Startup Weekend Hong Kong Energy

    Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Hong Kong Energy

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018

Friday, March 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

1/F Knowles Building
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Energy is the lifeblood of human society. By creatively harnessing energy we can transform it into clean water, food, jobs, and connectivity. The world has enough latent capacity for energy innovation to shift the trajectory of global development. The world needs more disruption that taps into those energy innovations to accomplish a second transformation: the transformation of lives. Thus, aligned with Hult Prize 2018 Challenge, the theme of Startup Weekend Energy Edition is an invitation to find and discover energy innovations that can be scaled to improve the lives of millions. The winning team will be invited to Hult Prize National Final.

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!

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.

Note: According to Hult Prize requirements, the winner seat has to be offered to a team of 3-4 current students from the same university. However, participants can freely decide their team composition.

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Friday March 2nd

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 3rd

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 4th

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

Robb Arnulphy
Managing Director at FlyFarm

FlyFarm International Ltd, is an early stage agricultural technology start-up based in Hong Kong. We are focusing on developing the technology to produce next generation proteins for animal nutrition using insects.

Siew Fong Leung
Director of Business Development, Vinson & Elkins

Siew-Fong was previously a projects lawyer focusing on energy and infrastructure. More recently she was director of business development at a global energy law firm, helping to pursue advisory opportunities across the industry’s value chain including oil and gas, coal, LNG, power and renewables.  Her experience extends to developing client relationships with state-run and private energy companies, as well as PE funds making energy investments.  Siew-Fong is familiar with the startup community in Hong Kong, having participated in a number of startup events including being a mentor at the Global Legal Hackathon.

Travis Kan
Business Development Director of Schneider Electric

Travis is Business Development Director of Schneider Electric, responsible for driving business growth via marketing and strategic initiatives, bringing latest innovation & technology of energy management & automation to Hong Kong. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Travis started and later developed his engineering career in energy companies, e.g. CLP Power HK and General Electric (GE), acquiring solid experience in power generation, transmission & distribution, and control & automation solutions. Travis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong. He is also a part-time lecturer for various universities.

Coaches and Mentors

Christina Tang
CEO & Founder, Blue Sky Energy Technology

Christina Tang is CEO and founder of Blue Sky Energy Technology. She was previously a management consultant at Bain & Company and a Global Fellow with Acumen, which became the catalyst for starting Blue Sky. She has worked on structuring strategies, and using data to drive transformations. During her time at Brown University, she launched a rainwater harvesting organization now supplying a million liters of clean water every year. Christina's initiatives have been featured in media such as Forbes, SCMP and HKET. Christina is a graduate of Brown University with a double degree in Environmental Science and Economics.

Andrew Chen
Managing Partner at Arion Ventures

Andrew H. Chen is Managing Partner of Arion Ventures. Arion Ventures is a strategic advisory firm that provides various management consulting services including private placements and strategy consulting. He also currently lectures a graduate course on emerging technology and entrepreneurship part-time at the Multimedia Innovation Centre in the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also a member of the board of advisors of Ampd Energy, a venture backed energy storage company based in Hong Kong. Prior, Andrew was the Founder and CEO of Menuscript, a cloud based omnichannel digital menu platform that also functioned as a mobile/desktop website and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software for restaurants. Previously he also worked as a corporate consultant for 4 years, where he worked with a wide range of organisations to solve strategic issues. Through his engagements he has worked with early stage ventures, Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, non-profit organisations, and social enterprises. Prior to this Andrew has also founded numerous other entrepreneurial ventures. Andrew grew up in Toronto, Canada, is a graduate of University of Toronto where he graduated with high distinction and currently has resided in Hong Kong for 12 years. In his spare time he volunteers within various causes focused on education and social services and mentors recent graduates and current students.

Brandon Ng
Co-founder & CEO, Ampd Energy

Brandon is one of the founders of Ampd Energy, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of advanced energy storage systems for critical commercial, enterprise and industrial applications. Today, Ampd Energy's products are used by data centres, hospitals, telecommunications networks and public infrastructure across Asia and.

