Startup Weekend Singapore Mega

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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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
Singapore, Singapore 138607

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1st Place and GIC Award - Team Kecap
Kecap is a local friend chat bot from Medan, Indonesia. He helps you speak to the locals, gives you insider local tips, recommends food and activities, and even plans your itinerary. All you have to do is say hi, and he'll have you learning all about his city in no time. Kecap is the first bot out of many travel chat bots we want to create for every city in the world, all connected by a single platform. Our local chat bots will provide the best interactive local experience for a digital traveller out there.

2nd Place - Team Mediwhere
Mediwhere is an integrated one-platform solution to provide first-class healthcare anywhere for elderly patients. Targeted at primary caregivers, Mediwhere offers easy access to doctors via a video consultation platform, with in-built technology to offer a seamless and easy-to-use experience. With its innovative matching technology and database solutions, Mediwhere hopes to make video consultations with doctors cheaper, faster and more effective. We hope to revolutionize medicine and resolve challenges faced by doctors to provide the best healthcare to our Pioneer Generation.

3rd Place: Team Keep
Keep is a peer-to-peer platform for self-storage. It's an AirBnB for self-storage. People who have spare storage space can list and rent out that under-utilised space to storage seekers for money. Team Keep is made up of international students who are passionate to solve the problem of self-storage in Singapore. Keep strives to become the one-stop solution for self-storage and will scale our business into densely populated metropolitan cities sharing the same problem. Keep is now getting ready to launch this October. Let’s Keep it!

Most Creative - Team Photonify
Photonify is a powered photography assistant to get you the perfect shot every time.

Prizes the teams snagged home include the following …

1st Prize:
DJI Spark Drones
Level3 | 6-month Hot Desk membership (worth $2400 each)
PALO IT | Certified Agile Fundamentals Workshop (worth $2500 each) + Design Thinking Workshop (worth $3500 each)
Blackpeach | Ace Card (value of S$4,400 each)
SWSG Personalised Boogie Board
SWSG Personalised Trophy Award
Startup Oasis One-week UI/UX Package in Cebu (Inclusive of Airfare)

2nd Prize:
Microsoft Xbox
Level3 | 6-month Hot Desk membership (worth $2400 each)
PALO IT | Certified Agile Fundamentals Workshop (worth $2500 each) + Design Thinking Workshop (worth $3500 each)
SWSG Personalised Boogie Board
SWSG Personalised Trophy Award

3rd Prize:
Kindle Fire
Tinkertanker | Micro:bit Tinker Kit (worth $99 each)
Level3 | 6-month Hot Desk membership (worth $2400 each)
PALO IT | Certified Agile Fundamentals Workshop (worth $2500 each) + Design Thinking Workshop (worth $3500 each)
SWSG Personalised Boogie Board
SWSG Personalised Trophy Award

Creative Prize:
Tinkertanker | Droid Inventor Kit (worth $160 each)
12Geeks | Micro:bits Starter kits
Level3 | 6-month Hot Desk membership (worth $2400 each)
PALO IT | Certified Agile Fundamentals Workshop (worth $2500 each) + Design Thinking Workshop (worth $3500 each)
SWSG Personalised Boogie Board
SWSG Personalised Trophy Award

GIC Prize:
iPhone Xs

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.

Each participant will get:
  • 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!
So if you are interested in startups, want to build your company but don't know how, on a search for like minded friends to build the next big thing, looking for potential investors and mentors or just love fun and learning- JOIN US! 

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.

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Friday September 29th

5:00 pm
Registration Starts
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 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

7:30 pm
Startup Weekend Group A and Group B will be form and flow to respective venue

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:30 pm
Begin Work
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!

10:30 pm
Pizza Party
Have some fun while working with your team

Saturday September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay over and work as late as you wish.

Sunday October 1st

9:00 am
Light Breakfast
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

1:00 pm
Round #1 Presentations
Round 1 presentation to judges. Top teams will proceed to the final round.

4:15 pm
Round 1 Judging Result

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:45 pm

8:00 pm
Closing Speech

8:15 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Have fun and wrap up!


