Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018

    Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

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Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

*SCAPE Co. Ltd
2 Orchard Link
Singapore, Singapore 237978

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Together is better. Let's tickle our brains, solve problems and change the world, one weekend at a time.

We're back! Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018 (28 Sep - 30 Sep)
And...It's a wrap! Here's what you might have missed. 

1st Place  - MindPalace
Mindpalace is a VR technology that aims to help dementia patients remembering the ones closest to them. 

2nd Place - Outspoken
Real-time wearable translation for the deaf and mute in every language. Outspoken will bridge the gap between the under-served community with the mass. 

3rd Place - TongForChange
TongForChange makes donating life's spare change an everyday lifestyle by simplifying the process and allowing one to donate to the organisation of your choice. 

Most Creative - Mucho
Using technology and smart algorithm to reduce food wastage in business.

Most Impactful - Hear to Learn
With life-long learning for everyone in mind, Hear to Learn consists of a repertoire of educational audio resources in alternative languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, etc.).

Save the following Dates: 
Pre-Event 1 - 4th September 2018 (email invites will be sent nearer to event date)
Pre-Event 2 - 13th September 2018 (email invites will be sent nearer to event date)
Startup Weekend Mega - 28th - 30th September 2018
Post-Event - TBD

What is SWSG | Turn your ideas to reality in just 54 hours! Join forces with smart, passionate individuals to brainstorm, design products and validate your ideas with high caliber mentors and judges. Throughout the weekend, prepare to be immersed in an ideal environment where you will be equipped with the right tools and approaches to experience startup magic. Start off by brainstorming and building a strategic team on Friday evening, get down to business on Saturday, and pitch your ideas to the crowd and panel of experts on Sunday.

Why join SWSG | Meet people from all walks of life and join forces with smart, passionate individuals. Validate your idea with the very best mentors, investors and get equipped with the right tools and resources to help you bring your startup idea to life. You’ll take giant leaps towards creating a business, becoming a founder, connecting with the right people and resources to actually start a business in a weekend!

Each participant will get:
  • Special access pass to two Pre-events (where you get close and personal with industry experts) and one Post-event
  • Handpicked gourmet buffet spreads specially crafted for you across all 3 days (that's 7 meals!)
  • All-day coffee, drinks, snacks and finger food to fuel your brain juices!
  • Official Certificates!
  • An exclusive .co domain (incl hosting) for a year- FREE!
  • Actually get a step closer to starting up
  • Exclusive goodie bag worth more than $100
  • Awesome prizes
Who is SWSG for | Startup Weekend Singapore is for everyone; whether you are in the corporate world, juggling your own business, hustling in a startup, or working as a coder, designer, businessman or a student, everyone can start working on their big ideas and contribute to the team in their own special way. Young and old, vibrant and experienced, we invite all to come join and create an impact at Startup Weekend in Singapore. It will be a festive hackathon to celebrate innovation, ideas and camaraderie. 

Developer: The developer eats, sleeps and breathe code. The one who can create algorithms, intellectual property, and build products that forms the building blocks of the startup. Instrumental in building a platform for sustained growth.

Hustler: The hustler eats, sleeps and breathes the business model. The one who builds the team, ignites their passion, forms partnerships and guides the team along the validation path all while cementing its culture. With a keen eye for numbers, this role typically entails anyone from a business, marketing, finance, law background, etc.

Designer: The designer eats, sleeps and breathe design. The one who follows the best practices in brand identity building, user experience, information architecture and wire framing. Constantly keeping the consumer behaviors in mind, this role usually loves UI, UX and is a born artist.

Experience Open Innovation | At the core of Startup Weekend Singapore lies our drive and belief in Open Innovation, a participatory form of innovation that thrives in the fact that every speck of creativity matters. Functioning as an innovation catalyst between passionate community members, aspiring entrepreneurs and industry leaders, we provide an ideal platform for sustainable and open innovation for the public good.

Really Make a Difference, Think Public Good | With GovTech's support and partnership we are encouraging participants to think "Public Good". We define a public good idea as any solution, idea or startup that can have a potentially large impact on a great number of people in a positive way. While the ideas can be directly related to helping the less fortunate, underprivileged and marginalised minorities of society, it need not be limited to social enterprises and charitable organisations. You will finally have the resources and setting here that will drive your passions to challenge conventions and create capabilities that contribute to a sustainable future for the greater good.

Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity in a conducive environment for anyone to turn their concepts into companies! So give it a go, you'll never know what magic can happen over a weekend. Bring your friends, form a team, and build a startup in 54 hours. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you’re motivated to build a product, create a service and are open to new ideas — you’ll fit right in. Come solo or as a team then let the magic happen.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — join Startup Weekend today!

