Startup Weekend Food Hong Kong

    Friday, August 5 - 7, 2016


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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Food Hong Kong

Friday, August 5 - 7, 2016



Friday, August 5 - 7, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Wave
9th Floor
4 Hing Yip St
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

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Sleeves up for the most delicious Startup Weekend in Hong Kong!

    Do you have an idea that can disrupt the way we eat? Maybe a solution for the F&B industry? Or some brilliantly unique food and restaurant concept? 
      Join us at the first foodie and chef focused Startup Weekend Food edition! We are very excited to have a commercial kitchen sponsoring us for the first time, now is the time to do some Masterchef and magic recipe testing!

      Hong Kong people love food, eating and cooking are at the core of our culture. Startup Weekend Food edition is where your dreams come true, you will be using 54 hours to marry your love for food with technology, to meet others who are also passionate about what and how they eat. There’s never been a time more exciting now for food innovation, it is shaping how we interact with food, the way on how we cook, eat, find and share the experience. 
        Join us today and partner with people who can build a company, and cook a dish, together.  
          What you'll get with your ticket...
          • Passionate co-founders with diverse skill sets
          • Top-notch mentorship from the F&B industry
          • Delicious meals and snacks supported by our food & drink sponsors
          • Opportunity to pitch in front of top founders and investors
          • Beautiful co-working space 
          • Relationships and experiences to last for many years to come!

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                  EVENT SCHEDULE

                  Friday August 5th


                  6:30 pm
                  Registration
                  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
                  Voting
                  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 August 6th


                  9:00 am
                  Breakfast
                  Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


                  12:00 pm
                  Lunch


                  1:00 pm
                  Check-In
                  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
                  Dinner


                  7:30 pm
                  Check-In
                  After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


                  10:00 pm
                  Wrap-Up
                  Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

                  Sunday August 7th


                  9:00 am
                  Breakfast
                  Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


                  12:00 pm
                  Lunch


                  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
                  Dinner


                  5:00 pm
                  Final Presentations


                  7:30 pm
                  Judging & Awards


                  8:30 pm
                  Wrap-Up


                  9:00 pm
                  Go Home!


                  Event Judges


                  Stan Tang
                  CEO, The Wave

                  An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Tang Yiu Sing has over 10 years of experience in corporate management and property investment. He is the founder and Chairman of Stan Group (Holding) Limited (“Stan Group”), Chairman of Lafayette Wedding, Chief Executive Officer of SG Properties, The Wave, East Ocean Gourmet Group, ASAP, H.K. Sources Finance and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of ETS Group Limited (Stock code: 8031)

                  Mr. Tang is the Chief Advisor of Honorary Consul for Fiji in Hong Kong, a director of Innovative Entrepreneur Association, the 3rd Vice-Chairman of Lions Club of Metropolitan, a Co-Chairman of Organizing Committee of “Community for the Chest” TV Show by The Community Chest of Hong Kong and a member of ABAC of The Community Chest of Hong Kong.


                  Lori Granito
                  Founder, Kitchen Sync

                  Lori Granito is the founder of Kitchen Sync, Hong Kong’s first culinary incubator for start up food entrepreneurs. She is also the owner of Go Gourmet Catering and the award winning Magnolia private kitchen. She is the co-founder of Little Burro, a growing chain of San Francisco Mission style burrito restaurants. Lori was previously named Entrepreneur of the Year by Skal Hong Kong, an organization comprised of hotel GM’s and top executives from the hospitality and travel industry in Hong Kong. She is a sought after speaker and has recently done talks for Google, several Rotary Clubs and TedX. She is a former chairwoman of the Hong Kong Women Business Owner’s Association and Former Vice Chair of the Soho Association. 


                  Calista Goh
                  Founder, Anything But Salads

                  With degrees in Psychology, Business and Law, formal training in pastry and a long career history as a restaurateur, paralegal, psychologist, professional dancer, graphics designer, writer, social worker and businesswoman, it is small wonder (to those who know her) that Calista would eventually find herself in entrepreneurship.
                  Born Singaporean; bred around the world (Hong Kong, China, USA, UK and Japan), Calista is a multi-faceted, multi-lingual individual with unique experiences and a diverse outlook on life. She started her first company, a restaurant, at 18, opened her second cafe at 20, dabbled in Law and Psychology for awhile before returning to her roots as an entrepreneur again at age 26, with Anything But Salads.
                  Her laptop is her office. A cup of coffee, Anything But Salads' CACAO chocolates and meditations are her constant pleasures. Her dog and colleagues make her laugh. The vast oceans, blue skies and stoic mountains are her greatest sources of inspiration. Love is her being. Creativity is her blood. Change is her path.  
                  When she is not working on Anything But Salads, Calista runs a spiritual healing business, is a certified Akashic Records Consultant of Journey to the Heart, and leads meditation classes and workshops weekly.


