Sole Sponsor

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is the founding member of the HSBC Group, which serves around 51 million customers through four global businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. The Group serves customers worldwide from over 6,100 offices in 73 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,634bn at 31 December 2014, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.


Strategic Partners

Trade and Industry Department

The Trade and Industry Department handles the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s (HKSAR) commercial relations with its trading partners, and protects Hong Kong’s trading rights and trade interests. It also promotes Hong Kong’s status as a separate customs territory and a model for international free trade.

Locally, the department provides a range of services to locally based trade and industry organisations and businesses, including issuing certificates of origin, export and import licences and certificates of Hong Kong service suppliers. It also provides general support services for various sectors, in particular SMEs, and provides local enterprises with relevant trade information and advises them on changes in major trading partners’ import regulations.

The department also co-ordinates discussions with the Mainland authorities on the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA).


Hong Kong Trade Development Council

A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in overseas markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online.


Professional Consultant

Hong Kong Productivity Council

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is a multi-disciplinary organization established by statute in 1967. HKPC’s mission is to promote productivity excellence through the provision of integrated support across the value chain of Hong Kong firms, in order to achieve a more effective utilization of resources, to enhance the value-added content of products and services, and to increase international competitiveness.

HKPC is governed by a Council and this Council represents managerial, labour, academic and professional interests, as well as related government departments. HKPC's headquarters at HKPC Building in Kowloon Tong features various advanced manufacturing and testing facilities as well as exhibition and training venues. HKPC and its subsidiaries provide a multitude of services in technology transfer, consultancy, training and other support services in the areas of manufacturing technology, information technology, environmental technology and management systems. These services are designed to help industry move up the value chain.


Supporting Organisations

The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce

The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit making organization of Chinese firms and businessmen. Founded in 1900, it is one of the oldest and largest chambers of commerce in Hong Kong. At present, the Chamber has a membership of over 6,000 with an extensive coverage of medium and large listed companies in Hong Kong, Chinese enterprises, SMEs and many business elites. Multinational companies, foreign enterprises in Hong Kong and Mainland enterprises are recruited as affiliate members.

The Chamber maintains close contacts with trade associations and Chinese chambers all over the world. Our Guangzhou office in Nansha serves as an effective platform to provide latest trade and economic information on the Mainland. Seminars, forums and study missions are organized regularly to explore business opportunities overseas.


The Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong

1. Background Established in 1934, the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (CMA) is a non-profit making industrial organisation. In the past eight decades, CMA has grown significantly and is now one of the most representative industrial associations in Hong Kong. With some 3,000 member companies, CMA is committed to promoting Hong Kong’s industrial and commercial development.

CMA closely monitors developments in the international market and domestic and external conditions that may affect Hong Kong’s trade and industry. CMA’s activities and services are aimed at promoting the well-being of Hong Kong as a whole. It also attaches great importances to fostering international understanding and co-operation.

2. Mission

  • Promoting trade and industrial development
  • Improving the business environment
  • Representing the industrial sector in the formulation and implementation of Government policies
  • Participating in community development work
  • Fostering international understanding and co-operation
  • Fulfilling corporate social responsibility


Federation of Hong Kong Industries

The Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) was established under Ordinance, Cap 321 of the laws of Hong Kong, in 1960. The FHKI is an industrial association leading the industry of Hong Kong in the rapidly changing economic environment and promoting modernization. Members of the FHKI are mainly from trade and industrial sector including industrialists in the Greater China region.

The objectives of the Federation are:

  • to promote and foster the interests of Hong Kong's industrial and business communities
  • to promote trade, investment, technological advancement, manpower development, and business opportunities in Hong Kong
  • to represent business's views and advise the government on policies and legislation which affect business


Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1861, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce is the oldest, yet most dynamic business organization in Hong Kong. Our members represent a wide spectrum of local, Mainland Chinese and international businesses. More than half of the flagship corporations listed on the Hang Seng Index are our members. Combined, our membership, from renowned multinationals to thriving SMEs, employ around one third of the local workforce. The Chamber serves as the voice of business, and we help our members succeed through our core functions: advocacy, knowledge-based events, networking, and a variety of business documentation service.


The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

The British Chamber is one of Hong Kong's largest international business organisations, comprising major multinational companies and institutions, as well as a substantial number of SMEs. The Chamber represents a broad spectrum of British, Hong Kong, international and Chinese companies. Collectively, this membership makes a significant contribution to the Hong Kong economy and to employment, and constitutes a representative cross-section of business opinion in the SAR.

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Center for Entrepreneurship, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Founded in 2005, the Center for Entrepreneurship (CfE) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is an interdisciplinary association. It has united scholars in the areas of research, education and community service to inspire the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Within CUHK, CfE plot and implement strategies for knowledge transfer in collaboration with the Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services(ORKTS), the Centre for Innovation and Technology (CINTEC) and other entrepreneurship related entities.

Beyond CUHK, we engage and work closely with Hong Kong Government's Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, Cyberport, Hong Kong Business Angel Network, the Hong Kong Design Centre, entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists in the Pearl River Delta.

