Boutir is a mobile app which leverages m-commerce and social network elements to facilitate sellers to establish and manage their online store. The team received HK$ 1M investment. They are working closely with PayPal as payment partner, and in the discussion with PCCW House of Parcels and Yamato Ta-Q-Bin to engage them as delivery partner. Accelerated by the EYE Program, Bourtir now gets over 7,000 sellers and 65,000 products listed on the platform.
● Hong Kong ICT Awards 2016: Best Business Solution (eCommerce) Bronze Award &s; Outstanding SME Award, The Most Creative Bronze Award
● Asia Smartphone Apps Contest 2015
● Grand Prize, AngelHack Hong Kong Fall 2013
“EYE Program provides extensive training and opportunities for us to practise our pitch to potential partners, clients and investors. The batch mates are very supportive which makes the road of entrepreneurs less lonely. We benefited a lot from the trip to Taiwan while we are planning our expansion in Southeast Asia..” - Eric NG Ka Kawww.boutir.com
Carshare, founded by Christopher Yeung and Joyce Kan in December 2012, offers P2P car-sharing platform and has attracted over 25,000 members. Since joining the EYE Program, the team has raised over HK$ 2M angel investment, and cooperated with car manufactures including Volkswagen, Hyundai and BYD to promote electric cars.
“Through the EYE Program, we meet lots of startups in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and learn a lot from each other. Thanks to the support from the mentors, our business has grown faster than before, with our membership base has doubled.” - Chun Mei Laiwww.carshare.hk
ShopLovers connects women through shopping, and rebuilds offline shopping intimacy in a lonely online platform. Inspired by EYE Program, the team brings in 14,000 shoppers and US$ 100,000 turnover on crowd shopping. Over 7,000 pieces of shopping insights are collected from Hong Kong users. The team has raised over US$ 500,000, with a focus on Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, and expansion plan to Taiwan.
“Thanks to the EYE Program, we learn how to pitch, the effective way to measure traction, how to improve UX, and the importance of authenticity and value. The mentorship and training have helped us go the extra miles.” - Claudia Sinhttp://www.shoplovers.co
EONIQ is a startup offering mass customization for luxury watch. The team has sold the products to over 25 countries and recently introduces new Japanese movement products and female products. In less than a year, the team has grown from 3 people to 10, and the monthly revenue is HK$ 0.5M. The team is planning to start a kickstarter campaign, push out a referral model and apply the mass customization in other product offerings.
“The biggest reward from the EYE Program is the community. We no longer just know that others are doing startup. We feel that we are journeying together with other startups.” - Quinn Laiwww.EONIQ.co
HelloReporter offers affordable PR service to startups and SMEs, powered by technology.
“Joining the EYE Program is a turning point as the mentors have given the team great suggestions on our business model, and we make good connections with energetic startups joining the same program. EONIQ, GENIE and Clozetto have even become our happy customers.“ - Tim Chanwww.helloreporter.io
R-Guardian is a B2B startup that focuses on the internet of things of personal belongings. The team collaborates with fashion brands and turn their traditional product into smart ones, by embiding modules into handbags, wallets, umbrella and luggage and connected to smartphone. With the data and insights we shared, brands can better understand their customers and develop their strategy.
“The EYE Program is very different from a lot of startup or business plan competitions. To me, it is more like a learning journey - from the business plan submission, YouTube video shooting and pitching, to support from mentors and challenges the program asked us to prepare before going to market or pitching to investors. The ten finalists, including us, get paired up with a mentor who works closely with us, and gives us feedbacks and guidance regularly. We think the EYE Program is must-take program for startups in Hong Kong.” - Eric Lauwww.r-guardian.com
Sam the Local, launched in 2015, allows people to discover unique activities and have access to word-of-mouth knowledge through an online platform of locals who share their passion and interests to offer authentic, local experiences. Since graduated from the EYE Program, Sam the Local got accepted into the Cyberport Incubation Program, and have partnered with Cathay Pacific on campaigns. The team has plans to expand in Asia.
