We are already at Week 7 at AcceleratorHK! The teams are hard at work building their MVPs and doing Customer Validation before we take a two week break for the holidays. All the teams are staying in Hong Kong over the holidays and are continuing to work, there are just no scheduled Accelerator programs. The clock is ticking until Demo Day on February 6th!
We started off the week right. On Monday we had a great mentor, Viresh Bhatia, come on in and spend a lot of time with each team. Viresh is an experienced entrepreneur as well as the chair of the Telerik Board of Directors. Viresh was also impressed with the mobile adoption in Hong Kong as well as Samsung’s market share in Hong Kong (specifically the popularity of the SIII and NoteII).
We continued our 1:1s on Monday and Tuesday as most teams are now building prototypes and MVPs. Two of the teams apps are already on my phone!
We had an additional mentor, Peter Burton, come in on Thursday. He only had a short amount of time and met briefly with a few teams and made some connections to people they all should talk with. We also convinced Peter to flash his old Samsung Galaxy S to Cyanogen Mod 10.1 and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1. He proved his geek cred by coming in the next day with his flashed phone.
Note: A lot of the cohort members, including Paul and myself, run Cyanogen MOD. If you are in a mobile app accelerator, you may as well be flashing phones!
In addition to all of the hard work we also had a little bit of fun exploring Hong Kong cuisine. One day at lunch we got to see the Mexican team use Chinese chopsticks for the first time.
We had a social dinner one night where we trekked over to the the other side of town and had HK clay pot rice dishes. This was a crowd pleaser.
Lastly, we had our elevator pitches and 10/20/30 presentations on Friday. We decided to have our own AcceleratorHK Christmas party complete with cookies, cake, hot wine, beer, and of course tequila.
See you in 2 weeks!!