Nicole Denholder, Founder
Founder of www.nextchapter.com.hk, a funding portal for female entrepreneurs and the first service is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform. Nicole previously worked for 12 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and Hong Kong, supporting clients on US IPO projects and large-scale business transformation projects.
Fintech is a game-changer by providing access to innovative financially-related products to a wider audience. Changing behaviours such as an increase in social media and technology use, plus the recent financial crisis are all contributing to the fast growth of Fintech, especially crowdfunding.
To leverage technology to provide funding opportunities to female entrepreneurs regardless of where they are located.
Improving women's access to capital to help them with their funding journey and grow their business #dreambig
Fintech covers a lot of different opportunities, however one trend to watch is the growth of equity crowdfunding following the passing of Title III of the JOBS Act in the USA which allows non-accredited investors to invest in equity crowdfunding campaigns.
Yes, the startup system in Hong Kong is great and is open to sharing and supporting new entrepreneurs. I met with a lot of experienced entrepreneurs and attended a number of events to get feedback on my idea and tap into resources that were new to me following my transition from Corporate life. Karena Belin and WHub were one of the first people I reached out to and they have been continuously supportive since.
As always, assess the problem, regulatory and competitive landscape and start building your solution. Also I would suggest considering collaboration and partnerships via some of the great fintech incubators HK has to offer such as the Fintech Supercharger.
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