Startup Next Hong Kong

    Saturday, October 31 - December 1, 2015


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Hong Kong

Saturday, October 31 - December 1, 2015



Saturday, October 31 - December 1, 2015
Program starts at 2:00 pm


Hong Kong, China


Applications have closed

Pre-acceleration program comes to Hong Kong

Startup Next has helped dozens of startups get into top accelerators and raise millions of dollars in seed funding. See our success stories and case studies

The program is designed in such a way that founders are able to continue building their product, since it's a part time program, that consists of 3-hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks. The program is free of charge and no equity is taken. Check out the session breakdown and post-program benefits

If you have questions, check out our FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for your startup. Feel free to reach out to hk@startupnext.co with other questions.

Startup Next Hong Kong is 
Techstars Community Program and is run in a collaboration with Nest VC and a number of community partners, venues and the most amazing people helping level up startups and entrepreneurs.

We're proud to team up with some of the greatest co-working spaces in Hong Kong to host our teams for each session. Founders will discover Blueprint, Brinc.io, KPMG and DBS.

Even though Startup Next is part of Techstars, it’s not exclusively preparing startups for Techstars accelerator programs.  Over time we have built a strong network of accelerators and investors worldwide and work closely with them to refer our accelerator/investor-ready alumni. 

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Program Schedule

Saturday October 31st


2:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


2:10 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, followed by a Q&A session


2:55 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


3:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session


3:55 pm
Networking

Tuesday November 3rd


7:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


7:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


8:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


9:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Tuesday November 10th


7:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Pitching, followed by a Q&A session


7:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


8:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


9:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday November 16th


7:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market fit, followed by a Q&A session


7:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


8:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


9:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Tuesday November 24th


7:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market sizing, followed by a Q&A session


7:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


8:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


9:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Tuesday December 1st


7:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


7:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


8:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


9:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates


Speakers and Mentors


Mark Koester
Techstars创业項目發展經理(大中華區)/ Regional Development (Greater China), Techstars Startup Programs

Eternal Hustler in Business and in Life, Startup Ecosystem Builder, China Expert and, when all else fails, can hack stuff together on a computer. 

I'm originally from Omaha, Nebraska but have been living abroad for nearly a decade, including significant time in France, Spain, China and Southeast Asia. I'm fluent in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.


Karen Farzam
Co-Founder at W Hub Ltd

Hailing from France, Karen Farzam, software engineer and former JP Morgan equity trader, moved to Hong Kong in 2010 and set her sights on the digital world.

Co-Founder of W Hub, a profile-driven platform that showcases the team behind the startup, W Hub lets startups share their company mission, products and current job openings. While startups can’t always offer the most attractive of compensation packages, they can provide perks such as flexibility, great work hours and the opportunity to make a positive impact on society.

Co-Founder of womenwhocodehk.com, a non-profit organization which inspires women to excel in careers in technology. Women Who Code’ gathers every month and serves as a source of inspiration to other women in tech, with varied topics every month, including in web development. ‘Women Who Code’ has informative talks, exciting hackathons and collaborative forums for women in tech to learn and share from one another.


Ankit Sethi
Entrepreneur

Born in Hong Kong, Ankit grew up in different cities across India for education and startup endeavours. He was involved in two startups in India before setting up a boutique digital agency in Hong Kong.


Ryanne Lai
Business and Product Director of Dragon Law

Ryanne is the Business and Product Director of Dragon Law, the mission of which is to revolutionise the way legal services are delivered to businesses in Asia. Dragon Law helps businesses of all sizes draft legal documents, access legal advice, get incorporated, register trademarks and obtain visas. By leveraging technology and working hand in hand with several of the most reputed local and international law firms, Dragon Law provides an end-to-end solution to clients’ legal needs that is safer, 10 times faster and 5 to 10 times cheaper.

Before co-founding Dragon Law, she worked at Mayer Brown JSM as an intellectual property lawyer in Hong Kong and was also qualified to practise in England and Wales.


Niomal Liyanage
Speaker

A founder and business mentor, Nio started his career at Apple before building extensive experience as a Management Consultant for blue chip companies across Asia and Australia.

Since shifting focus to startups, he has provided strategic, operational & fundraising support to over one hundred ventures; with an approach of combining startup principles with established best practices. He regularly conducts workshops & bootcamps, and holds advisory roles for numerous startups, VC funds & accelerator programmes.

