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 5:30 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.

We're back! Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018 (28 Sep - 30 Sep)
And...It's a wrap! Here's what you might have missed. 

1st Place  - MindPalace
Mindpalace is a VR technology that aims to help dementia patients remembering the ones closest to them. 

2nd Place - Outspoken
Real-time wearable translation for the deaf and mute in every language. Outspoken will bridge the gap between the under-served community with the mass. 

3rd Place - TongForChange
TongForChange makes donating life's spare change an everyday lifestyle by simplifying the process and allowing one to donate to the organisation of your choice. 

Most Creative - Mucho
Using technology and smart algorithm to reduce food wastage in business.

Most Impactful - Hear to Learn
With life-long learning for everyone in mind, Hear to Learn consists of a repertoire of educational audio resources in alternative languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, etc.).

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

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 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

8:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

10:00 pm
Vote for Ideas!
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:30 pm
Form Teams
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!

11:00 pm
Pizza Party
Have some fun while working with your team

Saturday September 29th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Lean Canvas Workshop

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

8:00 pm
Mock Pitches
Practise your pitch for the judging on Sunday!

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 30th

8:00 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

1:30 pm
Round #1 Presentations
Round 1 presentation to judges. Top teams will proceed to the final round.

5:00 pm
Round 1 Judging Result

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Have fun and wrap up!


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. 

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.

Grace Fu
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth

Ms Grace Fu graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), and subsequently obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She began her career in 1985 with the Overseas Union Bank and later with the Haw Par Group, in the areas of corporate planning, financial controls and business development.

Ms Fu joined the PSA Corporation in 1995, and took on different responsibilities in finance and marketing. She held the position of Chief Executive Officer, PSA South East Asia and Japan, where she was responsible for the business performance of PSA’s flagship terminals in Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Japan.

Ms Fu was elected as a Member of Parliament in June 2006 for the Group Representation Constituency of Jurong, Yuhua Division. She contested and won her seat in the Yuhua Single-Member Constituency in the 2011 and 2015 General Elections.

In 2006, Ms Fu was appointed to the Ministry for National Development as Minister of State. Two years later, she was promoted to Senior Minister of State, and given a concurrent appointment in the Ministry of Education. In 2011, she was appointed as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. In August 2012, Ms Fu was appointed as Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources. In 2014, she was put in charge of the Municipal Services Office. 

On 1 Oct 2015, Ms Fu was appointed Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Leader of the House. In addition, she chairs the National Integration Council, National Youth Council, and sits on the board of the People’s Association. She was also involved in a number of committees, including as co-chair of the Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council, the Ministerial Committee on Ageing and the Economic Strategies Committee. She has been a member of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Joint Steering Council since 2011.

Ms Fu is a strong advocate for women in Singapore. She chairs the Women's Wing of the People's Action Party, and the Young Women's Leadership Connection Council of Advisors.

Event Judges

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. 

Kai Fong Chng
Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

Kai Fong was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 1 October 2017. Prior to that, he was the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister (PM) from 1 September 2014 to 30 September 2017.

Before his appointment as PPS to the PM, Kai Fong served various roles in the Public Service. He was Director of Communications Group at the Prime Minister’s Office, where he oversaw strategic communications and coordinated communications strategy across Government agencies. He was also Director of Resource Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he coordinated the Government’s efforts to drive productivity growth, and Director of the Institute of Public Sector Leadership, which runs leadership development programmes for public sector leaders. Kai Fong also served in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Communications and Information. Kai Fong was also seconded from 2008 to 2010 as a Senior Management Consultant to Shell in its Downstream Strategy Division. 

Kai Fong graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master in Engineering in 2001, specialising in signal processing. In 2011, Kai Fong was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship. He is also a Sloan Fellow with a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Temasek International

Dilhan Pillay joined Temasek in September 2010. He is currently Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Joint Head, Enterprise Development Group, Joint Head, Investment Group, and Joint Head, Singapore and Head, Americas. Prior to joining Temasek, he was Managing Partner of Singapore law firm WongPartnership LLP.  

