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Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:36
HK females encouraged to become entrepreneurs
By Miriam Zhang
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:36 By Miriam Zhang

In a picture taken on Aug 6, 2012, two women walk past high rise buildings in the financial district of Hong Kong. Women in Hong Kong are getting encouragement from the city's young, female entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP)

Women in Hong Kong are getting encouragement from the city’s young, female entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. 

Risks and difficulties can be formidable, however, for those wanting to enter entrepreneurship

Christina Tang, founder, Blue Sky Energy Technology

The message is that opportunities for women entering business are just as numerous as for men. The encouraging message was delivered at a talk, presented by a group of female students who won international innovation and technology awards.

Ryanne Lai, manager of a startup team of 60 young people, said that there is no limitation for women to raise funding, any more than there is for men. “It is the right logic and presentation skills that really matter,” she said, adding that gender was never an issue for her in building her own business.

Lai, who used to be a lawyer, is also the co-founder of Dragon Law, an innovative online platform that helps small and medium-sized companies to generate legal contracts automatically and correct them immediately.

Christina Tang, founder of Blue Sky Energy Technology, a company that provides power sensors to residential flats, urged young women to start building their business networks when they are young, if they want to start their own businesses.

Risks and difficulties can be formidable, however, for those wanting to enter entrepreneurship, cautioned Tang.

The session was attended by eight young women, still in secondary school. Five of them comprise a team that won the Grand Prize (Junior Division) at the 2017 Technovation World Pitch Summit in Silicon Valley. The summit is the world’s largest technology entrepreneurship challenge for girls aged 10-18. The Hong Kong term beat 1,100 other competitors from all over the world for the award. The result was announced Sept 11.

HKSAR's Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung meets with the media at Central Government Offices, Tamar on Nov 20, 2015. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

Congratulating the young women, Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR, said that the government will continue its endeavor to inspire the younger generation and attract more young people in the pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Parents supported us to join the international competition and encouraged us to learn more about technology because they see it as the trend of the future,” said Katrina Liu Tin-nam, one of the members in the winning team.

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