Startup Weekend Hong Kong #11

    Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017

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Startup Weekend Hong Kong #11

Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017

Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017
Event starts at 7:00 pm

CAMPFIRE Wong Chuk Hang
5/F, Remex Centre
42 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Hong Kong, Hong Kong 852

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Startup Weekend Hong Kong #11 – Make Things Happen!

On the weekend of 12-14 May, 2017, over 80 passionate startup enthusiasts including hustlers, designers and developers will be gathered to hack out their next company. They are participants of Startup Weekend, a global movement of entrepreneurs who are crazy about starting a business and forging bonds that will last a lifetime. 

In just 54 hours, participants will form teams, brainstorm, design a product, validate their business idea and pitch in front of experienced judges on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend, there will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumph, but some people will meet their co-founder at the event, and some teams will even move on to start a company after the event. Win or lose, we are certain that new lessons will be learnt, ideas will be tested, limits will be pushed and lives will be changed forever. 

To spice things up, we will be having a few special activities: party and warm up games on Friday night to break the ice and form your teams!! On Sat, we will be inviting awesome mentors and guests down to interact with the teams so please seek their advice and opinions! In the true spirit of Startup Weekend, we will be bringing in local startups, budding founders and cool companies to sponsor, showcase and network with you! Remember, Startup Weekend is a time for experiential learning, networking and building your personal brand!

Startup Weekend has a strong brand in Hong Kong. Globally, it has touched more than 1140 cities and its alumni consists of more than 480,000 entrepreneurs in 10 years.

It is for everyone, whether you are working corporate, building your own startup, having a career as a professional clown, a mechanic, a designer, coder or student, everyone can contribute in their own way. We are open to teams forming before the event, but we strongly recommend you to form your team on Friday night and work on an idea then. Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity, creating a conducive environment for anyone to turn their concepts into companies! So give it a go, you'll never know what magic can happen over a weekend!

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 HKD$350 - for all the participants. This includes a beautiful t-shirt, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, with loads of Energy drinks and snacks to keep you going all weekend long.  

Bring your friends, form a team, and hack a startup in 54 hours. 

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Friday May 12th

7:00 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

7:40 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:50 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 May 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Business Model Canvas Bootcamp
Teach participants a smart, quick way to understand how a business works!

10:00 am
ABTITU's App Building Bootcamp
Teach teams how to build an app without coding. (That's a super easy and user-friendly platform!)

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They take turns to help till 8pm today!

6:30 pm

11:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday May 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions. They will take turns till 3pm today!

12:00 pm

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Tony Wong
Co-founder of Shopline

Tony Wong, is a 2x serial entrepreneur, experienced product manager and full stack developer. Before founding SHOPLINE, he has managed high profile projects in media and e-commerce industries such as TVB and Next Media. He was a founding member of a successful HK startup called Viss in 2012. Tony was an Overall Winner at Startup Weekend HK 2013 and he also holds a Master of Science from HKUST Business School. As SHOPLINE’s founder, he grew the team from 3 to 30 within one year and built a strong product with an agile development team, powering thousands of merchants to achieve their own entrepreneurial dreams. Tony also led the team into 500 startups accelerator in Silicon Valley, a huge achievement as Shopline was the second team ever to be accepted from Hong Kong. As SHOPLINE’s CEO, he successfully raised a financing round from the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. Having lived in Latin America, South East Asia and North America, he brings diversity and global insights to SHOPLINE’s startup culture.

Brian Chan
Head of Research of Oddup

Brian is the Head of Research of Oddup. Besides, he also hold the position of Investment Director of a HK based early stage seed fund, Bigcolors Ventures. Prior to that, he was the investment analyst at Goldman Sachs and a Hong Kong based long-short hedge fund, focusing on industries including TMT, tourism and transportation. Outside his career position, Brian is advisor and mentor of different startups and competition/program, including the Global New Venture Challenge for Chicago Booth Executive MBA students and alumni worldwide.

Bay McLaughlin
Co-founder of Brinc

Bay is a co-founder of Brinc, a global IoT accelerator and platform based in Hong Kong with offices in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Having spent half of his career in or founding startups, he now brings his experience and operations abilities to connect the dots from Asia to Silicon Valley for IoT companies from around the world.

As a founding team member of Apple’s global SMB channel and founder of their first Entrepreneurship Evangelism channel, Bay has partnered with the world’s best founders, venture capitalists, and accelerators to identify and solve their most pressing strategic issues. With 8 software and 11 hardware portfolio holdings, he’s successfully made the transition from digital to physical and from San Francisco to Asia.

As a regular mentor for Chinaccelerator, the Thiel Foundation, and other startup ecosystems in Asia, Bay is passionate about investing in founders with a global vision. He speaks regularly at conferences, most recently at Web Summit, Echelon, RISE and LAUNCH, Hong Kong’s inaugural consumer IoT Summit.

Tamim Batcha
Founder & CEO - SpotHelp & Cubpass | Head of Community - Campfire Collaborative Spaces | Partner & COO - GoGet

An entrepreneur at heart, he did his first hustle at the young age of 12. He has never had a JOB - Just Over Broke by his definition. Tamim has always had a passion for building businesses - core up. Having always been a problem solver with ideas that aren't the industry norm, he founded SpotHelp - a personal assistance on demand & merged it with GoGet to grow into servicing 3 cities with over 4500 verified GoGetters. He's the Head of Community & Sales at Campfire - Collaborative Spaces.

Nick Zieber
Community & Partnerships Manager for WHub

Nick Zieber is the Community & Partnerships Manager for WHub.  He works closely with early stage ventures and new business units to build strong, effective, enduring teams. Before joining WHub he worked as a technical recruiter for Xpand, a specialist firm focusing on technology & digital roles. Additionally he has been active in the startup community hosting meetups for Product Hunt.

