ESG Matters was more than happy to showcase in the 2019 Asian Financial Forum on 14-15 January in the Cyberport Pavilion at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Themed “Creating a Sustainable and Inclusive Future” this year, apart from business matching and keynote sharing, the event also facilitated sharing of innovations that drove sustainable and inclusive development.
As one of the biggest financial events in Asia, the event gathered influential figures from governments, global financial and commercial sectors to discuss the current development and trends in Asian markets. This year some honoured guest speakers included Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, who also visited our booth.
The event was such a success. We looked forward to more similar events to come to share innovations and inspirations!
ESG Matters was very happy to join the Cyberport Angel Investor Pitch Training organised by Cyberport in partnership with 500 Startups on 24 and 25 October. The training was a comprehensive event that equipped entrepreneurs with practical skills and knowledge for fundraising and executing their startup businesses. Highlights included preparing a killer pitch, growth hacking strategies, fundraising for Series A, negotiation term sheet, etc.
At the end of the training, attendees were able to take the stage for a live pitching session to showcase what they had learnt and get feedback from the panel. ESG Matters was thrilled to be among the top 10 startups recommended by the panel to showcase at Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (CVCF) to pitch investors in early November.
Thanks to Cyberport and 500 Startups for organising such an inspiring event that provided a platform for startups to learn from each other and industry practitioners. We hope there are more to come!
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum in Hong Kong highlighted the need for massive investment to achieve the SDGs, and the potential for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence to produce social and economic benefits.
ESCAP and Cyberport, a technology community managed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, jointly organized the two-day meeting on the role of business in sustainable development.
Lee George Lam, chairman of the HK Cyberport Management Company and vice-president of the ESCAP sustainable business network’s executive council, said the business community is one with Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and are working out financing solutions to support the SDGs and help make growth inclusive and reduce inequalities.
The UN released a report on development financing which aimed at the G20 and the World Bank/IMF spring meetings (18—22 April) in Washington. The report warned that the transformative power of technology raises complex ethical, socio-economic, and human rights challenges and risks. It called on governments to make complementary investments (rather than rely on the private sector) to strengthen social protection and develop regulatory frameworks that ensure sharing of the benefits of technology and management of risks.