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PRESS RELEASE •  12 MARCH 2018

Mettā & Lan Kwai Fong Group Doubling Down on their Partnership to Empower Entrepreneurs

HONG KONG

Mettā and Lan Kwai Fong Group (LKF Group) are excited to announce a strategic partnership that will leverage synergies across both businesses as Mettā expands into China and across Asia. This will accelerate the pace of innovation and transform the startup ecosystem in the region.

With the emergence of the Greater Bay area and high-impact initiatives such as Belt & Road taking shape, the opportunities for startups are vast. Mettā sees great opportunities in China, for example, Beijing's growing ecosystem was recently voted as 'the best environment for startups in China." It boasts over 21 million people with a great infrastructure in place, including strong government support, a substantial talent pool and numerous networking opportunities that startups can utilise to scale their businesses.

Mettā, as a connector of people, resources, and ideas, will work together with LKF Group to explore best-in-class startups and their innovative solutions. As the foremost entertainment, hospitality, and lifestyle brand in the region, LKF Group is committed to the development of startups in innovative property technology by bringing their decades of experience in Greater China to help entrepreneurs realise their potential. Lawrence Morgan, CEO of Nest said, "Mettā is excited to expand our collaboration with LKF Group to empower startups to gain the right access and relevant opportunities as they develop their businesses in Hong Kong and across Asia."

Together with Allan Zeman, a serial entrepreneur and successful business builder, the partnership between LKF Group and Mettā will push the boundaries of creative innovation in the property industry across Greater China. Allan Zeman, Founder and Chairman of LKF Group said, "Leveraging LKF Group's years of experience in Greater China and having established ourselves as a lifestyle property brand, we are really proud to work with Mettā to create a platform for young entrepreneurs to make their ideas become reality."

In 2017, Mettā's growing community hosted over 300 events in Hong Kong and Nairobi, connected innovators and entrepreneurs from over 34 countries, and hosted thought leaders such as Brett King, Gary Vaynerchuk, and more. 2018 is set to be an exciting year with Mettā's global expansion plans to connect people online and offline, with digital platform Mettā Connect, strategic partnerships, and additional spaces in the pipeline.

Through a shared vision to bolster Hong Kong's position as a thriving startup ecosystem that bridges the divide between startups and China, this strategic partnership will engage young entrepreneurs and strengthen Hong Kong's role in enabling innovation and entrepreneurship. Along with LKF Group, Mettā is uniquely positioned as a powerful platform for entrepreneurs and ideas to converge and to witness the growth, successes, and formation of many startups fuelling the entrepreneurial spirit on a global scale.

About Mettā

Launched in 2016, Mettā is a space, a platform and a community. But most importantly, Mettā is a movement committed to creating impact by connecting the boldest and brightest visionaries across the globe. We believe the future of business is collaborative. Innovation is not an outcome, but a journey. One that is strongest when collaborated on by many. And so, we created Mettā.

Mettā is built around three principles: community, live events, and a space that the global entrepreneurial community can call home with locations in Hong Kong and Nairobi. Visit us at https://www.metta.co/.

About Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) Group

Lan Kwai Fong Group is a dynamic company involved in diverse sectors in Hong Kong, Mainland China & throughout Asia. The core of the business involves property development, operations and management for commercial, leisure, and entertainment use. The Group's ventures in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Thailand include California Tower in HK, Shanghai Dream Center, Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu, and Andara Resort & Villas.

Leveraging on the expertise and vast experience in property development, the Group also actively participates in various businesses including F&B concepts, movie production & distribution, lifestyle private equity investment, latest cutting-edge innovative technology, themed attractions, LKFtv - a digital entertainment platform, and LKF Xcite, a digital marketing agency, synergising and creating an all-inclusive ecosystem of connectivity.

About Nest

Connect · Collaborate · Scale

Nest operates corporate accelerator programmes, invests in seed to growth-stage startups, and runs an entrepreneurial community called Mettā. Nest has built an innovation ecosystem to connect the fast-growing markets of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

With a mission to empower great entrepreneurs to change the way we live, Nest provides access - for startups to scale and commercialise; and for corporates to foster innovation. Since 2015, over 140 startups have been accelerated via Nest’s corporate and government programmes across a broad range of industry sectors.

For more information, please contact:

Nest Group
April Wong
press@nest.vc
+852 3620 3885

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