Global Fast Track2022

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The Global Fast Track brings together the world’s innovative fintech companies that already have commercial customers in their home market and beyond to showcase their business solutions and connect with regional corporates and investors.

We help your business be viable, visible and scalable in Hong Kong, Asia, and Beyond.

Champions
More than 90 champions with 400+ business introductions in 2021

We work with Corporates, Investors and Service Providers who can all introduce varied opportunities for the growth of your business in Asia.  Scroll below to see Alumni Champions from 2021, and stay tuned for 2022 Champions to be announced soon!

2021 Alumni Champions - Corporates

Over 80% of Champions make fintech innovation decision in HK
Corporate Champions include organizations in banking, insurance, payments, asset management, transportation, food and beverages, IT and computing, logistics and more.
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Corporate Champions may be looking for solutions to directly implement into their business, or opportunities to co-create with partner FinTechs. Some Corporate Champions have an investment interest as well, and may sit across both Corporate and Investor Champions.

2021 Alumni Champions - Investors

Investor Champions are VCs, angels, corporate venture arms, accelerators and family offices.
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Our Investor Champions’ interests range from early stage companies up to series D and beyond. Investment is not guaranteed as part of this Programme.

Benefits

Connect with Corporates for commercial solution deployment
Connect with Investors for funding
Connect with Service Leaders to gear up your business
Connect with Regulators
for regulation & license consultation
Gain marketing exposure
Mentorship & professional advice
One-stop-access
to other public & private accelerator programmes
in HK
Extensive networking opportunities

How The Programme Works

1-2-1 Business Matchings

Tailored business matchings based on the needs of Champions and interests of FinTechs.

Pitching Competition

Online pitching semi-finals.
Each company has 4 mins pitch and 3 mins Q&A.

Mentoring Sessions and Regulator Guidance

Gaining insights and preparing on how to scale their business in HK and Asia.

Marketing Exposures

Hybrid Global Pitching Final live at Hong Kong FinTech Week. Winner will receive a publicity campaign through Hong Kong FinTech Week communication channels.

2022 Verticals for Pitching Competition

Commercial Banking
  • Commercial Processes
  • SME Banking
  • Cross-Border Services
  • Large MNC Banking
  • Lending And Finance
  • Business Customer Onboarding
Digital Assets
  • NFTs
  • Crypto
  • Storage
  • Wallets
  • Regulation And Compliance
  • Blockchain Technologies
  • Smart Contracts
  • Tokenisation
ESG
  • Green Finance
  • Impact Investing
  • Data Platforms
  • ESG Rating And Reporting
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Sustainable FinTech Products
InsurTech
  • Claims Evaluation
  • AI
  • Sales And Customer Services
  • Embedded Insurance
  • Self Serve Tools
  • Advisory
InvestTech and WealthTech
  • Institutional Investment
  • Capital Markets
  • Alternative Investments
  • Trading Tools
  • Data Modeling
  • Wealth Management
  • Portfolio Management
Payments
  • Cross Border
  • SME Finance
  • Trade Finance
  • P2P Payments And Lending
  • Point Of Sales And Payment Gateways
  • Buy Now Pay Later
  • Lending
  • Micro-credit
RegTech
  • Regulation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • AI
  • Machine Learning And Blockchain Tools
Retail Banking
  • Consumer Products
  • Mortgages
  • Accounts
  • Personal Savings
  • Financial Health
  • Systems Integrations
  • Customer Onboarding

Programme Timeline

Jun
Application Open
Jul
1-2-1 Business Matchings with Champions Start
Sep
Application Close
Oct
Pitching Competition Semi-finals
Landing Support and Advice from both public and private partners / mentors
Nov
Global Pitching Final live at the Hong Kong FinTech Week 2022
From Dec Onwards
Global Fast Track Alumni to facilitate the progress with further mentoring and networking events

What happened in 2021?

