Section of Science, Technology, Innovation and Higher Education

Tasks and objectives

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong can act as a connector between scientific and educational institutions in Switzerland and Hong Kong in order to facilitate collaborations between universities and other scientific institutions. We are also keen to assist entrepreneurs and Swiss startup companies who wish to develop their business in Hong Kong focusing on finding investors, an incubator/accelerator or who are looking for a co-working space in either a private or one of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks.

Please contact Andreas Rufer, Deputy Consul General, for more information or for individual requests by email andreas.rufer@eda.admin.ch or by phone +852 3509 5012

We have set ourselves the following tasks:

  • Science & Technology: Contribute to the conception and realisation of cooperation programmes. Promote contacts and the exchange of ideas between science institutions, universities, scientists, entrepreneurs and startups. Strengthen the cooperation between Switzerland and Hong Kong in research and innovation in all fields;

  • Higher Education: Contribute to the conception and realisation of education exchange programmes. Promote contacts and the exchange of ideas between education institutions, universities, schools and education policymakers. Attract adequate students to pro-actively study in Swiss universities and support Swiss students in Hong Kong

We concretely work in these areas:

  • Organize a yearly Swiss university alumni networking event with the objective to connect Swiss and Hong Kong scientists, business people and students with each other;
  • Logistically support Swiss students in Hong Kong (also with promotional material for student fairs, etc.);

  • Advise Hong Kong students who are going to Switzerland for a study exchange

  • Organize events and give talks at universities with the objective of boosting cooperation and developing Switzerland’s image as an innovative country;

  • Organize visits for Swiss student classes in the field of business, entrepreneurship and innovation;

  • Support Swiss universities to establish new chapters and foster existing chapters in Hong Kong;

  • Facilitate contacts to investors, incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, governmental organisations and policy makers for Swiss entrepreneurs/start-ups in Hong Kong;

  • Collaborate with swissnex China in fulfilling their tasks in science, technology and innovation

Invest in the Blockchain Revolution

It's one of the most googled words of the year, likely sparked by the astronomic rise of interest in Bitcoin. Blockchain, however, goes far beyond Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and has one core mission: to decentralize and democratize global trade.

With the bewildering choice of Blockchain innovations, which companies are most likely to disrupt and transform existing businesses? Could they disrupt entire industries? We are working on bringing to you select investment opportunities that are strongly positioned to transform the world’s largest industries in ways that wasn’t possible even a few years back.

In our events, through real life examples, we will also answer the frequently asked questions around these new blockchain ventures - what is an ICO, what are the benefits and risks, and how can you participate? With China's recent ban on global ICOs and cryptocurrency exchanges, what are the likely impact and consequences? 

Join us in our events to learn, from Blockchain company founders, how you can become a part of this revolution.

Agenda

Blockchain 101:

Removing misconceptions: differences between digital (crypto) currencies, blockchain, distributed ledger technologies, smart contracts and ICOs
How do these elements come together to transform different industries?

Fintech Deep-dive:

Fundamentally transforming the financial derivatives industry through blockchain enabled decentralization

Investing in ICOs/TGEs:

Crowdfunding in Blockchain: The revolution of ICOs
Custody in Blockchain: How to store your digital assets

Crypto Regulation:

Between liberalism and strict regulation: What sets companies in "Crypto Valley" Switzerland apart?
China's ban: What are the expected consequences?

Q&A from the audience

Speakers: 
Vaibhav Kadikar, MBA INSEAD, founder & CEO of CloseCross, the Blockchain company disrupting derivatives markets
Alessio Quaglini, Managing Director, Arepo Capital, Investor in Blockchain companies
Lynn Raebsamen, CFA, CEO of Swiss Vanquest

Seats are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

For more information please visit here 

Scholarships

Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong's universities. For more details please visit here