The CEO of electric-car company Tesla Motors and co-founder of aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, Paypal and Zip2 is to speak at a technology startup forum in Hong Kong in two week’s time.

Elon Musk, who co-founded Tesla, will take part in a fireside chat with CNN anchor Kristie Lu Stout at the StartmeupHK Venture Forum on January 26.

The forum is the main event for the StartmeupHK Festival between January 23 and 30, hosted by the government’s Invest Hong Kong agency. Events will cover areas such as the consumer Internet of Things, financial technology, health technology and data analytics, in which the agency said “Hong Kong has a distinct competitive advantage.”

Elon Musk. File Photo: Flickr via OnInnovation

Other speakers at the event will include Executive Director of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Cindy Chow, and Hong Kong startup company founders such as Eric Gnock Fah from travel startup Klook, Paul Tomes from mobile marketing startup PassKit, Kevin Chan from Insight Robotics and Fritz Demopoulos from venture capitalist Queen’s Road Capital.

The Festival aims at showcasing the dynamism and growth of Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem to both international and domestic audiences, said Dr Simon Galpin, the Director-General of Investment Promotion of InvestHK.

“This unique Festival will enable participants from Hong Kong and those visiting from overseas to share ideas and make invaluable connections for business opportunities and future collaboration,” Galpin said.

InvestHK was established in July 2000 to attract foreign direct investment and encourage overseas and mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong.

The StartmeupHK Festival was first held in 2013.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.