Startup Weekend Singapore Mega
Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm
NUS UTown | Auditorium 2
Stephen Riady Center
2 College Avenue West
The World Was Just Changed Over The Weekend. Join Us For The Next Change.
Startup Oasis One-week UI/UX Package in Cebu (Inclusive of Airfare)
Big thank you to our Main Sponsor - GIC and our Venue Sponsor - National University of Singapore for making the event a huge success! See you guys next year!
Details for Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2017 (29 Sep - 1 Oct)
Prizes | $250,000 worth of prizes and swag will be given away. We have DJI drones, Xbox, Kindles and many other amazing tech gadgets for the best teams. Winners will stand to get startup courses with certification, co-working memberships and Lego Trophies!
What is SWSG | Go from concept to company in just 54 hours! Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that allows anyone to turn an idea into reality. The event starts on Friday evening when participants pitch ideas. They then form teams around the top ideas and spend the rest of the weekend validating and building their idea, aided by local mentors. On Sunday evening, teams come together and pitch their newly-launched company to a panel of judges.
Why join SWSG | Meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and get equipped with the right tools and resources to help you bring your startup idea to life. You’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, connecting with the right people and resources to actually start a business in a weekend!
Why GIC | As a tech-driven investor, GIC supports fully the goal of Startup Weekend as it offers immense possibilities for the community of aspiring entrepreneurs. We believe this event will enable all participants to experience how imagination is limited only by courage. This is the very spirit that continues to inspire GIC to invest well so as to secure Singapore’s financial future.
- Exclusive closed-door dialogue sessions with Lim Chow Kiat (CEO, GIC), Teo Ser Luck (Member of Parliament), Royston Tay (Founder & CEO, Zopim), Mark Lim (Director, GovTech)
- Swag bag worth up to $100
- TWO Exclusive SWSG Tees
- Quality gourmet buffet spreads for all 7 meals across all 3 days
- Live food stations serving popcorn, cotton candy, soft-serve ice-cream and Four Fingers Chicken!
- Amazing beverages from Soi55, Koi, LiHo, Beers, Hook Coffee and more!
- Official Certificates!
- An exclusive .co domain (incl hosting) for a year- FREE!
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 hack a startup in 54 hours. Whether you are a business professional, a serial entrepreneur, professional clown, car mechanic, swimsuit designer, coder or student, everyone is welcomed at Startup Weekend! Come solo or as a team!
*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 to qualify.
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday September 29th
Saturday September 30th
Sunday October 1st
Heng Swee Keat
Minister for Finance
Before this, Mr Heng served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. He drove programmes for a student-centric, values-driven education system, emphasising the holistic development of students and multiple educational pathways. While at MOE, Mr Heng also led Our Singapore Conversation, a national consultation exercise that reached out to close to 50,000 Singaporeans on their aspirations for Singapore's future. In 2015, he chaired the Singapore 50 (SG50) Steering Committee leading the celebrations for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
Prior to entering politics in May 2011, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he received the "Central Bank Governor of the Year in Asia-Pacific" Award by the British magazine The Banker. He has served in various other public service positions, including appointments in the Singapore Police Force, as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Development Board, and as the Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore.Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Communications and Information
Lim Chow Kiat
Chief Executive Officer, GIC
Teo Ser Luck
Member of Parliament
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.
Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship
He was most recently named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by Financial Times, and the “Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA” by Forbes, Yahoo! Sports, and International Business Times. Forbes also selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons.With over 30 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, an instructor, and a coach, Sityodtong is a certified senior Muay Thai instructor under the legendary Kru Yodtong Senanan of the world-renowned Sityodtong Camp in Thailand. He also holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Renzo Gracie. Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
Nga Chee Wei
CEO, Cap Vista
Previously, he was a Programme Manager at DSTA, in charge of managing defence programmes relating to advanced communications. He also held key appointment in Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) as Assistant Chief Information Officer where he formulated portfolio level masterplans, and maintained oversight of the portfolio investments for MINDEF.
Chee Wei holds two Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering with majors in Communications and Networking Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and National University of Singapore.
Wu Choy Peng
Chief Technology Officer, GIC
Prior to that, she held various senior appointments including the Singapore Government’s Chief Information Officer, Deputy Chief Executive (Industry) of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Chief Information Officer of the Ministry of Education (MOE). She spent 10 years at the National Computer Board (NCB) upon graduation.Ms Wu holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Computer/Communication Science/Mathematics and a Master of Science in Computer Science/Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Founder & CEO, 99.co
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.
Executive Director / Co-founder, PropertyGuru Pte Ltd
Goh Kok Huat
Chief Operating Officer, GIC
Mr Goh joined GIC from Tishman Speyer in New York, where he headed the firm’s emerging markets portfolio management, before being appointed Managing Director of equity capital markets. Prior to that, he was with the Ascendas Group, where he held various senior appointments including COO of the Group, CEO of Ascendas-MGM, CEO of Singapore Operations, CEO of India Operations and CEO of Bangalore IT Park. He spent 10 years in the military upon graduation. Mr Goh has a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.
