Startup Weekend Bali: Tourism Edition 2017

    Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017

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Startup Weekend Bali: Tourism Edition 2017

Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017

Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Dojo Bali
Jl. Batu Mejan No.88
Canggu, Bali 80361

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No Talk, All Action. Launch Your Tourism Startup in Paradise within 54 hours!

Are you an entrepreneur working to bring a new idea to market?
Are you an existing Tourism or Hospitality business?  
Is your product becoming old and tired? Do you need to innovate but don't know how?

Be part of the Indonesia's first ever tourism edition of Startup Weekend. Organised by Hubud: Ubud Coworking and Commuity Space, enjoy a vacation to the beautiful Bali while making a difference! Startup Weekend Bali Tourism is the perfect mix of tourism and tech. Have fun and change the world at the same time.

Startup Weekend, is it for me?  

  • If you have a business idea and you want to learn how to develop it
  • If you are someone who has a business and wants to learn how to launch a new product / service or test a new idea
  • If you are a life-time learner and you want to develop your entrepreneurship skills
  • If you have no idea, but wanting to learn about how to start a business
  • If you have no idea, but just want to hang out with some cool people
  • If you are part of a corporation / government agency and you want to learn how to do innovation
  • If you are an inventor and you want to learn how to commercialise it

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Drinks will be served Friday & Sunday night. There will also be food provided for the entire weekend.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend Bali: Tourism:

1. Education
Startup & Innovation Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

2. Build your network
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s 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.

3. Co-Founder dating
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

4. Learn a new skill
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup & Innovation Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

5. Get face time with thought leaders
Local and international tech and startup leaders participate in Startup & Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

6. Join a global community
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world. 

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Friday June 9th

6:00 pm
Participants arrive at Dojo Bali and get checked in.

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:10 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Facilitator will open the event. He will review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 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 June 10th

9:00 am
Good morning! Welcome back to Dojo Bali! Enjoy your breakfast and get ready for Day-2

9:30 am
Workshop: How to Build a Landing Page
Workshop about "how to build a landing page that converts for your MVP" by Strikingly

10:15 am
Mindfulness meditation session, powered by Niat Living. Wear comfortable outfit!

12:10 pm
Introduction: coaches
Coaches will be introduced to members. They are here to help you launch your startups

12:20 pm
Team check-in. Tell us what you want to accomplish today and how the facilitator and coaches can help you to accomplish these goals.

12:40 pm

1:30 pm
Back to work
No after lunch dip. Coaches will roam around to help teams. They are here to help!

5:30 pm
Pitch Presentation Workshop
Learn how to construct and deliver an outstanding pitch, and how to effectively communicate your startup idea to the judges

6:30 pm

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

Sunday June 11th

9:00 am
Good morning! Welcome back to Dojo Bali! Enjoy your breakfast breakfast and get ready for the final day

12:30 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

4:00 pm
Final Presentations
Final Presentations - Demo Night

6:00 pm
Off to FRii Hotel Echo Beach
Pack your stuff ... we're moving to FRii Hotel Echo Beach

6:30 pm
Dinner at FRii Hotel Echo Beach

7:30 pm
Awards and Winners Announcement

8:30 pm
After party
After party at the rooftop of FRii Hotel - Echo Beach

Event Judges

Desmond M. Koh
Investor, Advisor, and Portfolio Manager of The Compassion Group

A banker turned investment entrepreneur, Desmond cofounded a hedge fund and an investment management business in 2014. He founded Compassion Capital LLP & The Compassion Group in 2016, an investment and consulting group which consults with asset management firms, and also helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses with capital, advisory and mentoring services. His belief is that investment capital should benefit humanity and the environment.

He is Director of Adskom (Indonesian Adtech company), a member of the Board of Supervisors at Green School Bali, speaks on mindfulness and motivation, and teaches meditation.

He has more than 16 years investments and banking experience, with investment banking and capital markets experience at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and also held private banking and investment roles at DBS Private Bank, Credit Suisse Private Bank and Smith Barney Citigroup.

Desmond obtained an MPhil In Management Studies (Finance and Economics focus) from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar and earned his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California on an Engineering Merit Scholarship as well a USC swimming scholarship.

He represented Singapore in international swimming for 12 years and represented the nation in numerous international competitions including 3 Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996).

Melissa Halliburton
President & Founder of

Melissa Halliburton is the founder & CEO of BringFido, the world's largest pet friendly travel website. Since launching in 2006, BringFido has helped more than 25 million people take their dogs on vacation.

In addition to providing online reservations at 50,000 pet
friendly hotels worldwide, the company's website and app give dog owners the scoop on thousands of dog parks, beaches, restaurants, events, and other places to 'bring Fido.'

