Startup Weekend Singapore 2017

    Friday, January 20 - 22, 2017


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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
Singapore, Singapore 117371

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Sparking Innovation One Weekend at a Time

Startup Weekend Singapore 2017 – Where Innovation Begins!

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.

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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.



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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday January 20th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 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


8:10 pm
Ice-Breaking & Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:20 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:40 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work with Pizza Party
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Google campus will close at 11pm, so teams can proceed to other 24/7 venues to work on their ideas thereafter.

Saturday January 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


11:00 am
Teams Finalised
Teams MUST submit team name and description


1:00 pm
Lunch
Enjoy lunch at the venue


1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


3:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help, teams continue to work


7:00 pm
Dinner
Enjoy dinner at the venue


8:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. Google campus will close at 11pm, so teams can proceed to other 24/7 venues to work on their ideas thereafter.

Sunday January 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


11:00 am
Check-In
Check-in, status reports, call for help, consult with available mentors


12:30 pm
Lunch
Enjoy lunch at the venue


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
Final Presentations
Final presentations starts!


6:30 pm
Dinner
Enjoy dinner at the venue


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Panel will deliberate and decide on winning teams


9:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Relax and connect with other participants before ending the day


10:00 pm
Go Home!
Get some much deserved rest!



Speakers


Bryan Long
Co-founder & CEO, Stacck

Bryan Long is the co-founder of Stacck,  a startup that automate instructions for service industry employees. He has raised more than a million dollars in funding by applying lean startup principles. Bryan is also the founder of The Testing Ground and the President of the Association of Lean Startups which organises the Singapore Lean Startup Circle. He is a fervent evangelist of Lean Startup and has mentored numerous startups in Singapore and SE Asia through various Lean Startup events and engagements.



Daniel Thong
Country Manager, Singapore, ServisHero

Daniel is the youngest country manager and co-founder of ServisHero Singapore, a mobile-first platform that links consumers with local service providers like plumbers, electricians and cleaners. As one of South East Asia’s fastest growing start-ups, ServisHero has been hailed as the ‘Grab’ equivalent for local services.  The app is now live in 5 different cities in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and it operates in 6 cities growing at a rapid pace.

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.


Ash Singh
Managing Partner at Nest & INSEAD Professor of Entrepreneurship

Ash is one of Asia's top startup coaches and an angel investor. He a visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the INSEAD Business School (ranked #1 international business school by Financial Times) and the Ivey Business School (ranked #1 international business school by Business Week). The graduates from his course "Startup Bootcamp" have gone on to collectively raised almost $1 billion dollars in funding.

Ash's entrepreneurial journey started while still a student at Chinese University in Hong Kong, he conceived and launched SNBS, a corporate social networking company which was acquired when he was just 22 years old.

In his next role, Ash served as the Chief Technology Officer for At-Life, which created Singapore’s largest customer loyalty rewards program with 500,000 members, for McDonald's in all of their 125 restaurants.

As a fan of reality TV, Ash was part of the team that produced "Biggest Loser Asia" and "The Contender Asia" before he created his own format "The Angel's Gate" which was Asia's first crowdfunding TV platform for entrepreneurs that was aired prime-time 30,000,000 homes in the Asia.

As the managing partner of Nest VC, he lead the creation of 2 corporate accelerators - a health-tech accelerator with AIA (the biggest insurance company in Asia) and a Fin-Tech accelerator with OCBC Bank in Singapore. He also developed startup programs with Google, SAP, Deloitte, KPMG, DBS, 3M, and Konica Minolta.

His success in the field was noted by Business Week in 2009 as one of "Asia's Top Young Entrepreneurs" and reiterated by the Economic Times in 2012 for having "built a solid reputation as one of the most successful serial entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia" In 2015 he was named Top 40 under 40 (Prestige Magazine).

As a basketball fan, he is a co-owner and "super fan" of the Singapore Slingers professional basketball team.


Firas Alsuwaigh
Singapore Country Head and Group Counsel at Ninja Van

Firas Alsuwaigh is the Singapore Country Head and Group Counsel at Ninja Van. He is responsible for Ninja Van's business activities and operations in Singapore as well as the Company's regional structuring and compliance. 
 