Dr Lily Chan
Chief Executive Officer, NUS Enterprise
Prior to joining NUS in 2006, Dr Chan held the position of Managing Director, Investments, of Bio*One Capital Pte Ltd, an investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board with focus in expanding the growth of biomedical science industry in Singapore. Dr Chan brings with her more than 20 years of biomedical industry experiences, from initiating start-ups, venture investments and active Board involvements in many biotech companies. A company founded under her leadership included ES Cell International Pte Ltd, founded with technologies licensed from NUS, Universities of Monash (Australia) and Hadassah (Israel).
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.
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.
Founder and Managing Director, Sky9 Capital
Ron was named by Forbes China and CBN Weekly as one of the “Top Chinese Venture Capitalists” / “China’s Midas List” over multiple years. Ron serves as a venture advisor to the Shanghai Minhang Municipal Government. In 2013, Ron was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of its “Young Global Leaders” and serves on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and IT. Ron is actively involved with various philanthropic pursuits especially in the areas of children’s education and impact investing. Ron has been involved on the boards of BEAM Alliance and Maitian Education Foundation. Ron received both his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Founding CEO, SGInnovate
Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Ventures Partners
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.
Coaches and Mentors
Founder, Batch 2 Cohort, Entrepreneur First
Anna has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Reuters Money, Business Insider, The Peak Magazine, INC, The New Paper, The Edge Singapore & Malaysia, AsiaOne, Singapore Computer Society, Vulcan Post, e27, eFinancialCareers Asian Entrepreneur and Singapore Management University. She headlines the infocommercial for Lifetime Asia: What does a boss look like? with over 1.7 Million views.
She was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2017, 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen).
After his amazing journey with ChinaNetCloud and Wiredcraft, he randomly moved to Singapore and started working for Billpin. He then co-founded 99.co, which empowers consumers by enabling powerful search through its native search algorithm ListRank.
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.
Dr Deborah Ko
Head of Research, PALO IT
Program & Partnerships Manager, Impact Hub Singapore
For The Hub Singapore, Dennis responsible for its Programs and Partnerships. His main focus is on the venture building program and managing ecosystem partnerships. In his role he engages entrepreneurs in residence, run mentorship programs, manages partnership programs and business perks for members.
Chief Commercial Officer, Love, Bonito
Founder | Future Flow
Florian travelled around the world, deciding on Singapore to launch his next venture - Flocations, a map based travel inspiration startup. Flocations was admitted in the first batch of JFDI.asia, Asia’s first startup accelerator, and raised funding from SingTel Innov8 and TNF ventures. Flocations was later acquired by Japanese Venture Republic.
Florian now helps entrepreneurs to execute and grow their startups from Seed to Series B with his own venture We are CxO.
François De Serres
Head of Digital Technology, PALO IT
Co-founder and CEO, Impact Hub Singapore
Mark Lven Tupa Palejaro
Co-founder, Pocket Hologram
Muh Hon Cheng & Lin Junjie
Co-founders, Clean Shaven Apps
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jing Shen joined Amazon.com in Seattle. In Amazon.com, 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.
Jessica Chen Riolfi
Head of Asia | TransferWise
Joel was the Regional Head of Partnerships in ZALORA Southeast Asia under
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.
VP Sales, Nanigans APAC
Entrepreneur in Residence, Red Dot Ventures
He has experienced a whole cycle of a deep-tech startup; creating technology core, fundraising, developing hardware/software product team, building relationship with the sales partners, deliver the products to tier 1 IT companies, and selling the business for a M&A exit. He wishes to share his experience with early stage startups and help them get to the next level.
His area of interests: In addition to above, data, AI, platform, people tech
As a tech entrepreneur, her vision has created a global platform built on the foundation of connectedness, authenticity and putting humanity at the heart of digital interaction. Her personal mission is to advance human connection in progressively virtual environments.
A featured international speaker, breaking glass ceilings in an industry where only 12% of venture-funded businesses are female-founded and led, she is the steady voice for disruption and impact. Innovative thinking, entrepreneurial action and value-based empowerment feature as topics her audiences best respond to.
Recognised as an influential thought leader, Krystal has been described as one of Singapore’s “Most Awe-Inspiring Women” (Cosmopolitan), “the Gritty Entrepreneur Singapore Needs” (E27), “A Triple Threat" (High Net Worth), awarded as one of Asia's 50 Women Leaders, chosen to front SK-II’s global “Change Destiny” campaign with over a million views online, and named LinkedIn Power Profile 2015 and 2016, in the CEO category.
Investment Associate, Monk's Hill Ventures
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Tagit
Area’s of Interests: working with entrepreneurs on setting up business for long term growth, Fintech, Smart Nation, digital innovation, customer journey analysis and use cases
Technical Lead, TransferWise
A “doer” by nature, Winnie is passionate about pulling limited resources together to create something of greater value. She enjoys making things happen and constantly moving her business forward. She believes that travelling is a force for good that will transform people positively and connect the world.
At TripZilla, she heads the company’s day-to- day operations, sales and marketing. Experienced in several business functions including product, business development, finance, human resources and business innovation, Winnie’s holistic skill set and digital entrepreneurship experience have equipped her with the business acumen to transform TripZilla into one of the most-visited travel media portals in Southeast Asia.
Interests: Digital marketing, Content creation and storytelling and UX methodology.
Wong Hong Ting
CEO and Co-Founder, 2359 Media
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