FringeBacker was invited to join in the panel discussion for Hong Kong’s very first HK WebFest on 5th-7th June 2013. This Hong Kong's first festival for web content, transmedia, branded entertainment and webseries as part of the annual Le French May. The Festival brings together content creators, producers and finance partners from around the world to discuss and explore new formats of crossplatform storytelling as well as finance structures for international co-productions. Crowdfunding in recent years is transforming the way independent filmmakers raise funds and its significance is leveling up to traditional funding structure.

With thrilling panel discussions and project presentations by international industry experts, the event concentrates on encouraging local creators to produce their content with transmedia tools and production models, shaping the future of the Asian entertainment industry, continuing Hong Kong's success as a creative hub.


Webseries Panel Discussion - on-the-run entertainment for mobile screens, finance & distribution strategies. Panelists includes : Michael Ajakwe, executive director LA Webfest; Marco Sparmberg, founder of HKWebFest; and Herwig Kopp, transmedia strategist NORmALUM; and Maryann Hwee, executive director of FringeBacker.



  

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council has been doing a fantastic job supporting Hong Kong businesses, and the Entrepreneur Day, now in its fifth edition, was another huge success. Entrepreneur Day featured more than 120 exhibitors, seminars and forums, and brought together over 13,000 entrepreneurs and potential investors and offered a wealth of start-up opportunities and support services.

FringeBacker was thrilled to be a special part of this two-day event held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. We invited a number of our crowdfunding winners to make live appearances with us to create a unique "Meet the Winners" event. Upcycling designer Agnes Nong talked to designers about how she crowdfunded her design project; iPhone film director David Wong talked to the media on how crowdfunding funded his innovative film; and Denis Huen, spoke about his patented technological invention the Dual-Signal Wallet with other young inventors.

On top of that, public art illustrator Syrus Kwan shared the stage with FringeBacker and prominent entrepreneurs in talking to a packed hall about how crowdfunding made his public art project come to life.

FringeBacker’s Maryann Hwee talked about how crowdfunding can help entrepreneurs raise funds for their businesses at the Entrepreneurship Seminar.


Over 300 audiences were at the seminar with FringeBacker’s Maryann Hwee and illustrator Syrus Kwan sharing his success tips on crowdfunding.


Hong Kong iPhone filmmaker David Wong was interviewed by the Trade Development Council for a video to share his experience on how crowdfunding helps independent filmmakers to fund their films.




  

SPY B, an awesome movie written, directed and produced by David Wong, is Hong Kong's answer to the newest exciting genre to hit the world stage, iPhone filmmaking. One of the first successfully crowdfunded iPhone film in Hong Kong, Wong’s campaign has exceeded 341% of his funding target, reaching a high of HK$85,400. Crowdfunding has far exceeded Wong's expectations, in a way that will no doubt inspire many independent filmmakers.  Will this film make it into the winners at the iPhone Film Festival? Wong has already seen overwhelming response and support throughout his crowdfunding campaign, winning is just another icing on the cake.



  

SCMP'S culture reporter Kylie Knott authored an in-depth article on how FringeBacker turns ideas into reality, and analysed its successful crowdfunding campaigns: “With Hong Kong's FringeBacker, achieving big dreams just a click away. A Hong Kong-based crowdfunding website is helping creatives worldwide turn their ideas into reality

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1231508/hong-kongs-fringebacker-achieving-big-dreams-just-click-away




Award-winning weekly trade publication Hong Kong Trader's Melanie Ho talked to FringeBacker recently about crowdfunding, and how FringeBacker works at sourcing financial backers for businesses, creative individuals and inventors, as well as IT developers and sports people. This article is first in Hong Kong Trader's series that features entrepreneurship in Hong Kong, highlighting the fact that finding private financial backing for a business is increasingly becoming an online campaign.

http://www.hktdc.com/info/mi/a/hkthk/en/1X09SXYB/1/Hong-Kong-Trader-Hong-Kong-Edition/Turning-To-The-Crowd.htm




China's National Equestrian Championship Gold-Medalist, and Hong Kong international, 22-year-old Jacqueline Lai successfully completed one of China's largest crowdfunding campaigns to date.  Breaking all of FringeBacker’s fundraising records and setting the world’s crowdfunding record for a sportsman, Lai’s campaign has ended on 27 March 2013 at HK$366,700 (US$47,316), becoming probably the world's largest by an international athlete.

Although a relatively modest amount compared to the multi-million-dollar crowdfunding successes through U.S. platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Lai's historical achievement on FringeBacker looks set to change the way that the Chinese public participate in online crowdfunding as well as the way that international athletes approach their funding goals.




'GOOD NEWS' published a 2-page spread on the world's leading crowdfunding platforms for entrepreneurs, featuring Kickstarter, Indiegogo and FringeBacker.

 



  

Economic Digest this week toasted recent breakthroughs in mini-filmmaking, brought by crowdfunding. Featuring FringeBacker-funded iPhone film 'Spy B', which exceeded expectations recently by successfully raising 341% of what it had targeted, the authors explored some of the fascinating stories behind fundraising success.

 



  

Frank Kan and Syreeta Sik came recently to interview FringeBacker and photograph us for an extended feature article entitled "Let's Fund Creativity Together" for Ming Pao. They are fantastically creative journalists and we had a great time together for the interview.  They were the inspiration behind many other thought-provoking feature stories in Ming Pao.  Here's their article:



  

FringeBacker will be conducting a talk about Crowdfunding for Information and Communications Technology tomorrow (Feb 27) at Cyberport.

An exclusive event for Cyberport's leading-edge Entrepreneurs and Incubatees, this is a first opportunity to learn about one of the hottest new online methods to raise funds. Bring your own lunch and come join us!