Startup Weekend PolyU 2017

    Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017

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Startup Weekend PolyU 2017

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

PolyU InnoHub
4/F, V Core
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Join Startup Weekend and make your innovative business idea happen!

With Startup Weekend PolyU, here’s your opportunity to transform your ideas into action in 54 hours.

Startup Weekend, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is non-profit entrepreneurship education event that brings together innovators, marketers, developers and designers. In just 54 hours, you will meet a dream startup team, do market research, build product, and demonstrate your business in front of judges and potential investors.

Startup Weekend PolyU is one of the 1,000 global events being featured in 2017. This event will be held on March 17-19th 2017 from 6pm at PolyU InnoHub at V Core. Deposit refundable upon full attendance, sponsored and endorsed by Institute for Entrepreneurship of PolyU. Grab your ticket here:

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Friday March 17th

6:00 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 March 18th

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 March 19th

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

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.

Leroy Yau
Founding Partner, 43 Ventures

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.

Sherman Lam
President, Institute of Certified Marketers

Mr Sherman Lam established Institute of Certified Marketers (ICM) in December 2014 and he will be taking up the position as a Founder and President of ICM. He currently serves as a Lecturer in the Department of Management and Marketing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).
In Sherman’s younger days, he started his career as a system integrator and ran his small software house in the early 80’s before moving on to the garment industry, marketing consultancy and academia.
Although his colourful career saw him working in divested industries, the majority of them are engaging in strategic management and marketing alongside of his current teaching career at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. These education and senior management experiences enable Sherman to develop a well-rounded approach in his teaching, training and coaching which meets the needs of the real business world. Apart from his teaching role, he had been instrumental in spear heading the repositioning of the Faculty of Business at PolyU between the periods of 2004 to 2006 as PolyU’s first (Acting) Marketing Director.
Sherman was one of the long serving members of HKIM and he has also served as a Chairman twice over the period of over one decade before he decided to establish ICM. He has a strong passion to serve and is well known in his persistent demand for high standard in ethnical and professional marketing practices.

Coaches and Mentors

David Wong
Corporate and Talent Development, New World Development Company Limited

Jacky Chan
CTO & Co-Founder, Votee Limited

Jacky Chan is an award-winning technical entrepreneur in Hong Kong. Won Hong Kong ICT Awards Bronze by building the first multichannel CRM with Wechat deep integration. Won Cyberport Shanghai-Hong Kong Hackathon Second Prize by hacking Whatsapp protocol. Won Startup Weekend Hong Kong Best Mobile App Award. He cofounded notably StyleNearBy, StampUp, OmniStream, StartLab Hong Kong and now Votee. Has been incubated in Cyberport, Science Park, PolyU Micro Fund and Alchemist Accelerator. Experience in cloud technologies and coaching skills. He is also active in startup communities: mentors at Startup Weekend, PolyU Micro Fund and Good Seed Hong Kong.

Kent Cheng
Co-founder, Bravolol

Kent, Co-founder of Bravolol - 9 years of experience in IT industry - 6 years of entrepreneurial experience - Graduated from PolyU B.S (Hons) in Computing with 1st Class Honors - Founded Bravolol offering Multilingual dictionary and Phrasebook for more than 18 languages. He's interested in algorithmic trading, ASO, artificial neural network and deep learning

Paul Wang
Development Manager of Institute for Entrepreneurship, PolyU

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