Originally from the Sultanate of Brunei, a country dominated by the oil & gas industry, Brandon lives and breathes the energy sector and earned his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2009. Brandon is a 2017 Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Honouree and a 2017 GIC Future Maker.

Laurence Tang
Manager, iDendron

Laurence's first full-time job after graduation has been to incubate and manage his alma mater's DreamCatchers project, an innovation and entrepreneurship initiative targeting students and young alumni. He is also a Resident Tutor of University Hall, a young intellectual community of 110 students with history of over 60 years.

He read Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong and graduated with a BSocSc in 2014. As President of the HKU Students' Union, he sat on the University Council, the governing body of the University.

Laurence participates in public service actively through serving different advisory bodies of the Hong Kong government. He is currently the Member of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee and the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education of the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Chris Wong
Community Director, Hult Prize China

Chris is building the youth community around social entrepreneurship with Hult Prize, starting from Hong Kong his hometown. He is also Business Strategy Manager at Redspots Creative, focusing on development and fundraising for augmented reality (AR) in entertainment and marketing. Previously he helped domestic large clients grow their digital business performance at Google Hong Kong.
Passionate in youth development, Chris led the Harvard HPAIR 2016 Asia Conference as Executive Director. He obtained a Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (IBCE Program) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Chris
  • Yannie
  • Felix


Felix Wong
Community Manager, Greater China at Techstars

Felix is a young entrepreneur, community builder and growth hacker in Hong Kong, Greater China and Asia Pacific. He is the Community Manager of Greater China at Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Since 2015, he has facilitated over 50 Techstars Startup Programs regionally, including Startup Weekend, Startup Week, corporate innovation program and regional summit.

He started his career at Ricoh as a Data Scientist working with many multi-national companies in data strategy and digital transformation. As part of his startup passion, he co-founded and led 3 fast growing startups prior to joining Techstars. He co-founded Cloudbreakr aiming to bridge the gap between influencer marketing, data analytics, social media and advertising agencies. He also held position leading growth strategy at The Wave’s integrated startup platform in terms of growth marketing, user acquisition strategy and for-purpose event management. After that, he joined Abtitu as the Director of Growth leading product strategy, UI/ UX design and technical project implementation.

Felix graduated from The University of Bath in Mathematical Science and received a master degree in Marketing from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

He is deeply involved in helping both young founders and the startup community thrives. He always put forward new ideas if only more time to implement them. In his spare time he loves playing football, cooking pasta and transform his imaginations into reality by Lego.

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Kieran Fung
Community Officer, Eureka Nova / Project Consultant, The Yeh Family Philanthropy

Kieran’s passion is to help entrepreneurs to validate their ideas, build their products, and scale their businesses to create positive impact. Currently, Kieran is the community officer of Eureka Nova and the project consultant of The Yeh Family Philanthropy. Kieran has advised 20+ start-ups to date.
Before joining Eureka Nova and The Yeh Family Philanthropy, Kieran oversaw the operation of a manufacturing and merchandise business for 4 years and learnt the ropes of supply chain management.
Prior to that, Kieran founded an online job-searching platform in California, USA that matches fresh graduates with enjoyable jobs and companies. After running the start-up for one and a half year, Kieran successfully exited his start-up with an acquisition from a competitor.
Kieran received his MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of California in San Diego. His expertise includes artificial intelligence, cryptography, design thinking, and business modelling.

Lucas Kuan
Co-Founder at oneCHARGE

Lucas Kuan is a full-stack developer who has been developing scalable system for hundreds of thousands of users. He is also one of the organizers of Startupweekend Macau. When he saw the opportunity of the electric vehicle and how it could contribute to our environment and become our future transportation, he cofounded oneCHARGE solution.

oneCHARGE is here to accelerate the development of electric vehicle infrastructure. They are providing electric vehicle charging service to drivers and management system for property developers.

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