Co-founder and CEO, Xccelerate
Like plenty of other Asian cities, Hong Kong is facing a tech talent shortage that threatens to impede innovation. Finding the right expertise isn’t easy—particularly given the rapid rate at which technology is advancing. That’s where Lavine Hemlani’s ed-tech start-up comes in. Xccelerate offers individuals and companies the opportunity to upgrade their skills in the fields of artificial intelligence, software engineering and blockchain. True to its name, the company is advancing at a rapid rate, training more than 750 professionals in Singapore and Hong Kong since launching a year ago, and planning to set up in 10 to 15 additional markets in the next 18 months. But that’s how former investment banker Lavine works—with speed.