Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur Youths

    Friday, December 1 - 3, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur Youths

Friday, December 1 - 3, 2017

Friday, December 1 - 3, 2017
Event starts at 2:00 pm

Industrial Training Institute of Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Kuchai Lama
Kuchai Lama
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 58200

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Inspiring You(th)s to kickstart their ideas! All in 54 hours

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.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • Accommodation on-site
  • A new network of future entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world. They might be your squad.
  • All the internet, tea and coffee you can consume.

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Friday December 1st

2:00 pm
Arrive at the venue

2:30 pm
Welcome Remarks

3:15 pm
Networking & Ice-Breaking
Ice-breaking games

4:00 pm
Pitching Rehearsal

4:45 pm
Pitches Start
Pitch your idea in 60 seconds

6:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top ideas

6:30 pm
Dinner, Check-in & Networking
Eat food, network, get to know fellow participants, check-in to dorms

8:00 pm
Top 10 Ideas & Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas.Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.Brainstorm team rally

9:00 pm
Motivation Workshop
Unpack the value of knowing yourself and teamwork.

10:30 pm
Adjourn to Dorm
Everyone retires to dorms

Saturday December 2nd

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:30 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

10:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday December 3rd

8:00 am
Checkout & Breakfast
Simple breakfast & coffee. Checkout and hand keys to organizer

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

11:00 am
Presentation Coaching & Booth Setup
Coaching presentations & booth setup

12:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

1:00 pm

2:30 pm
Showcase Sessions
Students will showcase their ideas to the public and their peers.

3:30 pm
Final Presentations

4:45 pm
Reflection Session
Students will reflect in group with volunteers their experience. Facilitators will wrap up with actions moving forward

6:00 pm
Wrap-Up, Award & Group Photo

7:00 pm
Go Home!


Hanif Marzuki Mohd Saupi

Kausern Heui
Country Manager, Nuffnang & Executive Coach

Kausern wants to live in a world where the next generation are affirmed by the older generation to go on a journey of self-discovery and be all they were created to be. 
He is currently the Country Manager of Nuffnang Malaysia; an organization which offers social media influencer marketing and content marketing solutions to Advertisers. He has more than 15 years of sales, digital marketing experience and also hands-on expertise in leading and managing people across different levels within such organization types; start-up, NGO and media advertising agency. 
As an outcome driven person, what gives him joy is seeing someone change for the better. As a certified corporate coach, he excels in equipping people with purpose and goal-oriented skills so that they can perform at their best. And when they perform, the business and organization they are in - transforms.    

Event Judges

Syed Ahmad Fuqaha
Founder & CEO, KATSANA® Advanced Telematics

Syed Ahmad Fuqaha is the founder of KATSANA® Advanced Telematics. The startup focuses on usage-based insurance and connected cars. Our prediction and gamification engine excels in understanding driver behavior patterns, scoring drivers based on actual risk on the road, & engage them to become better drivers. We work with motor insurers and auto manufacturers to enable safer roads for all through a unified & API centric automotive platform.

Brian Tan
CEO & Co-Founder, FutureLab

Brian is the CEO & Co - founder of, an ed-tech startup focused on bridging the knowledge gap between education & the future workforce through an online mentorship platform. Prior to building FutureLab, Brian worked as a management consultant at Accenture, working on digital strategy & data analytic projects. He then moved to Ethos & Company, a boutique strategy consulting firm. Brian completed his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Bath, of which he spent a year researching at Oxford University. Brian then pursued a Masters in Management in Imperial Business School before coming back to Malaysia. He also completed a full stack Ruby on Rails coding course from NEXT Academy and is a Genovasi Design Thinking ambassador

Tanuja Rajah
Program Director, Global Accelerator Program, MaGIC

Tanuja’s love of science was what compelled her to earn her PhD in the field of immunology from Monash University. Upon graduation, Tanuja founded a startup called Lovesprk, Malaysia’s first dating concierge portal. This might have seemed like a massive departure from her field of study but she believed that the years spent tenaciously working in the lab actually prepared her for entrepreneurship. When experiments failed, despite spending nearly 15 hours in the lab daily, she picked herself up and tried again until she succeeded. Lovesprk was Tanuja's first foray into the field of entrepreneurship and she's never looked back! She currently leads the team that runs the largest accelerator program in South East Asia. 

