Startup Weekend Hong Kong Youth

    Saturday, January 12 - 13, 2019

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Startup Weekend Hong Kong Youth

Saturday, January 12 - 13, 2019

Saturday, January 12 - 13, 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.


Saturday January 12th

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

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

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

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

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

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

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:40 pm

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

Event Judges

Rita Li
Senior Development Manager - Junior Achievement Hong Kong

Rita is the Senior Development Manager at Junior Achievement Hong Kong ( In 2016, Rita led the launch of the JA Be My Own Boss: Jockey Club Entrepreneur Series program, the organization’s first extended entrepreneurship learning program for primary students in Hong Kong. In 2018, she developed the organization’s pilot digital citizenship program Net’s Be Wise to equip children aged 8-12 with the most important digital citizenship skills with a research-back and gamified approach. Apart from program development, Rita also supports the organization to expand its community partnership. She work closely with a number of local and international donors and partners including Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Fund, Microsoft, FedEx, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Hong Kong Broadband Network etc. Rita believes in the boundless potential of our young people to innovate and change the world for the better. 

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.

Alicia Lui
Founder - Women In Sports Empowered Hong Kong

Alicia grew up in Hong Kong playing many sports such as figure skating, horse riding, swimming, and basketball. Despite her affinity for sports, she gave up many of these activities to prep for the IGCSEs. After graduating from university, she took up Ultimate Frisbee and has been playing since.
Reflecting on the crucial role that sports have played for her, Alicia hopes to encourage other women and girls to play so they can experience the benefits of sports. Alicia hopes that WISE HK can serve as an avenue to empower other women and girls to find their own sense of self and meaning through sports.

Margaret Yeung
Global Brand Strategist, Kalli Strategic Marketing

I have over 24 years experience working with luxury, high net worth and luxury, hospitality, and global brand clients. I am skilled in external and internal communications, corporate strategy, CRM/ loyalty, business development, digital, event management and CSR corporate social responsibility. 

Giovanna Melfi
Founder & Managing Director at Metamorphosis Biz

Giovanna Melfi is the founder and managing director of Metamorphosis Biz, a
consultancy that transforms businesses into more creative, efficient, adaptable and
profitable versions of themselves.
She specialises in helping companies form talented and dynamic teams, transition
into the digital world and provide an engaging customer journey.
Born in Italy and based in Hong Kong, Giovanna has more than 20 years’
management experience with top luxury brands around the world, such as Marc
Jacobs, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry, Saint Laurent, Gucci and Prada.
She holds certificates in Digital Communication from the MIT Sloan School of
Management and in Orchestrating Winning Performance from IMD Business School,
and now serves as vice president of IMD’s Hong Kong alumni club. Passing on her
knowledge, she mentors entrepreneurs through various programmes, such as
Techstars’ StartupWeekend, and speaks at City University’s School of Creative
With a passion for female empowerment, Giovanna has led Girl Guides groups since
she was young, and currently mentors high school students in the Next Generation
Women Network. She is also an executive committee member of the British
Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s Women in Business community and is part
of the Hong Kong Mentorship Steering Committee for the Asian University for
When she is not consulting, she is usually found playing tennis, sailing, or enjoying
a perfectly brewed espresso from her favourite café.

Philip Seifi
Co-Founder & CEO, Pona

Philip draws on his interdisciplinary and multicultural background to align design, technology and business objectives. After nine years in edtech, he's now working to connect families through a marketplace for home-cooked food. He also lends his time to Harvard Alumni for Global Development and has mentored young entrepreneurs at UNDP and startup events around the world.

Vivek Mohindra
Co-Founder & Responsible Officer

Vivek is the Co-Founder & Responsible Officer of KRISTAL.AI. Kristal.AI is a multi-country (HK/ SG/ India) licensed AI-powered Virtual Fund Manager for Retail/ HNI investors. The platform has received multiple award in 2018 including HK Fintech Week, Cocoon Pitch, Cyberport and finalists at Jumpstarter & HKMA/ Shenzhen OFSD. Vivek has over 20 years of experience in banking, with Citibank, UBS And Merrill. He is a popular speaker on Fintech and was recently honoured as the most-viewed Finance professional in HK by LinkedIn.

Parker Leung
Co-founder of Makeomnia Limited

Parker Leung is an expert and activist in technology education, especially on 3D printing and robotics. He is
also the founder of TinyBoy 3D Printer Project, an open source 3D printer project, aims for creativity, design
and engineering education for children over the world.
Mr. Leung experienced on technology education. He always has been invited for different technology
education workshops and seminars. Because of his passions and intensive works, he and TinyBoy 3D Printer
Project the reward Hong Kong ICT Award 2015, Best Innovation Award (Bronze), and comments from Judging
Panel: “… shows strong passion to use the project to inspire younger generation.”

Raymond Yueng
Founder & Customer Journey Officer of Riverland Enterprise Co. Ltd.

Raymond Yeung, Founder & Customer Journey Officer of Riverland Enterprise Co. Ltd. (Riverland), is a leading authority on Growth-Enabling and recognized Digital Entrepreneur who converts interesting ideas into business solutions. He specialisesin building digital enterprise where he puts customer engagement of his first priority. He believes that every engagement system starts with a true heart, understanding, trust and smile. Raymond has more than two decade customers’ experience in different industries, he is an expert in business/marketing know-hows for many Fortune 500 companies, startups and SME. He personally serves over 200+ enterprises across APAC.  Riverland is a Growth Enabler company, where “Brands meet with Innovation”. Raymond, his team and business network at Riverland built the best community of growth, digital & marketing professionals at Big Bay Area. Providing services and software to help your transformation into an agile growth organization to embrace the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) opportunities. His team works every day to live and breathe this mission to ensure that each customer’s customer gets the highest quality of engagement solutions with true hearts, and the Company will carry on this culture as well as spreading it around through technology.

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The Startup Weekend Hong Kong Youth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Belinda Esterhammer
Founder and Director - Springboard Group

I am a tech enthusiast and digital marketing specialist with international experience. Prior starting Springboard Group - a marketing agency, I led high-profile digital marketing campaigns for EY’s female entrepreneur program in Hong Kong. I have worked in marketing and communications across many sectors including time at UNICEF in the Philippines, an Austrian consultancy focused on governmental institutions, a German B2B and B2G IT company and the biggest online job platform in Spain. I’m a passionate advocate for female mentoring and founded the NextGen Women Network, sit on the committee of TEDxTinHauWomen and I’m also a steering committee member of the Asian University for Women. 

Event Staff

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.

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Brianna Ng
City U Student

Startup Weekend organizer

Divya Samtani
Head of Content and Partnerships - Mettā

Programmer, storyteller, and communications specialist, Divya has worked with some of the world’s largest financial and tech organizations, helping them to define their digital media and marketing strategies. She is currently Head of Content and Partnerships at Mettā where she focuses on the education and empowerment of the global innovation community.

Janae Hagen
Digital and Loyalty Manager - Starbucks Asia Pacific

During weekdays, I’m focused on developing loyalty programs, mobile apps and personalized marketing strategies for Starbucks markets across Asia. I’m fascinated by exploring the new retail environment, in which brick and mortar shops are building their digital experiences while online companies are finding their footprint offline. On the weekends, you can find me teaching a yoga class with HK Outdoor Yoga or exploring SE Asia.

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