Startup Weekend Hong Kong Social Impact

    Friday, July 28 - 30, 2017

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Startup Weekend Hong Kong Social Impact

Friday, July 28 - 30, 2017

Friday, July 28 - 30, 2017
Event starts at 7:00 pm

Impact Hub Pilot Hong Kong
2/F, International Industrial Building, 501-503 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup.

What is Startup Weekend?
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. Come to be a hero to change the world!

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to put your idea into action within a matter of days! 
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • learn the process for taking action on your ideas
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Hong Kong
  • join or build an all-star team
  • make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or beef up your resume

Who is Startup Weekend For?
It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • and passionate visionaries

What's the twist?
Startup Weekend Social Impact edition means you will be focusing on solving problems and creating opportunities for civic engagement, equal opportunity, economic development, environmental responsibility, and access to healthcare and education - but you are not limited to these topics. Whether you have an idea to improve your local community or global ones, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you - to be the change you wish to see in the world!

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @Impact Hub Pilot Hong Kong
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the social impact and startup communities (be sure to check out the full)
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome social innovation professionals from throughout Hong Kong
  • All-star judge's panel lead by startup and social innovation leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
What is Impact Hub?
We believe a better world evolves through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed, and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose. A Home for Changemakers Building the Future Hong Kong - Impact Hub is about the power of innovation through collaboration. 

Do I need to come with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for an awesome weekend! 

Questions? Press inquiries? Interested in sponsoring? Please email our lead organizer Miles at

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Friday July 28th

7:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:10 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

8:00 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 July 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
User Research
Test your ideasssss and go for lunch!

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Ask questionssssss!

3:00 pm
Build your apps/ products/ websites/ PPT

6:30 pm

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

Sunday July 30th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Doris Leung
Director of Social Innovation, Social Ventures Hong Kong

Doris Leung is the Founder and CEO of Diamond Cab and Director of Social Innovation at Social Ventures Hong Kong. Doris is a journalist turned social entrepreneur, with 16 years of past experience working with i-Cable as a TV host and reporter. Having experienced difficulties travelling with her wheelchair-bound mother, Doris was determined to set up her own social enterprise – Diamond Cab, introducing 5 wheelchair-accessible taxis to Hong Kong in 2011. Diamond Cab was established with a social mission to provide much-needed, quality point-to-point transport to the disabled, elderly and able-bodied, and has a team of 17 dedicated drivers with a caring heart to promote wellbeing of the wheelchair-bound.

Eugenia Lo
CEO, SOW (Asia) Foundation Limited

Eugenia Lo leads SOW Asia, a charitable foundation in Hong Kong, established in 2009. SOW Asia aims to support for-profit enterprises intent on scaling their social and environmental impact through financial investments and our accelerator program. Through this platform, its vision is to create an ecosystem in which local social businesses can grow, self-sustain and attract funding.

Marco Shek
Assistant Programme Manager, Good Seed

Marco Shek is experienced in working at non-profit organizations and social service field with comprehensive understandings of different social issues in Hong Kong. He actively involves in inspiring young people to find alternative ways to intervene social problems. He is passionate in social innovation and is now the in-charge of Good Seed Programme in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Sindy Chow
Founder & CEO, Happy Grannies

Sindy Chow set up Happy Grannies six years ago to support singleton elderly on the poverty line. Happy Grannies is a non-profit social enterprise that supports single elders in need by offering continual home visits and daily living subsidies. She initiated youth voluntary action to build up social bonds with elderlies, across outdoor activities and international exchanges.

Carven Liu
Partner at Wilbe

Carven Liu is a startup investor and advisor, working with startups in London and HK.

Coaches and Mentors

Albert Au
Founder, AcesoBee

Albert Au is a serial entrepreneur in healthcare informatics. Albert is well-known with his awarding startup, AcesoBee, a mobile Personal Care Plan (PCP) system transform from the bedside nursing care plan used in Hospital. AcesoBee was recognized with a Bronze Award and a Social Impact Award at the HKUST Alumni Startup Awards.

Allison Chan
Founder, GreenPrice

Allison Chan founded GreenPrice, a retailer that concerns about environmental issues and food poverty. It provides consumers with an option to buy in a green and cost-saving manner. GreenPrice sells safe and decent groceries, which have neared or passed their best-before date, lawfully at the bottom price through multiple channels of distribution. Through customers' purchases, GreenPrice donates meals and medically formulated nutrient packs to children in need.

Carven Liu
Partner at Wilbe

Carven Liu is a startup investor and advisor, working with startups in London and HK.

Johnny Tang
Project Leader, Acumen HK

Johnny Tang leads Events and Communication of Acumen HK, a volunteer-led community supports Acumen’s mission of changing the way the world tackles poverty by bringing like-minded individuals together to become more active and effective at creating social change. He is also the Corporate Sales Manager of Qupital.

Nelson Fung
Director, LikeFunding

Nelson Fung uses IT to enable creators and charities with funding and publicity. With his strong background in marketing and e-commerce, he founded LikeFunding, a new fundraising tool for charities, social enterprises and creative projects. It rallies supporters to share good stories with the sponsor's logo, so as to generate measurable social media exposure for corporate sponsors. 

Tonia Yim
Founder, Million Dollar Mic

Tonia Yim takes her time in creating regular Chinese comedy shows and improv performances by founding Million Dollar Mic. She's also on the Board of directors at the Cooperatives of Innovative Intellectuals, a nonprofit that drives innovations in HK; plus the founding member and current president of the HKUST’s MBA Startup club.

Yenson She
Head of Sales and Restaurant Marketing, Uber

Yenson She is leading the sales and marketing at UberEATS, while he takes pro bono consultancy specializes in branding and marketing for NGOs and social enterprises.

Eunice Kim
Strategy & Planning Analyst

Nick Ducoff
Vice President for New Ventures, Northeastern

As Vice President for New Ventures of the Northeastern University Global Network, Nick leads a cross-functional team to incubate new business ideas, diversify revenue streams, and advance a new model of education that moves beyond traditional boundaries. Previously, Nick lead Boundless' content team as VP for Content & Operations and founded Infochimps, leading the company as its CEO. Nick started his career as a corporate and securities attorney.

Dean H.K. HE

Dean He, is a faculty lead for the Master of Science Commerce Economics Development
program at the College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University. He is also on the
advising team for Northeastern University’s global strategy and the recipient of the
Excellence in Teaching Award of Northeastern University in 2017.
Dean describes himself as an economics and education researcher as well as an
enthusiastic education entrepreneur. Prior to coming to Northeastern, he worked at the
San Francisco Unified School District as a policy analyst and a research assistant at the
Brookings Institution. In November 2014, he co-founded Burlington Education Assessment
and Research Corporation with his graduate school classmates, a cross-border education
research and assessment organization dedicated to improving the uneven distribution of
education resources worldwide. Dean He earned master degrees from Columbia University
and Wichita State University respectively.

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