Hong Kong’s Vitasoy was born out of necessity. Dr. Kwee Seong Lo, the company’s founder, learned of the nutritional value of soy milk following a visit to Shanghai. Upon his return to Hong Kong, he started manufacturing and distributing the high protein drink to combat malnutrition in the city.

Lo’s story is not an isolated one. From Vitasoy’s soy milk to Chow Sang Sang’s jewelry, there are many examples of the dynamism of the city’s early entrepreneurs. Fast forward almost 80 years, and the spirit not only remains but is driving the city’s thriving startup scene.

“I think Hong Kong has always been the perfect environment for entrepreneurship,” said Terence Kwok, founder and CEO at Tink Labs. He explains that entrepreneurship in its broadest sense, not just in its association with technology companies, has always been part of the city’s culture.

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

What you get

Full access to all premium content and our full archives

Members'-only newsletters

Preferential access and discounts to all TechNode events

Direct access to the TechNode newsroom

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.