Startup Next Hong Kong - Spring 2016

    Tuesday, April 5 - May 24, 2016


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

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Startup Next
Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 5 - May 24, 2016



Tuesday, April 5 - May 24, 2016
Program starts at 7:00 pm


Hong Kong, China


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Join the #1 pre-accelerator program!

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 a Techstars Community Program and is run in a collaboration with W Hub 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.

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

Tuesday April 5th


7:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


7:10 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, followed by a Q&A session


7:55 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


7:55 pm
Networking


9:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session

Tuesday April 12th


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 April 19th


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

Tuesday April 26th


7:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, 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 May 3rd


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
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 May 17th


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 and expectations for the demo day

Tuesday May 24th


4:00 pm
Demo Day


Speakers and Mentors


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.


Jeffrey Broer
Lead Mentor

Jeffrey is a Hong Kong based entrepreneur and startup mentor. He is the former Founder/CEO and current member of the board of Grayscale after his exit in 2015. He is a mentor and official advisor to a select few entrepreneurs and startup founders. He is also the founder and director of Postmortem Conference, Hong Kong’s very own conference about Startup Failure: Lessons Learned and Co-Director of Founder Institute Hong Kong. He’s also mentor at Amplifi, a SaaS accelerator and incubator based in India and a member of the board of directors of Jefferson Trust, a Hong Kong based licensed trust company.

He was founder of tech startup Surround App, a platform for using Weibo (a Chinese social media channel) for people who cannot read Chinese, and which was acquired by FYLP.com, a language learning company in 2015. With Surround App he went through AcceleratorHK in 2012, a Hong Kong based accelerator with a focus on mobile hybrid app development. He was also founder, former CEO and advisor of Reqor, a Amsterdam based Data Recovery company which merged with Helpdisc in 2008. Previously he was manager / CEO of several IT related companies were he covered the business and marketing side, such as Goldpoint, a computer wholesale company which he exited by a management buyout in 2001. Throughout those jobs he saw a lot of companies from the inside as an external service provider and met a lot of entrepreneurs and managers and learned that no one company is the same.

His mentor experiences are on early stage startups; customer validation, team strategy, business models, marketing and pitch preparations.

Jeffrey lives and works in Hong Kong since 2011.“If you are given choices, use them.”


Ada Yip
CEO of Urban Spring

Ada is CEO of Urban Spring, a social purpose start-up with a mission to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in Hong Kong through the provision of safe and modern water drinking experience to the citizens. Ada is also co- founder of 43 Ventures which invests financial and human capital in innovative social start-ups. Prior to these ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada is on the board of Teach4HK, Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts and Education For Good (CIC) Limited. Ada is dedicated to supporting the social entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong.


Leroy Yau
Mentor

Leroy Yau is a co-founder of 43 Ventures with 20 years of Business/IT advisory experiences spanning across Greater China.   Leroy is active in the Hong Kong startup community: acting as mentor and event judges as well as being part of the organisation committee for the first ever Startup Weekend for Change Makers in Hong Kong.  Prior to founding 43 Ventures, Leroy was a seasoned advisory partner with EY where he held numerous management roles such as the Greater China advisory people and risk management leader and the Taiwan advisory leader.  Leroy is passionate in applying business knowledge and consulting skills to the startup and SME field.  A graduate in computer/electronic engineering and laws, Leroy is also a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, CPA Australia and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.  Leroy is currently the treasurer and vice president (professional development) for the ISACA China and Hong Kong Chapter, information technology interest group operating committee member for the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a SME committee member for CPA Australia Hong Kong Branch.


