Startup Weekend HKU

    Friday, October 16 - 18, 2015

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Startup Weekend HKU

Friday, October 16 - 18, 2015

Friday, October 16 - 18, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

CPD LG07-10, Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

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Startup Weekend HKU - University Themed Startup Weekend in Hong Kong

This is named as Startup Weekend HKU. It's a 54-hour startup competition allowing you to meet your potential cofounders, valid your startup idea and build your prototype. 

Students and alumni from all 8 universities in Hong Kong are welcome to join.

Startup Weekend is a global movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Startup Weekend in Hong Kong nurtured many entrepreneurs who founded famous Hong Kong startups say AfterShip, GoGoVan and Shopline.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
  • Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers;
  • Teams are formed around the top ideas (determined by popular vote);
  • Then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  • The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

2nd Startup Weekend HKU
We held the 1st Startup Weekend HKU from 13-15 March 2015 in K.K. Leung Building.  We had over 170 students and alumni signed up and over 90 participants!

We will hold the Startup Weekend HKU again in the reading weekend (15-18 October) in Centennial Campus of HKU. We are expected to admit more than 100 participants in this time.

Why should you register?

Build your network
Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Actually launch a business
You as a participant of this event and the presenter of your idea can join this community to actually work upon your idea and build your business under guidance and support of global, national and local supporters and collaborators. Take your idea to prototype.

Get face time with thought leaders
Get one-on-one time with the experienced startup community leaders and mentors. Meet and get valuable feedback from a panel of judges and startup coaches.

Join a global community Startup Weekend alumni span across all the continents and scores of cities.

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go

Application fee: 
The fee is HKD$250(Student, a valid student ID is needed at the door) and HKD$295(Alumni). It includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners and a T-shirt. Also, we are supported by several global and local sponsors. e.g. Google and Amazon.

Telephone: (852)-5508 2996; Email:



Friday October 16th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday October 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:15 pm
Final Presentations

6:15 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Paul Cheung
Director of Technology Transfer Office, Professor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Professor Paul Cheung is currently the Director of the Technology Transfer Office and a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He was Dean of Engineering at the University from 1994-2000.   After his deanship, Professor Cheung joined PCCW as Corporate Senior Vice-President of Technology for two years. He was seconded from the University to the Hong Kong Government as Policy Advisor of the Innovation and Technology Commission from 2002-04.   Professor Cheung received his B.Sc. (Eng) degree with First Class Honours and Ph.D. degree from the Imperial College, University of London, both in Electrical Engineering in 1973 and 1977, respectively.   Professor Cheung is active in serving the professional community, and was the IEEE Asia Pacific Director from 1995-96 and IEEE Secretary in 1997. Since 2007, he has been a Director of the IEEE Foundation and was also the Chair of the IEEE Medal of Honor Selection Committee from 2009-12, and Chair of the IEEE Awards Board from 2007-08.

Event Judges

Leroy Yau

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.

Ray Cheung
Director of the CityU Apps Lab

Dr. Cheung received the B.Eng. and M.Phil. degrees in computer engineering and computer science and engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree and DIC in computing at Imperial College London, London, U.K. After completing his Ph.D. work, he received the Hong Kong Croucher Foundation Fellowship for his postdoctoral study in the Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA, CA USA. In 2009, he worked as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He is the author of over 100 International journal and conference papers. His research team, CityU Architecture Lab for Arithmetic and Security (CALAS), focuses on the following research topics: reconfigurable trusted computing, SoC VLSI designs, cryptography, and embedded biomedical VLSI designs. Dr. Cheung is the director of the CityU Apps Lab, fostering student innovations on and off campus. He is also the general chair of the 8th International Symposium on Applied Reconfigurable Computing 2012, International Conference on Cyber-crime and Computer Forensic 2013, International Forum on Mobile Technology and Application 2014.