Coaches and Mentors

Chang Lih Ren
Co-Founder MyBurgerLab

He is the Founder of JOBi, Co-founder of MyBurgerLab and Ex Co-founder of Passionate about developing youths to form startups that impact the world, he was previously a convener of Young Corporate Malaysians, Marketing Lead for AngelHackKL and one of the organizing team members of TEDXKL. 
He received his MBA from University of the West of England

Teacher Raj Ridvan Singh
Founder-CEO, Social Entrepreneur and Education Revolutionist

One of the most successful social entrepreneurs in Malaysia, educational revolutionist and social activist, Teacher Raj Ridvan Singh began his career amid the social and financial poverty of Cambodia in the late 90’s. As a 14-year old, Teacher Raj experienced sacrifice, selling his material possessions as he co-founded an NGO, SOLS 24/7 Cambodia, to provide free education and personal development to Cambodian youth. By the age of 17 and becoming the youngest Microsoft Computer System Engineer in ASEAN, Teacher Raj once again faced the choice of continuing his successful career in Malaysia or sacrificing financial comfort for the life of a social worker.With spirituality and a strong social activist background governing his decision, Teacher Raj left the comforts of Malaysia and returned to Cambodia, before heading to Timor Leste during a time of civil war to found and run SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste. His innate business skills and continuous activism guided him through the challenges of setting up and running an education based NGO, helping it grow to become the largest non-formal education provider in the country.After returning to Malaysia, and now with more than 20 years in the social service sector, Teacher Raj started tax-exempted, humanitarian organization, SOLS 24/7 Malaysia and began tapping into his entrepreneurial strengths to pioneer the concept of blending the worlds of social service (NGO) and entrepreneurship. 300,000+ individuals have benefitted from SOLS 24/7’s programmes and projects and it has grown into one of the leading and most innovative NGOs in Malaysia.In 2010, he set up SOLS Social Enterprises, from start-up stage to a multi-million Ringgit organization within nine months. SOLS Social Enterprises focuses on four sectors, Education, Technology, Mental Health and Renewable Energy, all which play a crucial role enhancing the quality of life of people transcending race, gender, culture and age.

Freda Liu
Producer & Presenter (Enterprise Lead) at BFM Media

Freda is currently working as a producer and presenter on BFM 89.9 ( BFM is an independent radio station and the only business radio station in Malaysia.
Hosting her show Enterprise, she has conducted thousands of interviews with CEOs and Captains of various industries.
One of her segments is Tech Talk and she has interviewed the likes of Julian Assange, Ralph Baer, inventor of the video game and Martin Cooper, the inventor of the mobile phone.
Freda has spent more than a decade in the communications industry from working in an international public relations consultancy to working as the Communications Manager for IBM in Malaysia and across Asia Pacific.
Freda is a Certified Professional Coach from Corporate Coach Academy, accredited with International Coach Federation, the world’s most recognized coaching body. She also has a Master Certification in Neuro-Semantics Neuro Linguistic Programming from the International Society of Neuro Semantics. She previously worked as a news presenter with a local TV station.

Nurfarini Daing
CEO of MyHarapan

Nurfarini is co-founder and CEO at myHarapan, a Foundation dedicated to helping youth achieve their true potential by empowering them to make positive social impact. She was previously the General Manager for 1½ years before assuming her role as CEO.
She was previously with the MDeC of Malaysia and headed the Project Management & IT services unit under the Technopreneurs Development Department. She has 15 years of start-up experience and also did training and coaching for SMEs and unemployed graduates.

Nurfarini graduated from the University of Warwick, UK, in Accounting and Finance. She is an Alumni of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program in 2011 and has a Certificate in Teaching, Stamford College. In Feb 2015, she won the Social Innovation Leadership award by World CSR Congress, India. She is also part of the SEALA network.

