Two University Waterloo Alumni Turned Entrepreneurs – Startups and their Visits to Hong Kong
As the University of Waterloo celebrates its 60 years of innovation, we see a growing number of innovative entrepreneurs and researchers interested in engaging in the Hong Kong space. With the support from Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Bureau, the city is truly becoming the forefront of innovation in Asia.
We recently had 2 University of Waterloo alumni turned entrepreneurs visit Hong Kong.
- Michael Litt (BASc ‘11) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vidyard, a leading Canadian adtech startup which helps business succeed through the power of video. Michael was recently in town for the RISE conference, where he was a panel speaker on the topic of ‘programming your customer pipeline’. Michael shared the significance of company culture and employment alignment to the company’s values in ensuring success. Vidyard is currently looking for collaboration opportunities in Asia and are working with companies like GoAnimate in Hong Kong. To date, Vidyard has attracted $60 million in venture capital funding and 1,000 global customers and currently on their way to becoming a unicorn start-up company.
2. Another University of Waterloo alumnus entrepreneur who visited Hong Kong recently was John Grousopolous (BASc ‘17), Co-Founder and CEO of Vivaspire, creating lightweight oxygen generation machines that refill themselves from the air around them. Vivaspire was one of the Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund – Jumpstarter Semi-Pitch Finalists on Wearables, IOT, and Edutech, where they took home the most innovative award, a 10,000 USD cash prize. Vivaspire have Hong Kong and Shenzhen on their horizons, looking for opportunities in both the mass-production and sales of their product. Hong Kong continues to attract Canadian entrepreneurs as it is provides an easy access to the China market.