Raymond Chu
Assistant Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, PolyU

Mr. Raymond Chu, CFA Assistant Director (Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) Institute for Entrepreneurship, PolyU
Mr. Raymond Chu has 20 years of commercial experience encompassing different sectors including IT, banking and finance, advertising, retail, healthcare, Chinese medicines, technology transfer and most recently innovation and entrepreneurship development.  Currently serving as Assistant Director of Institute for Enterprise of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Raymond’s works focus on promoting and executing University’s knowledge transfer and commercialization projects, as well as “out-of-classroom” innovations and entrepreneurship development activities, overseeing startup seed funding programmes like PolyU Micro Fund, China Entrepreneurship Fund, Tech Incubation Fund, Tech Launchpad Fund and Good Seed Programme.    
Before joining PolyU, Raymond has worked in a number of multinational and local corporations.  He was Assistant Vice President of Crédit Agricole Investment Bank (formerly Crédit Lyonnais) working on infrastructure project financing, and Project Manager in Hutchison Whampoa Group responsible for setting up Chinese medicine business ventures.  He also headed the business development department of the Healthworks Group during which he had successfully structured and concluded a multi-million US dollar business transfer deal between the Group and Coca Cola.
Raymond is a Chartered Financial Analyst.  He is also the assessment panel members of design incubation programme of the Hong Kong Design Centre, and assessment panel member for PMQ studio application.  He also served as Co-Chairman of Industrial Liaison Committee of the Licensing Executive Society China (Hong Kong Sub-chapter) from 2008 to 2010.

Raymond Woo

Mr. Woo has over 20 years of experience in the accounting and financial services industry.  He was trained and qualified as an accountant in the early 90s at Arthur Andersen.  He then worked as an investment banker for ING Bank N.V., Hong Kong (previously known as Baring Brothers Limited), served as a managing director and the head of corporate finance of CITIC Securities (HK) Limited,and a director in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited.

In 2010, Mr. Woo joined IRC Limited, an industrial commodities producer in Russia, listed on theMain Board of the Stock Exchange as an executive director and CFO for nearly 5 years.  He has, since March 2015, been re-designated as a non-executive director of IRC Limited. 

Mr. Woo now serves as an executive director and CFO of Jinheng Automotive Safety Technology Holdings Limited,  an  automotive safety company  listed  on  the Main  Board  of  the  Stock Exchange. Mr. Woo has also been serving as an independent non-executive director of Yuanda China Holdings Limited, a company principally engaged in the manufacturing and sale of curtain walls since April 2011. 

Mr. Woo received a bachelor’s degree of commerce in University of New South Wales, Australia inApril 1992. Mr. Woo is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia), and a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountant(HKICPA).

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Henry Tan
Managing Director of Brio Ventures

  • Managing Director of Brio Ventures – an early stage investment company with strong interest in hardware/IOT
  • Previously Head of Corporate Development of Ports Design (HK:0589) & PCD Stores (HKSE IPO in 2009)
  • Previously at Bain & Company and AT&T Broadband
  • MBA MIT, BA Cornell

Ken Nagai
Head of IT and Social Innovation Centre (SIC) of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

"Head of IT and Social Innovation Centre (SIC) of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.  Ken has found a social enterprise on furniture recycling to support deprived families and to reduce waste.  Ken worked for multi-national companies such as Macromedia Inc and Pearson for many years.  He is now in charge of the SIC to support young social innovators.  SIC is currently incubating about 100 cases.  He is a key coach and mentor in the Centre.  Ken has multi-disciplinary knowledge.  He attained Master degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Laws (IT &IPL) and Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Forensics.  He also studied Chemistry, Nutrition and Exercise.   He applies his knowledge and skills into practical business operations.  His focus is to maintain a profitable startup. He is a dog-lover.

Peter Choi
Owner of Snapshock

Peter Choi is a Hong Kong internet entrepreneur and an experienced project manager. He is currently the owner of two startups: 1) modernized traditional family retail store of Chinese dry seafood “Hiwave Dry Seafood” into an online retail store. The business was featured in Google internet market report and reported in Wall Street Journal Asia. 2) Snapshock, which helps you to broadcast wedding photos live on the web. Peter has been serving as committee member for six years in British Computer Society (HK Section), aka. BCS(HKS), vice chairman in 2008-2009. In the capacity he substantially advocated young entrepreneurship and professional development through programme like mentorship and ambassador schemes. He also founded the online group ""Startup College"" for college entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. Peter obtained his bachelor degree of Computer Science from the University of Hong Kong, and master degree of E-Commerce from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Oswis Wong

Co-founder of Air Button, “Best 100” Award Winner of Good Design Award, Current Cyberport Incubatee and 7 technology award winners. He is a typical maker, interesting to explore new things and making everything by his hand who knows both Hardware and Software, Strong in product innovation.

