What is Business Angel Programme?
The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s Business Angel Programme, launched in 2007, was one of the first initiatives of its kind to be launched in Hong Kong by any of the chambers of commerce. Now reaching its 10th year, the programme is well-respected, providing entrepreneurs with valuable advice, a great opportunity to learn more about the start-up community, and most importantly, a pathway to funding.
Since its inception, the Business Angel Committee has reviewed applications from hundreds of enthusiastic Hong Kong entrepreneurs, introducing many of them to a wealth of Angel Investors and Professional Advisors drawn from the membership of the Chamber.
The Business Angel Programme is sponsored by Baker Tilly Hong Kong and is a non-profit initiative.
Who are British Chamber of Commerce?
The British Chamber is a dynamic force that represents the business interests of its members in Hong Kong, mainland, China and the Asia Pacific region. The Chamber exists to serve its members and create business value for them through leadership, networking and offering a platform for the sharing of knowledge. Visit the BritCham website.
Baker Tilly Hong Kong traces its origins to 1977 when Mr. Malcolm Ian Glass first offered audit and accounting services to clients in Hong Kong under the firm name of Malcolm Glass & Co. With a candid approach and personalised service, this one-man operation would become one of the Territory’s most reputable professional service providers, and a member of Baker Tilly International, one of the top ten largest global network of accountancy and advisory firms.
Today Baker Tilly Hong Kong is very proud to sponsor Hong Kong’s first organised Angel initiative. Being a locally-focused firm from modest beginnings, we fully appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit in Hong Kong and the challenges start-ups face in the present day. As any experienced business leader will attest, mentorship and financing are prerequisites for successful new ventures. Through the Business Angels Programme, SMEs are given an opportunity to secure funding and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs with solid connections.
Together with the British Chamber of Commerce, we invite aspirants, accomplished business professionals and seasoned investors to join in this mission to make a difference to the Hong Kong business community. With a bit of help, and a bit of luck, we can turn a brilliant business idea into a big success.
The Committee of Industry Experts
14 members with expertise from 12 industry sectors.
The business plans and pitches are vetted and shortlisted by our committee prior to the event, ensuring a high quality of finalists are put forth to the Angel Investors. Without the time and effort the committee gives, the programme would not have developed and grown as well as it has since 2007.
For more details on the angel committee members, please click here.
Visit the website: http://connectcommunication.com/
CONNECT is a communication skills consultancy specializing in helping clients build long term and enduring business relationships, both internally and externally. CONNECT offers expert advice, training and coaching in all areas of spoken and written communication.
In every case, CONNECT consultants work closely with our clients to develop and deliver focused and business orientated programmes to meet their specific objectives and needs. The CONNECT team is based in Hong Kong and currently runs communication programmes throughout the region in four languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
Between 1996 and 2012, CONNECT consultants have delivered over 5,000 workshops and seminars to the leading financial, legal and business institutions throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East. In so doing, they have developed a deep understanding of the needs and expectations of the business community in this region.
Visit the website: http://hongkong.tie.org/
TiE Hong Kong is the local chapter of tie.org
TiE was set up in 1992 to foster entrepreneurship through mentorship, education and networking. The Charter Members of TiE are all business owners who have set-up and run ventures themselves and now give up some of their time to help the next generation of entrepreneurs to get their businesses going faster and more efficiently. Many Charter Members are also Angels or early/growth stage professional investors.
TiE Hong Kong has provided a mentor, one of the Charter Members, for each of the finalists for each breakfast event to provide guidance and help them develop the content for their investment pitch.
Visit the website: http://www.compassoffices.com/en/
Compass Offices opened our first centre in 2009 in Hong Kong and have been growing ever since. Now, they are Hong Kong’s largest serviced office provider with our network reaching Australia, Japan, Philippines, China and Singapore and Vietnam.
Compass Offices evolved from being a client to being a supplier of serviced offices because they knew they could do better than what they had experienced. They decided to be pro-active: transforming their own dissatisfaction into developing a comprehensive, valuable and enjoyable customer experience for serviced offices.
With access to state of the art IT infrastructure and high quality business centres in prime locations, Compass can help companies of any size operate on a large scale without the upfront costs and investments required to do it alone.
Visit the website: http://eatonhouse.com.hk
Eaton House is the new FinTech hub and work platform where sophisticated individuals meet.
We are a Social Work Club – a hybrid between a private member’s lounge and a workplace. In the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district, we offer an exclusive and refined workspace, great F&B offering and unique events programming.
Eaton House is the progressive platform for thought leaders who believe in collaboration.
Visit the website: http://rushhourmedia.hk
When Rush Hour Media was founded in 2012, it promised to revolutionise Hong Kong’s online landscape. Gone with the clutter of images and wordy websites, and in with the new standard of brand conscious, simple design with a world class standard in User Experience and User Interface. And today, Rush Hour have helped over 120 clients to achieve this.
Their first important goal is to identify your USP, brand ethos and unique DNA, then communicating it in an impactful way through your website and digital channels. They love generating ideas together as a team with yours. That’s why they reserve time for consultations to fully understand and recognise clients’ vision and goals, providing advice if needed. This is an important planning and research stage before their designers and developers get to work their magic. Rush Hour’s service level is also important to them, so with every project, they would have an assigned project manager working with you along the whole journey.
Visit the website: http://rushhourmedia.hk
FunctionEight is your end to end Technology Partner whose ethos is to deliver “Stress Free IT”. Outsourcing your technology needs to FunctionEight allows you to select from our broad range of services, such as strategic technological advice, infrastructure procurement and setup, office relocations to our core business of proactive IT support and maintenance which allows you to focus on running your business. Partnering with companies like Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, MimeCast, and Symantec, FunctionEight has established a solid presence to allow us to protect our clients digital assets. FunctionEight also manages your digital presence by delivering website development & maintenance, search engine optimisation, social media and blog management to ensure you can capitalise on as many digital leads as possible. Whether you need an audit to establish what you have, want to migrate to Office365 or just need solid IT support you can rely on, FunctionEight is your go to Technology Partner.