Melissa holds a BA in Management Science from MIT, and lives in South Carolina with her husband, son, and two dogs (when they're not traveling the world in search of new places to feature on the website).

Melissa Loh
Founding Partner and Executive Coach at Good Startups

Mel believes that business is one of the fastest vehicles for positive change in the world, and in ourselves. She helps leaders, and their teams optimise their performance and build thriving companies. Mel has earned her degree from one of world's top rated entrepreneurship programs and has 10 years of hands-on experience in tourism, international business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise development. 

In addition to business consulting and social enterprise development, Mel is also a founding partner and executive coach at Good Startups. Using scientifically-validated tools, Good Startups helps startup founders and teams jump past key inflection points by giving them real-world insights and tools to overcome time scarcity, transform fear into creative power, and resolve team-killing dysfunction so they can effectively build their business to sustainable success.

Mel has lived in Southeast Asia for 15 years while traveling often to her home countries of Singapore and the United States. When not nerding out on land, you'll find her scuba diving with the fishies or walking through the rice fields with her dog, Hero.

Ria Templer
Founder of Utama Spice

Born and bred in Bali, Ria Templer is the daughter of Utama Spice founder, Melanie. Ria, took over the business from her mom just a few years ago and the company has skyrocketed in success since. With a shop in Ubud and an interactive storefront in Sanur (not to mention their inventory in stores throughout Bali and other regions of Asia), the demand for these natural products only continues to grow as the company has evolved to offer fresh pressed coconut oil, body butters, bath salts, volcanic clay scrubs and more.

Yohan Totting
Google Developer Advocate and Google Launchpad Mentor

Yohan work with Google as Developer Advocate at Google Web Developer Relations team. He is an urban cyclist and web developer who passionate to builds product that make impact. He also a mentor at Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator.

Coaches and Mentors

Aaron Mashano
CEO of Leaders of Tomorrow

Born in Zambia, Aaron moved to Australia to study Law and Commerce at the University of Sydney. While studying, he set up numerous successful business ventures that enabled him and his clients to live more successfully and make a bigger difference in their communities. During this time, Aaron recognised that the level of his success was a direct result of his ability to help others succeed as well. Helping start-ups to be successful companies is not just his passion, it has become his calling.

With over a decade of experience in the Vocational Education Training (VET) sector, he set up the now international business venture – Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT).

Alexandre Tsuk
Founder of and

Overcrowded yet awe-inspiring places, inquisitive and discerning travellers, hot-blooded yet committed staff, and a feast of hectic yet innovative kitchen, properties and suppliers. These are the things Alex takes from his years spent setting up and managing hotels, restaurants and guiding services from Paris to Vientiane, via Delhi.

But he also witnessed paradises slowly vanish beneath his eyes. And that got him closer to the people he worked with, and the places he lived in. He started seeing through different eyes. That is when he decided that he  wanted to turn the hospitality industry into a force for good. So he seized the day, and set out to create the of sustainability.

He reached out to his  business community, and he got together to activate change! It is this inspirational, impactful and successful journey that he bring. BookGreener is now a community of the change makers of Bali and they recently launched and Precious Plastic Bali.

Angling (Lili) Tilarsih
Co-founder of Barn N Bunk

Angling is a social entrepreneur. She is best known as the co-founder of Barn N Bunk that collaborate with Balinese local farmers and their kids to help them provide a steady income, food, and schooling.

In between her day to day work she is an animal lover, a diver, and an enthusiastic runner. Recently finished The Virgin London Marathon 2017 raising more than 1,700 pound sterling to help children have equal access for a better physical education and life throughout sports.  

“Vision without execution is a day dream” – Japanese Proverb

Augustine Merriska
Community & Impact Director in PLUS - Platform Usaha Sosial

Augustine Merriska is a social entrepreneur, business development and marketing enthusiast. As Community & Impact Director in PLUS - Platform Usaha Sosial, she supports social entrepreneurs by providing consultation, developing material and programs that hopefully can help social enterprises in Indonesia to grow. In the last two years, she’s been working in business development & consulting for social enterprise, from BCG as project specialist in social impact, until currently now in PLUS, when she's so excited to create more impact for Social Enterprises in Indonesia through networking and learning.

Baji Grace
CEO of Disruptive Radiance and Host at Jodi TV

Baji is a mentor and an intuitive guide who helps people rapidly clear their inner blocks and awaken to their highest purpose and calling.

She is the CEO of Disruptive Radiance and Host at Jodi TV and she (or products she has developed) have been seen everywhere from Dr. Oz to Fashion to Teen Vogue. She grew up on a sailboat and has launched and sold multiple businesses over the last 15 years.

