HK legislator’s agency to lure 1,000 Web3 start-ups over 3 years

A start-up accelerator co-founded by Hong Kong legislative council member Jonny Ng Equipment-Chong needs to draw 1,000 Web3 companies to arrange store within the city-state over the subsequent three years.

Ng Equipment-Chong is a member of the legislative council for the election committee constituency and has been in workplace since January this 12 months. The engineer and politician has his finger in a number of pots as he has declared proudly owning shares in roughly 40 completely different corporations.

One such firm is the start-up accelerator G-Rocket, which he co-founded alongside Casper Wong in 2016.

Wong is the present CEO and spoke to the South China Morning Publish on Dec. 23 concerning the agency’s new aptly named program “Hong Kong Internet 3.0 Hub.”

The CEO outlined that G-Rocket is first seeking to assist 100 Web3 start-ups get their enterprise off the bottom, earlier than scaling the quantity as much as 1,000 inside three years.

“We hope to assist convey good corporations and expertise again to Hong Kong within the post-pandemic period,” Wong mentioned.

Particularly, Wong said that the agency will work in tandem with the digital ZA Financial institution, a government-run incubator dubbed Cyberport and property conglomerate New World Improvement to assist Hong Kong startups get entry to workplace house, banking and authorities providers.

Broader Web3 push

G-Rocket’s initiative comes as a part of a broader push from the Hong Kong authorities to make the particular administrative area (SAR) of China a crypto hub that may compete with Singapore.

In late October, Elizabeth Wong, the pinnacle of the fintech unit on the Securities and Futures Fee (SFC) of Hong Kong, introduced a number of progressive regulatory crypto proposals, together with the legalization of digital asset buying and selling.

“We are going to put in place well timed and vital crash limitations to mitigate precise and potential dangers in step with worldwide requirements, in order that digital asset improvements can thrive in Hong Kong in a sustainable method,” an Oct. 31 authorities assertion learn.

As of Oct. 31, the SFC additionally began permitting listings for alternate traded funds (ETFs) that provide publicity to Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), with CSOP Asset Administration being one of many first to leap in.

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Cointelegraph reported on Dec. 15 that CSOP Asset Administration had raised $73.6 million in investments forward of itemizing two crypto futures ETFs on the Hong Kong Inventory alternate the next day.

On Dec. 8, Hong Kong’s legislative council additionally handed an modification to its Anti-Cash Laundering (AML) and terrorist financing system to incorporate digital asset service suppliers alongside conventional finance establishments.