Startup Weekend HK #10

    Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend HK #10

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Wave
4 Hing Yip Street
Kwun Tong
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.

Any questions? Contact us at hongkong[at]


創業週末是一場全球性運動, 給一群活躍, 授權的創業者學習創業基本知識, 並開展成功的企業.  創業週末是世界上最大的激情創業者社區, 迄今已在全球 150個國家舉辦超過 2900 場活動. 由蒙古到南非到倫敦到巴西, 世界各地的人都聚在一起在週末的研討會上 pitch (投售), 組隊及創業.

  • 所有的參賽者均可 pitch (投售) 他們的創業點子並獲得朋輩的意見; 
  • 根據,票數最高的創業點子組建團隊;
  • 54小時內創立商業模式、編碼、設計及市場驗證; 
  • 當參賽者將項目在本地的創業領導人前展示, 就是創業週末的頂峰, 並是另一個獲得反饋的機會. 
  • 無論創業者是想在 9-5 後, 建立公司、找一個共同創始人、認識新朋友或是學習一種新技能, 能保證的是, 所有參賽者都會有更好的準備在混亂但充滿趣味的創業世界裡航行. 






所有的參加者的門票收費為HK$300- 包括兩份早餐、一份午餐、三份晚餐、能量飲品和其他小吃,助你整個週末充沛活力。

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Friday April 15th

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 April 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Validation & Lunch
The teams have to go out of the venue to get real validation of the problems they intend to solve.

2:45 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

3:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 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 April 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Morning Stretches
Sponsored by FTA

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Stan Tang
CEO, The Wave

An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Tang Yiu Sing has over 10 years of experience in corporate management and property investment. He is the founder and Chairman of Stan Group (Holding) Limited (“Stan Group”), Chairman of Lafayette Wedding, Chief Executive Officer of SG Properties, The Wave, East Ocean Gourmet Group, ASAP, H.K. Sources Finance and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of ETS Group Limited (Stock code: 8031)

Mr. Tang is the Chief Advisor of Honorary Consul for Fiji in Hong Kong, a director of Innovative Entrepreneur Association, the 3rd Vice-Chairman of Lions Club of Metropolitan, a Co-Chairman of Organizing Committee of “Community for the Chest” TV Show by The Community Chest of Hong Kong and a member of ABAC of The Community Chest of Hong Kong.

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.

Nicole Denholder
Founder & CEO, Next Chapter Ventures

Nicole Denholder is the founder and CEO of Next Chapter.

Next Chapter launched in late 2015, and is a funding portal especially for female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in Asia, to improve their access to funding. It’s first service is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform that supports entrepreneurs wanting to raise funds, create market buzz and validate their business ideas.

Nicole previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London and Hong Kong in PwC’s US IPO and Advisory practices working on large scale projects across Europe and Asia.

Nicole is passionate about female entrepreneurship, and changing the way the funding system works so that the world benefits more from the talent and wisdom of women.

Dr. Jamie Chiu
Founder & Clinical Psychologist, LULIO

Jamie is on a mission to inspire teens, help them find purpose and belonging. She was born in Hong Kong, spent her childhood in Ghana, and her teens in Australia, where she had difficulty adapting and felt isolated, leading to struggles with anxiety and poor self-esteem.

Now, as a clinical psychologist, Jamie wants to make sure that support is always available for teens who are struggling.

In 2012, she co-created a positive youth development organisation where her team delivers in-school programmes and support for at-risk teens across Hong Kong.

However, she began to realise that in-person psychological services are limited in scale, leaving many students’ needs unmet. To address this, Jamie founded LULIO [] in 2015 to help schools better understand their students’ mental health needs with accurate and scalable digital depression screening. LULIO offers tools for better communication and strengthened relationships between schools, parents, and teens.

In recognition of her on-going work to help at-risk youth, Jamie was selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia for Social Entrepreneurship.

Coaches and Mentors

Rafal Czerniawski
Co-founder and CEO of IC Studio

Rafal Czerniawski is currently the Co-founder and CEO of IC Studio, a startup incubation studio based in Hong Kong, a Co-founder of the Betatron startup accelerator and early-stage startups Reach-All and Hopsee as well as CTO at QuikSpaces and a technology advisor for several local startups. A seasoned technologist who breathes and eats software, Rafal was previously CTO and Head of Electronic Trading for CLSA. Rafal has passion for the application of technology to change the world, driven by a constant hunger for execution and new ideas. Rafal holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle.

