Techstars Startup Weekend Iskandar Puteri

    Friday, June 28 - 30, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Iskandar Puteri

Friday, June 28 - 30, 2019

Friday, June 28 - 30, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia

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Launch Your idea in 54 hours

The third Startup Weekend in Iskandar Puteri!

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

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, practising 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.

The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

What will you get from attending?
- Prize up to RM10,000.00 worth of cash prize to be won!
- $3,000 worth of credits from Google For Startups
- A free .co domain for 1 year & lots of awesome SWAGS
- Awesome coaching by industry leaders from JB, KL & Singapore
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend, basically all meals are taken care of!
- A new network of developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about entrepreneurship in Johor
- Opportunity to get incubated by StartupJohor

What will you get if you win?
- 2 Winners, 1 Crowd Choice & 1 High potential team with up to RM10,000 worth of cash prize.
- Selected for incubation program with StartupJohor at Iskandar Space.
- Mentoring support from local dedicated mentors from the StartupJohor Community
- Perks from other partners including tech conference tickets, cloud credits & etc.

Theme : General "Work on ANY ideas you're passionate about !"

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Friday June 28th

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 June 29th

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

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 June 30th

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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Cheong Hong Lua
SGshop Malaysia, Managing Director

I pursued my studies in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. During my studies in NTU, I joined Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) under our school internship program. In 2010, together with my brother, Cheong Rui (Ray), we won finalist award in Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition.

The life in Singapore has been an eye-opener to me. At the right time and the right place, Singapore government have been doing the right thing continuously, implementing the right policy. Singapore is a beautiful city state forged under political and social stability for decades. The country has emerged into the hub of south-east Asia in areas such as finance, healthcare, education, and logistic. Besides, the city state is the best livable city in Asia for the high net worth, with a dynamic economic environment and competitive workforce. The island is connected globally and open to innovative ideas.

With the experience that I gained in the neighbour country, I decided to come back and serve my homeland, Johor state of Malaysia. In 2014, together with Ray and my partners, I co-founded SGshop Malaysia e-commerce platform ( The platform serves as an international shopping gateway for local consumers, in purchasing products overseas.

In 2015, together with Ray and my teammates, with support from Johor State Exco, I founded Kelab Duta Muafakat Johor (Envoy of Harmony Johor). It is a non-profitable organization (NPO), which is in collaboration with Johor state government. It serves as a bridge between the state government and youth community in Johor.

In 2017, I stepped down as the founding president from Kelab Duta Muafakat Johor. In 2017 H2, SGshop Malaysia is relocated to Medini City, Iskandar Malaysia.

maznuddin zainuddin
Telekom Malaysia, Manager Business Analyst

Responsible for TM Open APIs monetization and Post Accelerator program and partnership programs with Accelerators inside and outside Malaysia.
Involved in Open API Management Platform for TM from setting up to deployment.
In house consultant for services or integration back to TM IMS network.
Have vast background from back end services up until Product Development.

Involved from participating, organizing, mentoring up to judging in hackathons such as AngelHack, Microsoft Imagine Cup, TM Hackathons, MediaPrima D3, MAB Hackathon.
Involved in organizing Echelon KL, Startup Grind KL, Microsoft bina, Imagine Cup.
Actively involved in Startup scene in Malaysia as one of the community builder working close with MaGIC, MDEC, Accelerators (MyNEF RAVE, WTF, 1337), co working spaces, crowdfunding platforms.

Johari Shukri Jamil
Executive Vice President, Transformation

Johari joined IIB on 1 January 2019 and has stepped into a newly created role that allows him to push the company toward innovation and new business frontiers. Previously the Chief Operating Officer at E.A. Technique (M) Berhad and Executive Director of Tanjung Langsat Port Sdn Bhd, Johari had creatively grown and retained businesses in the past ten years. His sharp business acumen was proven invaluable during his years of service at Johor Corporation, where he served in several corporations and capacities. In 1995, Johari graduated from the University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with an honors degree in chemical engineering, and he later completed an Advanced Leadership Programme (ALP) at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom. Johari’s career spans more than 20 years. This experience has proven highly beneficial, helping him thrive in both local and multinational organizations.

YB Jimmy Puah Wee Tse
Chairman of Johor International Trade, Investment and Utility Committee

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Bukit Batu N51. Seorang peguam dan bapa kepada 2 anak lelaki. 
Kegiatan-Kegiatan Kerja Politik: 
--Terlibat dalam kempen Tolak EDL (2011-2012) membantah kenaikan tol bagi kereta yang masuk-keluar Singapura setelah pembukaan Lebuhraya EDL.
--Terlibat dalam kempen Tolak AES atas dasar syarikat swasta tidak patut dibenarkan mengaut keuntungan daripada kompaun kerajaan. Memberi nasihat undang-undang percuma kepada orang.
--Peguam kepada penduduk-penduduk Pengerang, Johor membantah pemindahan kubur-kubur kaum Islam.
--Peguam kepada 126 nelayan di Pengerang, menuntut gantirugi kerugian rezeki daripada PETRONAS dan kerajaan negeri Johor.
--Peguam kepada penduduk-penduduk di Pengerang yang membantah pembelian tanah mereka secara paksa di Pengerang akibat Projek RAPID.
--Membela penduduk-penduduk setinggan di Taman Saujana, Plentong terhadap pemaju untuk mendapatkan gantirugi yang berpatutan.

Coaches and Mentors

Lawrence Tan
Co-Founder of At20s

Supply Chain Expert | Fashion | FMCG | E-commerce 

Andy Hamflett
Nick Lambert Associates Limited, Director

Supporting the growth and take-up of innovative technologies in the Blue Economy.

