Pitching Competition FAQ

1. How can I apply?
Please submit your application online here. If you have any supplementary information such as brochures, powerpoint and photos, please zip them into one file and upload during the submission. All materials submitted should be in English.
2. What are the judging criteria for the 100 startup finalists?
The judging criteria include:
  • Business Overview
  • Market Potential
  • Technology Highlight
  • Business Model
  • Revenue Model
  • Management Competency
For details, please refer to “Judging Criteria”.

Please note that some of the questions in the application form represent the above judging criteria. It is important to fill up each question precisely and concisely.
3. Can I apply the competition if I am an overseas company/participant?
Yes. This competition is open to all tech startups from around the world who are
  • less than 5 years and received less than US$10 million funding by 31 March 2019; or
  • individuals who have not yet established any companies;
  • focuses on one of these categories: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics / FinTech / Health Technology / Smart City
  • accept the terms and conditions as set in the rules and regulations

HKSTP will subsidise the overseas company/individual ONE round trip economy ticket to Hong Kong if he/she is being shortlisted in the 100 startup finalists.

Individuals with innovative ideas may also apply.
4. Can I apply if I have not yet set up a company?
Yes. Individuals, from local or overseas, with innovative ideas may also apply.
5. Can I still apply the competition if I have already participated in similar competitions organised by HKSTP?
Yes. This competition is open to all tech startups from around the world who are
  • less than 5 years and received less than US$10 million funding by 31 March 2019; or
  • individuals who have not yet established any companies;
  • focuses on one of these categories: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics / FinTech / Health Technology / Smart City
  • accept the terms and conditions as set in the rules and regulations
6. Is there any financial assistance for overseas startups to travel to Hong Kong for the competition?
HKSTP will subsidise the overseas company ONE round trip economy ticket to Hong Kong if you are being shortlisted in the 100 startup finalists.

To make the trip more fruitful for the overseas contestants, a number of activities will be arranged from 4-6 November including pre-pitch workshop, one-on-one mock pitch, visit and many more.
7. When will I know whether I am being shortlisted as one of the 100 startup finalists?
100 startup finalists will be announced on 20 September 2019. Please also take note of the following important dates:
  • 6 September: Application closes
  • 7 September - 19 September: Screening and selection by organising committee
  • 20 September: Announcement of the 100 startup finalists
  • 4 November - 6 November: One-on-one mock pitch and pre-pitch workshop
  • 8 November: Elevator Pitch Competition
8. What are the prizes/awards?
The champion will receive a cash prize of US$100,000

Tech Winners (x4) will receive a cash prize of US$10,000
9. I have not established any company yet. As an individual applicant, can I put “Not applicable” for the questions in the form on “Business Valuation”, “Revenue Model” and “Company Logo”?
You can put “N/A” if you really face difficulties in completing those sections. But your input for the “Business Valuation” and “Revenue Model” sections will facilitate the investors to understand more about your business potential which will directly affect the investment opportunity. “Company Logo” in the form is optional and is for promotional purpose only. The organiser will publish the 100 startup finalists’ business overviews and logos (if any) in the event booklet.
10. Can my partner and myself pitch in the elevator and present on stage if I am being selected as the top 10?
No. Only ONE representative from each company will pitch in the elevator and present on stage.
11. Can I pitch in Cantonese or Mandarin?
No. All the pitches and presentations should be in English.
12. Can I still apply if my company is not registered in my name in Hong Kong?
Yes. You can apply even if your company is not registered in your name. If you are being selected as one of the 100 startup finalists, you can nominate any representative from your company to pitch and present in the elevator.