Coaches and Mentors

Fion Leung
CEO & Co-founder at Time Auction

Fion Leung is the Co-founder of Time Auction, a tech-enabled charity that encourages volunteerism with inspiring experiences. Started as a side project in 2014, Time Auction quickly gained traction among generous donors and young adults. Time Auction became a registered charity in Hong Kong in early 2017 with Fion dedicating herself full-time to the charity and is now leading the international expansion, operations, and continuing the mission to make volunteering a fulfilling and vital part of people’s lives. Prior to Time Auction, Fion was Product Evangelist at a media startup, Notey, and Analyst at Barclays after graduating from HKUST with a degree in Business Administration.

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. 

Jeff Hui
Co-founder of Affix Group

Jeff is one of the co-founders of Affix Group, a Hong Kong based startup that bridges the gap between student communities with the corporate world. Our goal is to build a sustainable youth ecosystem with universities, corporate and startups, in which each party can give back and help each other improve. I myself am a huge NBA fan, always try to catch a game or two during my free time. I am also a app developer, like to code out my ideas every so often, always on a look out for the next big thing.

Olivier Cotard
Founder and Managing Director of 3C Ventures

Olivier Cotard is an entrepreneur and an operations and business development executive, with an emphasis on high-tech and manufacturing. He is the founder and Managing Director of 3C Ventures Ltd., a boutique strategy and operations consulting firm based in Hong Kong. For the past 20 years, he has managed companies, projects and factories in Asia, Europe and the United States. His experience ranges from start-up businesses to multinational corporations in a broad range of industries.
Passionate about technology-enabled disruptive innovation, Olivier was an associate at a pureplay internet consulting firm in San Francisco in 2000. He has since then contributed to the development and funding of innovative projects and companies. Olivier currently serves as an advisor to several startups. He is active within the French Tech Hong Kong hub and is a Startup Committee Member of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong, which organizes an annual startup competition and a series of startup events.
Olivier Cotard graduated from Ecole Centrale de Lille (B.Sc., M.Sc., Mechanical & Electrical Engineering) and Harvard Business School (MBA). He has also studied at the Technische Universität München and the Beijing International Studies University.

Paul Lugagne Delpon
Co-Founder & CTO, Easyship

Paul is passionate about building technology products that address real life problems, and about translating business challenges and requirements into technology solutions.
Over the past two years he has been part of the founding team and building the technology behind Easyship, a HK-based technology company empowering eCommerce sellers to ship worldwide. Previously he was running a web development consultancy, and teaching web development at General Assembly. In his previous life he has worked during 7 years in Investment Banking, in both Mergers & Acquisitions and Acquisition Finance teams.

Tomy Wu
Co-founder of MyiCellar

Love wine and love technology. Tomy is the co-founder of MyiCellar for local wine lover to discover wine and tasting events in Hong Kong

Lucas Fong
CEO & Co-founder at Abtitu

Lucas started coding since 10 and familiar with over 10 coding languages. He has provided software development, system administration and security services over 8 years, and involved a lot of large scale projects for government, famous organizations and competition events. Lucas is also an active contributor for promoting information technology. He was invited as instructor to share programming knowledge at different parties such as Startup Weekend Bootcamp, AngelHack and primary school coding courses.

Eric Kwan
Director of Alitheia Advisors Limited

Eric is a startup experienced technologist currently working on a couple of startup projects and contributing toward Hong Kong's startup ecosystem as organizer, mentor and coach for Startup Weekend events. With a background in IT consulting, he has worked with clients in providing advice, facilitating change, and delivering technology for top-tier banks and multinationals in New York, London and Hong Kong. He has built and grown an IT consulting firm and a financial services outfit from being startups to revenue-generating organizations, and co-founded an education/learning product startup helping youngsters in Hong Kong preparing for their DSE exams. Eric graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Sam Ameen
Entrepreneur | Digital Marketer | Forbes Contributor

Sam Ameen is an entrepreneur and digital marketer. He helps startups scale using unique growth hacking & user acquisition strategies. He's the Head of Digital Marketing for Betatron (a startup accelerator providing seed funding and mentorship) and IC Studio (a startup incubator building the technology side of startups). He also covers Hong Kong startups for Forbes Magazine.

Amel Rigneau
Co-founder DigitalMind Media I Mentor

Amel Rigneau has a strong entrepreneurship mindset completed by over a decade in business consulting services. She has helped from start-up businesses to multinational companies in a broad range of industries. She gains strong competencies from design business model and business plan to implementation.Since based in Hong Kong, she has been co founder of startup DigitalMind Media - creation, implementation and monetisation of web apps. She is also very active among startups ecosystem first as advisor and mentor to several startups or university projects and secondly as co leader of « French Club Entrepreneurs HKA » in Hong Kong (+ 30 conferences, workshops, networking sessions per year). 

Lola Chetti
Leadership Coach at Holding Space Coaching and Consulting

Lola Chetti started her career in the judiciary and retired as a senior Magistrate . She transitioned to working as a volunteer teacher with refugees before starting a career in executive coaching in 2009. Lola is a highly trained and experienced coach who has worked with clients and organisations in Europe , Asia and the U.S. She resided in Malaysia for over 8 years and worked around South East Asia. She then moved to Hong Kong where she has built an established leadership development coaching and training practice, working with clients from multinationals and local companies. She delivers services ranging from executive coaching, customised leadership development learning to supporting the implementation of coaching cultures. Lola Chetti, LLB (Hons.)-U.K., Bar at law-Lincoln’s Inn, Professional Certified Coach - ICF, Mentor Coach- ICF, Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change(Distinction)-INSEAD Business School

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Organizing Team

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