Despite their small numbers, women are doing amazing things in technology in Hong Kong and here is a look at the types of work five of them are doing to make the city’s start-up scene more vibrant and representative.
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Founder and managing partner, Arbor Ventures
Melissa Guzy and fellow Arbor managing partner Wei Hopeman are a rarity in an already exclusive corner of the tech industry: female venture capitalists.
Their firm has received funding from the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation, and focuses on tech firms in Asia, making average investments of US$3-5 million.
Founder, First Code Academy
A Hong Kong native and Silicon Valley veteran, Michelle Sun founded First Code Academy as a way to introduce young girls to coding, but soon expanded to accepting boys as well after huge demand.
It now has more than 2,000 students aged six to 18, providing them “with the digital literacy and the computational thinking skills, empowering them to become creators with technology”.
Founder, Women Who Code HK and co-founder, W Hub
Frenchwoman Karen Farzam has committed herself to making start-ups in Hong Kong more representative. Non-profit Women Who Code HK provides a network for women working in technology in the city, and helps to inspire the next generation of female engineers.
Employment platform W Hub, co-founded with Karena Belin, aims to make it easier for anyone to join a start-up, and help tech firms in the city find much-needed talent.
While the other women on this list are making strides in improving the representation of women in tech, Catherine Tan is in the start-up trenches herself.
After years as an investment banker, she co-founded blog aggregator and discovery engine Notey with Kevin Lepsoe in late 2013. The start-up has since attracted more than US$1.5 million in funding.
Chairwoman, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
The corporation was established in May 2001 with a remit to promote science and technology innovation in Hong Kong to boost economic growth.
Since becoming chairwoman last year, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fan has worked to help attract top researchers and innovators to its various incubators, and also lobbies for greater opportunities for young people to take part in science-based education