PERSONNEL
Damien Ng, co-founder
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Panda Ho, co-founder
Larry Leung, head of projects

LANGUAGES
Damien, Panda and Larry all speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English

DETAILS
Backers helps crowdfunded projects and products to physically reach the mass consumer market. It was launched in 2015 with just 16 products which were going through crowdfunding. The firm then moved to theDesk in January 2017 and now boasts 71 products from a variety of startups and has more than 300 on the horizon. It utilises the O2O model, which draws potential customers from online channels to physical stores. With Backers, customers looking at possible projects on the company’s website through videos and pictures are encouraged to visit its shop at K11 Art Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, where they can decide whether to invest after seeing the product ‘for real’ and in person.

EXPERIENCE
Each member of the Backers team has extensive experience in the crowdfunding arena. Ng is known He’s known as ‘the locomotive’ because he’s the driving force. He scooped the E Craig Nemec Achievement Challenges prize at the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition in Austin, Texas in 2011.

LOOKING FOR
The Backers team is currently looking for any crowdfunded projects in Asia which would benefit from being physically displayed at its K11 store.

CONTACT
You can reach the team at hq@backerstores.com. Also see backerstores.com.

Read more about Backers: Crowdfunding pioneers Backers: taking products from the internet and ‘making them real’

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PERSONNEL
Lun Wong, founder and director

Lun Wong - Lunatic Creative Studio

LANGUAGES
Lun speaks English and conversational Cantonese

DETAILS
‘Beware The Lunatic’ is a small boutique studio that offers creative solutions that are ‘off the beaten path’. Design, illustration, branding and art direction are Lun’s key strengths. Most of his clients are involved in hospitality, music, F&B and publishing, however Lun says he ‘always looks forward to new projects, regardless of the client or the industry’. His studio has been going for three years now and although he’s based in Hong Kong, Lun has many overseas clients. He says: “I have a good network of creative folk that I collaborate with frequently depending on the nature of the project brief. My work focuses more on creative integrity, quality and communication. I believe in building and maintaining relationships with my clients so that the best possible solution is achieved. We live in a time where almost everything is communicated digitally, so face time with a client is very important for me.”

EXPERIENCE
Lun’s clients over the years include BBC International, W Hotels, UFC, The Mandarin Oriental, Time Out magazine, Sands Group Macau, The Butchers Club, Pacific Coffee, The Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Classified Group, Fluid, Imagem Records, Morton’s Steakhouse, Bo Innovation, ZS Hospitality Group, Ce La Vi Hong Kong, Blacksalt and Yuu Kitchen (London).

LOOKING FOR
Lun is planning to expand his studio over the next six to 12 months, so he’s looking for junior designers. He says: “Amid regular client work, I’m working on a few personal projects that are focusing more on illustration, painting and mural artwork. Ideally I want to focus more on more creative solutions to projects which involve all aspects of design including web, video, photography, advertising and installation/production setup. I plan on expanding the studio by hiring junior designers so I can expand this small boutique studio into a humble-yet-strong creative force.”

CONTACT DETAILS
You can reach Lun Wong via email at lun@bewarethelunatic.com or call him on +852 6488 9741. Also see bewarethelunatic.com.

Read more about Lun: Illustrator is taking over the roof of California Tower to paint a massive Chinese lion

BodyAds

PERSONNEL
Bob Ng Yick Lung, co-founder and director

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LANGUAGES
Cantonese, Mandarin and English

DETAILS
BodyAds is the world’s first media company that produces tattoo stickers with adverts, logos and messages on and places them on the bodies of the ‘BodyAds girls’ before they hit a specific area in Hong Kong. There are more than 500 BodyAds girls. There is an also an app that the company provides which makes organising the campaign more cost-effective and efficient.

EXPERIENCE
Bob has extensive experience in eCommerce, including reselling top brand TV boxes in the European market.

CONTACT
You can reach Bob Ng via email at bobng@bodyads.com.hk, via Whatsapp on +852 5696 2563 or call him on +852 3709 7489. Also see bodyads.com.hk.

Read more about BodyAds: BodyAds: using hot models to promote your business

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PERSONNEL
Scott Mitchell, Stella Wan, Mike Cheung and Josephine Ho

LANGUAGES
The team speaks English and Cantonese

DETAILS
Cellarmaster is
Hong Kong’s leading online retailer of wines and spirits, serving both consumers and trade. With more than 20 years worth of market experience and with strong international relationships, the firm brings a wide selection of quality products from around the world direct to your door.

LOOKING FOR
Cellarmaster is now undergoing the process of transferring its website to Shopify. The team may soon need professional help in translating the website from English to Chinese for both the local and Chinese markets.

CONTACT
You can reach Cellarmaster Wines either by calling +852 6011 6292 or emailing orders@cellarmasterwines.com. Also see cellarmasterwines.com.