While still pursuing a law degree from NUS, he and a group of friends established Marcella, a custom tailoring solution. Post graduation, the call to entrepreneurship ensured that his time working at a law firm was short lived. 
 
The idea for Ninja Van emerged while they were running Marcella in 2014 when they identified a gap in the logistics market for ecommerce deliveries. The group initially divided responsibilities between the two companies but by mid 2015 the decision was made to focus all of efforts on Ninja Van due to its rapid growth and potential. 
 
In his free time, Firas enjoys binge watching TV, playing tennis and reading.


Nicola Kerslake
Founder, Newbean Capital & Founder, Indoor Ag-Con


Event Judges


Vishal Harnal
Partner, 500 Startups

Vishal is a Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm and accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. Based in Singapore, Vishal leads and scales 500’s investments and operations across South-East Asia through the regional-focused Durians Fund. In the past two years, 500 has become the most active early-stage investor in the region with over 120 investments into the most talented, passionate founders and promising, high-growth startups including flagships Grab, Carousell, Bukalapak, KFit and 99.co. Prior to joining 500, Vishal practiced law in Asia’s top dispute resolution team at Drew & Napier, where he represented conglomerates and governments on some of the world’s most complex, high-stakes and sensitive commercial and political issues and disputes.


Arthur Brejon
Co-founder, COO - Lazada.sg

As co-founder, Arthur is the driving force for the Lazada Singapore business and is responsible for overall operations of the business which encompasses supply chain & logistics, product management and customer service. He is also a geek and entrepreneurship enthusiast who likes helping startups during his free time.

Arthur began his career at BNP Paribas’s Investment Banking division working closely with corporate, institutional and hedge funds clients in the capital markets division.
Arthur then joined Rocket Internet where he held several senior positions in the group: Regional Marketing manager, Head of Deals & Partnerships for SEA, Head of Business Management & Payments, before taking on the role of Chief Product Officer at Lazada and now Co-founder of the Singapore business. 

Arthur graduated with a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Paris Dauphine and holds an MBA from the University of Pantheon-Assas in Paris. 


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.


Jacqueline Poh
Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency (GovTech)

Jacqueline is the Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore, with key
competencies in infocomm technology and related engineering.

As the implementing agency for Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government initiatives,
Jacqueline and her team in GovTech partner government agencies to deploy digital, data
science, IoT and other technologies to deliver public impact, as well as to ensure the resiliency and cybersecurity needs of government systems.

Jacqueline was previously Managing Director of the Infocommunications Development Authority, GovTech’s predecessor organisation; and has held key positions in the Ministry of
Manpower, the Ministry of Finance, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Defence.

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.


Vivek Kumar
Asst. Director-General, National Trades Union Congress. Director, U Startup, U Associate, U Future Leaders & U PME

Mr Vivek Kumar is Assistant Director-General of National Trades Union Congress.

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 Chen
Managing Director, Nielsen Innovate

Oberlin '22


Coaches and Mentors


Pocket Sun
Founding Partner at SoGal Ventures

Pocket Sun founded SoGal, a global network of millennial entrepreneur and investors, and co-founded SoGal Ventures, a cross-border seed stage venture capital fund. She has advised on dozens of startups across Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, China, and Southeast Asia. She was on the cover of Forbes Asia as a 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital, a LinkedIn Top Voices in VC & Entrepreneurship, and was featured on BBC, CCTV, Inc., The Straits Times, Harper's BAZAAR, etc.
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.



Rachel Lim
Co-founder & Chief Brand Officer, Love, Bonito

Rachel Lim is the co-founder and Chief Brand Officer of the Love, Bonito Group, Singapore’s largest fast fashion retailer known for perfecting the Asian fit for women. Starting at a tender age of 19, her vision has created a strong, yet relatable brand that successfully merges the online and offline retail experience through constant customer engagement as well as impeccable designs at affordable prices.

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.


