Startup Weekend Bali: Global 2017

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bali: Global 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

HUBUD {Ubud Coworking and Community Space}
Monkey Forest Road 88x
Ubud, Bali

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Take your ideas from concept to creation in just 54 hours!

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process of going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Bali,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Startup Weekend Bali is your destination for the weekend of November 17-19th!  

Who is Startup Weekend For?
It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an event that brings all sorts of people together, including:
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • anyone with talents/skills in business, sales, finance, legal, health, wellness, mindfulness
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries,
  • all time learners.

What's the twist?  
More than 15,000 entrepreneurs will come together for 200 events held during Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate entrepreneurship across the globe. The winners of Global Startup Weekend will be featured globally to help them gain more exposure and build momentum for their startup.

All attendees will also be provided with high-quality resources and content exclusive to this event.

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the entrepreneurship community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome people from across the globe
  • All-star judge's panel lead by startup and entrepreneurial leaders
  • Cool goodie bags, from us and our partners
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • And over 70 new awesome Facebook friends!

Do I need to come with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's alright!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend! 

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Friday November 17th

5:00 pm
Participants arrive at Hubud Bali and get checked in. No need to print your tickets, your name is already on the list.

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Dinner is served. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, and get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Adryan Hafizh, the Facilitator, will open the event. He will review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Line up to give your pitch.

7:40 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:20 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:40 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 November 18th

9:00 am
Good morning! Welcome back to Hubud Your breakfast is served by Juice Ja. Enjoy your breakfast and get ready for Day-2!

10:00 am
Design Sprint Workshop
Design sprint workshop by Adryan Hafizh

12:00 pm
Introduction: Coaches
Introducing the coaches. They are here to help you launch your startups

12:15 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.

12:30 pm
Your lunch is served by Juice Ja. Bon appetit!

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

3:00 pm
Healthy Brain Snacks
A surprise by Kantin at Hubud

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
Your dinner will be served by Don U. Bon appetit!

Sunday November 19th

9:00 am
Good morning! Welcome back to Hubud Your breakfast is served by Juice Ja. Enjoy your breakfast and get ready for Day-3!

10:00 am
Presention Workshop
Learn how to create a unique and memorable presentation

12:00 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.

12:30 pm
Your lunch is served by Juice Ja. Bon appetit!

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
Final Presentations - Demo Night

7:00 pm
Off to Evitel Resort Ubud
Pack all your stuff ... we're moving to Evitel Resort Ubud

7:05 pm
Time to relax. Dinner at Evitel Resort Ubud

8:15 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
After party at the rooftop of Evitel Resort Ubud

Event Judges

Janet De Neefe

Melbourne-born Janet DeNeefe, Founder & Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Ubud Food Festival, has lived in Bali for nearly three decades. Her latest book is Bali: Food of My Island Home, following her memoir Fragrant Rice. She is also the owner of Casa Luna, Indus and Bar Luna restaurants, and Honeymoon Guesthouse and Bakery in Ubud.

Jyoti Morningstar

Jyoti Morningstar, the eco-conscious entrepreneur behind ethical fashion and yoga wear brand WE-AR divides her time between her island homes in New Zealand where WE-AR has it’s head office, 3 boutiques and it’s online operation and and beautiful Bali where the brand has 4 boutiques and carries out 100% of their design and production at their B-CORP certified production houses. Founded in 2005, WE-AR is one of the pioneering brands of Bali and New Zealand’s growing sustainable fashion industry. WE-AR is the mantra 'I Am, or 'We Are', meaning all is one. Jyoti’s vision is to connect us with our own inherent kindness to create a ripple effect of well being. WE-AR releases core Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer collections annually to stand alongside their coveted yoga wear range of clothing and accessories.

Tyler Jensen

Tyler is a serial​ entrepreneur, startup coach, early stage PT CFO and trusted advisor to numerous founders.  The first company he started and sold was VAVi Sport & Social Club, which grew to over 25,000 members in six years.  The San Diego Business Journal recognized VaVi as San Diego’s 30th & 32nd fastest growing private company in 2006-2007 and it sold for over 25x the capital investment.  With 20+ years of experience, Tyler now ​focuses his attention on helping other entrepreneurs.  He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs start companies that matter and has helped launch over 250+ companies, non-profits and social enterprises. 

Merav Knafo
CEO of and

Merav is the founder CEO of and, she runs a team of 20 talented geeks, who are located in 7 different countries and believes that remote working, when done right, is the great way to go.

Merav has been creating user-friendly and useful web applications since 2001. Her apps include social networking, eLearning, SEO, advertising and online publishing.

In 2013 Merav has acquired, the most popular commercial add-on for Joomla, and completely turned it around as far as customer service, quality assurance and usability. In 2015, Merav launched a new social networking plugin for WordPress, called PeepSo, that is getting rave reviews from its growing customer base.

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).

Adrian France

Adrian co-founded Odyssey, a millennial social content platform, at 21. As Chief Creative Officer, she led internal and external marketing, creating and leading marketing programs for Fortune 500 clients such as P&G, Verizon, Starbucks, Victoria's Secret and more. Odyssey grew to a 30+ million organic audience, with 14,000+ millennial creators, 100+ employees and ultimately raising more than $25 million in VC funding.

