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SCED visits Ontario Centres of Excellence in Canada

     The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, visited the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) in Toronto, Canada, today (February 11, Toronto time) to learn about its experience in supporting the development of start-ups in Canada.

     The OCE is a non-profit organisation that drives the commercialisation of innovative ideas and provides training and coaching on entrepreneurship for students and youths.

     Mr So said Hong Kong is developing fast into one of the world's most attractive hubs for start-ups from every corner of the world with its extensive trading network, world-class professional services, unparalleled connectivity and money prowess as an international financial centre.

     Mr So added that he was glad to know that Hong Kong is one of the possible placement destinations for successful applicants under the GlobalStart Voucher Pilot Program launched by the OCE in October 2015, which aims to support youth-led start-ups who target markets outside Canada.

     Before the visit to the OCE, Mr So toured the MaRS Discovery District and met with the Director - Global Initiatives of the MaRS Discovery District, Mr Earl Miller, to learn more about the mode of operation of MaRS and the services provided to young entrepreneurs. MaRS is an independent registered charity that has become one of the world's largest innovation hubs, working with more than 1 000 promising young ventures.

     Mr So also met with the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Toronto, Mr Xue Bing.

     In the afternoon, Mr So departed for Vancouver for the second leg of his visit to Canada. He will deliver a keynote speech at a lunch meeting with directors and advisors of the Vancouver Section of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association on February 12 (Vancouver time).

Ends/Friday, February 12, 2016
Issued at HKT 08:40