue – 2023 Issue 10

INNO Leaders

A great place for INNO start-ups:

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

The “INNO Leaders” Survey Result Press Conference cum Kick-off Ceremony was successfully held on March 18, 2023, at H6 CONET, Central.

This questionnaire invited those Hong Kong entrepreneurs who are aged 18 or above or any industry professionals who intend to start a business. Through this survey, we hope to understand the current situation about innovation and technology development in Hong Kong.

Mr. Duncan Chiu (Legislative Council Member Technology & Innovation Constituency, HKITJC President, Chairman of HKTDC), Ms. Angel (Chairman of the Greater Bay Area Youth Development Association) and Mr. Kelvin Wong (INNO Startup, CEO and Co-founder at CheckMate, President of PolyU Entrepreneurship Society) had been invited as guest speakers for the Press Conference.

Mr. Duncan Chiu, mentioned that Hong Kong and Mainland signed an agreement to establish the Mainland/Hong Kong Science and Technology Co-operation Committee which is responsible for formulating and coordinating exchanges and collaboration on science and technology between the two places. Both parties subsequently renewed the agreement by signing the “Mainland/Hong Kong Science and Technology Co-operation Committee Agreement”. This can show the supporting from Mainland China on the establishment of the International Innovation and Technology Hub.Therefore, Hong Kong should take these advantageson the country’s development strategy, to explore and to enhance the scientific research development and look into the investment opportunities in order to put Hong Kong and Mainland China on the same track.

Mr. Duncan also stated that it was difficult to recruit the talents if we only replied on the scientific research projects in schools. If China can be involved in the development of the large-scale projects, it can provide a great opportunity for young people to contribute and experience, it will also be an attraction for top talents. Furthermore, Mr. Duncan believed that Hong Kong has become an international financial centre is because a group of financial elites chose Hong Kong to develop their career in the past. He suggested that Hong Kong Government should take this as reference and find out more different methods or seek for the professional advise on how to attract people to develop the innovation and technology industry in Hong Kong.

Ms. Angel Tam, mentioned that the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area(GBA) is the status of key strategic planning in the country’s development blueprint, having great significance in the country’s implementation of innovation-driven development and commitment to reform and opening-up. With the total population in the Greater Bay Area is over 86 million and the GDP is USD 1,668.8 billion in 2020, this area will be one of the most dynamic areas in China. She understood that is not easy for start-up companies to be step up and breakthrough in Hong Kong. However, with the supporting in government policy and resources, she believes that Hong Kong can achieve the key elements for regional development, including the flow of talent, logistics, capital, and information between GBA cities.

Mr. Kelvin Wong, CEO of the start-up company, CheckMate, has shared his experience of the progress of being a founder of a start-up company. He believed that if Hong Kong want to become an International Innovation and Technology Hub, Hong Kong Government should release the restrictions to the scientific research in the universities, but also encourage and enhance the collaboration between institutes or cross-boundary projects. It can push the Hong Kong start-up companies to move on and let the young people to realize the supporting on the development of International Innovation and Technology Hub from Hong Kong Government.

About JCI Kowloon
JCI Kowloon was established in 1965 and is the second most senior chapter among the 21 chapters of Junior Chamber International Hong Kong. We aim to provide development opportunities for young people to learn from the 3 JC paths: Project Management, Chapter Management and Training, so as to create positive changes to themselves and to the community.
Members in JCI Kowloon include entrepreneurs, professionals and executives. Over the years, we have organised and launched a number of impactful projects for the betterment of the community and members. Through the unique platform of learning by doing offered by Junior Chamber International, our members not only grow personally but also expand their business network.


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