Startup Weekend Georgetown: Creatives

    Friday, July 5 - 7, 2019

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Startup Weekend Georgetown: Creatives

Friday, July 5 - 7, 2019

Friday, July 5 - 7, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Level 2, Tamarins House
No. 46 Pengkalan Weld
George Town, Pulau Pinang 10300

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Attention all creative creators, you're in for a real treat!

Proudly organized by Scoopoint and powered by Techstars, we're ecstatic to bring the first Startup Weekend Creatives Edition to the heart of Georgetown on the 5th - 7th July!

Who Should Attend Startup Weekend Creatives Edition?
  • Creative creators varying from different industries.
  • Creative developers / tech-related professionals.
  • Creative entrepreneurs who are looking for challenges.
  • Creative students from high schools or universities.
  • Professionals who are searching for a creative outlet.
  • Curious and creative all-time leaners.
  • Anyone with a creative mindset that's looking to spark and tame some magic.
  • ANYONE who's more than willing to take up the challenge to explore the creative side of them!

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.

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Friday July 5th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get yourself checked in.

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcoming Speech & Ice Breaking Session
Official welcoming speech, review agenda for the weekend and introduce mentors and community leaders.

7:00 pm
Pitching Session
Optionally line up to give your pitch.

8:00 pm
Voting Session
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:30 pm
Forming of Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas.

9:30 pm
Begin Work / Wrap Up
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 July 6th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.

9:00 am
Begin Work + Coach Meetings
Teams formed and setting up work space 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 July 7th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Final Coach Meetings
Final coach meeting before presentation.

3:00 pm
Presentation Setup
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

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.

Teong Hin Saw
Multiple Award-Winning Writer, Producer and Director for Film, Television and Theatre.

Saw Teong Hin is a multiple award-winning writer, producer and director for film, tv and theatre.

A creative industry veteran of more than 30 years, Teong Hin was Louis Vuitton Malaysia’s Generation Next (2003), was Tatler’s 100 People You Must Know In Asia (2006), received the CHT Essence Art Award (2009), was August Man, Men Of The Year (2017) and was Chinese Film Association Malaysia Leading Film Industry Person (2018).

Teong Hin’s directorial debut, “Puteri Gunung Ledang” (2004), is the first Malaysian submission for the Academy Awards and the first Malaysian film invited to the Venice International Film Festival.

His production company, Real Films, provided production support for Ang Lee’s “Lust: Caution”, produced the Sudirman-tribute musical film, “Hoore! Hoore!” (2012) and the Penang Hokkien film “You Mean The World To Me” (2017).

For theatre, Teong Hin co-wrote the book for “Puteri Gunung Ledang – The Musical” (2006). He conceived and directed site-specific works for George Town Festival, namely “Emily of Emerald Hill” (2010), “Silat” (2012) and “You Mean The World To Me” (2014). He also co-wrote and directed “Chow Kit Road! Chow Kit Road!” (2013), at Istana Budaya.

Teong Hin directed the television mini-series “Tangkal Besi”(2010) and the web series “Inikah Cinta” (2010).

He was the creative director for the 29th SEA Games & 9th ASEAN Para Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies (2017).

Brian Johnson
Co-founder and Director of My Performing Arts Agency (MyPAA)

Brian is the Co-Founder of My Performing Arts Agency, Malaysia’s largest arts intermediary, an agency with the express goal of supporting the continuing development of artistic & cultural efforts in Malaysia where he leads the overall goal and vision of the company, it’s values and philosophies, measures of success quantitatively, short to long term business and financial strategy, high-level execution plans, co-development of brand strategy and identity of MyPAA. MyPAA is now regarded as the go-to organisation for high impact arts and culture ecosystem improvement initiatives by Malaysian and international corporates, arts councils and advisory boards as well as global arts networks.

To date, MyPAA has championed iconic arts initiatives that include The Royal Arts Gala - a prestigious fundraising dinner graced by Their Royal Highnesses, the King and Queen of Malaysia; Karnival Seni Kreatif Kita - an arts carnival that attracted 30,000 participants when it was held in Pasir Gudang, Johor; Borak Arts Series - an regional touring arts conference for creative practitioners, business leaders and the arts industry to converge and discussion about the arts in South East Asia; as well as Artistlabs - Malaysia’s first and only creative accelerator for entrepreneurs. Brian was also responsible for conceiving and writing the strategy and execution papers that were eventually presented to the government to form Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA) as well as Borneo 744, Malaysia’s first Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Township in Kuching, Sarawak.

