Join swapit at the ZERO WASTE FESTIVAL in Hong Kong this weekend (June 13-14, 2015)

swapit-blog_cyberportThe swapit team is having a booth at the ZERO WASTE FESTIVAL that takes place at Cyberport this weekend (June 13th and 14th, 2015). Open 10am – 6pm each day!

The ZERO WASTE FESTIVAL is the grand finale of Hong Kong’s very first ZERO WASTE WEEK. It will be an interactive, entertaining and inspiring weekend family festival of all things zero waste – and YOU are invited! There will be weekend-long activities with live art installations, interactive zero waste activities, inspiring talks and an eco marketplace with product stalls showcasing the very best from Hong Kong’s green-minded retailers.

Swapit will be present with its own booth to show how our app can help re-use pre-loved items in this consumption-driven society. If you want to sell / trade / swap some of your stuff, bring it to our booth and we will help you get it onto swapit!

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It’s free! You can find us at:

  • Booth: Watch out for the green swapit banner!
  • Date: 13th-14th June, 2015
  • Location: Cyberport’s Sunlit Circular Atrium Space / Ocean View Court

swapit-bannerJust look out for the guys in green – sporting our great swapit T-shirts – and our great swapit banner that has become famous already!

We’d love to talk to each of you, show you swapit, help you sell / swap stuff on swapit!

If you haven’t used swapit yet, you can download it at http://swapit.la

Talk to the swapit team at the HKTDC Entrepreneur Day in Hong Kong (May 29-30, 2015)

swapit-blog_hktdcThe swapit team will be present at the HKTDC Entrepreneur Day which is being held at the Hong Kong Convention Centre tomorrow and Saturday, May 29th to May 30th, 2015.

We are happy to give all of you a demo of our swapit, tell you a bit more about our philosophy and why we are building swapit in the buzzling city of Hong Kong.

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You can find us at:

  • Booth Number: 1E-C06 (shared with CoCoon)
  • Date: 29th-30th May 2015

swapit-bannerJust look out for the guys in green – sporting our great swapit T-shirts – and our great swapit banner that has become famous already!

We love to talk to each of you!

If you haven’t joined our swapit beta yet, you can do so at http://swapit.la

Recap: TechInAsia 2015 Singapore Conference – Feedback and Investors

swapit-blog_techinasiaAs mentioned before, swapit was present at TechInAsia with its very own booth.

I did not expect much from the conference. As swapit is currently available in Hong Kong only, we could not really reach out to new users because the TechInAsia conference took place in Singapore. We also couldn’t spend much on this conference (in fact, we don’t actually have any marketing budget for this), but to our advantage, we received the booth for free at the conference. It’s probably just a conference marketing perk to encourage startups to actually exhibit there, but it sold me. So I went over to Singapore by myself, the swapit pull up banner in hand and set up shop there.

Conference Goals

As we weren’t looking to recruit new users for swapit, our two main goals for the conference were:

  1. Get Feedback
  2. Talk to (potential) Investors

In terms of feedback, Singapore was the best place to go. Carousell, probably the most prominent competitor in the region has its home base in Singapore. (I will soon write a blog post about our competitors – watch out for it!) So many folks in Singapore were familiar with the concept of buy & sell apps for pre-loved items, which means they got me right away when I said: “Swapit is like Carousell, but better.” (read The idea behind swapit) Therefore, many people could quickly get the advantages swapit offers and whether or not they make sense to them. Hence, we received a lot of great feedback – very positive feedback directly on our approach, but also a lot of suggestions and different takes on the buy and sell market for second hand items. All that feedback will find its way into our next betas! So our goal of getting valuable first-hand feedback was achieved within a few hours of exhibiting.

In terms of talking to investors, I did not expect much actually. Being based in Hong Kong means you are not expecting much there — but that’s a different story. In fact, I was very surprised that there was a good crowd of investors present in Singapore, but not necessarily based in Singapore. They were very keen on talking numbers, vision, mission and market penetration. Obviously, I was happy to tell our story. I came prepared with a more refined pitch deck (thanks to our pitches, pitches, pitches, pitches, pitches before) and an updated executive summary to move things forward. We have now advanced to the next state. Once we close our current funding round, we will announce it here on our blog. If you’re interested to know more, feel free to reach out to me directly at patrick@swapit.la. So again, our goal of getting to talk to investors was more than satisfied.

In short: The trip to TechInAsia Singapore was well worth it!

Here are some impressions from before and a bit during the conference. There is no photo with myself on it. As soon as the doors opened, I was completely occupied for the whole day and didn’t even have enough time to grab a coffee in between or check emails. So there are no photos with actual people on our booth, but I guess you get the idea.

P.S.: Congrats to Hong Kong’s Easyship who won the pitch competition. We did not participate in that, though.

Talk to the swapit team at the TechInAsia Conference in Singapore (May 6-7, 2015)

swapit-blog_techinasiaThe swapit team has set up shop at the TechInAsia Conference which is being held at the SUNTEC Convention Centre from May 6th to 7th, 2015.

We are happy to give all of you a demo of our app, tell you a bit more about our philosophy and why we are building swapit in the buzzling city of Hong Kong.

You can find us at:

  • Booth Number 81
  • Date: 6 May 2015, Day 1

swapit-bannerJust look out for the guys in green – sporting our great swapit T-shirts – and our great swapit banner that has become famous already!

We love to talk to each of you and we can guarantee everyone who to talks to us, a spot in our private invite-only beta of swapit.

If you haven’t requested your invite to our private beta of swapit yet, you can do so at http://swapit.la

Talk to the swapit team at the International ICT Expo in Hong Kong (April 13-16, 2015)

swapit-blog_ict-expoThe swapit team has set up shop at the HKTDC International ICT Expo 2015 which is being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 13th to 16th, 2015.

We are happy to give all of you a demo of our app, tell you a bit more about our philosophy and why we are building swapit in the buzzling city of Hong Kong.

You can find us at:

  • Hall 3FG / Concourse
  • Apps Zone
  • Stand: 3CON-006 (that’s in the golden center of action there!)

swapit-bannerJust look out for the guys in green – sporting our great swapit T-shirts – and our great swapit banner that has become famous already!

We are there to help. We love to talk to each of you and we can guarantee everyone who to talks to us, a spot in our private invite-only beta of swapit.

If you haven’t requested your invite to our private beta of swapit yet, you can do so at http://swapit.la