                  Argha Sen
                  Founder & CEO, Gormei

                  CEO / Founder of food:tech startup www.gormei.com - Hong Kong's premier Corporate Dining Concierge

                  Founder / Partner in ONCE UPON A TABLE - Hong Kong's first secret supper club. 

                  Omnichannel, eCommerce and CRM specialist. Consultant to Fung Kids Group, the children's retail businesses of Li & Fung's retail arm. Previously Regional Marketing Director ( Asia ) for Toys R Us. 

                  Career-long explorer of the cutting edge in Technology, Marketing, Creativity and Food.


                  Coaches and Mentors


                  Jacqueline Nelles

                  Jacqueline is a marketing professional that has worked in F&B marketing solutions and strategy for a decade. From international groups to small operations she applies her experience and intuition to grow and guide businesses to connect and add value. Bringing he Latin love of life, food, music to Hong Kong with PICADA a new concept of lifestyle and service for a taste of the next generation #cultfood from Latin America.


                  Kelvin Lam
                  Co-Founder, FeedMe Guru

                  Kelvin Lam is the co-founder of FeedMe Guru, a Hong Kong-based food-tech company that connects top restaurants with diners searching for amazing dining experiences available at great value. FeedMe Guru identifies the top restaurants through big data analysis of online sentiments, and works with these restaurants to push out exclusive FeedMe Guru menus to targeted diners using cutting edge digital technology. Before starting his success-story in F&B tech, Kelvin worked at notable private equity firms, global commercial and investment banks, solicitor firms and barrister chambers. He holds a combined Bachelor of Laws and Commerce and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 


                  Ivan Fung
                  Director - TreeLife HK

                  • Grew up in Philippines
                  •  B.S. Medical Technology Graduate, MBA in Hospitality Management
                  • Lived in Hong Kong for over 10 years, has worked in hospitality, private equity and currently Director for the TreeLife Company
                  • Goal is to have as much people possible experience TreeLife Organics and create sustainable supply of organic products and healthy lifestyles


                  Mikko Revonniemi

                  Mikko Revonniemi is a serial entrepreneur and a startup mentor who has successfully founded several businesses and built them up from zero to a global scale. Mikko spends most of his productive time with his second business, BerryTime.com. The remaining productive time is spent on advising his first business, Four Sigmatic, as well as a bunch of other startups in Hong Kong and abroad. Work smart, not hard.

                  His expertise;
                  • Startup launch
                  • Product development
                  • Structuring a company and operation
                  • Streamlining
                  • Scaling up / getting global
                  • Marketing


                  Mohammed Qureshi

                  Aeronautical Engineering opt-out turned education entrepreneur. Founded Intelaeon, a live educational events and content company at 18 and co founded Pleolabs, an EdTech Startup at 21. Pleolabs was acquired in 2015 by XSEED education. 

                  Mohammed currently works as the Entrepreneur in Residence with the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong. He teaches Entrepreneurship and Cooking to teenagers. 

                  He began cooking at the age of 9 and is working on a food based social startup. Besides education he is interested in how people learn, sustainable food and farming, disruptive technologies, design, aviation, hiking and running. 

                  Ask him about team building / company culture, business modelling, marketing / branding, customer service / experience, event planning / management and economics of food.



                  Carmen Luk
                  Founder of Yakcakes

                  Carmen is a self-taught baker, food photographer and cake Instagrammer in the niche of fresh edible flower cakes. She balances her day job at a professional services firm with lots of baking and content creation on the weekends. In the one year since launching her Instagram page, baking highlights include hustling her way to catering a launch party for her first order, baking 600 cupcakes for Time Out magazine and being interviewed by 飲食男女.


