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Theodore is the co-founder of CoCoon, one of the largest co-working spaces in Hong Kong nurturing the HK entrepreneurial community
Interested in entrepreneurship but not sure where to start?
Want to know more about what HK entrepreneurs are working on?
Come join Theodore Ma, co-founder of CoCoon who will share with you his experiences in building one of the largest entrepreneur communities and co-working space in Hong Kong. Find out how CoCoon connects entrepreneurs with co-founders, mentors, investors and beyond.
Since 2012, over 450 entrepreneurs have joined CoCoon and many have embarked on their journeys in entrepreneurship, with some members joining incubation programs in Hong Kong (HK Science Park and Cyberport), San Francisco, Beijing and New York as well.
CoCoon frequently partners with established technology and innovation-orientated organizations to promote entrepreneurship. Some of these partners include Google, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Evernote, Xiaomi, StartupWeekend, Hong Kong Broadband Network, InvestHK, HKUST and HKU.
After graduating from Stanford in 2004, Theodore has been developing his family's jewelry retail network and wholesale business and extending them to the online world. More recently, he has founded CoCoon, which operates a vibrant co-working space and supports startups in Hong Kong.
In his capacity as MaBelle's e-Business and Web Development Director, Theodore designed and built an online fulfillment infrastructure and successfully integrated it into the group's 100+ stores in Hong Kong and China. Customers can now seamlessly purchase any piece of jewelry from an inventory of over 6000 styles online and pick up their goods offline in under 2 days. No other competitor in Asia offers comparable integrated services.
Online sales and online induced in-store sales from these websites have increased by double digit percentages consistently over the past 6 years. The jewelry e-commerce platforms now reach customers in over 71 countries and 400 cities internationally.
In 2012, Theodore co-founded Born to Fly with his family. This company runs CoCoon, an incubatory center for startups and an idea exchange platform that aims to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit in Hong Kong and to stimulate the creation of innovative jobs.
In the first phase towards this goal, Theodore and his team have created a physical community of entrepreneurs by providing one of the first and largest co-working spaces in the city. CoCoon hosts monthly Pitch Nights and various events to bridge established business owners and investors with up-and-coming entrepreneurs. In the near future, Theodore will be bringing in investors to scale the ventures of these entrepreneurs.
CoCoon members have collectively raised over $15 million HKD in funding. Theodore has been encouraged by the success of CoCoon's startups and is committed to building this platform to support entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and beyond.
All volunteer hours must be completed during September to December 2014.
Have pizza lunch with Theodore at CoCoon
Hong Kong is ranked by Forbes as the most exciting tech capitals, only next to Silicon Valley and New York. Theodore Ma is a key figure in Hong Kong that contributes to the growth of tech entrepreneurs and an innovative culture. Enjoy lunch with Theodore and chat about the advantages and challenges of the startup scene in Hong Kong and Asia!