Startup Weekend Axiata Digital

    Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

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Startup Weekend Axiata Digital

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Axiata Tower
9, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 50470

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Disclaimer: Startup Weekend Axiata Digital is a free of charge event. Participants are required to apply online at this address: before 7 May 2017. Filling out the application form does not guarantee participation in the event.

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour long events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, build products and launch startups! Teams go from an idea scrawled on a napkin to a working prototype and maybe even paying customers, all within a single weekend. Startup Weekends are a global phenomenon with events being held in 1000+ cities across the world; in Malaysia alone, events have been held everywhere from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching.

Why attend a Startup Weekend?

Many people want to be entrepreneurs, but find it hard to commit on top of study/work/family commitments. Startup Weekends are the ideal high-impact/low-commitment vehicle for you to test both your ideas and yourself to see if entrepreneurship really is your cup of tea. Not everyone can spare 3 months, but everyone has a weekend to spare. (For more reasons, see 'What do I get out of it?'  below)

How does Startup Weekend work?

Expect to be busy from the Friday evening through Sunday night. We begin on Friday night with open-mic pitches, where participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room! Teams form around the most exciting/viable ideas, and spend the rest of the night planning for the battle ahead. The whole of Saturday and much of Sunday) is a mad dash to build, validate, pivot, polish and test your Minimal Viable Product (MVP). The weekend culminates with a pitch-night where teams present their MVP to a panel of judges, guests and fellow participants. At the end of it all, a winner is crowned and everyone celebrates over a few casual drinks and gets a chance to network before saying goodbye! 

What do I get out of it?

  • You will get a taste of what it’s like in the startup world, and learn a ton first hand about every step of building a startup (at the very least, it’ll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine).
  • You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you’ll go on to launch a multi-million dollar startup, be it on this weekend or down the road.
  • You will get a chance to network and mingle with some of the top brass in the Kuala Lumpur entrepreneurship / investing communities as well as the industry experts at Axiata Digital – individuals that would otherwise be very hard to reach – and ask them questions to your hearts content.
  • You will greatly expand your network and build lasting relationships with the most innovative, creative and motivated people in Kuala L. This could mean a new client, employer, business partner, or even a friend!
  • Plus, if your team wins, you will get heaps of additional resources and mentorship to help you get your startup off the ground. There are also plenty of investors in the crowd, so if your pitches were something special, you might even get funding (it happens!). 

But I’m not an entrepreneur…

You don’t have to be! (and if you want to be, this is a great place to start)
At every Startup Weekend, participants come from all walks of life ranging from students to educators, bankers to doctors, even retirees! Worried you don’t have the skills? Thats why we have experienced mentors here to guide you (and Startup Weekends are about learning anyway). Too young/old? We have had participants as young as 12 and as old as 70 (not kidding!), so if you fall within that range, your’e sweet!

Ready to apply?

  • Those interested in applying for “Startup Weekend Axiata Digital” must be 18 years or older with a strong interest in innovation and technology. 
  • Participants are required to apply online before May 7th, 2017, where you will be directed to an application form that needs to be filled out. 
  • Startup Weekend Axiata Digital is a FREE of charge event. No application or participation fee is required.No application fee is required. 
  • Participants may apply as individuals or in teams, made up of four to six people. Please note, that if you are applying as team, EACH team member has to apply individually and make a note of their team name in the application form.
  • Registered team members/participants accept the terms and conditions of participation, as well as the use of personal data, and photography/video recording during and after the event by staff and partners of Startup Weekend Axiata for the purposes of producing editorial content and advertising materials.
  • Lastly, please note that applicants submitting incomplete application forms or inaccurate information will be disqualified.

Confirmation of participation

We will choose the 60 best applications for Startup Weekend Axiata Digital. Selected applicants will receive an official confirmation via the email address provided in the application, starting from the first week of May, 2017. This confirmation will include a Participant Pack that details all information concerning “Startup Weekend Axiata Digital”.

Startup Weekend Axiata Digital is a free of charge event. 

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Friday May 19th

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 May 20th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Check-In + Pitch Practice
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 May 21st

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch Practice + Coaching
Second practice pitches with mentors begin

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging Feedback & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Amarit Charoenphan

Mohan Belani
Co-founder & CEO | e27

Mohan Belani is the Co-founder and CEO of e27, a startup and tech ecosystem platform focused on help startup founders build and grow their companies. He believes that startups can make the world a better place, and in order for Southeast Asia's tech ecosystem to be relevant, it needs to be driven by sustainable and impactful companies solving problems at scale.

He enjoys working with Founders and helping them alleviate the challenges of building great companies specifically around the areas of talent, funding and market access.

Hanson Toh

Coaches and Mentors

Jowynne Khor
COO | e27

Oko Davaasuren
Regional Director at Techstars

Oko (Full name: Bat-oktyabri Davaasuren, Даваасүрэн овогтoй Бат-октябрь) is an active founder and a community builder. He has cofounded and helps run several startups in Asia. Oko has received a bachelors degree in Finance from Portland State University before continuing onto a masters degree in Engineering Technology Management but decided to return home to Mongolia. He then received his MBA in Mongolia. When he is not working, he can be found on Squash courts or on long-haul Motorbike rides in Asia.

Fabien Bouhier
Co-Founder, PubliSci

Fabien Bouhier is an communication expert by day, Ex-Google and a Quantum Physics enthusiast by night. His idea is to make Science accessible to everybody, with or without any mathematical background - for free, and that was why in 2016, with his friend Aaron Shunk, they have build their own science community called PubliSci to share their love of Science with other people.After receiving a Certificate of Completion in Quantum Mechanics and Computation from BerkeleyX, Fabien entered and won the “Try Zero G” contest organized by the Malaysian National Space Agency (ANGKASA), and the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). His experiment interestingly titled “Growing Bubble in a Glass of Water” has been performed in the International Space Station by JAXA’s (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut, Koichi Wakata, in zero gravity conditions and presented at TEDxKL in 2014.

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

Raeesa Sya
Founder, Orkid Cosmetics

Raeesa Sya is an Entrepreneur and designer by profession.She’s an expert in growth hacking, social media strategy, digital marketing, brand identity and lean canvas business model with experience in running 3 startups and securing investments.More info can be found here:

Gadiy Lim

Gadiy runs a successfully funded next generation property marketplace start up called As a marketplace 2.0 platform, Bumbung deals with both Agents and Buyers / Tenants and connects them over matching profiles. Prior to Bumbung, he ran another startup called Zoposh (Placematch), another property platform based from Singapore.

    Phang Jo Yee
    Marketing & Community Manager, FutureLab

    Phang has been in the start-up scene for over 3 years. She spearheaded a game development company and help grew a 3 man team to a studio with 7 full timers and over 30 interns. With a strong passion for branding and marketing, Phang went on to join a social start-up as the Marketing & Community Manager, overseeing a community of over 1,000 members from 37 different countries. On top of that, she is highly involved in online mentoring on and community building for Google Business Group Malaysia.

    Nadhirah Mustafa

    Lais de Oliveira
    East Community Director (Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe) at Startup Grind

    Organizing Team

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    Ben Richardson
    Co-founder of Future Assembly & AUStartups

    Ben Richardson is a graduate Aerospace Engineer, self taught full-stack web developer, and obsessive startup maker. Ben currently heads up a team within PwC that builds self-sufficent startups that disrupts the firm from within. Outside of work, Ben is a co-founder of Future Assembly ( and AUStartups ( Find out more at

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