Startup Weekend HKU

    Friday, March 13 - 15, 2015

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Startup Weekend HKU

Friday, March 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, March 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Room 603, K.K. Leung Building,
The Main Campus of the University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

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Startup Weekend HKU - First University Themed Startup Weekend in Hong Kong

This is named as Startup Weekend HKU. It's a 54-hour startup competition allowing you to meet your potential cofounders, valid your startup idea and build your prototype. 

Students and alumni from all 8 universities in Hong Kong are welcome to join.

Startup Weekend is a global movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Startup Weekend in Hong Kong nurtured many entrepreneurs who founded famous Hong Kong startups say AfterShip, GoGoVan and Shopline.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
  • Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers;
  • Teams are formed around the top ideas (determined by popular vote);
  • Then it’s a 54 hour 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.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Why should you register?

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

Application fee:
The fee is HKD$254 (Student) and HKD$294 (Alumni). It includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners and a T-shirt. Also, we are supported by several global and local sponsors. e.g. Google, Amazon and Shopline. 

Prizes of the competition:
The prizes of the competition included the 1-year subscription of law consultant service from Dragonlaw and 3D printer from Printact.

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Friday March 13th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 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

7:40 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 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

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 15th

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Paul Cheung
Director of Technology Transfer Office, Professor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Professor Paul Cheung is currently the Director of the Technology Transfer Office and a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He was Dean of Engineering at the University from 1994-2000.   After his deanship, Professor Cheung joined PCCW as Corporate Senior Vice-President of Technology for two years. He was seconded from the University to the Hong Kong Government as Policy Advisor of the Innovation and Technology Commission from 2002-04.   Professor Cheung received his B.Sc. (Eng) degree with First Class Honours and Ph.D. degree from the Imperial College, University of London, both in Electrical Engineering in 1973 and 1977, respectively.   Professor Cheung is active in serving the professional community, and was the IEEE Asia Pacific Director from 1995-96 and IEEE Secretary in 1997. Since 2007, he has been a Director of the IEEE Foundation and was also the Chair of the IEEE Medal of Honor Selection Committee from 2009-12, and Chair of the IEEE Awards Board from 2007-08.

K.O. Chia
Director of Grace Financial Ltd

Mr. K O Chia is Director of Grace Financial Ltd., a Hong Kong family office. He brings 30-plus years of diverse experience as U.S.-Asia venture capitalist, entrepreneur journey with a successful telecom start-up and extensive corporate management with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent and Apple across Asia, Europe and U.S.   He also serves as President of Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (HKVCA); Advisory Member on the School of Continuing Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Board of Versitech, University of Hong Kong technology transfer company. Previously he had served as Chairman of Advisory Committee, College of International Education at Hong Kong Baptist University; Cyberport Board member and Committee Member of HKSAR government’s Community Investment & Inclusion Fund (CIIF) to seed social capital projects for community revival.   His current passion is in social impact investments where he attempts to bring together venture capital discipline, entrepreneurial approach to projects for double bottom line and community sustainability to alleviate systemic poverty.   He holds an MBA from Strathclyde Business School, Scotland; DipMS from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and BEng (Hons) Electronics Engineering from Sheffield University, England. He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors; a GlobalScot; Independent Director of Seeds Foundation Ltd., family philanthropy company and Trustee on the Edinburgh Napier University Hong Kong Scholarship Trust.

Ray Chan
CEO and Co-Founder of 9GAG

Ray Chan is the CEO and Co-Founder of 9GAG, the leading online community that connects people with shared interests. Ray launched 9GAG with his co-founders in 2008 as an experimental project that focused on helping people discover and discuss what's new, popular and fun on the internet. Nowadays 9GAG has a global audience of more than 80 million and a strong presence on social media including 23 million fans on Facebook, 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million followers on Twitter. Ray graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in Law.