Prior to this Brian was the Head of Business Development for North America, for the Multimedia Development Corporation, where he represented Malaysia’s ICT industry under the MSC Malaysia initiative in numerous G2G, G2B & B2B level missions abroad leading to lead identifying, qualifying & successful negotiation to secure investment and high impact projects. His largest contribution to the country was when he successfully negotiated an RM595million investment for Iskandar which was reported by the Malaysian Prime Minister through PEMANDU’s Business Services NKEA, closed approximately RM680million in FDI for 2011 and had successfully built a pipeline of RM1.91billion worth of foreign direct investments. Other notable key account acquisitions include Paypal, Facebook and Sherwin-Williams to name a few.

Brian is the Vice President and one of the 6 founding members of Arts, Live Festival and Events Association (ALIFE), a global mentor for Creative Startups USA and was recently appointed by Minister of Youth and Sports YB Syed Saddiq and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes to be on the board of Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia.

In September this year, Brian will be launching his latest venture named, a lifestyle social commerce platform that connects curated content and brands to a like-minded global community.

His passion lies in playing tennis, where he played as a junior for Penang state but his first and only true love will always be music where he is the composer, producers and rhythm guitarist for his band Primitive Leap.

Jay Lim
Founder and Creative Director of TSUBAKI Studio

Jay Lim has a passion for three things: graphic design, teaching, and magazines. CUTOUT Magazine is the brainchild of Jay and his wife, Vivian Toh – and ever since they started on it independently without many resources, they have reaped the rewards of success in more ways than they could imagine. Their determination to create a future together – as a couple and partners – has led them to co-build a design company that is fueled by their shared enthusiasm, courage and foresightedness.

Called the TSUBAKI Studio, their not-so-little-anymore design company of 5 people has been around for business for 12 years. Throughout the lifetime of TSUBAKI, they have received recognition and awards for what they do well – which is, visual communication. Jay himself has represented the company at several prestigious occasions including accepting awards from the Taiwan Golden Pin Design Award 2014, Germany Red Dot Design Award 2015, Hong Kong DFA 15,17 and 2018, HKDA Global Design Award 2016, and several others from Netherland, China and the USA.

Often, Jay travels to Taiwan for his other responsibilities as a visiting professor at the Kunshan University, or as an exhibitor for his design works. Occasionally, he gets called to be the judge of a design award. Jay is also a regular speaker at design-related events such as Malaysia’s TEDx Penang Road that was held in 2017.

Along with the studio’s team effort, the works of TSUBAKI have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including APD 11, 12 & 14 (Asia Pacific Design), GALLERY, CREATIVE TALK ASIA, Sandu Publication, and other international design books.

Coaches and Mentors

Chun Woei
Founder of Urban-cr3atures

Growing up in an environment surrounded by toys and cartoons in the 80’s, Chun Woei stemmed his aspiration and inspiration from TV. Since young, he has always loved to draw and begin by drawing his favourite cartoon characters. At a young age, he knows exactly what he wanted to do when he grows up which is to be a comic artist, but eventually, it changed to graphic design as he enters college where he learned more than just drawing.

After years of experience in the advertising industry, Chun Woei ventured into multimedia, animation and motion graphics upon returning from New Zealand in 2002 graduated with a degree in Computer Graphic Design from Wanganui School Of Design. Chun Woei started to involve in the job scope of graphic design, digital illustration, motion graphic design, animation and visual effects since then.

In 2005, Urban-cr3atures was born out of the passion to create a new design trend and dare to be different based on the principle of cultural identity. Chun Woei founded Urban-Cr3atures which treats creative works as his playground, where he finds satisfaction from his works in experimenting with the weird approach in order to create and develop original new ideas. With this approach in over the years, Urban-cr3atures have produced a range of original designer’s products from clothing to toys.

In 2017, Chun Woei built yet another adventure locally with few friends. They build a space called GrafikDistrict dedicated for the graphic design community in Penang to gather and talked about anything from lifestyle, ideas to design especially the development and the future of design in Penang.

Apart from all this, Chun Woei is also the Panelist in the Penang Public Art Review Panel and also a Committee Member for Penang State Art Gallery. Chun Woei is also an active educator with 19 years of teaching experience and is now a Head Of Programme for Mass Communication at INTI International College Penang.

Aziz Kevin Lee
Assistant Vice President of Khazanah Nasional

Aziz Kevin Lee was the firestarter who spearheaded the Khazanah Nasional Entrepreneurial Outreach (KNEO) programme to unearth entrepreneurial talent across the country in tech, non-tech and social enterprises.

He also championed Project Cornerstone, a co-investment programme where Khazanah matched every RM1 committed by co-investor(s) into pre-seed and seed stage startups and was involved in setting up three national institutions, including Think City, a community-based urban regeneration body that seeks to create more sustainable and liveable cities; the Allied Healthcare Centre of Excellence, established to upgrade specialized skills and competency of healthcare professionals in the country; and the Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) Center, a platform that promotes collaboration amongst industry, academia and government in research, design and development activities for the E&E industry.

