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Vol. 145 Oct 2020
Cyberport flagship VC event unveils agenda, launches virtual event platform
CVCF 2020 is chock-full of fantastic programming under the theme “Navigating New Normal of Tech Venturing”. In addition to examining the latest macro-economic outlook and mega trends, VC and corporate venture strategies, CVCF 2020 will explore a gamut of exciting new topics and host two spotlight events -  the EdVentures Global EdTech Summit and Silicon Dragon 2020.

New topics for new inspiration
Participants can expect illuminating discussions on such fresh topics as the new global venture dynamics, cross-border capital flow reshaped, venture debt, special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), successful start-up transformations amid COVID-19, women funders and founders, the rise of digital assets, EdTech as a new venture hotspot, boosting start-up ecosystem via institutional venture support and initiatives, latest exit strategies, and more.

Impacted by the COVID-19 and China-US trade tensions, participants can indulge in some heated discussions on geo-political and socio-economic market bearings, with topics like recalibrating China-US venture orientation, the Asia opportunity as the world’s new growth powerhouse, and transformative technologies for work and play in the next normal.
Moreover, the Cyberport Investors Network (CIN) will again celebrate its anniversary during CVCF. Cindy Chow, Chairlady of the CIN and Executive Director of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, will share the latest developments of the CIN’s start-up fundraising efforts and plans for investors engagement.

All of the discussions are designed to help investors, enterprises, and technopreneurs alike navigate the new normal of tech venturing and to connect their way to success during these capricious times.

Peter Yan, CEO of Cyberport, said: “Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has inflicted upon the global and local economy, the rapid acceleration of digital transformation and the myriad business opportunities being created by start-ups offer much cause for optimism. Investors today are seeking dedicated business networks, such as Cyberport’s, to shine a light on the companies, industries, and innovations that present high growth potential in the new normal.”

He added: “CVCF is designed to do precisely that. Our goals are to springboard more start-ups to success, connect investors and businesses to start-ups, and at the same time inject strong and sustainable growth momentum into Hong Kong’s economy.”

New format for a total CVCF experience
Taking advantage of the virtual format, CVCF 2020 will launch an event platform to deliver a more engaging online interactive experience for participants.

In addition to having both live streaming and on-demand playbacks of programmes, the platform will begin operation sooner. From 21 October to mid-November, the platform will feature a series of activities to generate greater value for participants and synergy with the main event.

For example, the Innovator Showcase will feature more than 80 virtual booths of local and overseas start-ups presenting multi-discipline tech solutions, allowing investors and CVCF participants more time to interact with the most enterprising innovators and explore collaboration possibilities. At Founder Stage, investors could get quick glimpse of innovative start-up projects through short pitch videos.  Meanwhile, Investor Matching sessions will enable investors to source deals easily and meet one-on-one with start-ups, categorised by tech sectors and catering to different investment appetites.

The CVCF Start-up Workshop will be staged on Day 2 of CVCF (4 November) to deep dive into tips and essentials of new normal start-up strategies such as crafting more compelling pitch deck, creating global advantages and making best of tech innovation for business growth.

Also on Day 2 would be EdVentures Global EdTech Summit , a debut event co-created together with Esperanza to explore global EdTech trends, market development and expansion opportunities in the new normal.  The EdVentures GBA Fellowship Programme pitch final will also be staged during the event where 10 shortlisted EdTech fellows around the world will compete to win valuable support to scale globally and access to investment networks. Two Cyberport community members, Mandarin Matrix and Xccelerate, are among the finalists representing Hong Kong.   Silicon Dragon 2020 will be staged on same day morning for more venture dynamics featuring exciting discussions on “Tech Titans 2020 & Beyond”.

Other fringe activities will also take place before, during, and after the main days of CVCF 2020. The graduation ceremonies of the Cyberport entrepreneurship programmes and the Financial Practitioners FinTech Training Programme will also take place on 3 and 5 November respectively.

Registration for CVCF 2020 is now open. Do not miss this fabulous opportunity to learn about the latest in tech venturing and connect to the industry networks. Register for your free digital pass today!
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