Heng Swee Keat
Minister for Finance

Mr Heng Swee Keat is the Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC. The Ministry of Finance manages the national budget, oversees corporate governance regulations, and supervises the prudent investment and utilisation of public funds and government reserves. Mr Heng co-chaired the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which charted the strategies for Singapore's next phase of growth. He chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council, which oversees the implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity, and industry transformation. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore's research, innovation and enterprise strategies. 

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.

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. 

Lim Chow Kiat
Chief Executive Officer, GIC

Lim Chow Kiat was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2017. He was previously Group Chief Investment Officer of GIC and Deputy Group President. He joined GIC as a portfolio manager upon graduation in 1993, developed GIC’s investment capability in corporate bonds and rose to head the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Department. He was President, Europe in 2009, overseeing investments and relationships in Europe, Africa and the Middle East before his appointment as President of GIC Asset Management in 2011. 

Mr Lim serves on the boards of Nanyang Technological University, Wealth Management Institute, National Research Foundation and FCLT Global. He is also a member of Agence France Trésor’s Strategic Committee. Mr Lim holds a First Class Honours degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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

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.

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!

Chatri Sityodtong
Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship

Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a broadcast to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world. 
Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, and other major media. Most recently, Forbes selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. Sityodtong was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by Financial Times, and the “3rd Most Powerful Person In Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. 
With over 30 years of martial arts experience as a student, a fighter, a teacher, and a coach, Sityodtong is a certified senior Muay Thai instructor under the legendary Kru Yodtong Senanan of the world-renowned Sityodtong Gym 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

Nga Chee Wei is the Chief Executive Officer at Cap Vista, the strategic investment arm of Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), where he develops and drives strategies to maximise the returns of corporate venture capital programmes.

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

Wu Choy Peng was appointed GIC’s Chief Technology Officer on 14 August 2017 to provide integrated oversight for technology and data analytics. Before joining GIC, she was Group Chief Information Officer of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel). From 2006 to 2012, she was Group Chief Information Officer of Neptune Orient Lines Group.

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.

Darius Cheung
Founder & CEO,

Darius Cheung is the founder of, the simplest way to find a new home in is a new way of searching for a home, providing users the most relevant search result instead of showing the highest-paying advertisement. Prior to founding, Darius was the Director of Consumer Mobile Technology at McAfee, which acquired tenCube, a Singapore-based mobile security company Darius founded and served as CEO for 5 years. At tenCube, Darius grew the startup to a team of 26 people in 2 locations over 5 years, raised 2 rounds of financing, created award-winning mobile security product WaveSecure and led the startup to profitability. 

Darius was been selected as BusinessWeek’s Best Young Entrepreneurs in Asia, and for his contribution to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Darius was awarded the Singapore Youth Award, Singapore highest youth accolade. 

He is an angel investor in a dozen startups, a Venture Partner at Golden Gate Ventures, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and serves on the Board of Trustee of Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE).

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.

Jani Rautiainen
Executive Director / Co-founder, PropertyGuru Pte Ltd

Founded PropertyGuru, a leading real estate marketplace in South East Asia, in 2007 – the company has grown since to 4 countries and over 400 employees. PropertyGuru today serves over 16 million property seekers monthly in South East Asia and is used by majority of real estate developers and agents to market their properties. PropertyGuru has also raised S$230m of funding over the lifetime of the company from financial and strategic investors.

Jani is also a partner at True Global Ventures (a Fintech VC) and occasionally investing in other start-ups in the digital space.

Prior to PropertyGuru Jani has been building online and mobile solutions since mid-90’s, including founding two start-ups. He holds MBA from INSEAD and M.Sc in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology.

Goh Kok Huat
Chief Operating Officer, GIC

Goh Kok Huat has been GIC’s Chief Operating Officer since April 2014. He was appointed as Advisor of GIC Real Estate on 1 January 2017, after stepping down from President, GIC Real Estate, a role he took on in July 2011. He joined GIC Real Estate in 2009 as Managing Director, Asia - Investment Management.

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

Dr Lily Chan is Chief Executive Officer of NUS Enterprise at the National University of Singapore. She leads NUS Enterprise with vision to inject an enterprise dimension to NUS teaching and research involving the University's students, staff and alumni. In particular, Dr Chan spearheads strategies and initiatives to promote industry collaboration and business ventures for the University. She oversees the functions of the Enterprise Cluster which complements the academic cluster of the University to nurture talents with an entrepreneurial and global mindset. 