Kevin is one of the pioneering team members who joined Khazanah Nasional when it first opened its doors in Penang, Malaysia in 2008, in line with government policy of establishing regional development corridors to drive growth.

Mathan Sagumaran
Founder of PR Entertainment

Mathan Sagumaran is no stranger to Penangites. Despite graduating with a psychology degree, Mathan has been in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years as a high-demand professional emcee.

The Penang-born, who is also known as Partyrocker, has expressed his curiosity for the arts, stage drama and all forms of entertainment since he was young. In 2011, he started his own company PR Entertainment, after gaining valuable experience from working with several entertainment firms.

PR Entertainment specializes in event planning; which includes consultation and supervision for all sorts of corporate and social events. He has done more than 1,000 events and still counting! Among them are Gurney Plaza, Asia Green Group, Aman Central, Sunwa and more.

Kenneth Fong
Creative Community Coordinator of Scoopoint

Skilled and passionate in Digital Marketing that focuses on lead generation, Kenneth Fong has worked in two
different sectors — Manufacturing and Digital Marketing.

His journey towards becoming a Digital Marketer, however, was not planned. Like many others, he had been taught from a young age to study hard, to obtain good results, to get a good tertiary education and to get a well-paid job. And that was exactly the path that he had pursued, without so much as a thought of becoming a Digital Marketer.

With the current boom in the digital world, it was then did he start to realize that Digital Marketing is a serious business; that if it's being carried out correctly, would enable him to earn money while he was asleep or enjoying his holiday. In other words, he had discovered a business
platform that would generate income 24 hours a day within the span across all countries.

With his acquired knowledge in Digital Marketing, he started as an Independent Digital Marketer in 2013 and eventually join Scoopoint as a Creative Community Coordinator in April 2019.

Adrian Loh
Founder of Shinajii and Co-Founder of DAA Productions

Adrian Loh obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University In Melbourne, Australia. In 2004, he came back to Malaysia and worked for a paper factory based in the Northern region of Malaysia, and handled machine process as a process officer. Later in 2008, he was promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager and stayed on until 2011.

In 2009, however, he set up his own advertising firm named Shinajii, and quit his job to devote his full attention and time towards his new firm. Shinajii is now one of Penang’s Leading advertising agency and has obtained four As status since 2013.

To date, Adrian is armed with seven years of solid experience delivering industry-recognized creative solutions for top global companies and has extensive experience in brand marketing strategy, advertising and brand campaign strategy, social media engagement and cross-platform product development with a special focus on web and printed media.

Other skills he has developed including managing teams of diverse personalities in deadline-driven environments, establishing employee career development programming, leading cross-functional team collaboration, and developing industry outreach opportunities.

The most recent highlight to his career happened in 2016 when he ventured into Movie Production and co-founded DAA Productions. In 2017 he released a self-produced movie titled '913 the Returning', a horror film inspired by a true story. In 2018 he released another film titled 'Shun Pong -O' a film shot both in Korea and Penang.

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.

Nick Ghey
Founder of StayHi Consultancy

Nick Ghey is an adventurous and creative entrepreneur graduated from Keele University UK, and worked for an international branding firm as a marketing & sales executive for 2 years, it was the first job and the last. After a quick promotion to the VP of marketing, he quit the position and starts his first ever dessert cafe in Penang - Ice Estate (Currently as Merry Me). The cafe has become an overnight success with a unique brand identity and expanded throughout the northern region smoothly.

It was a life-changing experience from being an executive level transformed into an entrepreneur. The achievement has never stopped him from starting his digital marketing and branding firm - StayHi Consultancy (, specialised in the field of corporate branding, corporate planning and online digital marketing. The company's mission is keen to work closely with all local SME to boost their brand attractions and acquire new audiences through absolute internet marketing solutions that drive their business to the next peak. Under the position of Nick Ghey, Stayhi Asia has made a wonderful appearance in the field of fashion, bars, hotels, and developers within 3 years and developed more than 50 brands locally. Now the brand is setting up more offices over Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor to create the next 100 brands.

Bill Ng
Founder of BCM Production

An exceptional man. At only 27 years old, the gentleman has soared high spreading his wings proud and loud in the media industry. When one stumbles upon his creation, one immediately knows that it’s his product. With nine years of experience in the field and a media studies degree from Limkokwing University, the Penang-born gentleman certainly masters the essence of a great story captured in an image. 