Anthony Woo
Chief Strategy Officer, Bauhinia Creek Ventures

Anthony is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of Bauhinia Creek Ventures and General Partner of the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University International Innovation Hub. He is also part of multiple startups in Greater China, and is an advisor of the Harvard Innovation Lab.

Javier Gloria
Tech Evangelist, Scrum Master - Ex Rocket Internet, Jaarvis Labs

A highly skilled CTO, Scrum Master and Project Leader, with over 16 years of experience combined at successfully leading large, complex web development teams & projects; from Corporate like GE, Adult entertainment to Startup scenario like Rocket Internet (Germany and Latin America), started as Developer and move up with the years from Team Leader to CTO.

Camilo Paredes
Co-founder & CEO, CaterSpot

4x serial entrepreneur and venture builder.
Co-founder & CEO, Caterspot - a online catering marketplace in SG & HK (for now) 
Co-founder, CEO, Grouvly - a group dating platform (Acquired by SocietyW) 
Co-founder, Duriana - a growing C2C mobile marketplace in South East Asia 
Ex-Managing Director foodpanda/Rocket Internet Latin America - an online food delivery platform

Fiona Ching
Independent Consultant

Fiona has more than 15 years of experience spanning corporate sustainability consulting, building and running a social enterprise, humanitarian project management and other non-profit roles.

She is currently working with various startups and social enterprises to identify business opportunities and improve operate and management efficiency.  

In the past 3 years, Fiona was the Managing Director of MakerBay, the biggest makerspace for innovation and maker education in Hong Kong.

Before she moved back to Hong Kong in Spring 2015, Fiona was a consultant with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in London, working with the world’s largest corporates to improve sustainability performance. Prior to that, she worked for the Red Cross in various international disaster reconstruction and risk reduction projects, including managing multi-million dollar reconstruction projects in post-tsunami Indonesia and in Sichuan, China after the 2008 earthquake.

Fiona has a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a Bachelor Degree in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Hong Kong.

Anna Wong
Co-founder, Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Anna is the Co-founder of the Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide (FEW), an international platform for businesswomen, professionals and corporate leaders. Anna brings deep marketing and business expertise that has successfully scaled FEW in major cities around the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, London, LA, Shenzhen, Macau and Guangzhou, and developed partnership with global corporations. With a genuine love for helping and growing people, Anna speaks at universities, conferences and TED. She is also a mentor for entrepreneurial programs organized by London & Partners, AIA Group and LEAN IN Shenzhen. Besides, she is a PR partner/advisor for local and overseas startups. Anna is strong at strategic planning, stakeholders engagement, crisis management, project execution, market entry and growth, and cost effectiveness analysis. She worked for world's leading communications agencies, O&M and Edelman, responsible for designing integrated communications and marketing strategies to promote global brands especially in Asia Pacific. Accounts include GSK, Novartis, Bayer, Wyndham Hotel Group, The Economist and ebay, etc. Anna and her family members lived and worked in different countries, so she gained a broader world perspective and knowledge of international cultures and business environment. Outside of work, you will most often find Anna enjoying time with her friends.

Xing Chang Li
Co-founder, Elev8ed Consulting

Li-Xing Chang is a digital marketer with 5 years of experience in the industry. Although early on in his career, Li-Xing has had some notable achievements in the early stages of his career as an entrepreneur. To name a few: - started a social good movement at the age of 17 - served as CMO to a local video production firm in the United States at the age of 20 - Began consulting for local businesses at the age of 21 Currently, Li-Xing runs his own digital marketing consulting firm and has served as a public speaker in Hong Kong, China, and the United States. He has had experience mentoring entrepreneurs in the music, fashion, and technology industry and is the youngest board member of NAAAP, an international nonprofit.