We know all of you can't wait to form teams & start working on that awesome idea to change the world. To ensure each participant get the most out of SWSG, keep the team size cosy between 4 and 6 pax. But most people say, 5 in a team is the magic number!

*Participants can form teams prior to the event, however, to be qualified as a team, a member has to pitch on Pitch Night (Friday) and emerge amongst the top 60 voted ideas.

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Friday September 28th

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

6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

10:00 pm
Vote for Ideas!
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:30 pm
Form Teams
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 you wish!

11:00 pm
Pizza Party
Have some fun while working with your team

Saturday September 29th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Lean Canvas Workshop

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

8:00 pm
Mock Pitches
Practise your pitch for the judging on Sunday!

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 30th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

11:00 am

11:00 am
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place.

12:00 pm
Opening Speech
Opening speech before judging

1:30 pm
Round #1 Presentations
Round 1 presentation to judges. Top teams will proceed to the final round.

5:00 pm
Round 1 Judging Result

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Have fun and wrap up!


Dr Janil Puthucheary
Minister-in-Charge of GovTech

Dr Janil Puthucheary graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Queen's University of Belfast, and received post graduate training in Belfast (Northern Ireland), London (UK) and Sydney (Australia). He worked as a Paediatrician and Paediatric Intensivist, and was Senior Consultant at the Children's Intensive Care Unit, and Head of Department (Paediatric Subspecialties) at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Dr Puthucheary went on to join the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School as Associate Professor teaching first year medical students, and was also the Medical Director for Faculty Development.

Dr Puthucheary was elected Member of Parliament in 2011. He is also the vice-chairman for the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council. In January 2016, he was concurrently appointed Minister of State for the Ministry for Education (MOE) and Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). He is also responsible for the Smart Nation initiative and is an advocate for embracing of technology in lifelong learning. 

Teo Ser Luck
Chairman, Nufin Data

Mr Teo Ser Luck was born in 1968. A former student of Rosyth School, Victoria School and Nanyang Junior College, he graduated with a Bachelor in Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and began his career as an auditor. He has had regional management, corporate and business experience in multinational companies for more than 10 years. He has assumed positions as Regional Director and Managing Director of multi-national corporations for the Asia Pacific. Ser Luck has also helped to start companies in regional countries. He has worked in Hong Kong, China, Thailand and India. Prior to politics, Ser Luck was heading DHL Express (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

Teo Ser Luck was elected Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC in May 2006 and recognised as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 for his contribution to the business and community services sectors. He also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from his alma mater (NTU) in the same year. While in the private sector, he has also received accolades as global outstanding manager in business and operational excellence.

Teo Ser Luck was appointed the Minister of State for Trade and Industry on 21 May 2011. He is also Mayor of the North East District Community Development Council.

Event Judges

Ozi Amanat
Founder, K2 Global

Ozi is an angel investor and venture capitalist. Founder of K2 Global and K2 VC he is one of Singapore's largest venture firms. His investments include stakes in Airbnb, Spotify, Uber, Palantir, Magic Leap, Paktor and Paytm.

His previous private investments before their public offerings where in Alibaba, Twitter and Twilio. With a mission to connect Asia and Silicon Valley, K2’s latest S$250M fund is focused on early to growth global equity.

Backed by capital from prominent investors he is featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, TechCrunch and The Economic Times. He has raised over $700M for private equity and technology investments and overseas $2b of assets. 
He is a graduate of Harvard University and a strong proponent of technology.

Mark Lim
Managing Director - Digital Technology | Temasek

Currently the Managing Director of Digital Technology at Temasek, Mark empowers Temasek to create more value by enabling and inspiring our people with a culture of scalable innovation and providing them with high quality data and intelligent digital platforms. Leveraging on new development in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Mark is involved in building impactful digital product that creates value in improving business outcome. 

He is also building cross-functional agile tribes and squads focusing on innovation and collaboration through Digital Strategy, User Experience Design, Agile Software Development, Continuous Delivery, Quality Engineering, Cloud Technology, Data Platform, Process Redesign, Data Science and Machine Learning. 

Aik Phong Ng
Managing Director, Fave Singapore

Aik Phong is the Managing Director of Fave Singapore, Southeast Asia’s leading Online-to-Offline and cashless payment startup. AP, as he is more commonly known, is a founding member of Fave (previously known as KFit). As VP of Business Development, he was responsible for driving rapid business expansion of the popular fitness subscription platform KFit across Asia. He currently heads out Fave's Singapore business, focusing on growing the FavePay cashless payment and loyalty rewards solution amongst F&B merchants, as well as driving customer adoption of FavePay.

