Startup Weekend Fintech

    Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

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Startup Weekend Fintech

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Cyberport Smart-Space FinTech MultiFunction Room
100 Cyberport Rd
Telegraph Bay
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Startup Weekend Fintech

Startup Weekend Fintech

For this edition, we are hosting with Cyberport Startup Alumni Association on March 23 - 25, 2018 at Cyberport. We are committed to encourage and empower entrepreneurs to revolutionize the financial service industry using technology. From internet banking, mobile payments to blockchain and the blooming of cryptocurrency, we welcome any innovative ideas to enhance the service in the financial industry.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.  You can 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. 

Meet new friends, form a team, and start your business in 54 hours!

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.

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Friday March 23rd

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 March 24th

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 25th

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

Renu Bhatia
Founding Partner at SuperCharger Ltd

Renu is the founding partner of SuperCharger Ltd. SuperCharger is a dedicated Fintech accelerator in Hong Kong, with the goal of helping FinTech startups and financial technology companies leverage Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s finance and technology hub. The accelerator is supported by world-class backers such as Standard Chartered and Baidu as well as TGN, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and others.

Billy Naveed
Co Head of Hedge Fund Sales and Equities Digitisation Lead at Credit Suisse

Working with the largest asset managers in the world to advise on APAC equity investment with a specialism in internet startups. Work closely with startup founders from across Asia to connect and empower them through the firm. Regular speaker at the conferences around the world focussing on Asian startups and emerging technology trends

Founder & CEO of Young Founders School, a non-profit seeking to change the way entrepreneurship is taught to high school students by way of a startup bootcamp and mentor programme. We are expanding around the world using cutting edge technology including machine learning to bring together the world's only global network of high school student entrepreneurs 

Active startup investor. Stage agnostic. Investments range from e-commerce to education.

Karen Farzam
Co-Founder at W Hub Ltd

Hailing from France, Karen Farzam, software engineer and former JP Morgan equity trader, moved to Hong Kong in 2010 and set her sights on the digital world.

Co-Founder of W Hub, a profile-driven platform that showcases the team behind the startup, W Hub lets startups share their company mission, products and current job openings. While startups can’t always offer the most attractive of compensation packages, they can provide perks such as flexibility, great work hours and the opportunity to make a positive impact on society.

Co-Founder of, a non-profit organization which inspires women to excel in careers in technology. Women Who Code’ gathers every month and serves as a source of inspiration to other women in tech, with varied topics every month, including in web development. ‘Women Who Code’ has informative talks, exciting hackathons and collaborative forums for women in tech to learn and share from one another.

Charles Lam
Fintech Lead

Cyberport Hong Kong

Maxine Ryan
Co-Founder and COO at Bitspark Limited

Maxine is the Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Bitspark Limited. Bitspark is a fintech startup providing the world's first cash-in cash-out Blockchain remittances. With zero knowledge of the Blockchain or cryptocurrenies, financial institutions, remittance houses and individuals can join our decentralised network to leverage our services for cheaper and faster global money transfers. Bitspark focuses on powering competitive remittances to emerging markets and the unbanked while simultaneously connecting developed markets to this growing sector.

Coaches and Mentors

Bianca Ho
COO of Clare.AI

Bianca Ho is the co-founder and COO of Clare.AI. Award winning Clare.AI builds industry-specific conversational digital assistant that understands 10+ Asian languages across multiple platforms. We empower enterprises to engage their customers in a natural and reliable way at-scale.   She was formerly business development manager of Zendesk, responsible China market expansion. She worked closely with Zendesk’s executive team on developing and executing the strategy.

Musheer Ahmed
General Manager (interim)

Musheer is the General Manager of Fintech Association of Hong Kong. He has an extensive background in financial services and technology, having been a global markets trader for a decade, and a management consultant following his MBA.  He was a founding board member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong and is the board member incharge of Artificial Intelligence and Payments committee. In addition, he is a member of UN ESCAP Economic Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) Youth and Women Entrepreneurs Taskforce (YET). Musheer has a keen interest in technologies impacting/disrupting investment banking such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics. He is a mentor and speaker at industry events in the region and guest lecturer on topics of Fintech, Investment Management, Cryptocurrency and blockchain, Artificial Intelligence at HKU, HKUST, HKU Space, CUHK and Lingnan University.  He has written blogs on Fintech and Investment Banking and been quoted in various media channels, including on CNBC, SCMP, Asian Investor, Lets Talk Payments.

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