Blessed with a number of special talents, Bill possesses a gleeful personal from the time he was an infant. Since in a very young age, Bill was already involved with the outside world. At the time, Bill had entertained and interacted with people of all ages, when he was called for his first job as a event planner. Up till today, the young man still holds his positivity and simply neutralizes the surrounding mood and environment through his cheerful character. 

The man is a natural communicator which allowed him to venture into his next career. Although the man is gifted with a rare talent for simply making those nearby happy, Bill still had his shortcomings that led him to the wrong path in the beginning. Despite his imperfection, he woke up from his slumber and grew courage to start a new healthy life with the support of his dear parents and family members. Today, Bill is an aspiring director who not only turns his passion into ambition, but produces artwork that commercialize his name and business products. 

It is always a dream to receive good feedback from the clients, and Bill always remains true to his promises. The young gentleman just knows the right recipe to what a client desires in every single artwork. Bill’s artwork are not merely good shots taken with good angles, but speak volumes of the spontaneous moments that a person cannot buy. Only one in a million could seize the right moment, and Bill is the one to seek for. Anything about Commercial Artwork, Creative Content, Bill can seal the deal.

Although Bill seems just like a good fit in the media world, he is still a human being that faces all sorts of difficulties. Bill finds that the hardest challenge in life is in competing to become a better version of himself. Believing that one only knows the quality of his individual work, Bill drives himself to fight and improve his skills every day when he is being given the chance. The high-spirited man is a big dreamer, and one of his biggest wishes is to be recognized as the best branding consultant. Just as the saying goes, nothing succeeds like success, as long as Bill plays his cards well. 

Daryl Felix
City Manager of FoodPanda Penang

A Penang born creative with a corporate background, Daryl Felix experience life to its fullest leaving no passion behind.

Founded in 2011, his band The Color Noise is an indie disco pop-rock quartet that marries dancy beats and pop sensitivities with finesse.

He previously pioneered two food and beverages related startups, including the well-known The Big Fat Hen which served multiple cuisines.
While he continues to front the band with his great and high-spirited stage presence, Daryl currently spearheads the leading brand of food delivery in Penang.

Kerstin Schmidt-Warz
International Trainer, Coach and Author

Kerstin Schmidt-Warz is an international trainer, coach and author. For more than 10 years she has empowered thousands of people to achieve their desired careers, more success and happiness.

Schmidt-Warz specializes in job-related programs that create professional and confident individuals by teaching them communication and conflict management skills, team building skills, and most of all personal development skills. Schmidt-Warz believes the world is suffering an education crisis. Through better education more empowered and effective individuals are created who can contribute better to their communities, families, companies, and economies.

During a business speech in front of students she found her true calling: to help others to figure out what they really want to do with their lives and support them on their way. Schmidt-Warz is a strong leader who encourages people to see and live up to their own potential. Through her own experiences and struggles she is an authentic trainer that has the ability to give lots of amusing and even shocking examples of her own live and that of her customers.

She has a master degree in Business Administation. Before she became a trainer, she started her career as a Marketing Manager in an IT company. She is a certified Business Trainer in the biggest trainer association in Germany and a certified Hypnocoach.

Schmidt-Warz is the author of the books “Dream – Believe – Achieve – your way to more happiness and success” and “Dein Glücksplaner” (which is published in Germany). Born and raised in Germany, she now lives with her husband and two daughters in Malaysia.

Diane Ng
Founder of Pep Advertising Sdn Bhd, Awesome Canteen and Ilaika Select Store

Diane was born in Singapore in 1973 and left to pursue her further studies in Australia when she was 19.She graduated with a Business Degree and went on to find her first job at Sunway University as an International Student Counsellor.
In 1999 she left her first job to start a design company called Pep Design. She spent a decade in the graphic design industry; from a small firm of three eventually, it grew into a twelve people team which handled some of the biggest publication jobs in this country.In 2013, she and her team formed Awesome Canteen, their first café and currently owns two cafes under the same name.In 2016 she opened Ilaika, her first select store focusing on supporting local brands.

Organizing Team

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

  • Mei
  • Fuh Sin
  • Malcolm


Malcolm Wu
Strategic Manager

Malcolm is the Strategic Manager at the iCube Innovation in Kuching - the first and still the largest, most connected co-working space in Sarawak. He is the lead community builder in the local Startup Ecosystem as well he is managing and facilitating many local programs such as the Startup Weekend Kuching, the Google Business Group, the Rails Girls Kuching and others. Malcolm is a Kuching boy and lived in Kuala Lumpur for over 9 years studying and working as Hospitality Management personnel. He is very passionate in things he likes and dedicates his time in Kuching on full basis to support the local entrepreneurship communities.

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