Startup Weekend George Town- Women Edition

    Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018

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Startup Weekend George Town- Women Edition

Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018

Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Wisma Giap Chew
2nd Floor,
28 Lebuh Gereja
George Town, Penang, 10200

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A Weekend of Empowering Women Entrepreneurs!

 🚀 Organized by PAPER + TOAST and powered by Techstars, We are thrilled to bring the very first Startup Weekend George Town Women Edition to town at 7th-9th September 2018!

Who is Startup Weekend Women For?
It doesn't matter what you do or where you are from, Startup Weekend Women is designed as an event that brings all sorts of Women (and MEN) 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 a careers switch,
- all-time learners or maybe someone that has ZERO knowledge of anything but they would like to explore themselves!

🌳 Startup Weekends​ is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.  The 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. 

💡 Startup 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.

🏆 Our goal is to encourage and inspire more female leaders in startup teams and to connect more women to the vast number of resources and mentors available in our startup community. That's why we want you to be part of this weekend and join some of the most passionate, talented and entrepreneurial-minded women across our community!

🙋🏻‍  Are men allowed to attend?

However, there are a limited number of tickets available to men and we do encourage men to find another female participant to bring along.

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Friday September 7th

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 September 8th

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 September 9th

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

Gina Koay
Vice Chairman / WomenBizSENSE

Gina is a registered pharmacist by profession in Malaysia. She set up her own retail pharmacy , namely City Wellness Pharmacy Sdn Bhd in Island Glades, Penang since 2007. Her company’s motto is to help people smile again.
As an entrepreneur, she believes that everyone has a capacity to become a successful entrepreneur, it takes will, willingness to learn and be passionate about what they like to do.

Tamara Hofman
Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant at TPC Leadership

Tamara Hofman is a Civil Engineer and proudly worked at the construction of Suria KLCC. She followed her passion for leadership and coaching and set up the Greater China 🇨🇳 office for TPC Leadership. At the moment she is working with leaders from UNICEF around the globe to increase their impact.

Coaches and Mentors

Neel Chin
Management of Soho Group of Companies

Neel accidentally involved in the F&B industry for over two decades & a history of passionate Social Work, her current position allows her to bring the two together and use this platform of influence to support and guide those in the workforce to bring out the best in themselves for the betterment of the collective. Being one who is extremely hands on, she truly believe there is a practical solution to every problem and that honesty and transparency is the key to success.

Shuant Goh
1. Copywriter & Content Strategist (, 2. Founder (TheWriters.Co), 3. WomenWill Lead (Google Business Group George Town)

Shuant is a copywriter and content marketing strategist. Keen interest in solving problems and explore all things new in life and beyond. She has been creating content for almost ten years for a myriad of industries. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing lines in her wide range of book genres. As an aficionado of productivity, she's currently working on her startup, TheWriters.Co, to enable freelance writers to write more, earn more, do less project management. She's active in the community that includes WomenWill Lead by GBG George Town and Community Co-Manager of GBG George Town.

Jane Lee
Cofounder and CEO/ Active60

I am the CEO of Active60, a social business that enable the active participation of retirees by engaging them in jobs, projects and activities post retirement. I am also a social entrepreneur who are passionate to develop the leadership and entrepreneurial skills in young people so they can harness the power of business to solve social problems in sustainable ways.

Racheal Poh
Lecturer in KDU Penang

As a lecturer, I facilitate learning and growth in the areas of business and marketing. My mission is threefold: to spark interest, be a master of simplification and impart knowledge for lifelong learning. To sum it all, I always believe it is the little conversation that build the relationship and make an impact on each student.

Mei Tan
Founder of Scoopoint Sdn Bhd and Innovative Plus and COO of Asia Green Group

Mei Tan is a creative entrepreneur who is currently the creative director & COO of Asia Green Group - a property development company; the Founder and CEO of Scoopoint Coworking and Founder and CEO of Innovative Plus.

Mei graduated with honor with the Ringling College of Art & Design in Florida, USA and won few design awards in the States. After employment at MTV International as a Graphic Interactive Designer in NYC, she came back to her hometown of Penang as a member of the executive management team in Asia Green Group.

She is also the founder of Scoopoint - a disruptive and stylish co-working space in the central of Penang. The space formed with the mission of transforming how local people work and empower creative entrepreneurs. Scoopoint is not just a co-working space but a community and platform to encourage creativity, passion & collaboration.

She started an incubator program with the goal to change the creative ecosystem and values, also to groom new talented creative entrepreneurs. She has been instrumental in refining both companies' brands and products that make the company the icon it is today within the industry and also helped Asia Green Group won several awards.

She is also recently won Top CEO award, Top100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs, Top 30 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award and High Flyer award herself. She has been called Wonder Woman because of her passion and dedication to build the creative community and she is the person with vision and action. A great model for today's woman entrepreneur. She would like to change the way people think about creativity and encourage people to follow their dreams & passion. She is on the mission to inspire and empower the creatives to unleash their true potential to be creative entrepreneurs.

Krista Goon
Co-owner, Redbox Studio

I am a co-owner of Redbox Studio where we help business owners attract quality customers using websites that are made for marketing. I am also an author, speaker, trainer and copywriter. Communications is my forte. In 2006, I co-founded a women entrepreneur association (WomenBizSENSE) with Datin Josephine Yoong because we wanted an organisation to support and nurture women in business. I was the chairperson for WomenBizSENSE from 2012 to 2016. I am now an advisor to the organisation. I am also currently a Board Member for the International Association of Business Communicators (Malaysia chapter).

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.

Angelld Quah
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of FBM Crowdtech Sdn Bhd

Angelld Quah is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of FBM Crowdtech Sdn Bhd which is the only Malaysian company that registered to operate, both equity crowdfunding and P2P financing platform namely FundedByMe Malaysia and AlixCo.

She graduated and majored in International Business specializing in Management and Marketing from Emirate Aviation University in Dubai, UAE. As a serial entrepreneur, she has over 10 years of entrepreneurship experience with international exposure in cross border marketing strategy and business development, is an expert in innovation management with a focus on financial technology assessment from
research to market.

Her passion for seeing through SME and start-up companies being successful is the key motivator in helping them source funding on an equity crowdfunding platform such as FundedByMe or P2P financing platform as AlixCo.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Georgetown is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Marina
  • Wan
  • Henry


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Jenny Low
Community Builder at PAPER + TOAST

Event and Program planner, coordinator and organizer in PAPER + TOAST.

Loves photography and videography. Jenny loves creating impacts on others life and inspires them with events she organized. She is a TEDx organizer as well during her university life. She is now the advisor of TEDx in her university. Jenny is always looking for opportunities to learn and develop new skills.

Pin Chee Cheah

Pin Chee is a Mechatronic Diploma student and he is interested in photography and cinematography. Love music and arts; love to create and modify; Love to DIY too!

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