Pitching Competition FAQ

1. How can I apply?
Please submit your application with a 60-second video online here.
2. What are the judging criteria for the 150 startup finalists?
The judging criteria include:
  • Business Overview
  • Technology Highlight
  • Market Potential, Business and Revenue Models
For details, please refer to “Judging Criteria”.

Please note that some of the questions in the application form represent the above judging criteria. It is important to fill up each question precisely and concisely.
3. Can I apply the competition if I am an overseas company/participant?
Yes. This competition is open to all tech startups from around the world who are
  • less than 5 years and received less than US$10 million funding by 31 March 2020; or
  • individuals who have not yet established any companies;
  • focuses on one of these categories: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics / FinTech / Health Technology / Smart City
  • accept the terms and conditions as set in the rules and regulations

Individuals with innovative ideas may also apply.
4. Can I apply if I have not yet set up a company?
Yes. Individuals, from local or overseas, with innovative ideas may also apply.
5. Can I still apply the competition if I have already participated in similar competitions organised by HKSTP?
Yes. This competition is open to all tech startups from around the world who are
  • less than 5 years and received less than US$10 million funding by 31 March 2020; or
  • individuals who have not yet established any companies;
  • focuses on one of these categories: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics / FinTech / Health Technology / Smart City
  • accept the terms and conditions as set in the rules and regulations
6. Is there any financial assistance for overseas startups to travel to Hong Kong for the competition?
As EPiC 2020 goes virtual, all shortlisted companies will attend the pitching via our online platform.
7. When will I know whether I am being shortlisted as one of the 150 startup finalists?
150 startup finalists will be announced in late-October 2020. Please also take note of the following important dates:
  • 19 October: Application closes
  • 20 October – late-October: Screening and selection by organising committee
  • Late-October: Announcement of the 150 startup finalists
  • 6 November: Pitching Competition
8. What are the prizes/awards?
  • The champion will receive a cash prize of US$100,000
  • Tech Winners (x4) will receive a cash prize of US$10,000 each
  • Top 10 will receive a cash prize of US$6,000 each
9. I have not established any company yet. As an individual applicant, can I put “Not applicable” for the questions in the form on “Business Valuation”?
You can put “N/A” if you really face difficulties in completing this section. But your input for the “Business Valuation” section will facilitate the investors to understand more about your business potential which will directly affect the investment opportunity.
10. Can my partner and myself pitch together and present on the virtual platform on 6 November if I am being selected as the top 10?
No. Only ONE representative from each company will pitch in our online platform and present on stage.
11. Can I pitch in any other language?
No. All the pitches and presentations should be in English.
12. Can I still apply if my company is not registered in my name in Hong Kong?
Yes. You can apply even if your company is not registered in your name. If you are being selected as one of the 150 startup finalists, you can nominate any representative from your company to pitch and present in our online platform.