Hong Kong is consistently ranked as one of the world’s greatest cities—and now it’s fast becoming one of the most dynamic tech startup environments in Asia. Clearly, the South China finance and banking powerhouse has no shortage of innovation, especially when it comes to technology.
The following 11 startups represent the best and brightest Hong Kong-based tech upstarts to watch for in 2016.
MailTime transforms regular email into a social, text message-based interactions. The app enables communications across users without the need to add friends—and is even accessible without the app, making it a truly open experience.
Omate is the developer of the TrueSmart watch, dubbed the world’s first water-resistant Android smartwatch 2.0. The project holds the title of 5th most funded Kickstarter project in the Design category, raising $1 million on the crowdfunding platform.
GENIE is a mobile app that enables employers to post and hire temporary workers in as quickly as 5 minutes. Notable features include push-based job recommendations and an algorithm-based skills-to-jobs matching system.
TeamNote is a SaaS/mobile-based work productivity platform that enables better collaboration between colleagues and teammates. The solution is in use by customers from a myriad of industries for a variety of use cases—from real estate and insurance to logistics and corporate HR.
If you’ve ever suffered through a day with ill-fitting shoes, GROM’s solution will certainly be of interest to you. Using the latest innovations in 3D printing, the web app gives podiatrists the ability to offer corrective and stylish footwear customized to the customer’s foot bed.
Easyship consolidates over 80 partner courier services into a single, easy-to-use platform for international shipping that enables on-demand pickup, packing, shipping, and tracking of packages.
WeLab’s Wolaidai is one of China’s largest mobile lending platforms and its WeLend.hk service is the largest online lending platform in Hong Kong. The firm recently raised $160M in Series B financing from Khazanah and ING Bank.
Make no mistake—entrepreneurship is alive and well in this busting metropolis of 7 million. From mobile lending platforms to rugged smart watches, these 11 offerings are paving the way for a new generation of startups taking hold in this global financial center, as well as great China and beyond.