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).

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.

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.

Ron Cao
Founder and Managing Director, Sky9 Capital

Ron is Founder and Managing Director of Sky9 Capital, a leading technology venture capital firm focused on investing in emerging opportunities in the Internet, enterprise and deep technology sectors in China. With presence in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Silicon Valley, Sky9 aims to work with the next-generation of entrepreneurs to build world-class companies together and have societal impact.Previously, Ron was a partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners and started Lightspeed’s China operations from scratch in 2006. Under Ron’s leadership, Lightspeed China became a leading venture firm in China with a portfolio of over 60 early-stage technology companies from a combination of capital from Lightspeed’s global funds and from two dedicated China funds raised in 2011 and 2014. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Ron was Managing Director of KLM Capital, a cross-border venture firm with offices in Silicon Valley and China. Ron started his career in the US with Motorola, Goldman Sachs and Intel.

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.

Saemin Ahn
Managing Partner, Rakuten Ventures

Saemin is Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, a post he has held since the fund’s inception in 2013. Saemin invests in diverse verticals such as advertising technology, artificial intelligence and on-demand business around the world. Some of his investments include Carousell, Pocketmath and Algorithmia.

Steve Leonard
Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Steve is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware and Services. Although a US citizen by birth, Steve considers himself a member of the global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years. In his current role as Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate, wholly owned by the Singapore government, under the purview of the National Research Foundation, Steve has been chartered to build an organisation that helps entrepreneurs utilise some of the science and technology R&D, for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, into commercial success by working with local and international partners. SGInnovate, as a part of the robust startup ecosystem in Singapore, will work with technical founders to imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early-stage companies using science and technology-based research originated in Singapore. Prior to his current role, Steve served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for the technology and telecommunications environment in Singapore. Steve continues to serve as the Deputy Chairman of IMDA at the request of the Minister. Steve serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore. 

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Anna Vanessa Haotanto
CEO and Founder, The New Savvy

Anna Haotanto is the CEO of The New Savvy and Director at Tera Capital, a private investment firm. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. She is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment, and children’s issues.

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).

Baptiste Leroux
CEO Startechup Inc & Startup Oasis

Baptiste has over 12 years of IT experience, working with some of the most successful
corporations such as Oracle, Electronic Arts (EA), Swiss bank, and IT consulting firm. As computer science engineer the goal was not simply to implement technical solutions, but mainly to work closely with business units to come up with tailor made solutions that will reinvent, optimize and accelerate business through technology.

After working for some time in Silicon Valley, he decided to start his own Social Enterprise.
This Web Social Startup was awarded at the CSR international congress, and was warmly welcome by very large international corporation for its social impact.

Since then he started 2 more ventures to help developing innovative solutions, and support entrepreneurship. His team has been working on dozens of great Web & Mobile projects, from Food Tech, Smart homes, IoT, Health tech, and many more verticals.

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.

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, 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

Dr. Deborah Ko has over a decade of experience in delivering successful quantitative and qualitative research solutions for Fortune 500 companies to help them gain a deeper understanding of consumer behaviour, beliefs and shift in norms. She works closely with clients to identify opportunity areas and develop innovation strategies based on key insights. 

She obtained her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley specializing in cultural differences in digital communication and persuasion. She has presented talks on Audience Engagement and Digital Behaviour in conferences such as Ad:Tech, Asia Customer Festival, Youth Marketing & Engagement, and E-Commerce Asia. As a former adjunct professor in international top-tier research universities (UC Santa Barbara, HKU, CUHK, and City University HK), she has educated on topics ranging from Digital Media and E-Marketing to Business Psychology.

Dennis List
Program & Partnerships Manager, Impact Hub Singapore

Hailing from a family of entrepreneurs, Dennis has been in various roles across IT and Consumer Electronics for over 15 years. Prior to joining The Hub Singapore in February 2017, he co-founded IoT music startup Rocki, and in that capacity participated in the 2014 Boston Techstars Accelerator Program. He has built his expertise around crowdfunding, fundraising, pitching and VC relations, both in Silicon Valley, Europe and SE Asia. He has have a specific interest in creating and marketing consumer electronics, hardware and software as well as bootstrapping early stage growth. 

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. 