Ray Cheung
Director of the CityU Apps Lab

Dr. Cheung received the B.Eng. and M.Phil. degrees in computer engineering and computer science and engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree and DIC in computing at Imperial College London, London, U.K. After completing his Ph.D. work, he received the Hong Kong Croucher Foundation Fellowship for his postdoctoral study in the Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA, CA USA. In 2009, he worked as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He is the author of over 100 International journal and conference papers. His research team, CityU Architecture Lab for Arithmetic and Security (CALAS), focuses on the following research topics: reconfigurable trusted computing, SoC VLSI designs, cryptography, and embedded biomedical VLSI designs. Dr. Cheung is the director of the CityU Apps Lab, fostering student innovations on and off campus. He is also the general chair of the 8th International Symposium on Applied Reconfigurable Computing 2012, International Conference on Cyber-crime and Computer Forensic 2013, International Forum on Mobile Technology and Application 2014.

Raymond Yip
Co-founder at Designjar

Raymond has managed product design and engineering for Fortune 500 companies between the U.S. and Asia during an extensive career in technology. Raymond is also a UI/UX designer. He has launched a multitude of products including e-commerce, web/mobile apps, social network and Facebook applications in the past. Most recently, he was a Co-founder and the CEO of Shopline, a localised e-commerce company based in Hong Kong. Raymond is an alumnus of the global accelerator 500 Startups in Silicon Valley and was also a winner at Startup Weekend. As an entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, he regularly advises young startups on fundraising, team building and how to turn local ideas into companies with a cross-border impact via technology. He is also a big proponent of entrepreneurship for university students in shaping the future of Hong Kong.

Jessica Cheung

Jessica was first captivated by the start-up world through her exposure to the London scene, and joins NEST with the ambition of raising the profile of Hong Kong into becoming a major international start-up hub. Jessica was formerly part of the Digital and Media Marketing team at Jamie Oliver Ltd. in London, working closely with the team on their first product launch in China. Prior to Jamie Oliver Ltd., Jessica worked at Founders’ Forum in London, a company connecting high profile entrepreneurs globally, having previously hosted Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman, and a range of Silicon Valley veterans. At Founders’ Forum Jessica focused on launching and then growing their philanthropic arm, ‘Founders Forum for Good’, culminating in a 500-strong event in June 2013. Jessica joins NEST as a graduate of University College London.

Alyssa Aaron
Associate at

Alyssa was previously an investment analyst at Conversus Capital, where she focused on evaluating private equity direct investments and secondaries. Prior to that, she was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Chicago. Alyssa returns to Hong Kong to join Nest where she is responsible for the due diligence process around new investments. She received a BS in Finance and International Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Coaches and Mentors

Ryanne Lai
Business and Product Director of Dragon Law

Ryanne is the Business and Product Director of Dragon Law, the mission of which is to revolutionise the way legal services are delivered to businesses in Asia. Dragon Law helps businesses of all sizes draft legal documents, access legal advice, get incorporated, register trademarks and obtain visas. By leveraging technology and working hand in hand with several of the most reputed local and international law firms, Dragon Law provides an end-to-end solution to clients’ legal needs that is safer, 10 times faster and 5 to 10 times cheaper.

Before co-founding Dragon Law, she worked at Mayer Brown JSM as an intellectual property lawyer in Hong Kong and was also qualified to practise in England and Wales.

Ben Cheng
Co-founder of OurSky

Ben Cheng is a young entrepreneur in IT industry, Co-founder of Oursky, and Vice President of Internet Society Hong Kong. His award-winning team Oursky have launched a number of apps with over 3 Million downloads on both iOS and Android platforms. Their apps have also been featured as Best of the week / Best of 2013 by Apple, among other prestigious apps. Since 2008, Ben and his team create quality web and mobile apps for small businesses and consumer users through consultation, design and agile coding. They also develop in-house products such as,, with great passion. Ben have been actively engaged in various community / government organisations including Creative Commons Hong Kong and Elected Member of the Election Committee (IT sub-sector) of HKSAR. In addition, he is on a mission to help promote entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and share his startup experience with young adventurers.

