Startup Weekend Singapore 2017
Friday, January 20 - 22, 2017
Friday, January 20 - 22, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Google Asia Pacific | Mapletree Business City
70, Pasir Panjang Road
Sparking Innovation One Weekend at a Time
On the weekend of 20-22 January 2017, over 150 passionate startup enthusiasts will be gathered at Google's spanking new HQ to hack out their next company. They are participants of Startup Weekend, a global movement of entrepreneurs who are crazy about starting a technology-based business and forging bonds that will last a lifetime.
In just 54 hours, participants will form teams, brainstorm, design a product, validate their business idea and pitch in front of experienced judges on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend, there will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumph, but some people will meet their co-founder at the event, and some teams will even move on to start a company after the event. Win or lose, we are certain that new lessons will be learnt, ideas will be tested, limits will be pushed and lives will be changed forever.
To spice things up, we will be having a few special activities: Pizza & Beer Party on Friday night to break the ice and form your teams! We will be inviting some pretty interesting Guest Speakers to share their thoughts and tips for all you eager beavers! On Sat, we will be inviting special mentors and guests down to interact with the teams so please seek their advice and opinions! In the true spirit of Startup Weekend, we will be bringing in local startups, budding founders and cool companies to sponsor, showcase and network with you! Remember, Startup Weekend is a time for experiential learning, networking and building your personal brand!
Startup Weekend has a strong brand in Singapore. Globally, it has touched more than 1140 cities and its alumni consists of more than 480,000 entrepreneurs. Notable success stories coming out of Startup Weekend include Carousell, which started off as SnapSell at Startup Weekend 2012 and has since raised nearly SGD $50 million in Series B funding led by Rakuten Ventures in August 2016. Will you be the next Carousell?
For SWSG2017, we are partnering up with Indoor Ag-Con, a Tech-Focused, Crop-Agnostic conference that specializes in events at the forefront of the burgeoning Indoor Agriculture Industry; Growing in Hydroponic, Aquaponic & Aeroponic Systems in Warehouses, Greenhouses & Containers. Agri-tech is a huge industry and it includes big data, IOT, sensors, lightings, hardware, smart tech, computer vision and even AI! Teams working on related ideas will stand a chance to win a special Indoor Ag-Con Prize!
To be clear, Startup Weekend is for everyone, whether you are working corporate, building your own startup, having a career as a professional clown, a mechanic, a designer, coder or student, everyone can contribute in their own way. We are open to teams forming before the event, but we strongly reccomend you to form your team on Friday night and work on an idea then. Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity, creating 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 hack a startup in 54 hours.
Just a note: Google campus will close at 11pm each night, so teams can proceed to other 24/7 venues to work on their ideas thereafter.
Tickets are officially sold out!!
Reminder: Only participants with tickets sent to their emails will be permitted. We are strict on this policy as this is a closed-door event and we will not be selling tickets. If however, we do open tickets at the door, it will be strictly at $100 and payment by cash only. Note: STRICTLY on a case-by-case basis.
Friday January 20th
Saturday January 21st
Sunday January 22nd
Daniel is in charge of executing ServisHero’s go-to-market strategy here in Singapore, scaling its business operations and growing its market share.
Daniel graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 with a Masters (Distinction) in Social and Economic History and a BSc in Philosophy and Economics (First-Class Honours) at the London School of Economics.
He likes a good cup of coffee and a good conversation and is interested in meeting people passionate about UX and product design.
Jacqueline sits on the boards of the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Institute of Systems Science and St Luke’s Eldercare.
Asst. Director-General, National Trades Union Congress. Director, U Startup, U Associate, U Future Leaders & U PME
Under his leadership, his team grows the Labour Movement and builds relationships with 3-Generation NTUC members, together with NTUC-affiliated unions and associations, NTUC Social Enterprises, NTUC U Associate professional guilds & professional groups such as startups & technopreneurs.
Prior to NTUC, Mr Kumar was the Head of Retail Marketing for Shell Petroleum in the region. He is presently a board member of NTUC Link Pte Ltd, NTUC Club, & PME Hub Pte Ltd.
He is also the honorary Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, and a keynote speaker at regional conferences.
Christopher has been in the technology sector for more than 18 years, helming roles in cross border investments and regional business performances, based in Singapore, South Korea and the United States.
Christopher also served in the public sector at IDA with a team of passionate grinders to build their start up programme at ground zero and drive investments in global technology start ups from U.S, Europe and Israeli to Singapore, helping accelerate their route to Asia through partnerships with corporate MNCs at a time where analytics, cloud and cyber(security) were unfashionable.
He started his engineering career at Hewlett Packard San Diego where he developed image recognition algorithms for ink jet printing technologies.
Christopher is passionate about helping people bring their best work into the world. A big believer we are the average of the 5 people we spent the most time with, he continues to unlearn and relearn from people of exemplary principles in thoughts and actions.
Coaches and Mentors
Pocket loves bold ideas that can change the world for the next generation; she enjoys working with global-first entrepreneurs and is passionate about empowering women. Her expertise lies in helping entrepreneurs with seed stage fundraising, building brands, community building, public speaking and pitching.