Dione Song
Chief Commercial Officer, Love, Bonito

Expertise: Business Development, Marketing, E-commerce, driving hyper growth, operational execution Interests: Tech, health & fitness, brand strategy, anything rainbows & unicorns, save-the-world or hilariously delightful and endorphin-producing - we're all chasing happy at the end of the day

As Chief Commercial Officer, Dione Song is a powerful driving force for the Love, Bonito Group, having spent the last 5 years carving a name for herself in the e-commerce & retail space.

At the age of 27, she became the Managing Director of ZALORA (Singapore), Southeast Asia's largest fashion e-commerce where she was responsible for the Singapore P&L, while also managing the marketing for the Hong Kong and Taiwan markets.
Thereafter, she was headhunted by Sephora Digital as the Head of Australia and New Zealand before quickly assuming the role as Regional Director of Marketing for Southeast Asia. Dione excels at building hyper-growth, business development, e-commerce, brand strategy and digital marketing. A creative at heart, she loves finding innovative and efficient solutions to big problems.

In 2016 and 2017, Dione was on the list of Linkedin’s Power Profiles in Singapore.

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.

Eric Dadoun
Founding Member, Impiro

Eric has 13 years of experience in building companies with an emphasis on the commercial side of the operation, structuring sales teams, partnership and procurement procedures as well as general strategic planning. Today Eric serves as Chief Commercial Officer at Silverstreet which focuses on telecom messaging services in addition to its sub-brand Twizo which is active in the Security Authentication space. In addition to this role Eric is also a Founding Member at Impiro, the parent company to Silverstreet, which is an early stage startup investment firm based out of Singapore and also engages in private angel investing in parallel. 
Through his various investment activities Eric has been involved with health & fitness, logistics, alcohol, F&B, F&B tech, green energy, entertainment, telecom and digital product development either on a direct level or through his investment activities.

Florian Cornu
Founder | Future Flow

Florian helps entrepreneurs to run their business, through financial management, data and metrics intelligence. A generalist, he learnt different sides of doing business over time. Having pored over companies’ annual reports and analyzing financial metrics and term sheets while other kids were doing far more "age-appropriate" activities, Florian joined Charles Firmin-Didot’s Talents team at AXA IM to invest in globally listed entrepreneurial companies. AXA IM - Talents invested over Euro 1.3 bn in entrepreneurs.

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, 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

Delivering enterprise digital front ends since late 90’s, François has a long, hands-on experience as a distributed systems architect and polyglot programmer. 

He has successfully built online banking digital platforms (retail and private), financial markets reference data, aerospace, as well as innovative, fast-paced business strategies for pure internet players.

Passionate about new technology, and people, François has shown that he can play as a team member and as a leader. He has recruited and guided large development teams, set up and led complex IT programs, using both waterfall and agile.

Holding a Master in IT Project Management at CESI, and CNAM’s Computer Sciences, François has been successfully helping stakeholders achieve their objectives for the past 20 years.

Grace Sai
Co-founder and CEO, Impact Hub Singapore

Grace is the CEO and Co-Founder of Impact Hub Singapore, Singapore's largest co-working community of entrepreneurs, creatives and techies. Grace is also a Managing Partner of Hub Ventures Fund, an early-stage investment company founded on the belief that founder knowledge and post-investment support are key levers for success.
She is regarded as the node of entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia and speaks widely on that topic. Interested in ecosystem building and policy development for startups and social enterprises, she has been invited by the Prime Minister’s Offices in Singapore and Malaysia, Angela Merkel, Mayor Park, amongst others; to share her inputs. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Ben & Jerry's Singapore, a Social entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and a TEDx Singapore speaker. She was also the founder of Books for Hope, a social enterprise in childrens' education in Indonesia.
Grace has been nominated as a Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013), 40 Under 40 by Prestige Singapore (2014) and is a UN Women Entrepreneurship Day Ambassador. 
She now resides in Singapore and has an MBA from University of Oxford where she graduated with Distinction and was a Skoll Scholar (funded by Jeff Skoll, the co-founder of eBay).

Mark Lven Tupa Palejaro
Co-founder, Pocket Hologram

Co-founder of Pocket Hologram as well as an active volunteer in One Maker Group, Sustainable Living Lab, and in various National Geographic Channel events. These groups use their talents in the field of Mechatronics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, challenge their knowledge and create innovations that science has to offer. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from a MAKER, ENGINEER, and a sharer of knowledge.

