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5 in 5 minutes - August 25

Hong Kong Startup News Round Up

Whizpa launches to help parents find activities for kids in Hong Kong

Whizpa, a bilingual education review website, that allows parents to have their say on different providers, launched this week to allow Hong Kong parents review, rate and rank education providers in Hong Kong.

Currently covered over 5000 listings of education providers in Hong Kong, Whizpa strives to be a one-stop search engine for parents finding activities and a place to share experiences and have their say on the many education services they received.

DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia announces the 25 finalists

DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia announced the top 10 ideas and top 15 enterprises that made it to the final. Within the 25 finalists, 4 teams came from Hong Kong, including SLCO Community Resources, iSEE Mobile Apps, ANA by Karma and One Degree Production Service. Judging and online voting is opened from August 14 to September 22.

Click here to vote for your favourite teams!

The finalists will join DBS-NUS for the grand finale on October 4th at the National Gallery Singapore to compete for the prize money with the total worth over SGD 150,000.

OnTheList partners with Crossroads Foundation to donate over 1000 pairs of shoes

OnTheList, a startup that organises members-only flash sales in Central, partnered with Crossroads Foundation to donate a total of 1,374 pairs of shoes from their recent flash sale, with the passion to make full use of excess resources.

Launched in 2016 by two French entrepreneurs, Delphine Lefay & Diego Dultzin Lacoste, OnTheList has held 56 flash sales with many well-known brands such as Reiss, Ted Baker and Dr. Martens, to name a few. Their membership database has grown up to 92,000.

5 SOW Asia's social enterprises to pitch their business

SOW Asia will host its first pitch night for the first cohort under its new accelerator, Active Healthy Ageing (AHA!), on September 14th.

Active Healthy Ageing (AHA!) is SOW Asia's five-month accelerator program that aims to enable and empower social businesses to be ready for investment. During the program, social entrepreneurs will assess their companies and refine their business models, they will showcase their improved business to an audience of investors at the investors' pitch night.

If you would like to know more, please email

Campfire Collaborative Spaces to host a pitch night series

Campfire Collaborative Spaces announced a series of pitch nights called "Campire Spark". It will initiate 4 monthly pitch nights starting with “Tech”, followed by “Fashion”, “Media”, and “Design & Architecture”.  Each pitch event will have 6 finalists present their business to compete for US$10.000 in cash and office space.

The "Tech" pitch night will be held on September 14th evening at Campfire Collaborative Space in Kennedy Town.

Click here to apply for the pitch event
Click here to secure your free ticket to attend the pitch night

Currently operating 2 industry focused workspaces in Kennedy Town and Wong Chuk Hang, Campfire will have 10 industry-focused co-working, 1 co-living, and 1 co-learning sites in 3 countries by the end of 2017.

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