As the face of the company, Rachel has built Love, Bonito on the foundation of empowering women’s confidence through style, and devotes a big portion of her efforts and time to nurture and connect with the Love, Bonito community. Her deep understanding of customers' needs and preferences has been integral in the branding and sales strategy. Key customer initiatives such as Styling Workshops are always oversubscribed, and have led to greater loyalty and engagement with the Love, Bonito customers.
Presently, Rachel heads product design, brand development, and the community-driven initiatives for the Love, Bonito Group. Apart from overseeing the overall quality, Rachel also works closely with the design team to ensure that each piece retains their signature fit.
With her influence and innate ability to connect with people, Rachel has created a loyal customer base who not only resonate with the brand, but also value their products, and that has been a large reason why Love, Bonito is Singapore’s top women’s fashion label today.
In 2016, Rachel was honoured by Forbes as Asia's 30 under 30 under the “Retail & E-commerce” category.
David contributes to the Singapore startup community as a mentor for the SMU BIG Incubator, SUTD Enterprise Center startup incubator, Startup Weekend and as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Startup-O fundraising platform. Some events he has given keynotes and spoken at include SMU-SUTD's Change for Good, Google's Startup Weekend, the SheWorx Collective for female entrepreneurs and SLUSH.
In 2014, David made a successful exit after growing a company 400%, developing a deep competency in strategic turnarounds and product development by applying the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework. In 2015 he completed both the Stanford GSB-NUS Executive Programme in International Management as well as the NUS Strategic Management Programme.
In 2016, he founded RE-PC.org, a social enterprise initiative to broaden the technological familiarity of the children of low-income families. Most recently he has contributed to innovation in business model and innovation for companies such as Samsung, Honestbee and Stacck Inc. He is a co-trustee for a registered charity focusing on poverty and education and is on the advisory board for the SMU Lien Centre for Social Innovation Impact Accelerator.
With Vodien’s vision of connecting people online, Alvin aims to enable and empower Singapore businesses with the tools and foundation necessary to start and scale their businesses. Vodien does this through 24/7 super support, and reliable hosting infrastructure. Today, Vodien serves over 30,000 clients and over 180,000 users’ websites and emails.
Abbas recently made it into Forbes 30 under 30 list under the finance and venture capital category.
Openspace Ventures manages over US$150 million across 2 funds. Hian was the Founder of the Asian Food Channel (AFC), a 24 Hour food and lifestyle Pay TV network, which was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2013.
Hian began his career as an investment banker and was a founding member of the Salomon Smith Barney Technology investment banking practice in Asia, (now part of Citigroup) in 1999.
Hian graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Trinity College, Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Reserve Officer with the Singapore Navy and is a Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre.
In 2013, he was given a budget of US$50,000 to manage a Kickstarter Digital Marketing Campaign for Pirate3D, a 3D Printing Company. He helped raised a record breaking $100,000 in under ten minutes and secured funds of US$1,438,765 from over 3,200 backers in just 30 days, easily racking up as one of Singapore’s most successful crowdfunding campaigns.
In July 2016, he created another massive success with the campaign of Tiny1: The World's Smallest Astronomy Camera, which raised over US$350,000 on Indiegogo.
Titan remains committed to working on and developing himself both personally and professionally; to create greater value in the market place. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated both his intuitive understanding of the forces that govern today’s marketplace as well as an understanding that the bottom line matters.
Prior to this, Tiang started and launched Evernote's operations in Singapore, where he led market development and business growth in Southeast Asia & Australia / New Zealand. He launched Evernote, Evernote Business and Evernote Market into Asia Pacific and ran PR across key markets in APAC including SEA, Australia, India, Taiwan and Korea.
Previously Tiang was VP of Product at MoVend, a SingTel Innov8 funded start-up focused on mobile application development, content distribution and app monetization. He was responsible for identifying key publishing & payment partners to value add the MoVend commerce platform. He was also responsible for developer relations, feature planning & product marketing.
Tiang holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a minor in Technopreneurship from NUS & Stanford University. He started his career as a medical device engineer designing and implementing manufacturing processes for lean production of cardiovascular stents and catheters in Second Source Medial, a medical device contract manufacturer in San Jose, California.
Paris Community Leader and Global Facilitator, I have been involved in 66+ Startup Weekends for six years as Organizer, Facilitator, Mentor and Entrepreneur.
My dream job : inspire young entrepreneurs to change the world
Marcus is particularly skilled in strategizing, developing and implementing business plans that produce results and surpass designated goals and objectives. Paying great attention to detail, he ensures that the solutions and ideas are water-tight.
Marcus is always passionate about entrepreneurship, digital marketing, business development, community management. Also, he actively searches for community builders for Google Business Group Singapore.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Singapore 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Official Pre-event Sponsor
Official Apparel Sponsor
Official Coffee Sponsor
Official Food Sponsor
Official Media Sponsor
Official Nightlife Sponsor
Techstars Startup Weekend Singapore is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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.
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