Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018

    Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

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Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday September 28th

5:00 pm
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 29th

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 and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

11:00 am

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

12:00 pm
Opening Speech
Opening speech before judging

1:00 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!


Janil Puthucheary
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Communications and Information

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

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

Teo Ser Luck
Member of Parliament

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

Ng 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.

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. 

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.

Ping Soon Kok
Chief Executive, GovTech Singapore

Ping Soon spent the last 4 years in Ministry of Manpower as  the Deputy Secretary (Development). He oversees national policies and programmes related to Workplace Safety and Health, Human Capital Development and SGSecure for Workplaces. Within MOM, he oversees the Corporate Support Group with responsibilities for initiatives related to service excellence, digitalisation, people engagement and future-ready capability building.

Prior to Ping Soon's appointment at MOM, he was the Senior Director, National Security Co-ordination Centre (NSCC) within the National Security Co-ordination Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office. Besides the Ministry, he serves on the Board of Human Capital Leadership Institute and Institute for HR Professionals. 

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.

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.

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. 

Coaches and Mentors

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

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

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

Jon is a serial entrepreneur having started and exited companies in the US and Asia. His passion is for building companies to identify product market fit in the shortest time possible. Jon has mentored dozens of startups and is an advisor at Monk's Hill Ventures. His hope is to see the tech eco-system mature in the region. Jon is currently the founder and managing partner at Elev8tion Group, a innovation and product strategy consultancy.

Jing Shen Ng
Co-founder and CEO, Paktor

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

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

Sang Shin
Strategy and Architecture, GIC

Sang is a self-taught technology enthusiast who has crossed the corporate and start-up Rubicon a couple of times. He introduced internet technologies to Wellington Management, built an investment technology function at McKinsey & Company, and worked on “Core Technology” systems at Bridgewater Associates. After being bitten by the startup bug, he moved to Silicon Valley to create Been, the world’s first exchange for mobile data between consumers and advertisers. Apple eventually banned Been from its App Store, and Sang decided to move back to Asia and join GIC to share the knowledge and experiences he gained while in the U.S.

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.

Guillaume Sachet
Head of Social, Mediacorp Pte Ltd

Guillaume previously headed Strategic Planning at MediaCorp, where he drives group strategy, corporate development and innovation including mentoring startups in MediaCorp’s Mediapreneur incubator program. Currently, he sits on the board of Cubinet Interactive, a Malaysian digital games publisher, which MediaCorp has a majority stake.

He has 20 years of experience in the media and telecom industry. Prior to joining MediaCorp in May 2012, Guillaume was a Partner with the strategy practice of the consulting firm, Accenture, responsible for Communications, Media and Technology strategy clients across Southeast Asia. Over the years, he has developed deep media and telecom industry knowledge and expertise across the APAC region.

He has spent more than 15 years in Asia, working in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea and China. Having published nearly 20 articles in magazines such as Telecom Asia, Guillaume is a recognized thought-leader in the industry.  

Guillaume graduated in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris in 1994 and in Finance from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris in 1992.

Jordan Dea-Mattson
Site Director - Singapore Engineering Centre,

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.

Kineret Karin
Founder, ImpacTech

Kineret manages the day to day operation, fund raising, partnerships and the regional business development expansion of ImpacTech. ImpacTech is an acceleration and educational program for startups who use technology in innovative ways to tackle social issues, and create meaningful and sustainable impact. This program is currently running in Singapore, Thailand with plans to expand to Japan.

Belle Baldoza
Vice President, PR and Communications, honestbee

Strategic communications professional with a passion for brand storytelling and all things pop culture. Belle led PR efforts in the region for disruptive global consumer technology brands: Spotify, Netflix and Uber. Over 12 years of relevant experience across Asia-Pacific, having been based across several markets in South East Asia. Interested in regional roles with brands looking to expand their footprint in Asia as well as global roles with consumer technology and lifestyle brands.

Mark Lven
Advance Engineer, Kulicke & Soffa

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.

Hongyi Li
Deputy Director of Product and Engineering, GovTech

Hongyi developed the application allowing drivers in Singapore to pay for parking digitally. was launched in October 2017, barely two months after PM Lee announced during his National Day Rally speech that Singapore will focus on being a ‘Smart Nation’ and try to harness IT to improve the economy and society.

Hongyi is now in charge of increasing interest in computer science education in Singapore, redesigning and reimplementing, and improving the transport network using sensors and optimisation algorithms.

David Isaac Mathews
Associate Director, EY

David cares deeply about building habit forming products and businesses with outstanding value propositions based on outcome driven innovation. He is passionate about business model innovation and its impact on building competitive advantage. David contributes to the Singapore startup community as a mentor for the SMU BIG Incubator, DBS Hotspot Pre-Accelerator programme, SUTD Enterprise Center startup incubator, Startup Weekend and the Startup-O fundraising platform. Some events he has given bootcamps and lectures at include Daimler, SMU-SUTD's Change For Good, Google's Startup Weekend, the SheWorx Collective for female entrepreneurs and SLUSH.

