What role will Infiniti play in the accelerator?
Infiniti is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and startups globally. Through this programme we’ll provide mentorship from carefully selected business leaders and experts, not only in SmartCity but also in funding, marketing, PR, scaling, running concepts, pilot testing and more. Infiniti will support the companies accepted into the programme by providing mentors, visibility and network opportunities. Founders will also benefit from Nest’s global network of investors, corporates and startups.
What are the networking and educational opportunities provided during the programme?
Throughout the programme you’ll be surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs and teams. This will give you an excellent opportunity to build strong working relationships, learn from others’ experiences and also share your own. Each week the programme includes compulsory educational seminars but we also provide access to a calendar of educational workshops happening across Hong Kong.
Will all the mentors come from Infiniti?
No. Some will, but the majority will be a network of entrepreneurs and business leaders in Hong Kong and the region. Many are listed at www.nest.vc/team.
What if my company is not an expert at developing SmartCity/IoT solutions?
We’re not looking for experts, just creative startups with a visionary attitude and inspiring ideas. You’ll get access to Nest and Infiniti’s experts in the field. All we ask is that you’re capable of building your own solution, have the drive to make it happen, and are focused on the potential of your startup.
What size of company is Infiniti looking at for this programme?
We’re focused on startups so these tend to be small businesses consisting of a founder or perhaps a team up to about five. However there is no official limit on the size of the company applying. We’re particularly interested in SmartCity solutions that can be quickly brought to market and will be ready for beta testing or launch at the Investor Demo Day.
Does my business need to be a B2C or B2B business?
It can be either.
Is there a cost to apply?
The programme is free for startups. Infinti will cover some of the costs associated with one founder moving to Hong Kong for the duration of the programme.
Will you arrange my visa?
Yes, this will all be arranged once you’ve been accepted into the programme.
What is a typical day like for an Infiniti accelerator participant?
We’re pleased to say there’s no such thing as a typical day. Throughout the programme you can expect somewhere in the region of 100 potential meetings with mentors, venture capitalists, CEOs, innovators and industry visionaries.