Peter Choi
Owner of Snapshock

Peter Choi is a Hong Kong internet entrepreneur and an experienced project manager. He is currently the owner of two startups: 1) modernized traditional family retail store of Chinese dry seafood “Hiwave Dry Seafood” into an online retail store. The business was featured in Google internet market report and reported in Wall Street Journal Asia. 2) Snapshock, which helps you to broadcast wedding photos live on the web. Peter has been serving as committee member for six years in British Computer Society (HK Section), aka. BCS(HKS), vice chairman in 2008-2009. In the capacity he substantially advocated young entrepreneurship and professional development through programme like mentorship and ambassador schemes. He also founded the online group ""Startup College"" for college entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. Peter obtained his bachelor degree of Computer Science from the University of Hong Kong, and master degree of E-Commerce from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lawrence Tse
VP of Sales and Business development of ikky

Being a follower of Drucker’s concept on innovation, entrepreneurship and management, and equipped with lean startup methodology, Lawrence decided to run his own startup companies in 2011 and one of his companies, Taxiwise, was acquired by iKKY Limited in 2014. He is now the VP of Sales and Business development of ikky, an online booking platform for taxi, restaurant and healthcare.

Kenneth Law

Tommaso Tamburnotti

Tommaso is a Co-Founder of Easyship, a platform that offers on-demand logistics solution to eCommerce sellers.
Easyship was launched in December 2014, incubated at Swire Blueprint Accelerator, and is already shipping parcels to Singapore, Australia, and China.
Tommaso started his career in investment banking, working for Nomura, in the equity derivatives team based in London.
After that, he spent 2 years as Marketplace Director at Rocket Internet, setting up the team and operations in Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
Tommaso is an addicted traveller. He gained international experience by working and studying in 4 continents.

Mary Cheung
Co-founder, Genie

Energetic and innovative seasoned entrepreneur with a comprehensive understanding of agile development, lean startup, operations, and product development. She was one of the 12 winners of the Google EYE program 2014, champion Hong Kong Social Entrepreneur Challenge (HKSEC), one of the top 5 finalists of OZapp Awards (Asia Pacific), incubate of the CCMF, Cyberport Incubation Fund, Swire’s accelerator program Blueprint. Mary’s current startup Genie was featured as one of the hottest startup in HK 2016. Genie’s vision is to eliminate the pain of hiring temporary staff locally and internationally. Offering a location based mobile platform that hires temporary staff for businesses in as fast as 5 mins.

Gibert Wat
Co-founder of CODE4HK

Gilbert is a founding engineer of looppulse at work, co-founder of CODE4HK in leisure time. He makes things work and promote civic hacking 24/7. 

Andrew Chan
Co-Founder and CMO of AfterShip

Andrew is a Co-Founder and CMO of AfterShip – the winner of the 1st Startup Weekend Hong Kong and 2011 Global Startup Battle. AfterShip is a shipment tracking application for online retailers, supporting over 100 carriers worldwide. Andrew is responsible for UI / UX design, SEO, partnership, PR and customer communications at AfterShip. Andrew previously worked for Accenture as an IT consultant. Andrew graduated from the University of Hong Kong. In his free time he hikes and kayaks in Hong Kong.  

Doug Crets
Managing Editor and Founder,

Doug is a development officer working with HKU in program development for the Journalism and Media Studies Department. He is owner and Founding Editor of, a recently launched blog for startup founders in Greater China and Asia. Doug is a former Microsoft Silicon Valley marketing executive who worked in the company's startups division in Mountain View and San Francisco. He is an angel investor in three startups. He splits time between Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seattle.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend HKU 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.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Andy
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  • Eva
  • Endy
  • Carol
  • Matthieu


Matthieu Bodin
Regional Manager for Greater China - Techstars Startup Programs

Firm believer in Startup Weekend’s motto “All Action, No Talk”, Matthieu has been organising these events in Hong Kong since 2012. It aims at creating the perfect context for total strangers to create a startup within 54 hours. 

He is the Regional Manager Greater China for Techstars Startup Programs.
He is co-founding and

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