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Feb 26, 2021

Mizuho Crowd Brain Cohort 3 Speaker Sessions

During the third cohort, we have arranged 7 online speaker sessions. Partnered with our supporting organizations, we invited guest speakers who were well-known within the various startup industries, and whom we believed can inspire startups, to share their experiences and insights.

  1. Session 1
    Topic: The Innovation Vision for New World Group - Transforming customer experience in the traditional industries
    Presented by: New World Development Company Limited
  2. Session 2
    Topic: 1) Major legal issues in relation to Recruitment, Retention and Global Deployment of Talents 2) Major Corporate and Personal Tax Considerations of Expanding to Overseas Markets
    Presented by: Deloitte China
  3. Session 3
    Topic: Payment landscapes - Present and Future
    Presented by: Alipay
  4. Session 4
    Topic: Consumer JTBD (Jobs to be done) and the importance in owning your consumer
    Presented by: Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
  5. Session 5
    Topic: Practical and suggestions for entering China Mainland
    Presented by: Leaguer Group
  6. Session 6
    Topic: Building of your personal brand and online presence
    Presented by: Forkast Studio
  7. Session 7
    Topic: Presentations, a non-complete collection of tips
    Presented by:Founder Institute Hong Kong

 


Dec 16, 2020

Mizuho Crowd Brain Cohort 2 Demo Day Event

On Dec 15, 2020, co-organizing with Eureka Nova of New World Development, we held our second online Demo Day event. Together with supporting organizations and partner companies, the event was widely broadcasted with over 100+ audiences from venture capitals, corporates, business units and government agencies.
For second cohort, our theme was Fintech and Urban-tech. Startup companies showcased their forward-looking ideas and solutions; as well as showed off their business progress since joining the Mizuho Crowd Brain accelerator programme.


Sep 30, 2020

Mizuho Crowd Brain Cohort 2 Speaker Sessions

During the second cohort, we have arranged 8 online speaker sessions. Partnered with our supporting organizations, we invited guest speakers who were well–known within the various startup industries, and whom we believed can inspire startups, to share their experiences and insights.

  1. Session 1
    Topic: Super Smart City 2.0
    Presented by: Deloitte China
  2. Session 2
    Topic: Rise of Smart Cities
    Presented by: Sino Group
  3. Session 3
    Topic: Alibaba Cloud support in Startup and offering
    Presented by: Alibaba Cloud
  4. Session 4
    Topic: Aligning Your Business with UN Sustainable Development Goals
    Presented by: New World Development Company Limited
  5. Session 5
    Topic: Listing on Tokyo Stock Exchange —Japanese Depositary Receipts (JDRs)
    Presented by: Mizuho Securities Asia & Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
  6. Session 6
    Topic: Introduction of Sony Innovation Fund Innovation Growth Ventures
    Presented by: Sony Innovation Fund
  7. Session 7
    Topic: Overview of China VC Market and Leaguer Group
    Presented by: Leaguer Group
  8. Session 8
    Topic: Pitch to Strategic Customers
    Presented by: HKUST Business School

 


Aug 4, 2020

Mizuho Crowd Brain Cohort 1 Demo Day Event

On July 28, 2020, co–organizing with Eureka Nova of New World Development, we held a Demo Day event, aiming to provide a platform to connect startup companies to expand their network for business development and better exchanges of ideas and innovation.

Due to the outbreak of the COVID–19 virus, the health of startup companies and event participants was of paramount importance. We moved the Demo Day event from our Mizuho Crowd Brain venue to an online setting. With 100+ wide ranges of audiences from venture capitals, supporting organizations, corporates, business units and government agencies; startup companies showcased their forward–looking ideas and solutions; as well as showed off their business progress since joining the Mizuho Crowd Brain accelerator programme.


April 23, 2020

Mizuho Crowd Brain Cohort 1 participants make ‘Forbes 30 under 30 Asia’ list for 2020

Mizuho Crowd Brain Cohort 1 participants have recently made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list for their success and contribution to the field of finance & venture capital.

The list features 300 young entrepreneurs, leaders and changemakers across Asia, all under the age of 30. Visit https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2020/asia/finance-vc/#50e52cfb56c7 to learn more.

