Hong Kong and Singapore: meet the ‘evil twin’ startup ecosystems of Southeast Asia

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Singapore and Hong Kong are Southeast Asia’s famous city-states. Both are offshore financial centres for the rest of Asia (and beyond), with a strong Chinese culture, and rightly proud of their success in spite of a lack of resources and space. Today, both places claim the coveted title of startup capital of the region, even though their tech ecosystems are quite different. Here’s an overview of each of them:

To be perfectly transparent, my first intention was to go to Shenzhen to visit this reputed maker scene in Asia. I had landed in Hong Kong a day before as I love the vibe of this city — often nicknamed “Asia’s New York” for its hustle and bustle, energy, and liberal way of thinking and doing business.

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