Now, she's a start-up coach, using her 'blood, sweat, and tears MBA' to coach fellow entrepreneurs on how to avoid the speed bumps of entrepreneurship while building a business along with skills such as pitching, sales, marketing and more.

Ben Karmadi
Co-Founder at Habitat Group

Bali based Restauranteur and Facilitator. Ben commenced his first business in 2013, having failed and start from “0” zero, now he is the Founder of Habitat Group and a partner at the Soul Group. With 3 Restaurants expansion in a year and employing more than 100 people. Currently with Habitat Group is engaging with Global Music brand to bring it to Bali to start a new beach club entertainment center down south with another 2 more sites expected to open in 2018. Habitat Group focus is on Restaurant Operation/Management, Social Media brand management and procurement. His passion is Motorcycle, Design, food and beverage and social works.

Chris Rickstrew

When Chris was 27 years old, he had what he affectionately calls his “quarter life crisis.” He was the CEO of his second company, just finished going through TechStars, raised half a million dollars from investors, had 25 employees working for him, was dating the love of his life, and was making plenty of money. He had everything he thought he wanted, yet was completely unhappy and unfulfilled. In that moment, his life changed forever. He started to look inward for happiness and fulfillment rather than outward. The old Chris died, the new Chris was born, and the rest is history. 

Last year he gave away all of his stuff, restructured his company so he could work remotely, and bought a one way ticket from the US to Nepal. He lived at a yoga and meditation retreat in the Himalayas for 3 months, traveled through Myanmar for 1 month, lived in Thailand for 6 months, and now lives in Bali. He currently runs his social media marketing company remotely and recently launched his coaching business. He is also in the process of starting an online school to help people wake up to their greatness. His mission in life is to inspire Millennials to wake up to their greatness and change their lives, so that together, our generation can change the world!  

Chris Thompson

The director of Hubud, previously director of Green School Bali, Chris has been in the media and education world for over 30. He spent 23 years with Electronic Arts (EA), one of the largest video game developers in the world.

Gianpaolo Faccini
IT Project Manager of Mowgli

Gianpaolo is the IT Project Manager of Mowgli, a Singapore-based digital nomad agency based that provides services in business development, marketing strategy, design branding and development. His role in Mowgli is to manage all the tech part and our major clients are: Greenschool, Greenvillage, Marc Whittaker, Earth Company, and Refinance.

Gianpaolo has a Master Degree in Engineering Geology. Previously, has worked as Project Manager for an environment engineering organisation for 6 years.

Irma Sitompul

Irma is a communications specialist with expertise in advertising, branding, marketing, and project management. She earned her Bachelor of Communications degree from University of Indonesia and Masters of Environment from the Australian National University. Irma’s professional work has ranged from corporate communications to environmentally focused initiatives, where she was the Head of Communications at Green School, Bali.

Combining her​​​ ​background in communications and environmental science, Irma co-founded For Good, a communications consultancy for social impact. She has been able to create effective and impactful strategies to affect behavioural change for several grassroots organizations based mostly in Bali.

Talk to Irma for anything related to communications and marketing, where she can also give y​ou an extensive insights on the ​Indonesian market, especially if your idea is related to solving socio-environmental problems.

Jana Broto

Jana Broto is the Co-Founder of For Good, a communications consulting agency that focuses on working with local NGOs, non-profit organisations, social enterprises, and businesses who are doing good things in and for Indonesia. Jana has lived in different parts of the world; originally from Jakarta, she lived in Vancouver, Canada for 7 years, completed her school in Singapore, and finally settling in Bali with Zola, her paw-riffic best friend. Most of her life, she has been interested in working in the creative industry, yet it took her a few years to figure out where she fit best.
Ever since she found her passion in graphic design, she has worked several years in the corporate world, strengthening her skills in branding, creative thinking and visual communication.  Although she enjoyed her daily work, she always felt like something was missing. By the end of 2016, she realised that she wanted her work to have more purpose. So she decided to follow her heart and switch gears by joining forces with her other (human) best friend Irma, who shares the same vision. Armed with a couple of laptops and eagerness to make this world a better place, For Good was born.

Maire Shanahan

Maire started in ecommerce in 2011, and has built several product based businesses in the new mom space. Maire is now working on product development - developing a medtech hardware product with integrated apps and smart functionality. 

As an entrepreneur & founder Maire is familiar with all aspects of getting a business off the ground, including marketing, validation, project management and ensuring profitability. 

Shauna Mounsey

Shauna is a business advisor, marketing expert, lawyer, scientist and project manager.  She has extensive experience in the oil and gas and mining sector and has advised on and secured multi-billion dollar project approvals.  She has national and global entrepreneurship and commericalisation experience and has founded a number of start-ups in tech, oil and gas, environmental management and fitness industry.  She is also the Co-Founder of StaffLeverage and Explorar360

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bali: Global 2017 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 Bali is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kasyfi
  • Kintan
  • Maria
  • Vitto


Adryan Hafizh
Chief Enabling Officer

Graduated from business schoolwith cum-laude, he previously work in OC&C management consultant. Then he help found Siete Cafe with his collague, before creating Kolaborasi with his teams. He’s also the no.1 champion of Lean Startup Machine Indonesia in 2014. 

Now, he's running, a startup incubator & community for the past 3.5 years. A startup incubation focus on developing founders and startups with various industry. 

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