Derek Kwik
Mentor

Derek has over 20 years of experience that combines venture capital investing with management consulting, strategic planning and operational experience in technology manufacturing.Derek was the CEO of SiimTech Global Corporation, a leading developer of contactless mobile payment technology funded by SoftBank China Venture Capital. Under his direction, Derek managed the company’s operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Bangkok and established their relationship with Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and its fleet of mobile operators. In Thailand, he led their commercial development with Bangkok Transit System (BTS)Advanced Info Service (AIS)Total Access Communication (DTAC) and True Move Corporation.Derek was a Vice President of AsiaTech Ventures, a leading venture capital fund with LPs: the Hong Kong Government SARGovernment of Singapore Investment CorporationCable & Wireless Hong Kong TelecomFujitsu,MitsuiNTT Docomo and Sun Microsystems. Derek assisted in managing the Hong Kong Applied Research Fundand the Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Telecom Venture Capital Fund. The funds focused on TMT investments in early stage and expansion situations across Greater China, South Korea and Hong Kong. He contributed to the firm’s success in achieving a gross IRR of 149% for all realized or publicly traded investments and 115% gross IRR for all investments.In 1994, Derek was among the first group of Hong Kong returnees to work on projects in Greater China. Derek is an advisor, non-executive director and board member for several companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Derek is a board member of the Hong Kong International School Alumni Board and the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals. He is also a regular speaker at investment seminars and technology conferences. In his free time, he is aTEDx speakercharity fundraiserauthor of two booksultra-marathon runner, PADI Dive Master and amateur chef. Derek was educated at the Hong Kong International School and the University of Southern California.


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.



Xania Wong
Founder and CEO of JOBDOH

Xania Wong is JOBDOH’s founder and CEO. In addition to three entrepreneurial ventures, Xania gained her professional experience in Canada and Hong Kong as an investment analyst, a management consultant and a Product/Business Manager, working with regional stock exchanges on key product launches. She is a CFA charter holder and obtained an INSEAD MBA. When not working on JOBDOH, she runs Xantana Wine Ltd., teaching about wines, working in vineyards around the world and soaking in all things passionate in life.


Asif Ghafoor
CEO & Founder, Spacious

Asif has over 11 years of software engineering experience working for top international companies. He is a versatile senior technology leader who's current role as the spacious CTO encompasses growth hacking, product development and technology leadership. Asif graduated from University College London in 2001 where he majored in Mathematics and Computer Science. He spent the first 8 years of his career at Goldman Sachs working in a variety of roles before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2010 as a senior IT director (Band4) with a mandate to build the Cash Equities Front Office technology team. He left SCB in 2012 to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. Asif has a strong track record of building large technology teams, managing challenging clients, growth hacking and ultimately delivering cutting edge technology solutions to solve difficult problems. Asif comes from a strong background of property investment through his fathers company in London having been investing in and developing property for the past 25 years.


Collin Thompson
Lead Mentor

Collin Thompson is a designer, entrepreneur and venture capital investor across blockchain technology. He helps companies scale by designing products, services, brands, environments, organizations and digital experiences for corporations and entrepreneurs seeking new ways to provide value for their customers and to sustain competitive advantage. Collin is a graduate of the Harvard business school and is an active thought leader in crypto-law, blockchain technology and cyber security.


Alice Lopin
Lead Mentor

Alice has held various leadership positions in the luxury goods and technology industries, with a track record in opening new markets and developing diverse teams. Alice has lived and worked in seven countries, and through her 15 years of experience in Asia, has developed an expertise in particular of the Chinese culture and consumer behaviour.
 
Passionate Community leader, Alice was a founding member of the Ladies of Luxury network, a think tank focused on Branding, Innovation, Customer Service, Creativity and Design. She is highly invested in mentorship and community engagement.
 
Alice holds a Masters in Business from HEC Paris as well as a Masters in Corporate Law from Paris II Law school. She was appointed in 2013 French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCE). The same year, Alice was nominated for the HEC Trajectories (under 40) Award, and appointed in 2014 Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum.


Romain Aubert
Director/Founder, Popscout

Romain is a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, his economic background and networking ability have lead him to explore undertakings beyond his comfort zone in the US, Middle-East, Australia and Asia. In 2015, Romain founded popscout.co, a marketplace helping brands and people find a space for pop-up store, private sales and showrooms.
Prior to starting Popscout, Romain worked as a media & tech equity analyst for a major asset management firm and spent time volunteering as a skipper in the northern hemisphere seas. He studied economics at the University of Birmingham, UK.