He was previously the Head of National Accounts for Groupon APAC, building and driving a regional business unit that generated annual revenues in excess of $50 Million across 6 countries (Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia & Singapore). 

AP is a former Team Singapore Fencer and a SEA Games medallist. At 16, he entered Carleton University in Canada, graduating with a degree in Electrical & Systems Engineering as one of the faculty's youngest graduate.

AP is the The Leading CEO Award recipient at the 2018 Singapore HR Awards, in recognition of his business and organisational leadership.

Michael Blakey
Managing Partner, Cocoon Capital

According to Michael, your entrepreneurial journey starts young. He paid his way through college in the US by running some of the best music events in the city. Michael loves building things – including companies. And Michael isn’t your typical investor – he’s been in the trenches. He has hustled. And he has succeeded. Michael attributes his atypical journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur-turned-investor to having struggled for years in school, owing to his dyslexia. As a result, he was always on the lookout for ways to succeed outside of school. In turn, it is exactly this kind of differentiation and drive that he looks for in Founders as an investor today.

Since becoming an angel investor in 2000 through Avonmore Developments which he co-founded with his brother, Michael has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 6 successful exits. He has also invested in 8 early stage companies in Southeast Asia including Anchanto, MyDoc and Nugit under the name of Cub Capital since 2013. Most recently, Michael was named ‘UK Angel Investor of the Year 2015’ by the UK Business Angel Association, selected as one of the ‘Maserati 100’ and voted by AngelsNews into the list of ‘Business Angels You Should Know’. These accolades were not attributed to Michael only in recognition of his successful investments, but for the relentless support he gives to the founding and management teams of the companies he invests in as well as his generous contributions over the years towards building the startup and investor ecosystem in the UK.

Guillaume Sachet
Partner, Digital Transformation | KPMG

Guillaume Sachet has 23 years of experience in the tech industry. Prior to joining KPMG as a Partner, he was the Head of Strategy at Mediacorp where he drove digital transformation, innovation and investments between 2012 and 2017. He was subsequently appointed Head of Social to manage the group’s social media and digital marketing activities.

Prior to Mediacorp, Mr Sachet was a Partner with the strategy practice of Accenture, responsible for telecom, media and tech strategy clients across Southeast Asia. Over the years, he has developed deep digital strategy and customer experience knowledge and expertise across the Asia Pacific region. He has spent more than 20 years in Asia, working in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea and China. Recognised as a thought leader in the tech industry, he is a regular speaker and writer.

Tan Yinglan
Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Ventures Partners

Yinglan is the Founding Managing Partner at Insignia Ventures Partner. Prior to this, he was Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital where he was the first hire in Southeast Asia. On the investment front, Yinglan sourced multiple investment opportunities for Sequoia India including Tokopedia, Go-jek, Carousell, Appier (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Dailyhotel (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Pinkoi and He was also involved with evaluation of these opportunities, diligence, writing of investment notes and supporting the investments with strategy, recruiting, business development and fund raising.

He serves on the Singapore Government’s Pro Enterprise Panel (headed by Head of Civil Service), the Committee on the Future Economy's Sub-Committee on Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation, and Investment Committee on Strategic Research Innovation Fund at Nanyang Technology University, as well as the Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme Evaluation Committee for SPRING Singapore. 

Yinglan was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He also serves on the WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Young Leader by the Milken Insitute (2016), Top “40 leaders under 40” by Prestige Magazine (2015), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow. Yinglan is the author of 3 books, namely, The Way Of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board.(Wiley, 2009), Chinnovation - How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World (Wiley 2010) and textbook New Venture Creation – Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century - An Asian Perspective (Mcgraw Hill 2011). Yinglan was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.

Quek Siu Rui
Co-founder & CEO, Carousell

Siu Rui is a co-founder of Carousell and oversees Product and Marketing. Since the launch of Carousell in May 2012 together with co-founders Marcus Tan and Lucas Ngoo, Siu Rui has been deeply involved in product strategy, international expansion and capital strategy. He is passionate about technology and has been buying and selling online since he was 13. This has been a driving force behind Siu Rui’s commitment to building a product-focused company, focused on solving meaningful problems for people globally.