Having lived in four vastly different countries, Nio speaks five languages (none fluently!) and gets overly excited about sport, philanthropy and technology.


Simon Squibb
Entrepreneur, HK China based Angel Investor, CEO @ NEST Investments + Founder of creative agency Fluid

As an angel investor for over 18 years, Simon is dedicated to bringing ideas to life and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Hong Kong achieve their dreams. As founder of multi award-winning, globally respected creative agency, fluid, Simon worked with an impressive list of clients and partner brands including Estée Lauder China, Fortune, CNN, Wall Street Journal Asia, Li & Fung, Citibank China and Starbucks. As CEO of Nest Investments, Simon leverages his extensive network and experience to mentor and develop Hong Kong based start-ups and entrepreneurs.


Calista Goh
Founder, Anything But Salads

With degrees in Psychology, Business and Law, formal training in pastry and a long career history as a restaurateur, paralegal, psychologist, professional dancer, graphics designer, writer, social worker and businesswoman, it is small wonder (to those who know her) that Calista would eventually find herself in entrepreneurship.
Born Singaporean; bred around the world (Hong Kong, China, USA, UK and Japan), Calista is a multi-faceted, multi-lingual individual with unique experiences and a diverse outlook on life. She started her first company, a restaurant, at 18, opened her second cafe at 20, dabbled in Law and Psychology for awhile before returning to her roots as an entrepreneur again at age 26, with Anything But Salads.
Her laptop is her office. A cup of coffee, Anything But Salads' CACAO chocolates and meditations are her constant pleasures. Her dog and colleagues make her laugh. The vast oceans, blue skies and stoic mountains are her greatest sources of inspiration. Love is her being. Creativity is her blood. Change is her path.  
When she is not working on Anything But Salads, Calista runs a spiritual healing business, is a certified Akashic Records Consultant of Journey to the Heart, and leads meditation classes and workshops weekly.


William Liang
Director / Adjunct Assistant Professor / Co-founder, Idea Mill Limited / PolyU SD / Dim Sum Labs (hackerspace)

William spent 12 years in Silicon Valley and started his career on Wall Street. He worked for several venture backed Internet startups including Tellme, which was successfully acquired by Microsoft.
He holds a B.S. Engineering degree from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in Systems Engineering.
He is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Design of HK Polytechnic University, instructor for the Gifted and Talented Program at the Chinese University, founder of Idea Mill Ltd. and Dim Sum Labs, advisor to Floship Ltd., Jobdoh.com, IU travel, and 巧克力(深圳)科技有限公司.
He also acts as mentor and judge at several entrepreneurship organisations such as PolyU micro fund, Chinese U+Google EYE, Startup Weekend, Bootcamp/AcceleratorHK, and StartLab.


Matt Helt
Program Manager - Startup Week

Matthew Helt is the Program Manager of Startup Week at Techstars. He's focused on bringing Startup Week to cities all around the world with the mission of bring entrepreneurship to anyone interested in starting a business. Prior to his role at Techstars, Matthew spent over 15 years as a brand strategist consulting businesses on how to effectively tell their stories to customers and prospects on a wide variety of channels.


Yannick Even

Yannick has over 14 years of experience delivering Strategic Business Intelligence and Data Management solutions in financial services sectors, luxury goods and FMCG. He has led projects ranging from strategic evaluations / proof of concept to full delivery rollouts and has delivered initiatives for 15 of Fortune Global 500 across Europe and Asia.

Yannick is currently Associate Director at KPMG China Advisory (Management Consulting) and is the Head of Strategy & Operations Department. He has been working in Hong Kong since 2010.

For the last year, he’s been coordinating the KPMG mentoring and programme management support to the Accelerator programmes powered by Nest (AIA Health Tech, DBS Fintech and Infinti Smart City IoT). He’s passionate about new technologies and meeting people with new ideas.

Yannick has an IT engineering degree from France (Polytech Montpelier 1998) and a MBA in leadership, strategy & marketing from India (PGP ISB Hyderabad 2010).

Yannick has a multi-cultural background and is also a musician with more that 300+ performances across the world as an Indian drums artist. 


William Ross
Lead Mentor

Will Ross joined Nest after working for over twenty years as an investment banker globally. Most recently he was with HSBC where he held senior roles in capital markets, Islamic Finance, and headed the initiative to create collaboration between the investment and commercial banks. Prior to moving to Hong Kong from London in 2005 he worked with ABN AMRO, Merrill Lynch and started his career with NEST COO Lawrence Morgan at JP Morgan. Through this connection he first became involved with Nest as part of the pitch day panel, before joining its advisory board and now the firm itself. He could not be happier about this move.