Andrew Smith
Author, Speaker & International Entertainer

After a successful 25 yrs in Sales and Sales management, Andrew was made redundant 3 times in 2 years & started his own successful entertainment business.
Andrew travels the world performing for many high profile clients including celebrities, Royalty, Blue Chip and Fortune 500 companies.
Andrew has authored two books on marketing strategy and now works with individuals and companies, to help them differentiate their product or service from their competitors and stop competing on price.
Andrew says “In this modern, fast paced, connected world it has never been more important to stand out from your competitors.”
There is Another Way....
His Goal is to help you engage with your clients so that you get more sales and be paid what you are worth. Enabling you to spend more time doing the things you enjoy with the people you love.

Tim Chan
Co-founder, HelloReporter & HelloPR

“PR for Startup. By Startup . Powered by Technology”. HelloReporter leverages technology to re-engineer traditional PR process and reduce manual work to achieve 3x efficiency of traditional PR agency. Our mission is to make PR accessible & affordable to all Startups & SMEs. HelloReporter successfully organized the 1st Media Pitch Day for Startups & SMEs in HK and over 15 media interviews will be generated for our applicants. Tim is AppWorks alumni and incubatee of Cyberport & Google EYE.  He plays many different roles in his career. He studied politics but became a banker after graduation. After his career in finance, his 1st venture successfully got investment from Silicon Valley’s investor and he turned himself into a full stack developer, while he deals with journalist as a PR professional every day right now. 
Besides, Tim is active in running events & communities incl. CMX HK, Code4HK, TEDxHKBU. Seedstar HK & SZ.

Mary Cheung
Co-founder, Genie

Energetic and innovative seasoned entrepreneur with a comprehensive understanding of agile development, lean startup, operations, and product development. She was one of the 12 winners of the Google EYE program 2014, champion Hong Kong Social Entrepreneur Challenge (HKSEC), one of the top 5 finalists of OZapp Awards (Asia Pacific), incubate of the CCMF, Cyberport Incubation Fund, Swire’s accelerator program Blueprint. Mary’s current startup Genie was featured as one of the hottest startup in HK 2016. Genie’s vision is to eliminate the pain of hiring temporary staff locally and internationally. Offering a location based mobile platform that hires temporary staff for businesses in as fast as 5 mins.

Eric Leung
Evangelist & Account Strategist, Unwire HK

Specializes in strategy, marketing, and cloud computing.

I am an entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in the internet industry. I have had many hands-on experiences in building e-commerce platform; executing integrated online and offline marketing; providing full technical knowledge in any cloud computing technologies; using social selling to create & generate new business opportunity.

Mary Suen
Head of Training, Stan Group (Holding) Limited

Mary has 20 years of professional experience in training and management development, leadership development, service quality training, field coaching and experiential training.  She has been the Executive Director and Principal Consultant of a consulting firm. Before becoming as a Consultant, she was the Management and Staff Development Manager at I.T Ltd and the Director of Training & People Development at Sa Sa International Holdings Limited.    She has extensive experience in setting up trainings and development programs, as well as defining management development and training strategies for the above companies. She is also specialized in leading on-site coaching sessions with her result-oriented approach and passion.  She is skillfully in observing and giving feedback on service and management loopholes for coachees. Besides, she is well-received by coachees in all levels for her empathetic communication and inspirational skills.

James Wong
Co-Founder, Hong Kong Youth Entrepreneur Warrior (HKYEW)

James is the Co-Foudner of HKYEW, one of the most well known youth entrepreneurship organizations in HK. James has been a remarkable post 80s entrepreneur in HK. He has over 5 years entrepreneurship experiences and is a founder of several successful companies in HK such as Compbrother Limited (Info Tech), WEBable (Biz exchange, M&A), Green Today (Green and healthy), etc. His entrepreneurship experience has been interviewed by different media e.g. TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, etc. To recognize his achievement, James was also received the “Outstanding Entrepreneur Award” in 2013.

Aska Yeung
Co-founder, Hong Kong Multimedia Design Association

A business hatcher and a multimedia creator, who support individuals, teams and organizations to innovatively think and act by strategically behavior. He is the founder of Hong Kong Multimedia Design Association and managing business such as manufacturing, multimedia design, and strategy planning in both Hong Kong and China region. He believes that “If an methodology can be successful in a business sector, then there is no reason why another business sector cannot use the same methodology.”

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Felix
  • Rhiann
  • Andy
  • Julien
  • Warrington
  • Karen
  • Arna
  • Mark
  • Nicolette
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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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