Ben Cheng
Co-founder of OurSky

Ben Cheng is a young entrepreneur in IT industry, Co-founder of Oursky, and Vice President of Internet Society Hong Kong. His award-winning team Oursky have launched a number of apps with over 3 Million downloads on both iOS and Android platforms. Their apps have also been featured as Best of the week / Best of 2013 by Apple, among other prestigious apps. Since 2008, Ben and his team create quality web and mobile apps for small businesses and consumer users through consultation, design and agile coding. They also develop in-house products such as,, with great passion. Ben have been actively engaged in various community / government organisations including Creative Commons Hong Kong and Elected Member of the Election Committee (IT sub-sector) of HKSAR. In addition, he is on a mission to help promote entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and share his startup experience with young adventurers.

Alan Chow
Chairman, Focus Capital Investment Inc. & Principal, Hong Kong Academy of International Administration

Dr Chow received his BBA, MBA (in Management Consulting), MSc (in Electronic Commerce and Internet Computing) and PhD (Corporate Finance) from Australia, Hong Kong and China respectively. He was a member of FAIA, IEEE, IET, AusIMM.  

Before start up his own company, he was responsible for the business development of Swiss and German made computer aided production equipment, and lateron support in the negotiation with China companies for the cooperation of technology transfer.  

He has his first start up in 1991 for a IT manufacturing company in Beijing, China, then expand into trading, retail, manufacturing, property development, mining and investment. He also participated in the early stage of a global trading company of turnover USD500 million and lead the complete listing process in Hong Kong and Singapore mainboard, from internal assessment to fund raising. He served as Chairman of Investment Committee and Executive Director of Board of Directors.  

Focus Capital Investment Inc. is a US company founded in 2002 for the investment of companies with potential to grow, irrespective of its stages of development.  

Hong Kong Academy of International Administration is a Hong Kong startup company, providing training at cost and free consultation to youth start up and SME companies till IPO. Funding from interested parties will be arranged in due course.

Dr Chow is currently a Mentor of MBA students of China Ren Min University and Volunteer Business Advisor of Junior Achievement Company Program.

Pritish Sanyal

Passionate about #Entrepreneurship #Startups #Asia. Co-Founder of Click2deals, India, now with, Hong Kong. Fellow of StartingBloc & RealAcad. MBA from HKU & LBS. Love to read about innovation, favourite book Zero to One, by Peter Thiel.

Derio Chan

Derio is a serial entrepreneur with business startup, operation, and investment experiences in Mainland China, USA, and the UK from year 1999 to 2008. The business scopes of his previous organization included international trade and distribution, home shopping TV channel, retail-chained store, and consumer finance company. He has in-depth knowledge related to B2B2C transactions such as international logistics, trade credit, international payment transaction, trade show, consumer credit, and to structure specific investments. He had worked for a family office of private equity fund from 2009 to 2014. His managed portfolio, which consisted of underlying diversified equities and structured fixed income assets, has been achieved the desired target return exceeding 30% (IRR) before he left the company. Derio is now working with his team on a global eCommerce platform project in China.  Derio is a part-time student in the MSc (ECOM-ICOM) program at HKU.  He has MBA degree from The University of Iowa, and Bachelor degrees in Social Science and Finance from Indiana University USA.

Desmond Marshall
Managing Director of Rouge International & Rouge Ventures

Mr Desmond Marshall is the MD of Rouge International ( and Rouge Ventures (; angel investor, corporate strategist.  Desmond has been working with many international brands, companies, startups, etc for more than 20 years, in enhancing their strategic businesses and implementations, through repackaging, improving business operations and sales, and finding new investors alike, especially in China and Asia regions.  He is also the founder for Asia's top international investor funding event platform, Pitch Perfect (, attracting companies and investors alike from around the world.  He is an adviser to the Trade and Industry Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and is also an active public speaker and collaborates with various organisations around the world. 

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Matthieu Bodin
Regional Manager for Greater China - Techstars Startup Programs

Firm believer in Startup Weekend’s motto “All Action, No Talk”, Matthieu has been organising these events in Hong Kong since 2012. It aims at creating the perfect context for total strangers to create a startup within 54 hours. 

He is the Regional Manager Greater China for Techstars Startup Programs.
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