Mohan Belani
Co-founder & CEO | e27

Mohan Belani is the Co-founder and CEO of e27, a startup and tech ecosystem platform focused on help startup founders build and grow their companies. He believes that startups can make the world a better place, and in order for Southeast Asia's tech ecosystem to be relevant, it needs to be driven by sustainable and impactful companies solving problems at scale.

He enjoys working with Founders and helping them alleviate the challenges of building great companies specifically around the areas of talent, funding and market access.

Muh Hon Cheng & Lin Junjie
Co-founders, Clean Shaven Apps

Hon Cheng makes things happen, and makes them really fast, and he obsesses himself with animation. He made some of the most popular apps in Singapore—SG Buses and SG NextBus. 

Junjie pays attention to how things work, how fast and how easy a user can do something. His own app and foray into app development—Due—was featured on Daring Fireball.

After many sessions of badminton and bubble tea, they founded Clean Shaven Apps in June 2012. Together, they have launched six apps. Their most recent app, Elk, won an Apple Design Award in 2017.

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.

Jessica Chen Riolfi
Head of Asia | TransferWise

Jessica has spent her career building global products and currently accelerates TransferWise’s mission of money without borders throughout Asia. Previously, she led growth at eBay where she focused on reaching new customers in China, Brazil, and Mexico, including launching the eBay store on WeChat. Jessica holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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.

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.

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.

Julia Zhou
VP Sales, Nanigans APAC

Julia Zhou is the VP of Sales for Nanigans APAC.  Nanigans is the world’s premier social ad tech platform, helping advertisers to profitably and scalably grow their businesses using channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Previously, Julia led growth & marketing at two early-stage startups in New York City, both of which had successful exits.  In her spare time, she is passionate about economic empowerment, education, and women’s equality.  Julia has served on the board of several education-focused nonprofits and chaired the Singapore Gala for Room to Read, raising $2.6M SGD in one night.

Kenya Takashima
Entrepreneur in Residence, Red Dot Ventures

Kenya is a serial entrepreneur involved in 3 startups and has 1 exit experience. He has strong technology background in the telecom and networking space and has been building business in that area. He has a great passion towards providing new user experience. His recent projects include cleantech IoT platform and fintech cloud service.

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

Krystal Choo
CEO & Founder, Wander

Krystal Choo is a two-time TEDx speaker and the CEO and Founder of Wander, which brings like-minded people together by allowing them to join the best communities in a city right from their devices.

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.

Lucy Luo
Investment Associate, Monk's Hill Ventures

Lucy Luo is an investment associate at Monk's Hill Ventures, which is a tech VC fund that invests into Series A startups across Southeast Asia. During her 2+ years doing tech investments, Lucy has spoken with hundreds of tech startups across a range of industries. She is particularly interested in the sectors SaaS, marketplaces and logistics.

Prior to VC, Lucy used to work in corporate law and business development for tech companies in New Zealand. She has also co-founded an eco-friendly startup before, and worked with tech startups at New Zealand's first tech accelerator. Lucy graduated with double degrees in Law (Hons) and Finance from the University of Auckland.

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. 

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.

Pauline Andriejanssen
Investor, B Capital Group

Pauline is currently an Investor at B Capital Group. Prior to joining B Capital Group, Pauline was the Head of Strategy & Business Development at PT Media Indonusa, a mobile commerce services provider, where she led teams to develop and manage strategic partnerships supporting the company’s business portfolio, while co-founding a women’s fashion ecommerce startup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to that, she was an Associate in the Boston Consulting Group in Jakarta with a focus on consumer goods, oil & gas and financial services.

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.