Prior to Carousell, Siu Rui spent some time in marketing and product management at VSee, Ogilvy & Mather and DBS Vickers. Siu Rui read Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at National University of Singapore and Stanford University (Under the NUS Overseas College Program in Silicon Valley, California), and dropped out of his Honours year to start Carousell.

Ajey Gore
Group CTO, GoJek

Ajey has more than 18 years of experience in building software and teams. As the CTO, he is responsible for defining and executing product strategy and roadmap for product engineering across 18 products of GoJek. In the last 12 months, GoJek has experienced 300x growth, and consistent month on month growth. Go-Jek is one of the hottest Unicorns in Asia, having raised more than $1.2 billion led by Tencent, now valued at a whopping $3 billion!

Coaches and Mentors

Nikhil Kapur
Principal and Investments Head (South Asia), GREE Ventures

Nikhil is based in Singapore and heads investments for GREE Ventures across Southeast Asia and India. After having built Microsoft Office Excel for multiple mobile platforms, he founded a successful and profitable enterprise company in the media-tech sector in India, scaling it to multiple countries. Post completing his MBA in Finance from National University of Singapore, he now spends his time sourcing and managing portfolio companies at GREE Ventures. A coder-turned-founder-turned-investor, he loves partnering with entrepreneurs building product-led companies solving challenging problems in the region.

Jon Sugihara
Head of Strategic Partnerships, Next Billion Users Group, Google

Jon is a serial entrepreneur having started and exited companies in the US and Asia. His passion is for building companies to identify product market fit in the shortest time possible. Jon has mentored dozens of startups and is an advisor at Monk's Hill Ventures. His hope is to see the tech eco-system mature in the region. Jon is currently the Head of Strategic Partnerships, Next Billion Users Group at Google.

Jing Shen Ng
Co-founder and CEO, Paktor

Jing Shen is an entrepreneur, engineer, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Paktor. He was infected by the engineering bug by his father at a young age, writing his first text-based game in QBasic when he was 12. At 14, Jing Shen created a graphical role-playing game where one builds tanks to destroy other tanks. In college, Jing Shen created a web portal for the Life Sciences Institute to document proteins and worked part-time in the startup CircleLink to create a content management system for display ads.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jing Shen joined in Seattle. In, Jing Shen reduced the client side latency of the world’s largest online retailer by 300ms, developed and launched AWS Marketplace and was part of the team that re-architected one of the world's first cloud computing services, S3. In his spare time, Jing Shen goes wandering in the wild.

Sang Shin
Director, Digital Innovation | Temasek

Sang co-founded Been, Inc. in 2013 and developed the world’s first and only mobile app that enabled users to monetize and take control of their personal data and privacy, blocking personal data collection and advertising from all mobile websites and mobile apps on iPhones. The disruptive threat caused by the app, called Been Choice, utlimately resulted in the app getting banned from the App Store after it went viral in the United States.

Sang decided to move from Silicon Valley to Singapore to help develop the region's startup ecosystem, bringing his experiences from Been, McKinsey, and Bridgewater Associates with him.

He was the Head of Strategy & Architecture at GIC before moving to Temasek where he is currently the Director of Digital Innovation.

Adrian Ang
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Hepmil Media Group - SGAG, MGAG, PGAG

While more commonly known as “Xiao Ming” on screen, Adrian is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Hepmil Media Group, a network of technologically driven companies that houses popular digital content brands including SGAG and MGAG that reaches up to 20 million people on a weekly basis with its iconic fun and localised digital content. Other than cracking lame jokes, Adrian's role includes directing the company’s creative output as well as managing the diverse team of creatives under his charge. 

Jordan Dea-Mattson
Site Director, Singapore |

Previously, Jordan was the VP of Engineering where he led Carousell's engineering team. He oversees the development, systems design and delivery of product and infrastructure. Jordan wrote his first line of code in 1981, and developed his entire career in software engineering.

He has more than 35 years of experience from Silicon Valley, having spent many of his earlier yearsin Apple working on the Macintosh up to Mac OS X. After leaving Apple, he took on different engineering roles in Adobe and Yahoo. Jordan uprooted from America and came to Singapore in 2016 because he believes that Southeast Asia will experience profound growth and change in the next few decades.

He is extremely passionate about using technology to solve problems at scale, as well as nurturing talent and building a world-class engineering community in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Li Hongyi
Deputy Director - Product and Engineering, GovTech

Hongyi leads a team of engineers, designers, and product managers who build technology for the public good. Projects they work on include – an app to replace parking coupons, and – the government’s open data repository. He believes in working on real problems, building for the user, and pushing for change.

