Hong Kong Startups Ecosystem, Technology and GBA Interactions

by Cheung-kwok Law and Chung-yi Lam


The APEC Study Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong undertook a preliminary study regarding the development and challenges of startup businesses in Hong Kong in the first half of 2019. The objectives of the study are the following:

  • understanding the operating status, technology and ecosystem of startup businesses in Hong Kong:
  • reviewing their interaction with and operation in the Greater Bay Area;and
  • assessing their short term business prospects,challenges and opportunities.

The policy recommendations are the following:

  • empowerment of female entrepreneurs;
  • provision manpower support;
  • supporting marketing activities;
  • promoting R and D activities;
  • promotion of commercialization of intellectual property;
  • conducting a comprehensive Survey on startup firms;
  • promotion of government’s SME supporting schemes;and
  • promotion of GBA business environment.