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

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

Karl Mak
Co-Founder & CEO Hepmil Media Group - SGAG, MGAG

Karl co-founded SGAG in 2014, a content distribution platform which today reaches 2 million young Singaporeans every month. In 2017, both Karl and co-founder Adrian were featured in Forbes list of “30 under 30 Asia” in recognition of their success of challenging conventions and making an impact in today’s world. As the key person behind the scene of SGAG, Karl works on expanding the team, bringing the company into the regions and partnership opportunities. 

Yoav Elgrichi
Co-Founder, ImpacTech

Yoav is the co-founder of Tech For Good, an acceleration program for social tech startups. Yoav was the CEO of YuuPay, a fin-tech company listed in Singapore and successfully founded and sold two high tech companies. Yoav is a mentor at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Singapore Management University and an inventor of patents in the NFC and wearable devices domains.

He has over 20 years of experience in the Payment, Mobile and IT Industry, specializing in Mobile Payment, Mobile Value Added Services (VAS), Internet and Mobile content. 

Robin Teurling
Founder and CEO, Investeur

Robin Teurlings, CEO and founder of The Startup Buddy by Investeur. He started his first enterprise at the age of 12 as a self-employed street musician and bought his first stocks at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange at the age of 17. At the age of 25, Robin did his first angel investment. 

He holds a master’s degree in public policy and public administration and have worked over a decade in small startups as well as large corporates like Accenture and ING. Robin’s motto is “work hard, play hard”. He embarked on his adventure as an entrepreneur after participating and winning the 3rd prize in Startup Weekend Singapore with the pitch for an online financial planner. 

For almost a year, Robin had worked on that and learnt that there is a big difference between having a great idea and executing it successfully. The initial approach failed, but it resulted into Singapore’s founder friendly virtual startup builder, The Startup Buddy. The Startup Buddy is a free to use online accelerator that teaches entrepreneurs how to build a business. The Startup Buddy provides access to learning, resources and mentors and it enables founders to keep track of their progress. The ambition for The Startup Buddy is to make it into an online startup equity trading platform which will allow entrepreneurs and investors to reliably and continuously interact, raise funding and grow companies. Robin has participated in 4 editions of SWSG and work with startups everyday so he is very much looking forward to being a mentor for this mega edition.

Zander Liang
Cofounder, GCUBE Asia

Zander is the co-founder of GCUBE Asia, a game media company that provides in-depth game guides for the hottest games in the current market. 

Previously, Zander held the position of Studio Lead & Product Strategy at Inzen Studio where he o
versaw the development of mobile games from scratch. It involved conducting market research, conceptualising, production of mobile game and launching it to the market. Together with his team, they produced Dark Dot, a unique shoot’em up which was awarded Editors' Choice on Google Play and S.E.A International Mobile Gaming Awards - Excellence in Innovation.

Conor McLaughlin
Co-Founder & VP of Engineering,

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

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

Agrim Singh
Extended Reality Specialist, Absolute Collective

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.

Freddy Lim
Co-founder & Chief Investment Officer, StashAway

Freddy is Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of StashAway, a Singapore-based digital wealth management platform that aims to go Asia-wide. StashAway has already experienced multiple successes in 2017: it is the first robo-advisor in Singapore to receive a Capital Market Services License for Retail Fund Management, has raised $4.08 million SGD in pre-seed and pre-series A rounds, and was named “Startup Disruptor of the Year” at Wild Digital. 

Prior to Fintech, Freddy was a Managing Director and Global Head of Derivatives Strategy at Nomura. During his tenure, he has built and spearheaded a global team that won the “Global Derivatives – Research and Strategy House of the Year” award by GlobalCapital (September 2015). Before Nomura, Freddy was a multi-asset portfolio manager at the Singapore arm of Millennium Capital Management. He held similar roles at Citi Capital Advisors and Citi Principal Strategies Group. Prior to moving to fund management, Freddy was APAC Head of G10 Rates Strategy for Citigroup and Head of Interest Rate Strategy at Morgan Stanley Japan.

Freddy is considered an expert in quantitative macro investing and regime-based asset allocation. He is the architect behind StashAway’s ERAA (Economic Regime-based Asset Allocation) which is a framework that identifies the right mix of asset classes for a given economic regime and makes forward looking adjustments based on medium term valuation gaps. Freddy was regularly invited to speak in the field and was notably the keynote speaker at the prestigious “Global Derivatives USA” conference (Chicago, Nov-2014) and at the RISK’s Quant Congress USA (New York, July 2015).

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  • Durwin
  • Raymond
  • Joyce
  • Ke Xin
  • Alexander
  • Ranjitha
  • Hussein
  • Shih Han
  • Anji
  • Cheryll
  • Brandan
  • Louis
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Belinda Esterhammer
Founder and Director - Springboard Group

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

Lalitha Wemel
Regional Manager, Asia Pacific

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

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Philippe Ceulen
Head of Programs

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

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