Prior to joining the government, Hongyi worked at Google on the distributed databases and image search teams. He previously attended MIT where he obtained degrees in computer science and economics. In his free time he works on personal projects like and

Joel Leong
Co-founder, ShopBack

One of the six founders of ShopBack, Joel takes on the responsibility of bringing merchant partners online to expand the array of brands available on ShopBack. Within the short span of a year, he has on-boarded over 500 local and global merchant partners such as Taobao, Lazada, Groupon, ZALORA and eBay.

Joel holds one of the key portfolios in the company. The online stores form the backbone of a Cashback site as the presence of these reputable Internet giants help to build ShopBack’s brand credibility.

As the online Cashback concept is still relatively fresh in the Southeast Asia, strong merchant partners form a solid foundation for ShopBack to build consumers’ trust and construct the brand within a short span of time. This facilitates quick scaling of business and accelerates income generation for the merchant partners. Apart from sustaining a stable base of online stores, Joel seeks to introduce new merchant partners to refresh the offerings for consumers. He just secured Taobao in August 2015, crowning ShopBack as the ecommerce’s first Cashback partner in the Southeast Asia. 

Joel was the Regional Head of Partnerships in ZALORA Southeast Asia under
Rocket Internet and Senior Officer of the Singapore Economic Development Board prior to his journey as a start-up founder.

Conor McLaughlin
Co-Founder & VP of Engineering,

"Three words: Electric. Dance. Music. I’m telling you, there is no better way to code." Magic Maker, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering at, Conor is originally from California. He worked for Pixar for about two years after graduating in Computer Science and then took a jump for an opportunity to work in China.

After his amazing journey with ChinaNetCloud and Wiredcraft, he randomly moved to Singapore and started working for Billpin. He then co-founded, which empowers consumers by enabling powerful search through its native search algorithm ListRank.

Agrim Singh
Co-founder, HyperValence

Upbeat, articulate and socially savvy, Agrim Singh is an absolute far cry from the stereotypical awkward portrait of a hacker. In fact, he has won so many hackathons that he is now barred from competing in certain events such as Startathon, and is asked to mentor competitors instead. 

One of Agrim’s most savoured wins was clinched at Tech-in-Asia’s startup hackathon in 2014, where his team proposed a virtual pub social sharing platform for Manchester United’s Southeast Asian fanbase. Another memorable win was at Budweiser's Dream Brewery Hackathon in February, where his team built a drunk detector and also pitched for a machine that is able read personalities, choosing to dispense alcohol according to certain profiles.

Vidit Agrawal
Angel Investor and Venture Partner, Elevate Associates

Vidit is currently an angel investor and Venture Partner at Elevate Associates. He is a NUS and Stanford graduate and the former COO of Carro, a used car marketplace based out of Singapore and was focused on growing the company in its international markets.

Prior to Carro, Vidit was Uber’s first employee in Asia, spearheading vehicle partnerships in the region.

Vinod Nair
CEO at

Vinod is the founder & CEO of He is obsessively passionate about entrepreneurship and the Internet. Vinod started MoneySmart to un-complicate money matters for the consumers, and make it simpler and easier for consumers to understand.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Durwin
  • Raymond
  • Joyce
  • Ke Xin
  • Alexander
  • Ranjitha
  • Hussein
  • Shih Han
  • Anji
  • Cheryll
  • Brandan
  • Yan
  • Grace
  • Shaun


Belinda Esterhammer
Founder and Director - Springboard Group

I am a tech enthusiast and digital marketing specialist with international experience. Prior starting Springboard Group - a marketing agency, I led high-profile digital marketing campaigns for EY’s female entrepreneur program in Hong Kong. I have worked in marketing and communications across many sectors including time at UNICEF in the Philippines, an Austrian consultancy focused on governmental institutions, a German B2B and B2G IT company and the biggest online job platform in Spain. I’m a passionate advocate for female mentoring and founded the NextGen Women Network, sit on the committee of TEDxTinHauWomen and I’m also a steering committee member of the Asian University for Women. 

Lalitha Wemel
Regional Manager, Asia Pacific

Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. Lalitha has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both in and out of Malaysia. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, and travel. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across South East Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem. 

Amarit Charoenphan

Philippe Ceulen
Head of Programs

Philippe is passionate about communities and technology. Cambodia was his home for the most part of his professional life, where he was active in building the startup ecosystem and running his coworking space The 1961. He co-founded the travel tech startup WOW, worked with Airbnb to grow the Cambodian market and has been a volunteer with Techstars for several years. His current focus is on accelerator programs for creative tech startups at Creative Enterprise Australia.

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