Techstars Startup Weekend FinTech Kuala Lumpur 4/19

    Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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Techstars Startup Weekend FinTech Kuala Lumpur 4/19

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Asia Pacific University
Jalan Teknologi 5
Taman Teknologi Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 57000

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Your idea 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
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
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Friday April 26th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Daniel Cerventus Know more about Fintech

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 April 27th

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
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:00 pm
Speaker Session
Khushboo Nangalia - Founder & CEO, BEYOND99 Learn from Khush how you can sell your idea!

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 April 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Pitch Practice
Mentors are there to listen to your presentation to enhance your final presentation

4:00 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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sam Shafie
Founder of WatchTower and Friends, Co-Founder of PitchIN

Johnny Mayo
Asia General Manager, SuperCharger

Forbes 30 Under 30. Co-founded Malaysia's first blockchain company. First Malaysian-based team to enter 500 Startups accelerator in Silicon Valley. Launched Malaysia's first academic FinTech qualification with APU. Asia General Manager of SuperCharger, Asia's leading FinTech accelerator.

Coaches and Mentors

Nazroof Hakim
CEO and Founder, Billplz

Nazroof  is an experienced executive with an excellent work history in the financial services industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Sales and Operations, Entrepreneurship, and Management. He is currently Billplz CEO after founding it in 2012. MAVCAP, the biggest VC in Malaysia and 500 Startups, a U.S.-based VC are Billplz major investors. Billplz is already profitable after 2 years in production. He graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2001, majoring in Accounting and Financial Management.

Musa Sharuddin
Academy Manager, SuperCharger Accelerator

Musa is the SuperCharger's academy lead, which aims to build the nation's FinTech awareness and workforce. One of the initiatives borne out of the academy is Malaysia's first FinTech academic qualification.

Prior to SuperCharger, Musa was part of the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC)'s academy team where he managed the MaGIC Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp and Stanford programs.

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.

Chetan Bharadwaj
Co-Founder & Business Head at FOURDY

Chetan is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record in the Tech & Marketing industry and a seasoned business consultant. Skilled in Negotiation, Strategic Partnership, Management, Strategy, Sales and Business Development.

Passionate about inspiring change through collaboration, experimentation and co-creation in the creative and digital space – over last decade, he has built a digital innovation venture, FOURDY, which has supported 200+ active clients across Retail, Technology, Education, Healthcare, Publishing, Media & Entertainment sectors globally.

Hakim Karim
Director & Co-founder, CurrenSeek

Hakim has over 25 years’ experience in Asia, U.S. and Europe translating user desires and market dynamics into innovative IT solutions and creative business strategies. He has worked in large MNCs such as Goldman Sachs in New York, Accenture in London and Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong and founded three cutting-edge start-ups, including the multi-award winning CurrenSeek, which was selected by MyNEF in 2018 as the Best Fintech Startup in Malaysia.

Noomi Fessler
Operating Partner, NEXEA / CFO, Lapasar

I've spent close to 4 years with NEXEA, managing the portfolio companies and managing the investment process of the Pre-Seed and Seed investments. I was also co-running two of the accelerator programs. Last year, I've joined one of the fast-growing portfolio companies,, as CFO.

Ben Lim
Managing Partner, NEXEA

Ben Lim is the Managing Partner at NEXEA (, an early Startup Accelerator, Angel Network and Venture Capital. NEXEA has invested in more than 35 Startups across Southeast Asia and is known for creating value in their investments. NEXEA is backed by experienced entrepreneurs who have done their M&As and IPOs or are CEOs of publicly listed companies. More importantly, they want to give back to the next wave of entrepreneurs. Ben founded NEXEA together with a few partners and has since managed the deal flow and investments into Startups. He also ran 3 Accelerator programs with Watchtower & Friends and Sunway iLabs and a few other corporate partners like AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Microsoft Cloud and Digital Ocean. He has deep experience in validating Startups from MVP to investability, as well as fundraising for Startups. Ben has advised over 1000 Startups in fundraising and the fundamentals of a Startup over the years.

Philip Seifi
Co-Founder & CEO, Pona

Philip draws on his interdisciplinary and multicultural background to align design, technology and business objectives. After nine years in edtech, he's now working to connect families through a marketplace for home-cooked food. He also lends his time to Harvard Alumni for Global Development and has mentored young entrepreneurs at UNDP and startup events around the world.

Carolina Correa
Design & Marketing, MyMy

Brand strategist and designer from Belgium. I've spent my career helping startups position themselves competitively in a market place by rigorous analysis with creative innovation to uncover a brand’s personality, identify their market position and reach audiences to stay ahead of the curve.

I've worked with clients from all over the world from Malaysian fintechs, to American challenger brands, European government initiatives and more.

Always active in the startup community having organised the first Startup Weekend in Antwerp (Belgium), and growing an Entrepreneurship & Innovation community to over 2000 members spanning across 5 cities in Europe.

Hui Yik Seong
Founder, Direct Lending

Yik Seong is the Founder of Direct Lending, an online personal lending platform that provides a faster, simpler, safer and more affordable borrowing experience for consumers. He has over 15 years of banking, capital market and accounting experience in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. 

Before starting Direct Lending, he was a Director with Barclays Investment Bank (Debt Capital Market team), where he successfully raised over USD40 billion of financing for banks, insurance companies and corporates across Asia and Europe. Yik Seong is a CFA Charterholder and a qualified accountant. 

Asyur Anwar Bin Mustapha
Founder & CEO of Easytech Digital Solution

Asyur Anwar is the founder and CEO of Easytech Digital Solution (, a company that is dedicated on providing the best user experience to the client by developing augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mobile and web solutions. He is determine and passionate to make technology understandable and inclusive to every people.

Before he started his own venture, he was a Lead Trainer for Coding@Schools program, a program to equip the younger generation with the skills and abilities to become more creative and innovative. He also one of the Mentor for 1Malaysia Entrepreneurship (1MET) Bootcamp 2015. He teach and mentored more than 500 school students and youth throughout Malaysia. 

Apart from that, he is the Youth Ambassador for Asia Pacific UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and APCC (Asian Pacific Children Convention). 

He studied Information Technology at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Gombak.

Ray Low
Director, Tech Star PLT

Ray Low has 5 years experiences in software development across various industries - construction, blockchain, education, market research, food delivery, facial recognition, and business solutions.

Bryan Chin
Founder and CEO, Vspire Academy

A serial entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in turning ideas into reality and a great track record for building sustainable businesses and has been involved in financial, property, trading, education and digital media & agency!

Currently, building Vspire Academy, the fast growing institution that provides market driven workshops and programmes that conducted by industry experts in order to lead the businesses and startups towards the digital transformation.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend FinTech Kuala Lumpur 4/19 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 Kuala Lumpur is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Jenny
  • Marina
  • Wan
  • Henry
  • Khai Shen
  • Michelle
  • Dylan


Shaun Yap
Community Manager


Event Staff

Muthu Narayanan

Currently pursuing final year degree at Asia Pacific University, member of Toastmaster International Club, have been the organizing chairman for several NGO events and I always seek for opportunities to enhance my professional skills as well as to expand my network by meeting new people.

Nazmi Nasir
Account and Finance, PAPER + TOAST

University of Malaya graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree of Accounting. Previously an intern in Schlumberger Business Support Hub in Finance Department. Currently the Accounts & Finance Trainee in Paper + Toast. Possesses good communication skills, a team player and eager to explore new things and experience.

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