Charles Ng, Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
FANO Labs, 2021 Global Fast Track Winner
King Leung, Head of Fintech, Invest Hong Kong
90+
Corporate and Investor Champions
300+
Global FinTech Applications
80+
Pitch Competition Semi-finalists
30+
Mentoring Sessions
400+
Business Introductions

2021 Testimonials

Corporate Champion

“It was a positive experience participating this year. Thanks for your regular communications and reminders, I had a great time speaking to all the quality startups.”

Semi-Finalist

“Venturing into a new market like we are doing can be quite overwhelming – and joining your program makes the start of our journey as smooth as possible. I am very grateful for that.”

Corporate Champion

“Through the programme, we have established useful connections with some FinTech companies for collaboration exploration. We look forward to partnering in future programmes.”

2021 Global Fast Track Winner

“​​The programme is well-curated from the beginning to the end, and we are impressed with the line-up of the champions we have this year. Thank you for all the great support and communications in the past months.”

Semi-Finalist

“Thank you very much for all your help over the Fast Track programme this year, it has been incredibly fruitful experience for us. I look forward to the opportunity to participate again next year.”

Programme FAQ

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What are the programme elements?

Global Fast Track 2022 is a flexible, hybrid programme involving 1-2-1 meetings, a pitching competition, and consultations with government, regulators and mentors to develop your market entry and growth strategy.

Is there any participation fee?

There is no fee for Global Fast Track 2022.

Are there any eligibility criteria?

For matchmaking, we are looking for FinTechs with existing solutions that fit our key verticals. Companies should have an existing product or solution, and be able to demonstrate some traction in your home market, be that through acquired customers/clients, revenue generated, or investment received. This information will need to be provided on the application form. For companies to be eligible to join the pitching competition, they must meet the following criteria:
- Annual Revenue or Investment of less than USD 50M
- Established in or after 2009

When is the application deadline?

Applications open in June and close in September. A specific deadline for applications will be announced in due course.

What is the structure of the pitching?

There will be a virtual semi-final for each vertical, with 8-10 companies selected to pitch in each of them. Pitches will be judged by Corporate and Investor Champions, with the highest scoring company from each semi-final advancing to pitch in the Global Final. The Final will take place in hybrid format at Hong Kong FinTech Week - any companies present in Hong Kong will pitch live on stage, while companies unable to travel to Hong Kong will be dialed in to pitch online remotely.  The winner will be announced immediately following the Final.

Do I need to travel to Hong Kong?

Global Fast Track 2022 is a hybrid programme, meaning you can participate in person in Hong Kong or online from anywhere in the world. The only activities that are not hybrid are a potential networking evening in Hong Kong, and a potential site visit in Shenzhen. All pitching, matchmaking meetings, mentoring sessions and regulator meetings will be accessible in person or online.

Are there any prizes?

The winner of the pitching competition will receive a publicity campaign through HK FinTech Week communications channels, and a complimentary exhibition booth for HK FinTech Week 2023.

Who are the Corporate, Investor and Service Champions?

We work with Hong Kong large corporates in a range of sectors who are looking for financial technology to improve their business, and who are actively engaging with scaling FinTech companies. We also work with different Investors, from VCs to family offices, all with different portfolios and investment criteria, who have an interest in investing in FinTech. New for 2022 are Service Champions who provide services and infrastructure to support companies’ growth in the region. They can offer support and advice to help you achieve your business aims in Hong Kong and Asia.

How are 1-2-1 meetings organised?

The 1-2-1 matchmaking part of the programme is open to all qualified applicants, whether you are participating in the pitching competition or not. Matches are made based on our Corporate Champions’ requirements for the types of solutions or companies they are looking for. We evaluate and screen all applicant companies and make recommendations to our Champions based on their needs. Participating FinTechs can also express an interest in Champions, and Champions can choose to act on those expressions of interest accordingly. There is no guaranteed number of meetings per participant, as the meetings are driven by business needs.

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