Start date: 14/07/2020 09:00

End date: 14/07/2020 10:00

Venue: Webinar


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Insights from the UK and Hong Kong for Tech Scaleups and Investors

Supported Event

July 14
Following on from the virtual edition of Startmeup Festival 2020, InvestHK and the Department for International Trade (DIT) will be co-hosting a webinar on 14th July 2020 to give tech scaleups and investors insights into doing business in Hong Kong and the UK. 

DIT's Director-General Trade & Investment (Hong Kong & Macao), Paul McComb, will share insights into the developments in the UK regarding its exit from the EU, joint Government collaborations and the tech ecosystem. We will also be hearing from the Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) and what support they and DIT offer to scaleup companies, as well as the success story of Polydigi Tech’s expansion into the UK from Hong Kong. 

From the Hong Kong angle, we will hear from UK scaleup companies, namely AMPLYFI and Orb Innovation, which InvestHK has been assisting with their business expansion plans from the UK to Hong Kong. We will also hear from QBN Capital, a Hong Kong based tech-focused VC fund, who has invested in a number of tech scaleups from the UK and has an interest in bringing more to Asia. The panel discussion will be moderated by Mr Andrew Davis, Head of Investment Promotion from InvestHK (UK Office). There will be an opportunity to ask any of our speaker’s questions at the end of the webinar, or feel free to submit them before the event on our registration form.


Date: Tuesday 14 July, 2020
Hong Kong Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (GMT+8)
British Summer Time: 9:00am - 10:00am (GMT+1)


Andrew Davis
Head of Investment Promotion, InvestHK London OfficeMr Andrew Davis is Head of Investment Promotion, UK Office for Invest Hong Kong, the government department responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment into Hong Kong. Mr Davis has joined Invest Hong Kong in February 2010 initially as Associate Director-General in the Hong Kong Head Office. He led the Tourism & Hospitality, Creative Industries, Consumer Products, Business & Professional Services and Transport & Industrial sector specialist teams. In mid 2015, he relocated to the UK to lead the UK Team.

Paul McComb
Director-General Trade & Investment (Hong Kong & Macao), Department for International TradePaul McComb is the Director General for Trade & Investment for Hong Kong and Macao at the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), having led the establishment of DIT as Transition Director in London. From 2011 to 2016, he was the Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (DWP), where he was integral to the biggest reform of the Welfare State in 60 years.

Tony Hughes
Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) Dealmaker, Department for International TradeTony Hughes is a Dealmaker for DIT’s Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP), helping tech entrepreneurs to set up new enterprises in the UK. He is a serial entrepreneur and currently is co-founder of an Ideation Consultancy as well as which provides cities with sector based marketing data.

Philea Chim 
Senior VP, QBN CapitalPhilea Chim is Senior VP at QBN Capital, a Hong Kong-based tech-focused VC fund. They invest in European companies that have the potential to expand to Asia, and support them post-investment with QBN’s prestigious network in the region. Philea leads all of QBN’s activities outside of Asia. Prior to QBN, Philea was tech policy advisor in the UK Government.

Ian Jones
Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer, AMPLYFIIan is a Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer at AMPLYFI, a UK deep-tech start-up specialising in developing AI that unlocks the Deep Web and analyses unstructured data to transform organisations’ business intelligence and market research. Ian previously worked for BP where he held several roles spanning electricity generation, renewable energy, emerging technologies, and strategy.

Robert Paterson
CEO and Co-founder, Orb InnovationsMotivated after a severe misdiagnosed head injury, suffered whilst playing rugby, left Robert bedbound. He founded ORB with the aim to capture and use data to improve player welfare and performance. Today ORB is a real-time health wellness and performance data platform, whose use case goes far beyond sport.