BeMei is a one-stop-shop online marketplace for consumers in the Greater China region to book customized cosmetic trips to South Korea. It is a website that allows consumers to make bookings in cosmetic surgery hospitals – similar to Hotels.com except for plastic surgery clinics. The major problems that our project solves is the language barrier between Chinese consumers and Korean hospitals, as well as information fragmentation. Much of the information about the clinics are in different languages or found at different places such as different brick and mortar travel agencies or websites. BeMei solves this problem by providing one platform to gather as much information as possible about as many clinics as possible.
Our team first met at SWHK6 back in April. Paul is our team leader and originally pitched this idea. Antoine, Sampson, and I found this idea intriguing so we joined Paul’s team.
We went on to win the best UI/UX award at SWHK6. This encouraged us to continue working on our project. BeMei was at the June CoCoon Pitch Night semifinals – we are going to the finals as well!
For the future, I hope that BeMei will take off and we will manage to get some customers. Since we are still in the early stages of developing this idea, the only thing I really want to achieve is actually getting this business off the ground. From there, we can set other milestones, but for now, we are just looking to get started.
On a personal level, I have seen a bit of success as well after Startup Weekend. I was invited to speak at TEDxHongKongED in May, and since then I’ve made many new connections within the Hong Kong startup community. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Hong Kong startup world will change within the next few years – I have a feeling big things are going to happen.