Fernando Diez

Fernando is an international connector, multidisciplinary businessman and a mentor to startup founders for over 15 years.
He has worked as a senior executive with various multinational corporations in sectors such as real estate development, private equity and media. Since unintentionally starting his first venture at 14, he has also co-founded businesses in sectors including media, sports apparel, technology and real estate, and across Europe and the Middle East.



Andrea Livotto

Andrea co-runs Clarity, Hong Kong's boutique digital agency. He was an organiser of Startup Weekend. His professional background is in finance and mathematics.


Vincent Truong

Vincent is a technology strategist and business developer with global experience. He has expertise in strategy formulation (demand sizing, value proposition development and testing, business case preparation…) gained via roles in large technology companies (AOL, LG Electronics, Lenovo) and consulting (McKinsey, as a core member of the strategy practice). Vincent is familiar with multiple regional markets having worked and lived in France, Belgium, England, South Korea, China and the United States. He is now based in Hong Kong where he is Director of Asia Pacific Strategy and operations for Lenovo.
Vincent is looking to get familiar with, and to participate in the start up ecosystem in Hong Kong and to accompany start-up teams alongside their strategy development journeys.


Atin Batra
Lead Mentor

Atin is a digital marketing specialist, with an unhealthy soft spot for social media and user communities. Armed with an MBA in Communications Management, he learnt the ins and outs of brand management at the world's second largest business newspaper. An optimist by nature, he is currently living his dream of being an entrepreneur at the cross-section of his passions: digital media, events and startups. When not executing social media campaigns for clients at his agency ab.Initio..HK Ltd., Atin is probably teaching digital marketing, mentoring startups or hiking trails.



Deepak Madnani

Deepak Madnani, Founder & CEO of Paperclip Startup Campus Serial entrepreneur and self proclaimed “Failure Specialist”; has had several founder journeys. Founder, Paperclip Startup Campus, where start-ups and entrepreneurs can collaborate and learn best practices to accelerate new venture development. Currently manages companies in Hong Kong and China in supply chain management, design and manufacturing of furniture and other products. Mentors start-ups, runs innovation business model sessions for corporates and angel invests. With Paperclip, enables entrepreneurs by using the latest and most effective start-up development curriculum, commonly known as the Lean Startup methodology and Business Model Canvas tools.


Expertise: start-up coaching, mentorship, angel investing, sustainability, manufacturing and running accelerators. Interests: social impact investing.


Idris Sersoub
Lead Mentor

Idris Sersoub is the founder and CEO of Popmap, an interactive marketplace that lets customers shop from boutiques and retailers from various cities around the world. His work for Popmap involves moving the company from an idea to a product people use, to a revenue generating business. He oversees the product development, marketing, recruitment, fund raising, and people management of the company. Prior to starting Popmap.com, Idris had an associate role at Goldman Sachs in London.


Bay McLaughlin
Co-founder of Brinc

Bay is a co-founder of Brinc, a global IoT accelerator and platform based in Hong Kong with offices in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Having spent half of his career in or founding startups, he now brings his experience and operations abilities to connect the dots from Asia to Silicon Valley for IoT companies from around the world.

As a founding team member of Apple’s global SMB channel and founder of their first Entrepreneurship Evangelism channel, Bay has partnered with the world’s best founders, venture capitalists, and accelerators to identify and solve their most pressing strategic issues. With 8 software and 11 hardware portfolio holdings, he’s successfully made the transition from digital to physical and from San Francisco to Asia.

As a regular mentor for Chinaccelerator, the Thiel Foundation, and other startup ecosystems in Asia, Bay is passionate about investing in founders with a global vision. He speaks regularly at conferences, most recently at Web Summit, Echelon, RISE and LAUNCH, Hong Kong’s inaugural consumer IoT Summit.



Nick Ramil

Nick helps startups who are creating great products secure the right visibility and distribution channels. Through crowdfunding he has raised multi-millions (USD) for multiple hardware projects and built successful businesses in various industries, from import/export coupled with distribution to product development. Prior to Brinc, Nick founded EnterChina, the #1 private online community for doing business with China.


Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Hong Kong team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Cooperation Partner

Venue Partner


Facilitating Team

  • Matthieu
    Bodin
  • Tony
    Verb
  • Jessica
    Cheung
  • Mark
    Koester


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