Chinatown startups building Asia connections

Chinatown startups building Asia connections

The City of Sydney and startup hub Haymarket HQ are helping Australian entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in Asia.

With a $20,000 City grant, the Chinatown-based Haymarket HQ will stage a program of events and online videos featuring successful entrepreneurs sharing their knowledge, experiences and insights with other businesses.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said funding for the Haymarket HQ Inspiration Series would further support local startups looking to break into Asian markets.

“Helping our local startups better understand Asian business and culture gives them a better chance at succeeding in Asian markets or attracting Asian investment,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The City is committed to building a strong startup culture in Sydney so we’re creating opportunities for our entrepreneurs to increase their business skills, access mentors and enhance their networks.

“Increasingly, our local businesses are competing in an international market. Given our close ties and geographic proximity, it makes sense for Sydney to explore opportunities in countries such as China, where there are fast moving, digitally-focussed markets.”

Founded by local business leader Brad Chan, CEO of Banna Property Group, Haymarket HQ offers a co-working space, hosts education and networking events and connects companies with experienced mentors.

The 2017/18 program will feature eight events and a series of videos to be shared online globally.


“Our aim is to showcase the talent and connections that exist in the startup community here, and encourage Asian-Australian entrepreneurs in particular to explore innovative business ideas through community knowledge and connections,” Mr Chan said.

“The information events and video series will share this rich knowledge with a broader audience online, and increase awareness of the diversity within Sydney’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“This will in turn help raise the profile of local enterprises, further increase Sydney’s reputation as an innovative city and promote Sydney as a great place to grow a tech startup,” he said.

For details on upcoming events at Haymarket HQ, visit the website:


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