Startup Grind Kicks Off in Hong Kong

The popular event series for entrepreneurs and investors launches in Hong Kong with its first event February 11th, hosted at co-work space Paperclip.

Hong Kong February 06, 2014

Startup Grind, the popular event series for entrepreneurs and investors announces the opening of its Hong Kong chapter and its first event to be held February 11th, 2014 at the Paperclip co-work space in Sheung Wan. The featured guest will be a panel of founders of StartupsHK, Hong Kong's largest grassroots organization supporting startups and entrepreneurship. Tickets are on sale online now for $100 HKD, or at the door for $150 HKD. More information is available on the event webpage.

StartupsHK was founded in 2009 by Casey Lau, Jon Buford, Gene Soo and to promote entrepreneurship and to grow Hong Kong as a tech-hub in Asia. It has now grown into one of the most influential startup organisations locally and regionally with its number of members growing daily. Co-founders who will be featured at the event include:

Gene Soo. Soo is a serial entrepreneur and has launched businesses in tech and fashion space. He is a computer engineer by training and has worked in Silicon Valley as an engineer at SanDisk and also at Accenture as a management consultant. Gene has been active in pushing for a better startup ecosystem in Hong Kong and has been involved in technology, mobile, gaming and fashion start-ups space. Gene received his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineer from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a MBA from Columbia University.

Casey Lau. In addition to being a founding member of StartupsHK and a successful entrepreneur, Lau is currently the Community Development Manager for SoftLayer's Catalyst Startup Program in Asia-Pacific, providing virtual incubator services for startups across the region working with startups in supercharging their efforts from China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Jon Buford. Buford is the founder of Makible, attempting to change the way products come to market with adaptive manufacturing. In 2010, he also founded BootHK, the first co-work space in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he did design, development, sales, marketing, and manufacturing in the robotics, bio-medical, toys, consumer products, and online software industries.

The Hong Kong event is sponsored by Paperclip, Video Cha Cha, and Waffleman.

About Startup Grind

Startup Grind was founded in Silicon Valley in 2010 by Derek Andersen, and has since grown to over 75 chapters worldwide. Each chapter hosts a monthly "fireside chat" interview with a successful entrepreneur or investor. Past interviewees include Harvard Business School professor and bestselling author of The Innovator's Dilemma Clayton Christensen, named by Thinkers50 as the World's Most Influential Management Thinker, Dave McClure, founder of business incubator 500 Startups, and Jessica Livingston, founding partner of the seed stage venture firm Y Combinator. More information at

About Startup Grind Hong Kong

The Hong Kong chapter of Startup Grind is co-directed by Amity Wu, Atin Batra, and Joshua Steimle and was created in January, 2014. The objective of the Hong Kong chapter is to raise awareness of startups and entrepreneurship in the region by interviewing successful entrepreneurs and investors from Hong Kong as well as from other areas of the world. The launch of Startup Grind Hong Kong was recently featured in Forbes.

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