Dave Lim
TEDx Ambassador

Dave Lim is polymath, provocateur, possibilist and pioneer. Dave delights in bringing people together to design, launch and grow new ventures. He is a co-founder in Coca-Cola’s new 10-city global innovation program to design, build, and scale new start-ups globally. Since 1996, Dave has worked on many sides of entrepreneurial fence: As a venture capitalist in a $1 billion Pacific Rim and Silicon Valley fund, marketer, educator, central banker and global fund manager of over $100 billion. As TEDx Ambassador and founding curator of TEDxSIngapore since 2009, he builds and binds communities to share ideas and inspirations.



Aaron Tan
CEO, Carro

A programmer by training and a venture capitalist by profession. Aaron founded his first startup at 13 and subsequently sold two companies before turning 21.
As a returning scholar, Aaron joined SEA’s leading venture fund – Singtel Innov8 ventures. Aaron was instrumental in the starting of
Blk71– Singapore’s largest startup ecosystem. He subsequently relocated to the United States and started Block71 San Francisco and
the firm’s San Francisco operations before returning to Singapore in 2015. While at Innov8, Aaron oversees the fund’s investments in SouthEast Asia.

Aaron left Singtel Innov8 in October 2015, having spent almost five years in the fund. He is currently CEO of Carro, a venture backed used car marketplace. Aaron was most recently named Prestige 40 under 40 and was awarded the ITMA Future IT Leader Award. 


David Isaac Mathews
Director, Brandspace Advisory

David cares deeply about building business models and habit-forming products. He focuses on developing outstanding value propositions based on human centered design. He works with Startups and MNCs on projects revolving around innovation, business model design and product development towards their digital transformation and business strategy.

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.


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.


Alvin Poh
CEO, Vodien Internet Solutions Pte Ltd

Alvin Poh is responsible for the growth and strategy of Vodien, Singapore’s leading cloud hosting provider. He enjoys giving back to the business community and helping Singapore businesses grow and make an impact in the world.

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.


Mohamed Abbas
Co-founder, Onelyst

Abbas is the co-founder of Onelyst, a fintech startup that is addressing the lack of access to financial information and credit payment options faced by the under-served people in our communities. The startup envisions a world where a common man in the street will be able to get affordable access to credit. The team has been working on accelerating financial inclusion in Southeast Asia. Onelyst has been featured in local and international media like Forbes, Straits Times, Berita Harian, Tech in Asia, e27.

Abbas recently made it into Forbes 30 under 30 list under the finance and venture capital category.


Eddy Lee
Partner, Coffee Ventures

Eddy Lee has invested in more than 50 US and Asian startups in health, machine learning, IoT, eCommerce and other technologies. He has relocated from the Silicon Valley to Southeast Asia to tackle unmet needs in emerging markets by supporting startups in product-market iteration and go-to-market strategy. He holds an appointment at Stanford, and was formerly a chip design engineer at Marvell.



Hian Goh
Partner, Openspace Ventures

Hian Goh is a Founding Partner of Openspace Ventures, a Series A venture capital fund focused on Technology and Internet companies in South East Asia. The fund has invested into 16 companies including Gojek, Finaccel, and Zimplistic, the makers of Rotimatic. 

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.


Titan Lee
Head of Growth, Tech In Asia

Titan is the ultimate growth hacker — with the numbers to prove it.

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.


Tiang Lim Foo
Operating Partner, SeedPlus

Tiang currently serves as the Operating Partner at SeedPlus, where he seeks to partner seed stage start-up founders to build meaningful businesses and enduring companies.

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.


Damien Gromier
Director of France Digitale

I created and sold a Startup in 2011. Currently I am the Managing Director of France Digitale (a non profit gathering 700 startups and 100 VC funds in France).
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 Foon
Community Manager - Global, Google

Marcus Foon has 12 years of experience in relationship building and partnerships, dealing with cross-functional teams and stakeholders, and managing community.

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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Durwin
    Ho
  • Raymond
    Doraisamy
  • Ke Xin
    Khor
  • Albert
    Puah
  • Sim
    Hui Xian
  • Joyce
    Tay
  • Sakeena
    Tan
  • Huang
    Xinwei

Facilitators


Durwin Ho
Entrepreneur

Durwin is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship, especially in technology, F&B, education , AI and automobiles. Besides running his family business in the childcare industry, he is interested in all kinds of tech and businesses. He enjoys joining and organising hackathons and working on exciting projects.


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. 



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