Angie S Chin
CEO & Founder, HerPortal Malaysia

Angeline Simone Chin or affectionately known as Angie by her friends and family, is a mother of one daughter. She spent 19 years working in various corporate industries (from Securities, Banking, Telco and Retail) when she finally calls it quit in mid 2015 to focus on building (formerly known as She is the Founder and Chief Trailblazer for HerPortal. connects women to Contents, Job opportunities, Self paced E-Learning Courses, Bootcamp and Entrepreneurship Events. HerPortal aspires to be the hub for Women in Asia to connect with one another and build a community of women that supports each other’s growth, whether via online & offline channels. HerPortal enables its users to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other.

In her free time, she loves cooking up a storm, movies, travel, crafts, music and reading good books. Forever curious, loves trying out new things, she even published a book on Animal Welfare in Malaysia (Silent Cries) years back in 2006 out of her wish to see more animals be treated well in the country. Portion of book sales were donated to various animal shelters. Passionate to teach and share, she has also taken part in the 1MET (1 Malaysia Entrepreneurship Training Bootcamp) programs (initiative of the MOF) as a Mentor for entreprenuerial youths who are on the ideation stage.
Angie oversees HerPortal's growth & her forte is building strategic partnerships.

Zulaikha Zulkifle
Miracle Worker, SaveSkies

Trained as an accountant, Zulaikha has worked in Baker Hughes and KPMG as auditor before embarking on her life-long passion in humanitarian program development. She graduates from University of Auckland, New Zealand

Izzat Azwar
Chief Growth Hacker, AdsHunter

Izzat currently enjoys transforming traditional business to digital ventures through rapid experimentation, online marketing and data analytics and he is the co-founder and Chief Growth Hacker at AdsHunter. 

He is 23 years old and have passion to help businesses to grow with digital marketing. And now, he wants to help other entrepreneurs too. Why? Because he helps a startup company grows bigger using online marketing strategy and keeps on falling in love with anything that is digital.

Izzat graduated from the Multimedia University in Computing Informatics. And he enjoys gaming and programming in his free time.

Nur Aina Aziz
User Experience Designer, MaGIC

Nur Aina Azmi is a User Experience (UX) Designer at Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC). She gained her knowledge and experience by working in various young startups prior to joining MaGIC, where she wants to help foster a better ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Driven to gain more experience before she kickstarts her own, just like her father who co-founded SKALI. She graduated from Multimedia University Cyberjaya, she is also a strong advocate of design sprint and passionate about training the youths.

Saiful Rizal Zainuddin
Senior Manager, Wadhwani Foundation

Rizal is currently attached with Wadhwani Foundation, which focuses on promoting the structured entrepreneurship program by the foundation to the Universities. As the result, this program will produce students with an entrepreneurship mindset and students with the business idea that are ready to jump into entrepreneurship journey and create jobs opportunities.

Before this Rizal is part of the MaGIC setup where he is a key member of the Global Accelerator Program (GAP) team, which runs MaGIC's in-house accelerator that aims to grow 60 startups to be investment ready within 4 months. His responsibilities include program budget proposal and monitoring, designing the curriculum and program structure, strategic partnerships, and mentoring startups. To date, Rizal has mentored over 200 startups globally. Previously known as MaGIC Accelerator Program (MAP), Rizal was the founding team of MAP where he was part of the team in designing, planning and executing the accelerator strategy.

Before MaGIC, Rizal was with Malaysian Biotechnology Corp, monitoring and assisting the progression of a biotechnology company. Prior to that, he was with the Business and Market Development team when he was with Multimedia Development Corp. He had diversified working experience in the hospitality industry, customer service, business development, and managing projects or events. Throughout his career, he has established contact and network within ASEAN countries especially with the startups, conglomerates, community builders, co-working space and investor/VC.

