As Hong Kong’s biggest innovation ecosystem, we offer an investment opportunity of up to US$5 million and our vast channels of business opportunities to grow the most disruptive startups.

EPiC 2023 is a unique, worldwide competition for global startups to expand their footprints into Asia, with Hong Kong as your best springboard, leveraging our well proven support from our innovation ecosystem.



We are no stranger to market expansion and fundraising for startups.

We are here to enable both global and local mid-late stage startups to expand farther, accelerate faster, and make a mark in Hong Kong and beyond.

Join EPiC 2023 to get challenged and see how far you can reach.

US$ 5,000,000 Investment

The top 50 semi-finalists will be qualified for up to US$5 million investment by HKSTP Venture Fund, our corporate venture arm.

Asia-wide Recognition & Awareness

Be seen and get noticed by 1,000+ regional investors and 300+ corporate partners in our ecosystem. Make a grand entrance into China and the Asia Pacific as you expand.

US$ 210,000 Cash Prizes

Cash prizes worth a total of US$210K are up for grabs!

  • Champion US$60,000
  • FinTech Winner: US$20,000
  • PropTech Winner: US$20,000
  • Favourite Pitcher: US$10,000
  • Top 10 Finalists: US$10,000 (each)

New Market Entry Support

Top 50 semi-finalists will reap the benefits of our ecosystem’s value-added services for 6 months after the competition:  

  • Business matching services
  • Investment referral services
  • Exclusive membership of STP platform - the world’s city-wide, cross-industry virtual lab 
  • Use of co-working space
  • Tap into the talent pool of HK’s major universities, of which 3 are ranked in the world’s top 50.


Tech ventures less than 10 years old in the following categories are eligible to apply.


Including but not limited to:

  • Banking and Insurance Tech
  • RegTech, Fraud Detection & KYC
  • Digital Assets
  • Risk Management
  • Payment


Including but not limited to:

  • Sustainability
  • Smart Environment
  • Construction


Application Deadline:
29 Dec 2022, HKT 23:59 (GMT +8)


Life-changing decision.

Effortless market expansion.

Struggling to grow? Think Asia. EPiC 2023 will be your starting point to expand your business in Asia, the world's growth engine!

All you need is 15 minutes to complete the application which will change your life.

Application Deadline: 29 Dec 2022, HKT 23:59 (GMT +8)

Top 50 Semi-finalists

Stay ahead of the pack

The top 50 semi-finalists will be announced by Feb 2023.

If you have made the cut, your expansion in Asia has already started.

We will share your 2-minute introductory video on the website for public voting. The contestant with the highest number of votes will be crowned the “Favourite Pitcher” of EPiC 2023.

Start in Hong Kong

Scale in Asia

Come to Hong Kong with our sponsored air and accommodation to compete for the title of the EPiC Champion!

Hundreds of investors and corporate partners will come to witness the birth of EPiC 2023 Champion!

Save the date now!

EPiC 2023 Grand Finale
Date: 28 Apr 2023 (Friday) 
Venue: Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck

Remarks: Selection of finalists and winners will be subject to evaluation of the organising committee, investor judges and corporate judges.


The judging panel is formed by renowned investors, entrepreneurs, and executives in Asia. Contestants will be judged based on these criteria:



The level of innovation and its competitive edge

Market Size

The growth potential of your product/service 


The planned actions designed to achieve your business goals


About Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP)

HKSTP has been committed for 20 years in building up Hong Kong as an international innovation and technology (I&T) hub, propelling success for local and global pioneers today and tomorrow. We attract and nurture talent, accelerate and commercialise I&T for entrepreneurs on their journey of growth in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, Asia and beyond. HKSTP has established a thriving I&T ecosystem which is home to three unicorns and Hong Kong’s leading R&D hub specialising in fields including biotechnology, AI and robotics, fintech and smart city technology. Today, it has over 11,000 research professionals, 1,100 technology companies, as well as three INNOPARKs that reinforce the vision of re-industrialisation for the city.​

Through our infrastructure, services, expertise and network of partnerships, HKSTP will help establish innovation and technology as a pillar of growth for Hong Kong, while reinforcing Hong Kong’s international I&T hub status as a launchpad for global growth at the heart of the GBA innovation powerhouse. ​

More information about HKSTP is available at www.hkstp.org. ​


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