Roland Yau
Speaker

Roland graduated from the New York University in 2004 with a bachelors degree in biology and graduated from the University of London in 2007 with a bachelors degree in law.  Roland was with the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a London based international law firm, from 2008 to 2015.  While at Freshfields, he was working in the corporate department focusing on transactions relating to equity capital markets, private equity and mergers and acquisitions.


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.


Jessica Cheung
Mentor

Jessica was first captivated by the start-up world through her exposure to the London scene, and joins NEST with the ambition of raising the profile of Hong Kong into becoming a major international start-up hub. Jessica was formerly part of the Digital and Media Marketing team at Jamie Oliver Ltd. in London, working closely with the team on their first product launch in China. Prior to Jamie Oliver Ltd., Jessica worked at Founders’ Forum in London, a company connecting high profile entrepreneurs globally, having previously hosted Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman, and a range of Silicon Valley veterans. At Founders’ Forum Jessica focused on launching and then growing their philanthropic arm, ‘Founders Forum for Good’, culminating in a 500-strong event in June 2013. Jessica joins NEST as a graduate of University College London.


Karena Belin
Mentor

Karena co-founded W Hub out of Passion and Admiration for the Entrepreneurial spirit and the conviction that too many Talent is under-leveraged. It was time to make a difference, to help the Startup Ecosystem open up and grow and give Talent access to a job they really care about.
Originally from Germany, Karena has worked over 14 years for Procter & Gamble in leading roles in Finance, Sales, Business Planning and Management across Germany, France, North East Asia and Greater China.
Her experience spans over areas such as controlling, product launches, portfolio management, strategic business planning, organisation re-design, competitive intelligence and negotiations.
Karena is also very passionate about driving diversity and inclusion and as such active as SVP of Business Development and Communications at WoW (Women on the Way-up) of the American Women Association in Hong Kong. And she loves being involved in her daughters’ school as VP of Events in the Parent Faculty Organisation of the Hong Kong International School (HKIS).



Daniel Wong
Mentor

Danny Wong is a Director in the Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting Hong Kong. As a corporate communications specialist with over eight years’ experience in Sydney, London and Hong Kong, Danny has advised multinational and startup companies on corporate reputation, issues management. He has developed thought-leadership and positioning campaigns to help build brand awareness with stakeholders, along with communications plans to successful support high-profile IPO and M&A activity.   Danny has consulted to multiple levels of the startup ecosystem, including leading accelerators and incubators in Asia and the UK, as well as seed to venture capital-seeking businesses.


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.


Victor Ruiz Sanchez
Speaker

Victor is a Hong Kong based European CEO, fluent in English, Spanish and French plus Mandarin at beginner level.  He earned his Executive MBA at Kellogg-HKUST, ranked Worldwide number 1 by the Financial Times in several occasions.

 Victor has nearly 20 years of global experience delivering growth for Fortune 500 US and European corporations on the field in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  His main skill set comprises the following disciplines: Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Product and Business Development; Direct and Distribution Sales; General Management and Strategic Planning.  

The above skills and international exposure enabled Victor to co-fund and lead actiMirror in 2014.  actiMirror is a platform of connected data-gathering intelligent mirrors, offering ’YOUNIQUE’ customer-centric experiences for the retail, hospitality, health care, and exhibition verticals.  

On the emotional side, actiMirror ‘wows’ consumers using intelligent mirrors to optimise emotional connections offering targeted personalized contents to deliver sales growth. On the rational side, actiMirror extracts patterns, trends, and actionable information from customer data sets generating comprehensive Data Analytics to increase traffic and revenues.  

Nowadays, actiMirror is going from strength to strength serving retail and hospitality powerhouses in Asia Pacific and Europe.  The company is currently involved in its Post-Seed fundraising round and looking for Distributors in selected worldwide locations.  If you think your organization has what it takes to join this ambitious project, please do not hesitate to contact Victor for a conversation.


Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Hong Kong - Spring 2016 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.


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Facilitating Team

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    Bodin
  • Karen
    Farzam
  • Jessica
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