Startup Weekend Hong Kong SDG

    Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019

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Startup Weekend Hong Kong SDG

Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Mills Fabrica
45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong SDG

Let's embrace the movement of sustainable development and take ideas that have a social impact from concept to creation in a matter of days!!
Join us from March 15-17th 2019 at Startup Weekend Hong Kong and its first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) edition at The Mills Fabrica. We're gathering innovators who are eager to create solutions to
 end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. This boot camp will be running for 54 hours, giving you a framework and mentorship to transform an idea into reality, with team formation, user research, prototyping, and pitching to investors. Come to be a hero to change the world!

What's the twist?
Startup Weekend SDGs means you will be focusing on solving problems and creating opportunities around the 17 SDGs (scroll down for the SDGs). Each idea is centered around at least one of the SDGs. The ultimate objective of this event is to empower you - to be the change you wish to see in the world!

How can I become one of the heroes?
By joining and taking your idea on social impact from concept to creation you will become a hero! Grab your ticket here:

What are the goals for heroes?
Heroes goals are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are proposed by the United Nations. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Heroes are working on these 17 SDGs to transform our world:
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
More info on each of the SDGs:

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @The Mills Fabrica
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the social impact and startup communities
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome social innovation professionals from throughout Hong Kong
  • All-star judge's panel lead 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
Any questions? Drop us an email:

Join SWHK SDG to “leave no one behind” and to “endeavor to reach the furthest behind first”!

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Friday March 15th

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 16th

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

3:00 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 17th

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

6:45 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Anita Varshney
Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, SAP Next-Gen

I am leading the global strategy for SAP Next-Gen, a purpose driven innovation community empowered by SAP Leonardo aimed at driving exponential innovation with purpose tied to the UN 17 Global Goals.

The SAP Next-Gen innovation network supporting SAP’s 350,000+ customers across 25 industries in 180+ countries. SAP Next-Gen enables customers and partners to connect with academic thought leaders and researchers, students, startups, tech community partners, venture firms, purpose driven partners, and SAP experts to reimagine the future of industries with SAP Leonardo, seed in disruptive innovation with startups, and build skills for digital futures. SAP Next-Gen drives innovation with purpose supporting SAP’s commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development. 

Alexander Chan
Co-Director at The Mills Fabrica

Alexander Chan is currently the Co-Director of The Mills Fabrica- a leading Hong Kong based incubator, fund and space/ lab dedicated towards promoting innovations and sustainable businesses at the intersection of technology and style (“techstyle”). Alexander currently leads investments (Fabrica Fund) and also helps with incubation support and government/ policy related affairs at Fabrica.   Alexander is also an occasional contributor to SCMP, HKFP and Stand News in Hong Kong where he writes on issues related to innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.  

Amy Yeung
Founder & Coach, Inside Out Action 雞毛掃行動

Amy's passion for sustainability blends with her coaching skills and over 12 years experience in business management with major global investment banks in the Asia Pacific Region. Actively involved with both private and not for profit sectors and with more than 20 years of China experience, Amy had also worked in Singapore, Tokyo and Zurich and established effective relationships with professionals in Europe, US and Asia Pacific.

Coaches and Mentors

Aigul Safiullina
5Rs Magician

Aigul is a multilingual community builder, storyteller and ecopreneur, with a strong passion for the circular economy, zero waste events and sustainable travel. She is currently building the "100 Days of Zero Waste and Sustainability" Challenge with Edgar HK. Having previously co-founded Zero Waste Life and developing various startup ecosystems across Europe, Asia and South America, Aigul is now one of the leaders at Circular Community Hong Kong. Aigul has also worked with Brinc and WHub to deliver one of the core events at StartmeupHK Festival in 2018 and 2019.

Dennis Philipse
Founder - Chair Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2022

Dennis Philipse is a Dutch national and long-time Hong Kong resident who has a day job and a “gay job”. In his day job he works for ServiceNow, helping companies with their digital business transformations. His “gay job” is about creating a place of belonging, making a difference and improving inclusiveness through organising sport events together with an amazing team. In 2014, he created “Out in HK”, the LGBT+ community in Hong Kong for sports, fitness and outdoor events. In 2016, he became the founder and chairperson of the organisation that bid and won for the Gay Games 11 to be held in Hong Kong in 2022, bringing the Gay Games for the first time to Asia. In his freetime Dennis enjoys ultra trail running and hiking on the beautiful trails of Hong Kong and spending time outdoors together with his boyfriend and friends.
TEDx talk about the “Journey of Bringing The Gay Games for the First Time to Asia”

Stuart Mackenzie
Senior Consultant at ERM: Environmental Resources Management

I am a Senior Consultant in the ERM Hong Kong office working on a range of Waste Management, Sustainable Finance and Environmental and Social Due Diligence projects throughout Asia. I have undertaken projects in Hong Kong, Mongolia, Malaysia, China and the Philippines. I also co-ordinate the ERM Foundation for the Hong Kong Office; ERM donates 1% of profits globally to projects that address the following sustainability issues Low carbon development; Conservation and biodiversity; Water, sanitation and hygiene; Environmental education; and Empowering women and girls.

Scott Salandy-Defour
Startup Advisor & Founder - Magnet & LiquidStar


Romain Zanna-Bellegarde
CSR Manager - South East Asia at Carrefour Global Sourcing

Romain has Business school background completed with an MSc in Environmental Management & Engineering. He is CSR Manager for Carrefour Global Sourcing helping the development of more sustainable product offers and finding innovative and sustainable sourcing solutions across China and South East Asia. He co-created an NGO called Blue Sense to help companies and organisation to adapt their business model to the on-going sustainable revolution. His ambition is to scale sustainable solutions to transform conventional retail models to more circular ones.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Hong Kong SDG 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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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

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.

Bronze Leung
Operations Coordinator of Greater China, Techstars

Bronze Leung is the Operations Coordinator of Greater China, Techstars

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.

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