Thursday, February 20, 2020

JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition To Be Held Online

Viewers from around the world invited to tune in with registration link

 

Few aspects of the startup world attract as much attention, enjoyment, and interest as startup pitch competitions. With high stakes that often include prize money, investment, or just unbeatable bragging rights, everyone wants to know who will win.

 

The Global Pitch Competition as part of the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund/HSBC JUMPSTARTER 2020 is a key part of this show’s exciting offerings, and the stakes this year are better than ever. A total of up to US$5 million in investment and cash prizes of US$100,000 are up for grabs for the top five teams, along with opportunities to meet some of the world’s most influential leaders and changemakers through Alibaba’s expansive network.

 

The Global Pitch Competition is one of two primary events at JUMPSTARTER (the other being the Global Startup Conference). While both these events were scheduled to be held live, onstage as part of the StartmeupHK Festival, the recent coronavirus outbreak prompted organizers to postpone the Festival to later in the year. However, with a shortlist of finalists hailing from around the world, and everyone set to deliver their best pitches for the judges, Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund opted to change the pitching competition to an online format and keep it on schedule.

 

The competition will be held online at http://bit.ly/37YoiCf on the original dates, February 11-12. The top five startups will be announced on February 12.

 

“Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund considers the wellbeing of each and every participant’s health to be of utmost importance,” the organization said in a statement. “We hope to bring encouragement and support to start-ups during such a difficult time, and provide them with opportunities to connect with investors and companies.”

 

Changing the format to an online competition has also made it possible for people all over the world to tune in to the progress of the competition. Simply by registering in advance, viewers can watch the pitches and even vote in several award categories, including ‘Most Innovative Startups’ and ‘Top Five JUMPSTARTERS.’

 

Forty startups will be pitching over the two-day span, selected from semi-finals held in Shenzhen, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, London, San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, and Hong Kong. Download the Finalist At A Glance now : https://www.jumpstarter.hk/uploads/pdf/top40.pdf

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