To instill an entrepreneurial mindset and motivate the passion, we work across multiple disciplines to provide education, conduct research and organize activities for members of CUHK and the society to create cultural, social and economic value.


Knowledge Transfer Office, City University of Hong Kong

The Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) is the vital link between City University of Hong Kong and the community in terms of the exchange of knowledge, which includes know-how, technology, skills and expertise, for both commercial and non-commercial applications. Through knowledge transfer, the Office aims to forge close ties with industry, business and the wider public for the betterment of Hong Kong and beyond.

On top of knowledge transfer and commercialization, KTO also assists the Vice-President (Research and Technology) to oversee the management of the CityU Shenzhen Research Institute (SRI) and the City University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) Research Institute Building (CityUSRIB) located in the Shenzhen Hi-tech Industrial Park. The Office manages CityU Research Ltd (CityUR) and CityU Research Institute (Shenzhen) Co Ltd (CRIS), both of which are CityU wholly-owned companies. KTO reports to the Office of the Vice-President (Research and Technology).


Knowledge Transfer Office, Hong Kong Baptist University

Knowledge Transfer Office of Hong Kong Baptist University serves as an executive arm of KTC to facilitate University-Industry collaborations, through further development and utilization of the knowledge and expertise of HKBU in various disciplines, to benefit the community as a whole. Our services include:

  • Organize publicity events to further promote the value and practice of Knowledge Transfer
  • Coordinate Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects with academic and industry partners
  • Conduct Impact Analysis for Knowledge Transfer activities
  • Assist in patent application and commercialization of HKBU inventions
  • Promote the awareness of the protection of intellectual property (IP)
  • Nurture in-campus entrepreneurship development

In addition, the Knowledge Transfer Office aspires to become an enabling catalyst and a supportive bridge between the broader community and HKBU, to enrich research and inform teaching, and to become a driving force in realising HKBU's vision of being the best regional provider of whole person education.


Institute for Entrepreneurship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

As a dedicated partner of business, industry and the community, PolyU is committed to creating and transferring technology and knowhow with application value to the wider world in various ways. In pursuit of knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship, Institute for Entrepreneurship (IfE) was established to serve as an important platform to forge closer links between academics and business for their mutual benefits. By harnessing the expertise and resources of the University, IfE provides a wide range of services, facilitating entrepreneurship development as well as assisting industry to create innovative products and strengthen the competitive edge of enterprises in the global marketplace.


Entrepreneurship Center, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The HKUST Entrepreneurship Center started its operations in 2000. Its purposes have been to encourage and permit the direct participation of University faculty, students and staff in the commercialization of new technologies and scientific products/services.

It provides working space, business consultation, a range of incubation facilities to its tenants and it assists startups.

With funding support from the Hong Kong government, the Center has expanded its functions to promote entrepreneurship education, training and practice at HKUST.

As an integral part of the University and through partnerships with seasoned practitioners and other institutions, our Center continues to enhance knowledge dissemination at our campus and assists innovation in Hong Kong and in the region.

Entrepreneurship Center creates passion, ignites enthusiasm and prepares mindsets for nurturing a new generation of successful entrepreneurs by implementing continuous educational and training activities as well as outreach programs. Our motto is "make it happen.”


Technology Transfer Office, the University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong is a comprehensive research university. The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of HKU was established in 2006 to manage the University’s intellectual property by undertaking technology transfer activities like patenting, licensing, industrial liaison and commercialization support services. Acting as the bridge linking HKU to society in the arena of technology commercialization, TTO helps industries and businesses to access HKU’s powerhouse of knowledge, innovation, and expertise through close collaboration. One of our key aims is to facilitate the transfer of innovations and research discoveries made at HKU for the benefit of the general public.


Hong Kong Cyberport

Cyberport is a creative digital community with a cluster of over 300 technology and digital tenants. It is managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited which is wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. With a vision to establish itself as a leading information and communications technology (ICT) hub in the Asia-Pacific region, Cyberport is committed to facilitating the local economy by nurturing ICT industry start-ups and entrepreneurs, driving collaboration to pool resources and create business opportunities, and accelerating ICT adoption through strategic initiatives and partnerships. Equipped with an array of state-of-the-art ICT facilities and a cutting-edge broadband network, the Cyberport community is home to four grade-A intelligent office buildings, a five-star design hotel, and a retail entertainment complex.


Hong Kong Design Centre

Design for Society is the major undertaking of Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC). HKDC is a non-profit organisation and a strategic partner of the HKSAR Government in developing Hong Kong as an international design hub in Asia. Since 2002, HKDC has been on a public mission to (i) champion strategic and wider use of design for creating business value and community benefits; (ii) promote and celebrate design excellence; and (iii) educate the professions and the community to be resourceful champions for sustained developments through design and innovation.


Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation provides facilities, services and a dynamic environment that enable technology companies to grow and develop. It also drives entrepreneurship of technological business by providing streams of Technology Business Incubation Programme, which includes startup assistance such as office space, business development assistance, technology support, financial aid package.