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Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund JUMPSTARTER 2021 Global Pitch Competition

Applications are invited for the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund JUMPSTARTER 2021 Global Pitch Competition. JUMPSTARTER is a not-for-profit initiative curated by Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund that provides a platform for all entrepreneurs and young people to jump start their dreams in Hong Kong. It is also a first-of-its-kind startup event focused exclusively on showcasing quality startups and providing high-impact networking opportunities.

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About Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund (AEF)

The Entrepreneurs Fund is a not-for-profit initiative launched by Alibaba Group in 2015 to help entrepreneurs and young graduates realize their dreams and vision. Two separate funds have been set up in Hong Kong and Taiwan respectively to support specific programs in each place. Their goal is to build, empower and boost Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship by bringing entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and the public together, helping to transform Hong Kong into a leading hub for global innovation and technology... read more


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AEF JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition


Aim and Benefits of AEF JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition

  1. Pitch to win up to US$1 million in investment;
  2. Gain international exposure;
  3. Network with top corporates and investors;
  4. Connect with Alibab Digital Economy;
  5. Mentorship;
  6. Sponsored travel to Kong Kong for final pitch;
  7. Free exhibition opportunities.

Requirements for AEF JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition Qualification

JUMPSTARTER 2021 is open to startups from all around the world that fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Operating for less than 5 years;
  2. Raised less than US$20 million in funding to date;
  3. Currently between the Seed and Series C stages of funding;
  4. Desire to make Hong Kong part of their future plans;
  5. Possess an innovative product or service.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for AEF JUMPSTARTER Global Pitch Competition

Application deadlines

  1. 1ST DEADLINE: AUG 31 (Worldwide Applicants)
  2. 2ND DEADLINE: SEP 25 (FIRST WILD CARD)
  3. 3RD DEADLINE: OCT 19 (SECOND WILD CARD)

Selection Criteria

  1. Innovation and Industry Disruption (20%)
    1. Evidence of innovative advances in product, service, application, adoption etc
    2. Potential to disrupt the relevant industry
    3. Value proposition
  2. Market Potential and Business Model & Sustainability (20%)
    1. Ability of the idea to generate revenue
    2. Competitiveness, barriers to entry, first-mover advantages etc
    3. Unit economics and scalability
  3. Traction and Further Development Plan (20%)
    1. Operation and financial metrics, milestones and achievements since inception
    2. Forecast and product roadmap
  4. Team Background and Strength (15%)
    1. Capabilities and expertise to execute the business plan
    2. Passion, ambition, vision, culture
  5. Hong Kong Nexus (Founder Background + HK / GBA Plan) (15%)
    1. Background of founders
    2. Plans to utilize Hong Kong to expand the business
    3. Evidence of existing or future operation plans in Hong Kong/GBA
  6. Social Impact (10%)
    1. Contribution to general wellbeing of wider society
  7. Bonus point: 10% (Max.)
    1. Will be added to your total score if you’ve taken any initiatives to support your local community to combat COVID-19

Application Deadline

October 19, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund (AEF) on apply.jumpstarter.hk to apply

Teams are required to submit their pitch deck via the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund Service Platform. The pitch deck should consist of the following:

  1. A PowerPoint presentation of up to 15 slides in PDF format, including but not limited to:
    1. Founder Background and Story
    2. Team Profile
    3. Value Proposition and Product/Services Description
    4. Market Size and Target Segment Analysis
    5. Business Model
      1. Pricing, Cost and Unit Economics
      2. Acquisition, Distribution and Supply Chain
      3. Entry Barrier and Competitive Analysis
      4. Scalability, Growth and Risk Factors
      5. Historical Milestone, Operation & Financial Traction and Future Development Plan
    6. Fundraising History and Plan
    7. Hong Kong Nexus
      1. Team Background and Current Operation
      2. Future Plan
  2. Optional: A 2 to 3-min Video Presentation/Corporate Video

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