Last night in Hong Kong was the cohort #2 Demo Day! Over 150 people braved severe Typhoon Utor to make their way to The Good Lab for Demo Day 2. We squeezed about 120 into the main theatre and about 30 or so in the live streaming in the kitchen area of the Good Lab.
The teams were hard at work but we all gathered at show time and did a shot of Port compliments of the Portuguese team. I tried to say something motivation and semimetal, but all I could say over and over was “I’m proud of you guys.”
After a brief intro by Tony at the Good Lab and a photo slide show, I did a brief introduction. I fooled the audience into thinking that I made a typo on a slide with the wrong date, I had August 13 2012 on the first slide since one year ago to the date I began the Accelerator journey when my board approved the project. Quite fitting to have our second demo day on the one year anniversary.
The teams did amazing! Here is the rundown:
- Verybite: healthy home cooked food delivery service
- Gyaan Tel: mobile data analytics for emerging market retailers
- dood! Our 100% local HK team with a photo sharing app that turns your photos into gifts
- SoFly: second screen and TV show tracking
- iceVault: offline storage for your online assets. Starting with Bitcoin.
- Captain Planner: online travel at the click of a button (really.)
After the presentations we had a networking event and each team had their booths set up. Despite the looming T8 typhoon, I had to kick people out of the Good Lab after two and a half hours.
Of course we had the all-important after party in LKF. By now the Typhoon had hit in full T8 force, at one point we took to dancing in the streets in the typhoon’s monsoon rain.
Stay tuned for the videos and interviews to be posted here in a few weeks.
My journey at AcceleratorHK ends here. I’ll be moving to Palo Alto and running an accelerator this fall in Silicon Valley. Stay tuned as Paul and I figure out how to make cohort #3 of AcceleratorHK!