Sandeep Bagaria
Chief Executive Officer, Tagit

Sandeep is the CEO of Tagit, an award-winning Singaporean digital solutions company. Under his leadership, Tagit has rapidly grown and won a number of awards from the Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia Technology Companies to the Top 10 Tech companies to work for by Singapore Computer Society. Its platform was ranked globally as the Leader in the Forrester Wave for Mobile Banking Solutions.Sandeep has over 20 years of experience in successfully setting up and managing businesses in Banking, Fintech and Telecommunications. Since the early part of his career as an internet entrepreneur, he has focused on technology innovation and changing the paradigm in existing business practices. He was the co-founder of Pacific Internet’s subsidiary,, set up after Pacific Internets listing on Nasdaq. He has also worked with Sun Microsystems where he helped Singaporean companies expand overseas and with SunGard where he was the head of the Ambit Core Banking and Ambit Card Management business units.Sandeep was recognized as one of the industry leader in DP publications special SOAR edition in 2015 as part of Singapore’s 50th year Anniversary. 
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

Shaun Chong
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ninjavan

As co-founder and CTO, Shaun is responsible for crafting Ninja Van's technological architecture and managing Ninja Van's engineering and product management team to successfully execute the team's vision.

Shaun comes to Ninja Van with more than 7 years of experience as an entrepreneur and senior technical leader at innovation companies like Nubefy and Alpst Corporation.

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.

Vadym Vasyliev
Technical Lead, TransferWise

Vadym has worked for over 11 years as a software engineer with the 9 years in financial industry. Before TransferWise, Vadym was a Senior Technical consultant at Temenos, leading migration of LBBW, BoV, AWB and other banks to T24 platform. Vadym has joined as 5th engineer at TransferWise and has built product from the company's early stages. He also led integrations for Australia, Japan, Ukraine, Turkey, Thailand and other countries. 

Vihang Patel
Co-founder, Finaxar

Vihang is an entrepreneur, building startups around Big Data, Cloud and Mobile. He is currently co-founder of Finaxar, a tech startup that provides working capital solutions to businesses through their trade and supply chain finance platform.  Previously he was CTO of Dragon Wealth, a wealth management platform and driving technology at Crayon Data. Previously he founded Avagam (acquired by Crayon Data), was a consultant for Deloitte and a boutique strategy firm working across 2 continents and 5 cities. Vihang earned a B.S. (Hons) and M.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Winnie Tan
Founder and CEO, TripZilla

Winnie is the Founder and CEO of TripZilla, Southeast Asia’s leading digital travel media portal which reaches out to more than 20 million travellers every month. The mumpreneur founded TripZilla with the vision of inspiring the world to travel and empowering them with the knowledge to make travel happen.

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

Hong Ting is the CEO and Co-Founder of 2359 Media, one of Singapore’s most successful software houses. Deeply convicted of the potential that automation has in empowering productivity, he also founded Botbot.AI, a self-learning bot platform that automates conversation and interactions.

Hong Ting’s deep expertise in productization, fundraising, software consultancy, business strategy and data modeling has enriched his mentorship in bringing his team to create value for businesses. As an advocate of the immense potential of the solutions that result as a fusion of business strategy and technology, he actively consults with organizations and enterprises regarding digital solutions, including artificial intelligence. With a strong passion for education, entrepreneurship and empowering businesses to thrive, he hopes to translate that passion into inspiration for others to join him on this journey of creating true impact through technology.

Praveen Velu

Praveen Velu is co-founder of deep technology startup and has been with the company since October 2015. Since then, the company has gone on to develop the first commercially available AI scheduling assistant, Evie. Headquartered in Singapore, Praveen oversees the company’s overall vision, strategy, culture and growth initiatives. With over 9 years working in various regional roles for global media and technology companies, Praveen brings a breadth of experience spanning from business development, partnerships, content development and digital marketing. Motivated by the growing struggle with administrative tasks they were experiencing, Praveen and co-founder Jin Hian Lee, were driven to find a solution that would improve this increasingly painful workplace condition. Through Evie, they have introduced an accessible AI solution that not only helps the workforce take care of the busywork, it also provides professionals with more time to focus on the things that matter. Before starting joining, Praveen was Head of Network Development in Asia for Maker Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Praveen was a member of the founding team in Asia where he led global and regional campaigns for socially driven clients and launched the first Maker Bootcamp in partnership with the government of Singapore for aspiring online content creators in Asia. Prior to that, Praveen was the Business Development Lead for Yahoo! in Southeast Asia, where he met his co-founder Jin. During his time there, Praveen worked across different agendas including media development, content acquisition and partnerships management where he was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets and negotiated strategic partnerships across the region. Praveen graduated with a Master’s in Legal and Political Theory from University College London, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (with First Class Honors) in Political Science from the University of Melbourne.

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Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
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