Startup Weekend Hong Kong Youth

    Saturday, January 12 - 14, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Hong Kong Youth

Saturday, January 12 - 14, 2019

Saturday, January 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 8:30 am

Cyberport - Entrepreneurship Center
5F Core F, Cyberport 3
100 Cyberport Road
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Become an entrepreneur within a weekend!

Calling All Young Entrepreneurs
Startup Weekend invites budding entrepreneurs in years 14-19, to take an idea from nothing to something, pitch to prototype, in just 2 days.

Everyone can join!
You don’t have to have technical skills or have discovered your talent yet. Any student interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to register. Students will pitch ideas, form teams around the top ideas, conduct customer research, and work intensely to build a prototype that illustrates the potential of their business. Startup Weekend culminates in a pitch competition where teams present their business and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of local entrepreneurs.

No Talk, All Action!
Startup Weekend demands teamwork, creativity, determination, and focus from all participants! While each team will have access to an adult coach, every team will be expected to manage itself in order to optimize time.

See What It’s All About
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

Grand prize!
The final winning team will receive scholarships from The Academy for the Talented of the University of Hong Kong to join the International Symposium on STEM Education which aims at bringing 100 students around the globe to HKU for academic exchange in summer 2019.

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Sunday January 13th

8:30 am
Shuttle bus pick up
Shuttle bus from Admiralty MTR station to Cyberport

9:00 am
Breakfast will be served

9:20 am
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

9:30 am
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

10:00 am
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:15 am
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

11:00 am
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.

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

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Divide and conquer - make sure each team member knows their responsibilities until you meet the next day.

8:15 pm
Shuttle bus back to Admiralty
Shuttle bus back to Admiralty MTR station

Monday January 14th

8:30 am
Shuttle bus to Cyberport
Meet at Admiralty MTR station

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

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:40 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!
Shuttle bus back to Admiralty MTR station

Event Judges

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.

Joseph Ping-Hung Chan
Programme Lead of Business Design and Innovation Programme / Senior Lecturer, Innovation and Information Management / Faculty of Business and Economics, HKU

Joseph is a university professor, and the Programme Lead of Business Design and Innovation Programme at The University of Hong Kong – leading the Design Thinking courses and studio.  He promotes multi-disciplinary innovations and their applications, not just at the academic field but also among the industries.  He currently oversees a pioneering blockchain technology development project.  The open platform’s infrastructure and decentralized computation, which are about to be implemented, will connect offline behavior to the online data and system.  The asset digitalization and securitization by blockchain technology will introduce a disruptive new economy.

Coaches and Mentors

Verlebie Chan
Program Manager, Microsoft Greater China Region

Verlebie is working as program manager in Microsoft. She currently is focused on driving code-with motions like hackathon and sandbox projects to accelete digital transformation with indsutrial key stakeholders. She is also responsible for nurturing programs with startups, academia and open-source communities with emerging technologies like AI, Data and MR. Organized 1000+attendees events as Tech Summit 2017 and Imagine Cup Hong Kong, she is very active and passionate to tech. She is acting as the lead for Women@MS now and planning another signature event #WomenThinkNext.

Veronica Fung
Chief of Staff of Operations in APAC at Societe Generale

Veronica Fung is the, CEO and Co-Founder of FoundYou (, a social enterprise startup promoting financial inclusion, member of the board of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, member of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board.

Developing her career in financial industry as a young professional, she is now Chief of Staff of Operations APAC of Societe General. She is bringing her perspective of innovation and change from the financial sector to fintech, public sector and microfinance industry.

Jessica Liu
Founding Member at

Jessica is a founding member of Planto, a personal finance startup with a mission to give everyone access to simple, actionable financial advice through goal setting, automated financial tracking and personalized insights. Within one month of launch, Planto has helped 10,000+ users manage their finances and reached #4 on App Store, being up there with AlipayHK and PayMe.

Utilizing her experiences in finance and consulting, she currently focuses on user engagement to understand the needs, wants and behaviours of users for product development. Originally from Taiwan, she considers herself a nomad and used to be in a post-rock band.

Priyanka Gothi

Carson Yau
Co-Founder - Reubird

Graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a BEcon&Fin degree, Carson has found his passion in robotics and video making when he was in secondary school. As an undergraduate, he interned at Uber, Fresco Capital, and joined the Microsoft Student Program, which inspired him to take a gap year to learn about software engineering in a startup called Clare.AI. In the same year, Carson and his partner Brian Chui co-founded Reubird, a digital platform aggregating different types of entertainment activities in HK.  It also serves as a gathering planning assistant which helps to schedule, find and book special experiences ranging from virtual reality, laser games, DIY workshops and etc.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Hong Kong Youth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Supporting Organisation

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Belinda
  • Brianna
  • Keith
  • Data

Event Staff

Bronze Leung
Operations Coordinator of Greater China, Techstars

Bronze Leung is the Operations Coordinator of Greater China, Techstars

Yvonne Chan
Aspiring Storyteller at naked Hub & Young Duke Alumna

A versatile and multilingual Marketing Professional with 4 years of experience in bringing products and brand to life. A proven track record of innovating and leading effective Marketing Campaigns in Beauty and Co-working industries. Excelled at 360 product launches, media and promotion planning, roadshows and large event management.

Victoria South

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