Specialities: Market research. Fundraising. Business Growth. Strategic communications. Consortium, stakeholder and community engagement. Utilising Big Data and technology for social impact. Policy development. Organisational development. 

Davide Catalano
Digital Innovation Studio PLT, Founder & CTO

Digital Innovation Studio (DIS) is a new IT company focused on software and web consultancy, internet solutions, digital signage and instore radio, websites and web applications development.
Actually Digital Innovation Studio provide consultancy and services to leader customers like Bata Brands, Consulmarketing SPA, TVN Media Group.

On 2016, after 6 years of R&D, we launched our Digital Signage Platform, DISPlayer 2.5, one of the most reliable, affordable, fast and rich of features solution on the market. 

Lim Feng

Feng is a startup founder and active community builder in Malaysia. His work involves building a thriving & sustainable startup ecosystem, operating coworking spaces & managing startup programs in the southern region of Malaysia. Graduated from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK, Feng specialise in business structuring, taxation & financial management. However, he decided to given up the opportunity being in the professional body or corporate world to strive into entrepreneurship & startups world. When he's not working, he can be found in one of the best coffee place in town.

Melvin Liew

Experienced Restaurant Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry.Skilled in Account Reconciliation, Accounting, Income Tax, Tax, and Accounts Payable. Strong operationsprofessional with a ACCA focused in Accounting and Finance from Kolej Universiti Sunway. 

Sheah Liang Lee
Infinity 8, Co-Founder & CEO

Co-Founder & CEO of Infinity 8

Ir Mohd Salehoddin Abdul Hamid
"Iskandar Investment Berhad, Senior Vice President Investor Relations"

One of the most vital task for a newly formed Government Linked Company (GLC) back in 2008 was to establish the Business Development Department and bring together experts of various disciplines.
We created the team and set our Goals!

With the right expertise, synergies and high commitment, the team had facilitated and secured more than USD10 billion worth of Gross Development Value (GDV), within the Five (5) Year span.

Prior entering into the corporate world, served as a practicing engineer, various iconic projects were conceptualized, managed and delivered; achieved within sixteen (16) years upon graduation.

One who believes that knowledge and wisdom must be shared, hence, mentoring young engineers, conducting knowledge sharing sessions and being a jury in hackathons for school/university/ community levels are some of the projects undertaken as part of the contribution to the society.

Cheong Rui Lua
SGshop Malaysia, Head Of Operations

Online Marketing is one of my specialties and also the most effective marketing instrument ofSGshop Malaysia. Besides, various types of promotion events are being held by SGshopMalaysia from time to time.

Jenlin Wong
"WorldRoamer, Project Director & COO

Experienced in operations, event & project management, marketing and startups (employee #1 for, startup ecosystem building and government (MaGIC), and worked on integrating a startup (GoCar) after its acquisition by an established car rental company.

Spent the first part of my working life in New Zealand and shifted to Asia in 2011 for expanded challenges. Experienced in cross-cultural communication, both in training and practice, by leading teams from NZ to South East Asia, as well as managing partnerships within the APAC region.

Over 10 years of experience with extensive engagement and relationship management with key stakeholders, such as Boards of Directors, government ministries and shareholders.

Doing business can and should be a force for good.

Jae Lee
WorldRoamer, CTO

Award winning technology leader with startup exit experience through acquisition by Cheil Worldwide, a marketing company under the Samsung Group.

16 plus years of experience in product leadership and head of engineering roles from global creative agencies and product side of the industry. Prior, I have built teams that delivered global telemedicine solution, scalable e-commerce platforms, ad-tech & marketing-tech solutions, data driven tools that measure real-time consumer engagement and served as a project director for government funded projects in North Africa as part of ODA (Official Development Assistance) programs for developing countries.

List of clients I have worked with includes; Samsung Mobile, Samsung Electronics Home Appliances & Camera divisions, Hyundai & KIA Motors, Hanwha Group, L'Oréal, MCM, Burberry, 3M Post-It, Nike Football, GORE-TEX, lululemon, IKEA, Diageo, Korea Tourism Organization, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS).

Mohd Hafiz Safie
CEO / Founder of Sparadise

Expert in Ui/ UX, Product development, Entrepreneur | Branding Expert

Mohd Hafiz Safie is a user experience and interface professional who has worked actively in the web industry for over a decade. He specialises in information architecture, interaction design, usability, user interface and user research for web and mobile. Hafiz has created web and mobile experiences for many companies including KLCC, Celcom, POS Malaysia, Govermant agencies and many more. 

As the CEO of Sparadise and former Lead Product Design and Ui/UX at AVANA, Hafiz works with teams closely to create product strategies that satisfy users and drive business goals.

He is actively involved in the tech community, helping as adviser and mentoring to many startups company to answer two important questions before building a product – “Should you build this?" and "Why?”.

Zoey Teoh
COO of Ayuh Bina c/o aCAT Penang

Having a keen eye for detail and handles all of the operation matters—from finance to human resources and business development—making sure the company is capitalized adequately in Ayuh Bina.

Organizing Team

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

  • Lim
  • Lawrence
  • Xiao Qiu
  • Pei Yee


Lim Feng

Feng is a startup founder and active community builder in Malaysia. His work involves building a thriving & sustainable startup ecosystem, operating coworking spaces & managing startup programs in the southern region of Malaysia. Graduated from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK, Feng specialise in business structuring, taxation & financial management. However, he decided to given up the opportunity being in the professional body or corporate world to strive into entrepreneurship & startups world. When he's not working, he can be found in one of the best coffee place in town.

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