Startup Weekend HK "Alpha"

    Friday, January 22 - 24, 2016

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Startup Weekend HK "Alpha"

Friday, January 22 - 24, 2016

Friday, January 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

3/F Citicorp Centre
18 Whitfield Rd, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong, China

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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 2,900+ past events in 150 countries around the world to date. 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.

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.

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

Participation Fees
Tickets are priced at HK$ 300 - for all the participants - Technical (Designers/Coders) and Non-Technical(Business) roles. This includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, with loads of Energy drinks and snacks to keep you going all weekend long.

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Friday January 22nd

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 January 23rd

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 January 24th

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

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Roland Yau

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.

Jonathan Li
Lead Venture Associate

Jonathan brings his diversity, passion and curiosity to meet with global founders and create greater value for everyone involved. His primary responsibilities are to source new companies to enter the Brinc network, coordinate with global entities for strategic partnerships, and support existing companies inside of Brinc. Prior to joining Brinc, Jonathan worked in financial services as part of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications research team at GLG Asia.

Karena Belin

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).

Jong Lee

Jong Lee is Chairman and Managing Director of RGL Holdings, Ltd. He has spent 20 years building and reinventing businesses as principal, executive, investor, banker and lawyer in the United States, Japan, South Korea and greater China. Prior portfolio companies include Nexon, Starbucks (China), MTV Japan, Good Morning Securities (Korea) and SMIC (China).  He is co-curator of TEDxHongKong and teaches business reinvention at Hong Kong Poly University. His areas of focus in Hong Kong include over a dozen early stage technology companies, social enterprises, education initiatives and business turnarounds. Jong led RGL’s founding of Hong Kong Commons, a leading co-work and incubator platform, Bonham Strand, an award winning bespoke apparel social enterprise reaching out to disenfranchised master tailors, displaced garment workers and youth fighting drug addiction, and Lots of Buttons, the world’s largest online button and crafts retailer that actively recruits and hires displaced merchandisers in Hong Kong.  Other portfolio company focus areas include cybersecurity (e.g., O2O consumables (e.g. and AI & Robotics (e.g. Hanson Robotics). Jong speaks around the world on reinvention, commercial macro arbitrage, innovation and the impact of big data, AI and robotics in the marketplace including at the Nobel Laureates Symposium (Hong Kong), the Russian Economic Forum, DLD (Munich), Pioneers Festival (Vienna) and Wall Street Journal Tech Cafe (Hong Kong).

Daniel Walker
CEO of Dragon Law

Daniel Walker, CEO of Dragon Law Daniel Walker practiced at DLA Piper, Stephenson Harwood and Clyde & Co, in Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, Daniel Walker is the CEO of Dragon Law, an online legal services provider which helps businesses of all sizes draft legal documents, access legal advice, get incorporated, register trademarks and obtain visas. Daniel received BA from London University as well as Diploma in Law / Legal Practice Course from MMU. He is the board director and founder of Lawyers Without Ties, SME legal consulting and training Hong Kong.

Coaches 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, Idris had an associate role at Goldman Sachs in London.

Vincent Geoffray

Vincent is the founder of Anekdote, an online concept store. Each quarter it showcases 30 products beautifully. He also works as a business developer for Huzi Design, a Hong Kong based design studio that produces Toys and Travel Accessories. His experience includes two successful Kickstarter campaigns, from the photographs to the supply chain to deliver the product on time.

Ovey Yeung

Ovey started a marcom agency (oy&co) across three cities at the age of 16 and also founded a 'by youth for youth radio show' - Y57, currently broadcasted across Canada. She later launched and was the 2010 Winter Olympic Games Editor. Ovey entered the startup community a few years ago and has since then, helped build five tech startups. An #SFUdropout, #TEDx Speaker, and #VSW8 Winner, you can find her playing tennis, ultimate, golf or adventuring outdoors. Ovey is currently Head of Growth at TGN (Tuspark Global Network).

Derek Kean

Derek Kean, Co-Founder of Truckily, CTO @ Foodie, Founder

Hugh Bell

Hugh Bell – Inventor, Entrepreneur & Artist. founded and operated 2 tech start-ups in London in the 1990’s Dot Com boom. 1st was a bespoke software development company, 2nd a voting platform called People's Poll. Moved to HK in 2004 to develop and market a patented LED/Laser lighting product called Laserpod. Wired magazine called it “The Lava Lamp of the 21st century”. Explored investment opportunities in Sichuan, China originating & evaluating potential investments for foreign VC & PE funds. Mentored at the Chengdu Entrepreneurship Meetup and the Chengdu Startup Weekend events. Founded Coco Color Company in 2014 with a patent granted stylus invention for kids which goes into production in 2016. Hugh also creates Art with the mathematical number Pi.

A permanent resident in Hong Kong he lives with his wife & 3 kids

Sonalie Figueiras and Tracy Turo

Sonalie Figueiras and Tracy Turo's mission in life is to make it easy for consumers and businesses to make green choices every day. Sonalie and Tracy are the co-founders of Ekowarehouse, the first global B2B trade platform for sourcing certified organic products. They are also the co-founders of Green Queen, Hong Kong's most popular healthy living online magazine, which includes the Green Queen Guide to Hong Kong, and Made in HK, an events platform for local and artisanal entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. Sonalie and Tracy have spent a combined three years studying every organic and green abel on the planet across all industries, green qualifications and countries and have developed an expert understanding of environmental certification standards and regulations throughout the world. Sonalie has a background in finance and management consulting whilst Tracy's is in data analytics and strategic management.

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.,, 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.

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.

Raymond Yip
Co-founder at Designjar

Raymond has managed product design and engineering for Fortune 500 companies between the U.S. and Asia during an extensive career in technology. Raymond is also a UI/UX designer. He has launched a multitude of products including e-commerce, web/mobile apps, social network and Facebook applications in the past. Most recently, he was a Co-founder and the CEO of Shopline, a localised e-commerce company based in Hong Kong. Raymond is an alumnus of the global accelerator 500 Startups in Silicon Valley and was also a winner at Startup Weekend. As an entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, he regularly advises young startups on fundraising, team building and how to turn local ideas into companies with a cross-border impact via technology. He is also a big proponent of entrepreneurship for university students in shaping the future of Hong Kong.

Derek Kwik

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.

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Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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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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