Hong Kong and Shenzhen are the main Asian hubs for international investors and leading tech companies constantly aiming at fostering innovation and launching disruptive technologies. 

 

The two cities have become part of a larger initiative called Greater Bay Area projected to build an interconnected and seamless space that also includes other urban areas along the Pearl River Delta region such as Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Macau, and Foshan.

 

An advanced infrastructure network of the latest generation consisting of high-speed trains, bridges, and freeways, has contributed to the rising of a favourable environment for enterprises to thrive and to exploit the potential of a nearly seventy-million-people area, becoming more and more connected to the global economy.

 

The Greater Bay Area Innovation Road is a three-day event catered to innovative Italian companies willing to explore new market opportunities and internationalisation prospects, creating synergies with Hong Kong and Shenzhen companies through partnerships and technology development.

 

During the Asian Financial Forum, the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre will host the first day of an intense round of business matching sessions – followed by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and the Cloud Community Park in Shenzhen – looking to find the perfect Asian counterpart of the participating companies.

 

The Italian participants will be selected within a roster of innovative sectors such as: 

A.I.

Automation

Smart Manufacture

Smart City

Green-Tech

Health-Tech

Bio-Tech

Food-Tech

DAY 1

Monday, 14th January, 2019

07:00

ASIAN FINANCIAL FORUM Day 1/2

Arrival In Hong Kong & Hotel Check-in

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

09:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 18:00

18:15 - 20:00

Plenary Sessions and Panel Discussions

Participants and speakers include leading enterprises, financial institutions, technology and innovation leaders from all over Asia

Keynote Luncheon

Plenary Sessions and Panel Discussions

Participants and speakers include leading enterprises, financial institutions, technology and innovation leaders from all over Asia

Cocktail Reception

DAY 2

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

ASIAN FINANCIAL FORUM DAY 2/2

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

09:00 - 12:30

Plenary Sessions and Panel Discussions

Participants and speakers include leading enterprises, financial institutions, technology and innovation leaders from all over Asia

Deal Flow Matchmaking Session

Deal-sourcing and matchmaking session connecting sources of funds with sources of deals. Participants will meet potential business partners from around the world, based on their shared areas of interest.

Schedule as follows:

  • Pitch sessions of selected companies representative of their sector

  • Matchmaking sessions with financial investors & Networking

12:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 18:00

Keynote Luncheon

Plenary Sessions and Panel Discussions

Deal Flow Matchmaking Session

OPENING EVENT – PANEL DISCUSSION ON GBA 

Venue: Intesa Sanpaolo, International Commerce Centre, Level 81, No.1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

17:30 - 19:00

19:00 - 19:10

Training Session by GBA Innovation Road Team

Opening Ceremony 

  • Welcome remarks by Alessandro Vitale, Chief Executive Hong Kong Branch, General Manager Asia Pacific Hub, Intesa SanPanolo SpA Hong Kong Branch

  • Speech by Mr. Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Konh and Macau

19:10 - 20:25

Panel Discussion

  • Vincenzo Antonetti, Head of Promotion and Development of Innovation International Network, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center 

  • Olderigo Fantacci, Partner, Deloitte AP ICE Asia 

  • Sandro Desideri, Founder, Link4Success 

  • Stefano Beghi, Partner, Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners 

  • Thian Chew, Adjunct Associate Professor, HKUST Business School 

20:25 - 20:30

Closing Remarks

Speaker from InvestHK (TBD) 

20:30 - 21:30

Networking & Buffet Dinner

DAY 3

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

PROGRAM & COMPANIES’ PRESENTATION 

Venue: Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, 2 Science Park West, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 09:35

Registration

Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome remarks by Albert Wong, CEO, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks (HKSTP)

  • Speech by Mr. Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong and Macau

09:35 - 09:45

09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:20

10:20 - 10:25

10:25 - 11:00

11:30 - 11:40

11:40 - 12:15

12:15 - 13:15

13:15 - 16:00

Presentation of the GBA Innovation Road organizers 

Understanding the HKSTP Technology Platforms: I&T Eco-System in Hong Kong facilitated by HKS 

Hong Kong Funding and Support Service to International companies 

Group Photo

Presentation of the GBA Innovation Road Italian companies (5 minutes presentation per company) 

Closing Remarks by Albert Wong, CEO, HKTSTP 

Visit to ASTRI Smart City Innovation Centre 

Networking Lunch 

Matchmaking sessions 

Pre-scheduled B2B meetings with HKSTP industrial partners and other selected companies 

BUSINESS MATCHING & SITE-VISIT TO HKPC 

Venue: Hong Kong Productivity Council, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

16:45 - 18:30

18:30 - 18:40

Discover Hong Kong Productivity Council and InnoSpace

Closing Remarks

Speakers: TBD

Venue: Italian Restaurant (TBC)

19:00 - 21:00

Networking Cocktail organized by Italian Chamber of Commerce

DAY 4

 Thursday, 17th January, 2019

BUSINESS MATCHING & TOUR OF TIANAN CLOUD PARK 

Meeting point: Novotel Century Hong Kong, 238 Jaffe Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong 

07:00

Departure from Hong Kong to Shenzhen with High Speed Rail

Venue:  Tianan Cloud Park, Longgang, 447 Huangge Rd, LongGang ZhongXin Cheng, Shenzhen 

09:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:30

Registration

Opening Ceremony

  • Opening ceremony by PRC government officials 

  • Welcome speech by Mr. Yang Yi, CEO of Tianan Junye Group and Shenzhen government officials 

  • Welcome speech by Mrs. Lucia Pasqualini, Consul General of Italy in Guangzhou 

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:10

The Italian M&A Market for China Investors

Speakers: Mr. Franceco Saltarelli, Deloitte Italy's M&A Tax Leader

Experience Sharing - Commercialization the Italian I&T in Asia/China 

Speakers: Ms. Dawn Chui, Regional Director Asia-Pacific at OmniaServices 

11:10 - 11:30

11:30 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

13:00 - 16:55

Video Presentation of the Tianan Cloud Park 

Closing Remarks

Lunch Buffet

Matchmaking Sessions

Pre-scheduled business-matching meetings between the Italian companies and selected companies from Tianan Cloud Park, Nanshan Yungu Park, Federation of Shenzhen Commerce, and New Fortune

16:55 - 17:00

Closing Remarks

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