Global Fast Track 2021

Your Fast Track to unleash scaling opportunities in Asian fintech markets

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Scale rapidly in Asia via Hong Kong

Calling all innovative FinTechs planning to scale in Asia: join the Global Fast Track 2021 to accelerate your success in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and key Asian FinTech markets!

If you have a cutting-edge B2B or B2C FinTech solution, apply now for your opportunity to meet with and pitch to senior executives from Corporate and Investor Champions in Hong Kong.

Benefits

Rapid Connections

Connect with Corporates in banking, insurance, wealth management, ecommerce and more, through the dedicated B2B matching portal.

Active Fundraising

VCs, Angels, Corporate Venture Arms and Family Offices - pitch to a wide range of Investor Champions, each with diverse portfolios and criteria for investment.

Accelerated Expansion
One-stop assistance from InvestHK & partners for your market expansion, including landing subsidies to Hong Kong
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Programme Overview

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Submit your application online
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Highest scoring applicants are invited to pitch to Corporate and Investor Champions. Everyone else is onboarded to the dedicated matchmaking portal for 1-2-1 meetings.
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1-2-1 meetings roll out over 6 weeks from October, and the pitching competition winner is announced at Hong Kong FinTech Week.

2021 Fast Track Verticals

If your product or solution sits within one or more of these verticals then sign up for updates to be first to hear when applications open!
Click to find out more about the key solutions our Champions are seeking in each vertical.

Retail Banking
- consumer products
- lending
- mortgages
- accounts
- saving
- aggregation
- financial health
Commercial and Corporate Banking
- commercial processes
- SME banking
- cross-border services
- large MNC banking
- lending and finance
- business customer onboarding
Payments
- accounts receivable/payable/invoicing
- cross-border transactions
- BNPL
- payment gateways
- FX
B2C FinTech Products
- Personal Savings and Investments without the involvement of other corporate or banking platforms, such as Financial Advice/Education/Inclusion
- Digital Wallets
- Child-friendly Apps

Investment, WealthTech & Capital Markets
- institutional investment
- alternative investments
- wealth management
- compliance
- IPO management
- trading tools
- data modelling
- risk management
Insurtech
- insurance applications
- aggregators/comparisons
- complimentary insurance applications/services/advice
- niche insurance sectors
- evaluation
- claims processing
- customer verification
- applications for reinsurers
RegTech
- regulation and compliance
- KYC
- AML
- process automation
- data and analytics for compliance
- modelling
- risk management.
Digital Assets
- Blockchain technology for digital assets on regulation and compliance
- storage
- trading
- security
- infrastructure
- smart contracts and tokenization

What happened in 2020?

TIMELINE

JUN
Application open
sep
Applications close, and the semi-finals of the pitching competition take place online.

All qualified applicants onboard to the matchmaking portal.
oct
Corporate and Investor Champions are matched with FinTechs
nov
Match made meetings roll out until the end of the month

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Programme FAQ

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FAQ

What are the programme elements?
Fast Track 2021 is a flexible programme involving 1-2-1 meetings, a pitching competition, and consultations with government, regulators and experts to develop your market entry and growth strategy
Is there any participation fee?

There is no fee for Fast Track 2021

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. We will evaluate your application by looking at how well your solution tackles a problem; what is the background of your team; what your existing traction looks like; and the overall market opportunity

For companies to be eligible to join the pitching competition, they must meet the following criteria:
- Annual Revenue or Investment of less than USD 50M
- Established in or after 2008
When is the application deadline?
Applications open in June and will close at the end of August.
What is the structure of the pitching?
There will be a virtual semi-final for each vertical, and 10 companies will be 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 going through to pitch in the Global Final. The Final will be broadcast during Hong Kong FinTech Week.
Do I need to travel to Hong Kong?
Fast Track 2021 will run fully online. Pitches and 1-2-1 meetings will be held over video conferencing system.
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 2022. Some selected companies will be invited to join dedicated landing programme to Hong Kong
Who are the Corporate and Investor Champions?
We work with 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 Angels, all with different portfolios and investment criteria, who have an interest in investing in FinTech.
Who are the Fast Track Partners?
We work with expert service providers who help startups and scaleups grow and manage their business. Partners offer fast, free, confidential advice and discounted services to help support your expansion in Hong Kong, as well as bite-size Insight Sessions to help you understand hot topics around doing business in Hong Kong.  Find them virtually on the Hong Kong FinTech Week event platform to pick their brains!
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 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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