Setting up IP businessesNEXT
Setting up IP businesses
It is easy to and affordable to set up a new business in or expand business operation to Hong Kong.
- Investing in Hong Kong
- Registering a business
- Registering a company
- Registering a non-Hong Kong company
- Registering a business name
A number of government funding programmes are also available to assist new businesses.
A start-up company is a company that “starts-up” a technology venture.
The IP may have been developed by the company’s founders. Or, the IP may have been licensed or assigned to the company by a university or research organisation.
Technology start-up companies are often investment vehicles into which venture capital investors or private equity investors seek to invest.
The investment is often a speculative one, given the uncertainties of research and development. The earlier the stage of development of the technology, the more speculative the investment is.
Corresponding to the risks associated with such an investment, venture capitalists and private equity investors therefore demand an attractive rate of return for their investment into a start-up company. This has to be a rate of return that will compensate them for their failed investments, as well as their successful investments, and so is a high rate of return.
Venture capitalists and private equity investors look for exits from their investment as a means of realising their return on investment. These exits are often listing the company on a stock exchange, selling the company, selling the assets of the company, or merging the company with another company.
iStartup@HK, a comprehensive one-stop portal for tech startups, is an initiative of the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO). It aims to bring together the players in the tech startup ecosystem, providing a dynamic environment where startups and other players are free to roam and meet each other.
iStartup@HK is positioned as a virtual pitching and networking platform for tech startups where they can showcase their products and company profile, bridging the gap between startups and potential investors. It also facilitates the matching between tech startups and service providers in the market, as well as provides a comprehensive range of useful information and resources, such as incubation programmes or funding schemes available, templates and samples for business and legal documents, etc.
For details, please visit here.
StartmeupHK is a global marketing initiative organised by InvestHK to promote Hong Kong as one of the world's leading startup hubs. It consists of a global business plan competition, a pitching event, a flagship forum and a week-long programme for startups (StartmeupHK Week). Following its successful debut in 2013, StartmeupHK has become a sizable and widespread event in Hong Kong's startup community. Stay tuned at startmeup.hk for the latest news.
Strategic alliances and joint ventures are formed by companies that have a shared common commercial interest.
The strategic alliance or joint venture may be legally structured as a company, or it may be formed by a joint venture agreement between the parties.
Usually, parties form a strategic alliance or joint venture recognise that they have different but complementary skills and resources, which when combined, is of advantage to the common joint venture interest that they share.
Technology related strategic alliances and joint ventures most often concern:
- Research collaborations
- Co-marketing relationships, where the parties agree to come together to commercialise a technology product.