"The experience of going through the Google’s EYE Program allows Sam the Local to gain more media exposure, hence reach new locals and customers. There is a supportive network of mentors and peers, as well as resources and sharing among startup peers. It has been an incredible experience." - Anita Chan
“I found the mentor network earned from the EYE Program to be incredibly fruitful and responsive. They were always willing to share their insight and experiences. This is the perfect place to make connections to take your startup to the next level.” - Maggie Lauhttp://samthelocal.com
Sesame was an Interactive language learning platform, founded by Cheryl Chen and Daniel Hu, that linked native speakers together on this social platform that enables trendy language learning.
Studio-R sells furniture with VR, AR technology by offering 3D simulation of interior design and home decoration. Since launched in 2015, the team has partnerships with over 30 strategic parties including HKT. The team plans to expand the business to China.
“Mentors are professional. I have learnt more about business model and fund raising.” - Ricky Chanwww.studio-r.com.hk
TapTab.io, an interactive music lessons creation platform, leverages mobile and technology to transform the music education, and teaching interactive and efficient. The team starts the business from scratch. The team has built up the team and business model since the EYE Program.
“The EYE Program has brought us friendship, network of mentors and professionals, as well as new business partners. The many small steps we have taken make us today’s TapTab.io.“ - Jessica Yeung and Patrick Fanhttp://taptab.io
Around is a mobile app with home concierge and community network. As ageing is an inevitable trend, especially in Asia, the team is rolling out their service to major cities in Asia. In addition, the team is mobilizing the resources in the neighbourhood and turning it into a smart home concierge in your devices. Since graduated from the EYE Program, Around got accepted as incubatee of HKSTP Incu-App Programme; and second cohort of Blueprint Accelerator Programme.
● HKICT Best Startup Awards 2015: Silver Award
● NGO Day 2015: Idea Generation Grand Award
“Inspired by the EYE Program and ‘Think 10X’ principle shared by Google, we think bigger and aim to make something 10 times better than just 10%!” - Antony Wongwww.aroundhub.com
JOBDOH is a leading smart and on-demand hiring platform for temporary and short-term workers in HK. There are over 70,000 registered users. The team has broken a record of getting the worker to job in less than 60 minutes since the job ad is out. The team is working on improving performance predictability and optimization based on data, and expansion plan in the region.
“Born during the EYE Program, JOBDOH would not have been made possible without the enthusiastic support from organizers and mentors. We will keep striving for innovation.” - Xania Wongwww.jobdoh.com
NovusTech is doing a smart glove for deaf communicating with the public. The prototype has been ready for trial already. The EYE Program mentor has given the team valuable advice and comments.
● Startmeuphk semi-finalist
● Taipei APEC Gold Award
● China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Final 4
● DBS-NUS Social Challenge semi-finalist
“We learn that persistence is important even didn’t get any support. Everything can change by time.“ - Kenneth Chung
Founded in 2014, Optica Technology is a technological innovator in the area of smart vision, offering solutions including Optica BVTM, Optica Aerial Imaging and Optica CG in a wide range of industries. Having participated in the EYE Program and EyeFocus Accelerator, the team is expanding their reach and further develop portfolio in visual technologies.
“Always be moving forward and roads will open!” - Jeremy Laiwww.opticatechnology.com
HITA is the leading online & offline content provider for independent music. With thousands of indie music in our library, we are also the first platform to offer a one-stop licensing & distribution solution to business owners.
HITA’s online and offline distribution channels have enabled the promotion of music content to over 1.5M audience base. For instance, one of HITA’s keynote products, the HITABOX, now has already tapped commercial airtime (retail outlets) that has a reach of over 650,000 foot-traffic every month.
“Entrepreneurship is a lonely road. It makes having a resourceful and sharing community (of entrepreneurs) where you can go to for any kind of advice is incredibly helpful. The EYE Program is exactly that.” – Eddie Lin