Startup Weekend CityU Hong Kong

    Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

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Startup Weekend CityU Hong Kong

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

City University of Hong Kong
LT-17, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building
Kowloon Tong, China

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Ignite the Future of Travel

The Startup Weekend CityU Edition - Ignite the Future of Travel. The Next Travel Startup Unicorn is just around the corner!! Hong Kong-based Klook has recently raised US$200 million. Are you ready to be the next travel startup ‘Unicorn’?

Travel is an education. Are you familiar with the saying, “The world is a book; those who do not travel read only a page”? Today most people travel as part of their daily routine. Not only does travel make us a happier person, it also opens our eyes and mind. More so, tourism industry is the pillar of the economy in some of the fastest growing countries where the industry always bring economic benefit to the citizens and improving their living standard. It has gradually become a main topic for city-lives and many innovative ideas are inspired by the demands generated from travelling, like Airbnb, Ctrip and Coachsurfing. While considering a new reform on travel safety, customized experience and green travel, the topic of travelling will certainly lead to many unprecedented possibilities.

We'll equip the participants with tools through our workshops to rethink how empathy, design, and technology together can ignite the future of travel, and help them build to their startup with valuable feedbacks by experienced mentors and judges.

Who should join?
- Have a passion for tourism industry
- Either have a seed-stage idea or interested in joining talents’ team
- Looking for co-founder and like-minded partner in UX/IT/Business field
- Looking for business connections
- Looking for a opportunity to test the product and get market feedback
- Hackathon lovers
- Looking forward to have an unforgettable weekend in Hong Kong

Why should I participate?
- Seeking advice from experienced mentors and judges
- Improving the opportunity to get other startup fundings
- Meeting like-minded talent and building networks
- Learning a skill far outside of your usual 9-to-5 job or study life
- Beef up your resume
- Getting to know more about Startup Ecosystem
- Becoming part of a global community

What does your ticket include?
- Access to the full weekend-long event
- Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ CityU
- Mentoring by all-stars from the startup communities
- 6 tasty meals included
- All-star judges' panel led 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

-Winning Team: Free for company registration 
-4 Winning Teams: Free patent consultation session, offered by CityU KTO

Eligible for the Free Tickets?
CityU full-time UGC-funded students, whose tickets are fully refundable upon 100% attendance in the event, sponsored by CityU KTO (First-come-first-served)

What is a Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is non-profit entrepreneurship education event that brings together innovators, marketers, developers and designers. It is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. 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.

Entrepreneurship and innovation is not just a word; it’s an action. Bring joy into our life and take us on a special journey by launching your idea.

Come and have fun on September 28 - 30 at the City University of Hong Kong, a global leading university, ranked 4th QS “Top 50 Under 50” in 2018.

Please stay tuned for updates ( List of Judges, prizes, mentors and workshop )
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Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to CityU Startup Weekend Organizing Team at

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Friday September 28th

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 September 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

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 September 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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Kristie Leung
General Manager of Human Resources at Li & Fung Limited

A Human Resources professional who sees herself as a business person who specializes in Human Capital Management. Leveraging previous work experiences from industries across Big Four professional firms, bank, supply chain, manufactures, government body and charity organization to drive business results and changes. Brought up and educated in Hong Kong.

Coaches and Mentors

Kenneth Shek
Senior Manager, Strategic Development and Business Operations, Beta Labs

Manager of Commercial Development and Strategy focusing on strategy across Marketing, Business Development, and Content & Curators, as well as development and growth of MyMM's strategic cross-border and O2O businesses. 

Before his current role, Kenneth was in the CEO Office working directly with both Co-CEOs on Strategic Development of the company, including but not limited to driving synergies across all functions, assessing the business as a whole, such as budget planning.

He was also a Management Consultant at Deloitte Digital (Consulting) specialising on digital strategy, BPR, and system implementation. Kenneth was nominated and selected by the company for Deloitte's Green Dot Award for "Talent" in July 2015 as a firm-wide recognition of his performance.

Brad Emery
Founder and CEO, The Aimviva Travel Club

Prior to working for himself, Brad was responsible for setting up the Partner infrastructure for AIA’s wellness program (Vitality) across 7 markets in Asia. Before that Brad was Interim CEO for MetLife HK, built an Asia-wide Telemarketing business for Prudential, helped develop a cloud based Admin system for Munich Re and ran Bancassurance operations in Vietnam, Taiwan and Mainland China. Brad has extensive experience with start-ups and turnarounds including an online bank, and app development as well as writing and delivering on a 100 day plan for a turnaround of a failed Bancassurance relationship in Taiwan.

Ivan Oung
Director & Co-Founder, Cohort 6 Productions

Ipsos is translation, Tencent is digital marketing, slaved away my youth while my panda eyes were darkening. Full-stack dev is rad, public speaking is chill, thirst for a challenging, mind-blowing thrill. Gmail is red, Linkedin is blue, let's connect over coffee for two.

Hugo Cheuk
Co-Founder & COO, botzup

Startup founder and community builder, serial entrepreneur (travel sector). He is currently the Co-Founder & COO of botzup, member of Hong Kong Business Angel Network, and also Co-Founder of Hong Kong Startup Support Group. 

Ho Yin Cheung
Founder, Riotly Social Media

I am a seasoned entrepreneur, product manager, and digital marketer. My core passion is to help businesses grow in a scalable way with software tools that we develop. With over 6+ years of experience in digital marketing and ecommerce, I love technology, board games and crypto.

As a Founder of three companies, I love scaling companies. With experience in scaling three high growth companies from zero to multi- million dollars in revenue, I love building businesses and processes for scale. I have developed an expertise in creating and developing a B2B sales team, product management, and growth marketing (PPC, SEO, content marketing, funnel optimization).

If I can't be of service, I may know someone in my network that may be able to help you, feel free and reach out if you want to talk tech, marketing or even board games!

Maggie Phan
Account Servicing & Project Management, NDN Group

Technology, Business and Experience Design is at her core. Working at a local leading digital marketing and digital transformation firm, she connects with global clients to develop innovative initiatives meeting their business goals while putting a strong focus on customer experience. She is well versed in digital marketing, project management, client relationship building and has worked with clients ranging from food, travel and entertainment to luxury brands, hotel, banking and finance sector. Creating the blue ocean through working with like-minded people ignites the spark within her and her team to continue to innovate. Outside of her professional work field, she is also supporting young adults in the community through JCI. __Stay Curious and Keep an Open Mind__

Keith NG
Investor, Launch Campus - incubating student startup heroes to change the world

After winning Startup Weekend in 10 countries, Keith came back from Silicon Valley and served as the lead of Startup Grind – connecting entrepreneurs; AngelHack – supporting developers and designers; founded Launch Campus – investing in early-stage student startups in Hong Kong. He has been an innovation consultant at United Nations Development Programme and several multinational corporations, worked for tech startups such as WeWork, W Hub and Brinc. This lean startup master is specializing in human-centered design, rapid prototyping, go-to-market strategy, and anything to make your pitch standout at Startup Weekend. Grab Keith’s attention before his coffee cools down

Jeff Hui
Head of Business Development, Young Founders School

Experienced Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Skilled in HR, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Management, and Swift. Strong entrepreneurship professional background from both in the US and Hong Kong.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend CityU Hong Kong team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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