PERSONNEL
Ruby Ko, Founder & Planning Director
Sing Au, Project Director

LANGUAGES
Ruby: English, Cantonese and Mandarin
Sing: English, Cantonese and Mandarin

DETAILS
Cosmic Idea & Company is an independent boutique agency focusing on integrated communications, digital marketing and experiential marketing. The team is led by a group of experienced marketing PR specialists, producers and creative minds, providing quality professional services across Asia. We called ourselves ‘Cosmic’ because we started out small but have always aimed to create a big impact with our projects.

EXPERIENCE
Ruby has more than 15 years of experience in events, communications and marketing with 10 years experience in digital and new media with multi-national corporations. Sing has more than 15 years experience in producing, media and cultural management. Sing has been a local radio personality with RTHK for 10 years.

LOOKING FOR
Enthusiastic interns, full-time and part-time project executives for upcoming projects.

CONTACT
You can reach Ruby Ko via email at cosmicpr.project@gmail.com or call them on +852 3686 0910.

Justice Centre Hong Kong

PERSONNEL
The Justice Centre has a range of personnel at theDesk. Call the team and meet the different members!

LANGUAGES
The staff speak English, Cantonese, French and Bengali

DETAILS
Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of our city’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection and survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour. The organisation envisions Hong Kong as a fair and inclusive society where even the most marginalised enjoy fundamental rights and access to justice. The team enables their clients to access their rights through legal and psychosocial support, policy, advocacy and research.

EXPERIENCE
Justice Centre’s team is made up of lawyers, psychosocial professionals and advocacy and policy experts.

CONTACT
You can reach Justice Centre Hong Kong either by phone at +852 3109 7359 or by email at info@justicecentre.org.hk. To learn more about the centre’s work, see www.justicecentre.org.hk. Also ‘like’ them on Facebook at facebook.com/JusticeCentreHongKong and follow the team on Twitter at twitter.com/justicecentrehk.

MarketJS

PERSONNEL
Ben Chong, CEO and Founder

LANGUAGES
English, Cantonese, Mandarin, German and Malay

DETAILS
MarketJS builds games for big brands. Our games work on smartphones, tablets, desktops and laptop devices. Clients include Disney, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Fox, Dell and Mercedes-Benz. We take pride in helping clients achieve their brand and marketing objectives.

CONTACT
You can reach Ben Chong at ben@marketjs.com. Also see marketjs.com.

PERSONNEL
Edwin So and LY, co-partners

LANGUAGES
Edwin speaks Cantonese, English and Japanese

DETAILS
PriSec provides researching and development Information Security solutions. The company also provides IT consultations.

EXPERIENCE
Edwin: IT consultant of several startups, plus was a software developer in Sweden.
LY: Software engineer at Thomson Reuters.

CONTACT
You can reach Edwin So via email at edwin.so@inqbeta.hk.

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PERSONNEL
Tom Clifford, consultant
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Vlad Popov, architect
Chris Bowling, sales
Yen Phan, admin

LANGUAGES
Tom: English
Vlad: English and Russian
Chris: English
Yen: Vietnamese, French and English

DETAILS
SeedAlpha is a fintech firm that specialises in financial research management. It produces website and software-based solutions for financial companies across the world. It is four-years-old and has been grown in Hong kong. It now serves predominantly the European, Asian and North American markets.

EXPERIENCE
Tom: technical consulting; Vlad: web and API design and development; Chris: extensive financial product sales; Yen: accounting

LOOKING FOR
The team is always looking for new investors who are interested in the fintech market; SeedAlpha is also aiming to hire new permanent or temporary staff, as well as enthusiastic interns.

CONTACT
You can reach Tom Clifford via email at tom@seedalpha.net or call him on +852 3468 3644. 

Read more: Seed Alpha: Why Hong Kong is the ‘fintech place to be’ 

PERSONNEL
Toby Ng, founder and director

LANGUAGES
Toby speaks Cantonese and English

DETAILS
Toby says: “Image as strategy, image as message.” Toby Ng Design is about ‘distilling ideas to their essence, compelling yet simple’. Welcome to an award-winning design and branding communication consultancy founded in 2014. Toby Ng Design rigorously tackles design challenges with wit and aesthetically meaningful communications. It was recognised in the top 10 in Hong Kong’s Hottest Creative Agency awards in 2016 among big international firms.

LOOKING FOR
Toby Ng Design is currently looking for passionate and intelligent designers to join the team. Please send your portfolio and CV to jobs@toby-ng.com.

CONTACT
Toby can be reached at +852 3709 7514 and his email address is mail@toby-ng.com. Also see toby-ng.com.

Read more: Prizewinning designer Toby Ng: Do awards help your business?