She is currently writing a book in Bali.

John Stanton
Co-Founder of Chōsen

John Stanton co-founded Chōsen in 2013 with Robin Connelley and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an MBA from the Pembroke College at University of Oxford.

John is also an investor and entrepreneur with nearly 15 years of experience. In 2007, he launched Momentum Ventures, to focus on bringing clean technology to MENA. He expanded the business to Hong Kong in 2010 to support the Asia Pacific region. The business represents his life-long passion to empower innovators and affect change in traditionally dirty industries in the developing world.

His fitness background is rooted in his experiences as a first team rower at the University of Texas at Austin and Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, and as the head coach of Oxford’s Saïd Business School Boathouse.

John has a passion and commitment to being healthy, happy and fit. He finds happiness is the quality of his meals, rest, challenging physical activity, and the rejuvenation and reflection time he gives himself.

Maitri Fischer
Founder and CTO at PT Mantra Bali

Maitri is a sustainable development expert in the field of energy and water with over 5 years of experience in consulting and research for various clients and projects including NGOs, private research firms, industry and private businesses in energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable development, energy infrastructure and investment in a variety of sectors within the tourism and environmental development industry.

Having grown up in Bali and being passionate about the environment and business, Maitri came returned to the island to start MANTRA with Sean Nino Lotze, a consulting company in the field of energy, water and waste. The company works closely with large resorts in Bali and develops data driven saving strategies that help save costs and benefit the environment all the while building a database of consumption and waste of the tourism industry.

Maitri is passionate about making a difference in Bali and believes that the island needs innovators and a strong youth movement to push for much needed change.

Robin Connelley
Co-Founder of Chōsen

Robin Connelley co-founded Chōsen in 2013 with John Stanton and has 17 years of entrepreneurial finance and new-venture experience, including three profitable exits of SME companies. She is a bar-certified US attorney with an international law certification. Her business and legal experience spans across MENA, the US, EU, Asia and Australia. In 2007, Robin co-founded Momentum Ventures, UAE with John Stanton, to focus on incubating sustainable urban development and innovation-centric companies.

Robin is a former competitive kick boxer, collegiate rower at Christchurch Boathouse, University of Oxford, and a regional CrossFit athlete in Hong Kong.

She holds a Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University as an 1843 Academic Full Scholarship recipient, dual Bachelors of Science in Finance and International Business, magna cum laude, from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of Oxford, Kellogg College.

Rodney Westerlaken
Founder of soul surf project Bali and Student Development Coordinator at Stenden University Bali

Rodney Westerlaken is founder of soul surf project Bali, a social organisation that takes care of the coastal environment by reaching out to underprivileged children in Indonesia. The foundation has several small social enterprises, such as its own production and sales of organic surfwax, sales of surf classes and a pop-up eco surf shop.

Rodney lectures sustainability, cultural science and social science at University and currently writes his PhD dissertation concerning child welfare institutions in Denpasar.

Rui Wang
Pre-sales and Consulting of Amadeus Asia

Rui is manager of Pre-sales and Consulting in Amadeus Asia, focusing on innovation projects and events in travel industry, based in Bangkok.Before this role she was managing air search portfolio for travel agencies in APAC, and worked in Amadeus France for 3 years.

Salvador Dauvergne
CEO/Founder of Cinq Local & Ootsi

Salvador is a restaurant and technology entrepreneur with the unique skill set to understand the operational needs of the food service industry and the ability to translate that knowledge into innovative solutions for restaurant operations.

He has 25 year’s experience in designing, building and operating successful restaurants as well as 10 years in technology creating innovative solutions for the restaurant industry. Prior to Cinq Local & Ootsi Salvador was the CEO & Founder of Avalon Restaurant Operating System, partner at Blue Plate Restaurant Group in Santa Monica California (Blue Plate Oysterette, Blue Plate Taco, Blue Plate on Montana), and partner of Dormie Restaurant Group in Scottsdale, Arizona (Foster’s New England Seafood, 33 American Bistro, Air Gourmet, Vermillion Home & Event Catering).

Victor Jeoffre
Founder and Head of Entrepreneurship program at Stenden University Bali

Victor Jeoffre is a French entrepreneur and lecturer. Head and developer of the Entrepreneurship program at Stenden University Bali, he loves to transmit his knowledge to future entrepreneurs. He is also currently working on a new lifestyle brand of ready-to-wear and accessories for men, between Bali and Paris.

Besides all that, he is passionate about writing. He published his first novel last year and wrote some press articles for international newspapers.

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