Question: Why does everyone get so excited about startups?
Answer: They do things differently.
From the way they see the world to the way they talk about their vision, the best startups have a unique view on how the world can work and their role in getting us there. That’s also exactly why working with startups is such a rewarding experience.
The very first edition of Get in the Ring, a global startup competition where startups battle against each other in front of investors, came to Hong Kong last week. The competitive drama took place in front of a packed audience in the InnoDesignTech Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, but I got to meet and work with the startups in the days leading up to the main event.
In an exclusive workshop for 17 startups, I had the privilege of getting know the founders and learning about their businesses. While some were more experienced communicators than others, we walked through the ideas and attitude that good pitches commonly share. Working in the group setting, and one-on-one throughout the competition weekend, I had the chance to calm nerves, suggest changes and offer feedback to a group of dynamic founders.
The fireside chat with Desmond Marshall of Rouge Ventures and Derek Kwik of Brave Soldier Ventures was a real highlight, as the startups, the expo audience and I heard what makes a pitch most convincing directly from two experienced investors.
In the end, there could be only one. The winner, Alex Man of data analytics provider, 29th Century, progressed through the semifinals, five-round battle and the final three-way battle on the way to earning a ticket to the Get in the Ring global final in Singapore next May.
Congrats to Alex and all the startups who participated in the event.
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