                  James Lindsay

                  James Lindsay is a 6'7" hungry man and coincidentally the Founder of Yumr - a mobile app that suggests meals from restaurants based on users' personalities. James' skill set lies in business and bicep development having held various positions as a product manager and startup consultant/adviser. James is coming to Hong Kong from Waterloo, Canada to launch Yumr, flex on the beach, and eat BBQ Pork.


                  Bobby Chan

                  Bobby is the Head Foodie. He has 10 years retailing experience in Hong Kong and China, with a focus on lifestyle experiences. Bobby co-founded the award-winning restaurant CLUB CHOW and has since started other ventures FOODBOX and BREAD N BUTTER CAFE. Bobby finds inspiration in Chinese history, his family and his favorite NBA team, San Antonio Spurs.


                  Wesley Tang
                  General Manager, Chope HK

                  Wesley has always been involved with start ups in some form or another. 
                  He has lived and studied and worked in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Atlanta, and have a diverse network of friends and colleagues spanning three continents. His speciality lies in lead generation and in the scaling of businesses through digital channels.
                  Previously Wesley was Director of Sales and Marketing at Bindo and Head of Marketing at foodpanda HK. And he is currently the General Manager of Chope HK.

                  Chope is a real time restaurant-reservation booking platform which connects diners with its partner restaurants. With Chope, diners can instantly reserve, gain access to exclusives offers, and earn loyalty points for booking! The name “Chope” was originally inspired by the term Chope, which is Singaporean slang for " to reserve." Chope currently exists in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Indonesia, and Bangkok. 


                  Lakshmi Harilela
                  Founder

                  Since a very young age, I have always had a passion for food. If you ask any one of my family, 
                  they will tell you that since I was a young baby, I always had some sort of food in my mouth (!) 
                  I was cooking since I was 12 years old, alongside my late Father, Mohan Harilela. My family 
                  ran restaurants, and I was always comfortable being in the kitchen. I decided to go to Hotel 
                  Management School Les Roches, Switzerland for some formal education. I have trained in 
                  both the Intercontinental and Excelsior hotels here in Hong Kong as a line cook and garden 
                  manger. The traditional education was great but I felt something was missing, so in 2004 I 
                  decided to learn about healthy whole foods. I embarked on a journey to New York City’s 
                  Natural Gourmet Institute, where I learnt all about food and health. After graduating, I worked 
                  alongside Chef Annie Somerville in San Francisco’s Greens in Fort Mason as a line chef. In 
                  2006, I graduated as an Ayurvedic Nutritional Therapist from The European Institute of Vedic 
                  Studies and have recently graduated as being an Ayurvedic Tongue Practitioner, from the 
                  Living Centre.


                  Eric Lam
                  Co-Founder, Run 2 Tree Creations

                  "Food is an endless source of inspiration." Eric Cheung is the Co-Founder of Run 2 Tree Creations, established in 2012, the first Food Design Studio in Hong Kong. Focusing on User Enjoyment & Food Experience, their sub-brands, HK Soap 粮品 & Sen-shoku 粮染(Food Dye) discover the potential of Food beyond Eating to Bathing & Colouring.

                  They have also been invited as guest speaker to the 1st European Conference on Understanding Food Design and EXPO in Citta at 2015 Milano EXPO, and Design Tokyo 2016 to showcase their Food Design Products and Food Experiencing Programme.


                  Tamim Batcha
                  Founder & CEO - SpotHelp & Cubpass | Head of Community - Campfire Collaborative Spaces | Partner & COO - GoGet

                  An entrepreneur at heart, he did his first hustle at the young age of 12. He has never had a JOB - Just Over Broke by his definition. Tamim has always had a passion for building businesses - core up. Having always been a problem solver with ideas that aren't the industry norm, he founded SpotHelp - a personal assistance on demand & merged it with GoGet to grow into servicing 3 cities with over 4500 verified GoGetters. He's the Head of Community & Sales at Campfire - Collaborative Spaces.


                  Grant Lee
                  Director, East Ocean

                  Business Development Director 
                  20 years F&B experience 
                  Worked in 5 Stars Hotel, International Brand Western Chain Restaurant, Japanese Restaurant.
                  Opened more than 20 restaurants including, Chinese Cuisine, Japanese Cuisine, Korean Cuisine, Cafe, Bar, Thai Cuisine, Vietnamese Cuisine.


                  Event Sponsors, and Partners

                  The Startup Weekend Food Hong Kong 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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                  Organizing Team

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

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