Ida Faranina Othman
Founder & Lead Trainer, Grow The Goose

Nina Othman has been an entrepreneur for 15 years. From owning a Baking Studio, Events Management Company, Supplying Corporate Gifts & Hampers, Production House, Advertising Agency, Photo Studio to a Kids Party Planning Outfit. Nina holds a BA (Hons) in Marketing from Northumbria University, UK. Her strength in communicating her ideas & visions allowed for her to scale her businesses rapidly. Unfortunately, due to the lack of Financial Knowledge, she wasn’t able sustain any of these businesses to the point where she was nearly declared bankrupt. Coming out of this very painful lesson and now a mother herself, she embarked on a journey to educate herself, her own children and young Malaysians on the importance of having Healthy Money Habits from a young age. She founded Grow the Goose in September 2015.     

Grow the Goose provides Financial Empowerment for Kids & Teens to help them attain Financial Wisdom entering adulthood. We believe in the importance of Financial Inclusion and that all Malaysians must have the right to Financial Education regardless of their Economic or Environmental Backgrounds. We have since conducted 46 workshops reaching out to over 1000 young Malaysians. We want to imprint these concepts into the DNA of a child from as young as 7 years old: Save Diligently, Earn Responsibly & Invest Sustainably.

Caroline Fong
Director of Coffeezone Malaysia

Caroline in inspired by the fresh ideas that are beyond her imagination that young people bring. She is a gem from the beautiful Tawau, Sabah. She wore many different hats throughout her life, from beauty queen to entrepreneur, and professional blogger to name a few. These experiences has shaped her incredible flexibility and passion. Her pageantry pursuits and winning several titles made her see life and beauty in a different and inspirational way. Caroline founded CoffeeZone Malaysia Sdn Bhd and joined the Social Enterprise industry. It is her passion now to help motivate others to succeed in the same way that she has.

CoffeeZone is a coffee enterprise that provides quality coffee to students in tertiary education and to the general public. We sell our coffee through lean mobile kiosks. CoffeeZone aims to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals who are differently-abled. In Malaysia, there are about 4.5 million individuals who are differently-abled. They face difficulties in getting proper jobs due to the perception that they cannot work as efficiently as able-bodied individuals. According to The Welfare Department of Malaysia, 80% of differently-abled individuals are currently unemployed.CoffeeZone provides barista training and employment to differently-abled individuals. In the long term and based on their ability, we plan to franchise the mobile kiosks to our beneficiaries to increase their independence and to provide them with a sustainable source of income to further uplift their quality of life.

Ahmad Suhail Azmi

In 2015, Suhail established Technerd Lab, to design and develop the fastest halal ingredient checker app with the largest database of ingredients; from food tocosmetic product. Called Halal Buddy, the app received the highest download from USA. In the same year he manage to won RM 500K Superb Funding by Teraju. Technerd Lab then got accepted into MAP Cohort 3/2016 where he received enormous training on building Start-up, marketing, branding and improving metrics for the app. Suhail also public appearance as a guest on Bernama 24 Radio, TV Al-Hijrah and Astro Oasis. Still in the pursuit to solve Global Halal issues, Technerd currently building a platform for micro SME to market their products while striving for halal certification.

Cheryl Lee Pui Mun
CEO, Reaplus

Cheryl had an experience in sales & marketing and business development. Majoring in Food Science and she is also a food enthusiast, therefore currently building businesses that revolve around food.

Hassan Al-Akraa
Social Entrepenuer and Activist

Our youngest and equally inspiring mentor, Hassan is only 18 years old. He comes from Syria and has been living in Malaysia for 7 years with his family due to the war in his country.

He started washing dishes at the age of 12 to support his family. He started learning English and Malay from work, then worked as a chef assistant, and then worked as a cashier in a restaurant. 
He went to prison for 9 days at the age of 14 because he is a refugee. 
But that didn't stopped him from achieving his dream. 

He started teaching at a refugee school at the age of 15. At this time he is already fluent in both English and Malay. 
Now he has his own initiative called "Al-Hasan Volunteer Network" 
He owns several charity and social projects in Malaysia by the support of local NGOs and Social Enterprise. 

He graduated from Cranbridge Tutorial Centre this year, and now he is waiting for a university. 

His dream is to become an educator and rebuilding his country again. 
He wants to have his own school and his own educational syllabus for every child who deserves a quality education.

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