Teresa Chan, 24 ; Chester Szeen, 24

Teresa Chan, 24 ; Chester Szeen, 24
Cofounders, Mellow

Chester Szeen and Teresa Chan are the cofounders of Mellow. The Hong Kong–based startup operates a personal finance and digital payment app, which is connected to a Mastercard debit card, to help children learn about money management, such as saving toward a goal and keeping track of spending. Last year, it was one of 18 graduates from AppWorks, an AI and blockchain–focused accelerator in Taiwan. In 2019, it was named as one of the 12 top startups of Jumpstarter, a not–for–profit initiative curated by the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund in Hong Kong. Mellow is supported by Cyberport, Accenture, the Japanese government, Mizuho Bank and New World Development.

https://www.forbes.com/profile/mellow/?list=30under30-asia-finance-venture-capital#18f92ce31d72

Andy Chan, 28 ; Winston Wong, 29

Andy Chan, 28 ; Winston Wong, 29
Cofounders, Qupital

Founded in 2016, Qupital aims to provide financing to SMEs that are underserved by traditional banking institutions. The Hong Kong–based startup offers short–term lending and liquidity to companies and matches them with investors interested in covering the loan. Qupital claims to have funded loans and business invoices worth more than HK$1 billion (about $130 million). In March 2019, it raised $15 million in a Series A round of financing led by Chinese wealth and asset manager CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund. Its investors also include the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund and Chinese VC firm Gobi Partners.

https://www.forbes.com/profile/qupital/?list=30under30-asia-finance-venture-capital#7b9392f97a33

*Mizuho Group Companies do not make any representations on the quality of any business or service of the startups covered by Mizuho Crowd Brain. All information shown here is the sole representation and responsibility of the relevant startups.


March 5, 2020

Mizuho Crowd Brain Cohort 1 Speaker Sessions

During the first cohort, we have arranged 10 speaker sessions. Partnered with our supporting organizations, we invited guest speakers who were well-known within the various startup industries, and whom we believed can inspire startups, to share their experiences and insights. Followed by speaker sessions, there were Q&A and networking which startups can exchange ideas themselves as well as with mentors and guest speakers.

  1. Session 1
    Topic: 1) Digital trend in accounting operation 2) R&D Tax Deduction in HK
    Presented by: Deloitte China
  2. Session 2
    Topic: How technology company works with insurance industry & Intro to FT Life
    Presented by: FT Life
  3. Session 3
    Topic: Aging Innovation - Reacquaint the Elderly
    Presented by: Humansa
  4. Session 4
    Topic: The mega trend of Blockchain from technology, business and social prospective
    Presented by: The Linux Foundation
  5. Session 5
    Topic: ZA Fintech and Virtual Banking
    Presented by: ZA International
  6. Session 6
    Topic: 1) Introducing our Dynamic Startup Ecosystem: Hong Kong as a Startup Destination 2) Hong Kong Accelerating your Fintech Growth through InvestHK
    Presented by: InvestHK
  7. Session 7
    Topic: Opportunity in Greater Bay Area
    Presented by: Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen
  8. Session 8
    Topic: Q&A with Gobi Partners China
    Presented by: Gobi Partners China
  9. Session 9
    Topic: Regulatory landscape of crypto and business opportunities
    Presented by: Deloitte China
  10. Session 10
    Topic: IPO Overview, listing requirements, timeline, working parties and HKEX reforms
    Presented by: Mizuho Securities Asia

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BK holds event scene

BK holds event scene


November 25, 2019

Mizuho Crowd Brain holds event to commemorate opening of Mizuho Crowd Brain accelerator program office

On October 21, 2019, we held an event to commemorate the opening of the dedicated office for Mizuho Crowd Brain, an accelerator program supporting the growth of startup companies throughout the Greater Bay Area encompassing Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. The event took place in the new Mizuho Crowd Brain office within the Mizuho Bank Hong Kong Branch.

In attendance were representatives from participating startup companies, program partners New World Development and Cyberport, and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. Also among the attendees was Deputy Consul–General Tsukasa Hirota of the Consulate– General of Japan in Hong Kong.

Mizuho Bank East Asia Department General Manager Tomohiro Fukagata and New World Development Head of Social Innovation Doris Luey gave opening remarks and introduced the program partners and startup companies. In the networking session afterwards, the attendees developed their connections further.

At the end of October, we will also host a seminar by a partner company on legal and tax issues. Going forward, the program will provide opportunities for mentorship on a range of business issues, matching with businesses and venture capital partners, and other forms of support to promote the growth of participating startup companies. 

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