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JUMPSTARTER San Francisco Bay Area Semi-Pitch

Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund / HSBC JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition is one of the world’s biggest startup competitions which will be held in 8 cities across the globe. The Grand Finale will be a two-day conference bringing startups, investors and corporates together to build, empower and boost connections between Alibaba ecosystems and international tech hubs around the world.

The San Francisco Bay Area Semi-Pitch is a two-day event from Tuesday, October 9 – Wednesday, October 10, where you can pitch your business idea to a panel of judges. If shortlisted for the Grand Finale in Hong Kong, you will be competing for the chance to win shared investment of up to US$5 million, a share of US$100k cash prize, and so much more.

Their goal is to build, empower and boost Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship by bringing entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and the public together, helping to transform Hong Kong into a leading hub for global innovation and technology.

KEY DATES:

  • Tuesday, September 10: Application deadline
  • Tuesday, September 24: Announcement of shortlisted startups
  • Wednesday, October 9: Semi-Pitch in San Francisco Bay Area Day 1: 1-on-1 Pitch
    • 12 minutes of pitch time is given to each of the 20-30 startups selected
      • 5 minutes for presentation
      • 7 minutes for judges Q&A session
    • Top 8 startups are selected to pitch on Day 2
  • Thursday, October 10: Semi-Pitch in San Francisco Bay Area Day 2: Pitch on Stage
    • 8 minutes of pitch time is given to each startup
      • 5 minutes for presentation
      • 3 minutes for judges Q&A session
    • Top 5 startups are selected as finalists to pitch on stage at Grand Finale
  • Tuesday, February 11: Grand Finale in Hong Kong Day 1: 1st Round Pitch
    • 8 minutes of pitch time is given to each of the 40 startups
      • 5 minutes for presentation
      • 3 minutes for judges Q&A session
    • Top 8 finalists are selected for the Final Pitch
  • Wednesday, February 12: Grand Finale in Hong Kong Day 2: Final Pitch
    • 8 minutes of pitch time is given to each finalist
      • 5 minutes for presentation
      • 3 minutes for judges Q&A session
    • Top 5 finalists are entitled to an investment commitment up to USD 5million

 

WHAT IS JUMPSTARTER?

JUMPSTARTER is a not-for-profit initiative curated by Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund that provides a platform for all entrepreneurs and young people to jump start their dreams in Hong Kong. It is also a first-of-its-kind startup event focused exclusively on showcasing quality startups and providing high-impact networking opportunities.

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