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.

2022 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.

2022 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.

2022 Champions - Services

Service Champions come from multiple service provider sectors, including implementation partners, cloud computing, data hubs, legal services, marketing agencies and ecosystem partners.
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These Champions can provide advice and guidance on their areas of expertise in Hong Kong and across Asia. If you’re looking for on-the-ground partners to help you grow in the region, Service Champions may be exactly who you’re looking for.

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 on 16 Sep
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

Partnering Programme

Visa Fintech Fast Track

With Visa Fintech Fast Track, we’re making it easy and fast for fintechs to apply to work with Visa.

Visa Fintech Fast Track allows both new and established businesses to leverage the speed, security, reliability and scale of the Visa network to get up and running quickly, taking the process from months to weeks.

The program provides turnkey access to Visa’s ecosystem partners, online licensing, APIs, as well as extensive go-to-market toolkits, online education and expert advice to help Fintechs scale their business.
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BFSI Accelerator 2022

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) has launched the Banking, Financial Services & Insurance Accelerator 2022 (BFSI Accelerator), adding strength and breadth to the programme with eight new partners totalling 18 sector leaders from the world of banking, financial services and insurance. Under this year’s 6-month programme, the combined talents from the startup and corporate worlds will focus on developing solutions and proofs-of-concept in the themes of: Customer 360, Fraud Detection, Know your Customer/Anti-money Laundering, and Risk Management.
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Cyberport Incubation Programme 2022

Cyberport Incubation Programme supports entrepreneurs and start-ups with resources that aim to accelerate their growth.

In addition to a range of business and professional services, incubatees get up to HK$500,000 support over 24 months. Incubatees can participate in the programme on-site at Cyberport, or off-site at their own premises.

On top of Cyberport Incubation programme, Cyberport provides a comprehensive platform to foster success for digital tech entrepreneurs.
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HKSTP Incubation Programme

With a 20-year history of transforming lives through innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, HKSTP has been propelling success for the most creative minds and innovators around the globe, accelerating ambitions and delivering positive impact from Hong Kong to the world.

HKSTP provides support to Hong Kong technology startups at different stages in their growth journey, from innovative ideas to market validated marketable products and solutions until scale-ups with regional market footprints.

HKSTP Programmes provide support to the passionate and committed technology startups with R&D focus on technology domains such as ICT, Web3(Web3.0), AI, robotics, electronics, green/clean technology, precision engineering etc. The programmes fast-track success with one of the largest industry adoption and ecosystem investments in Asia.
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International Delegations Programme

Bring the best FinTechs from your country and introduce them to a global audience at Hong Kong FinTech Week 2022. The Programme cordially invites International Delegations and FinTechs to participate, exhibit, pitch, demonstrate and network at The Week, and explore limitless opportunities.

Apply now, and witness your FinTechs’ business expansion in the Greater Bay Area gateway - Hong Kong, Asia and beyond.

Both hybrid and virtual packages are available, each delegation can bring 5-10 FinTech companies.
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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.

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be closed on 16th September.

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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