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For the first time ever, Radical Debates™ gathers the most inspiring voices from across the startup ecosystem to tackle the topic of women entrepreneurs & the funding gap. We can arrive at the most unexpected conclusions by bringing together diverse topics and people. Join us in rediscovering the “big picture” of funding for women entrepreneurs as our speakers connect the dots with fresh new perspectives.

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2023 was the premiere event for LOUDER Connect and ticket sales were a success. We managed to sell out the venue with a diverse crowd of thought leaders and pioneers of change.

243 Tickets Sold




Event Venue:
Runnovation: Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai 

Radical Discourse: Fostering Bold Conversations and Transformative Change!

LOUDER Connect is dedicated to challenging the way we are, the way we live, and the way we work by placing at the centre of the conversation the topics needed to develop new paradigms.

This year, LOUDER Connect explores the relationship between women and funding by capturing the perspectives of various stakeholders (the “dots”), and how they all line up to form the bigger picture.  This summit aims to paint the picture of why female-led businesses are not getting funded as much as they should.  Does the problem lie in the companies themselves, gender-biased investment culture, or is there something else altogether that’s preventing female-led businesses from enjoying the dynamic investment activity that male-led companies seem to experience?  More than spark a dialogue, this event will illuminate the issue and create actionable solutions to help bridge the gap.

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Nov 9, 2023 |

17:00 HKT




Experience the Thrill of RADICAL DEBATES!

LOUDER Connect proudly brings the one-of-a-kind experience of RADICAL DEBATES™ to Hong Kong, offering a unique platform for thought-provoking exchanges that will ignite audience engagement and inspire you to challenge the status quo. As the only event of its kind in Hong Kong, you will witness the power of civil and substantive debate as speakers demonstrate their in-depth industry knowledge and tackle conventional thinking head-on. Prepare to be captivated as you explore opposing perspectives and strengthen your own convictions in this unforgettable, unparalleled battle of ideas!

Embrace the spirit of camaraderie in the face of fierce competition for VC funding at this dynamic round table discussion. Experience an atmosphere that encourages teamwork, mutual learning, and growth as we emphasize the importance of cultivating positive attitudes and mindsets. Join us in fostering a supportive environment where we work together to unlock success and achieve our collective goals!

Get inspired by the 'What Did I Do Wrong?'
Round Table 

Unleash Your Potential at "She Means Business" Networking Extravaganza!

Join us for a final hour of networking with top entrepreneurs, investors, and go-getters! Boost your connections, grow your network, and elevate your ambitions with exclusive mentoring for aspiring female entrepreneurs. Learn from experts and skyrocket your business ideas!

Event Schedule


The schedule will be designed to provide a mix of informative programming and networking opportunities to ensure attendees have ample time to connect with one another and learn from experts in the field.

5:00 - 5:45

Registration and Networking

Guests will arrive and have the opportunity to network with one another before the formal programming begins.

5:45 - 6:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The festival organisers and InvestHK will welcome attendees and provide an overview of the festival's objectives and schedule.

6:15 - 6:45

"What did I do wrong?" Round Table 

A cosy round table of successful female entrepreneurs will share what they learned when they didn’t get the funding, but the other woman did.  Attendees will be able to ask questions and learn from these inspiring leaders.

6:50 - 7:20

“Are investors gender-biased?”
Radical Debate

This is a  2 vs 2  debate on whether venture capitalists are the root of the funding problem for female-led businesses by giving preference to male-led businesses.
The audience will vote (via digital platform) before and after the debate to see how many people changed their minds based on the content of the debate.

7:20 - 7:50

Break and Networking

Special Meditation Session Hosted by Ness Wellness

7:50 - 8:00

"Embracing Equity"
Keynote Address

International Women’s Day 2023 was themed on Embracing Equity - which is focused on giving people what they need.  But what do female-led business need? And what do we need from female-led businesses?  Prominent women come to the stage to explore both sides of the question.

8:00 - 8:08

Rapid-fire Questions

This is an exciting series of short-answer questions curated to trigger honest visceral sentiments about how we really feel about the state of gender equality in 2023.

8:08 - 8:38

"Do Female-led businesses have more challenges?" Radical Debate

As women gain recognition, opportunities, and influence in the workplace, the balance between men and women is changing.  This is a  2 vs 2  debate on whether male-led businesses still have it easier than female-led businesses, or are we getting very close to a level playing field?
The audience will vote (via digital platform) before and after the debate to see how many people changed their minds based on the content of the debate.

8:38 - 9:30

"She Means Business"

The last hour of the festival will be dedicated to the "She Means Business" Networking, providing attendees with opportunities to connect with entrepreneurs and investors. Mentoring sessions will also be available to connect female entrepreneurs with potential investors. 


LOUDER Connect believes in the importance of leading environmentally responsible and carbon neutral events. We are dedicated to curating environmental solutions that provide value to our speakers and attendees.

We have teamed up with Carbonbase to make the world a little bit greener one event at a time.

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LOUDER Connect Supporter: Startmeup HK | InvestHK


LOUDER Connect Supporter: StartmeupHK Festival
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