Dilhan serves on the boards of the Singapore Management University, Singapore Institute of Legal Education, the National Research Foundation in Singapore, Singapore Innovate Pte. Ltd., Enterprise Singapore and certain subsidiaries of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.  He is also a member of the Future Economy Council and the Financial Centre Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws and obtained a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge. 

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.

Sandhya Devanathan
Country Director - Singapore; Regional Lead - Ecomm, Travel & Finserv, Facebook

Sandhya Devanathan is Country Head - Singapore at Facebook where she works with the largest brands and startups on building for the mobile world. She also leads the ecommerce, financial services and travel verticals for Facebook in SEA.

Prior to joining Facebook, Sandhya was a Managing Director at Standard Chartered Bank, managing their half-a-billion-dollar revenue retail banking and payments business in Singapore. Sandhya started her career at Citi as a management associate in India and was a founder-member of their innovative digital business team. During her 15-year international career (Singapore, US, the Philippines and India) across Citi and Standard Chartered, Sandhya has managed multiple businesses and spearheaded innovation in consumer banking and payments.

Sandhya is a passionate advocate of women in leadership and diversity at the workplace. She launched the STEM program for 3,000 Singaporean school girls with UN Women, was co-chair of the Women’s Council at Standard Chartered and is actively involved with Women@FB initiatives.

Sandhya has a MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She is mom to a nine year old boy, who keeps her very busy.

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. 

Wan Sing Kong
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, JustCo

Wan Sing, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JustCo is a property and real estate veteran with over 15 years of experience. His experience and deep knowledge in the industry led to him launching JustOffice in 2011 before setting up JustCo in 2015, an innovative new concept of co-working spaces.

Fluent in English, Mandarin and Malay, Wan Sing graduated from the New York University, Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Finance and Information Systems. The entrepreneurial streak in Wan Sing was discovered early. As a fresh graduate out from New York University, Wan Sing traded an attractive opportunity to work in Goldman Sachs New York to start his own finance firm in Boston.

After his stint in New York, Wan Sing joined the family business Sing Group in Malaysia, within the real estate division for seven years. Thereafter, he took on the role of Senior Associate Director with Mapletree Investments, the real estate arm of Temasek Holdings in Singapore for five years. With the entrepreneurial streak still running deep, Wan Sing leveraged on his expertise in real estate and finance and took the leap of faith to set up

A driven and passionate individual, it is under Wan Sing’s leadership that JustCo has become a leading player in the market in just a short period of time, recognised for providing open, collaborative and flexible co-working spaces to clients. A visionary, he has plans to transform JustCo into a major player in Asia Pacific and beyond, and he believes in building a strong team to achieve this goal together.

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.

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.

Carmen Yuen
Partner, Vertex Venture

Carmen joined Vertex Ventures Singapore office in 2014. Her focus is in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Carmen has served many years in Singapore’s government-backed venture capital initiatives including EDB Investments and Spring SEEDS Capital where she worked closely with many start-up companies in Singapore.

Prior to joining Vertex, she was with Majuven, a Singapore angel fund. Carmen currently serves on the Board of TickledMedia (dba

Carmen received her BBA from Simon Fraser University.

Guillaume Sachet
Head of Social, Mediacorp

Guillaume Sachet is the Head of Social at MediaCorp, where he is responsible for streamlining Mediacorp social media management and digital marketing initiatives, growing social influencers and creators network ( and kick-starting new client facing social offerings. He is also in charge of MediaCorp’s Mediapreneur incubator program. Previously, he was Head, Strategic Planning at Mediacorp where he drove group strategy, corporate development and innovation. 

He has more than 20 years of experience in the media and telecom industry. Prior to joining MediaCorp in May 2012, Guillaume was a Partner and Managing Director 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 20 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.

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.

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.

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!

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 Head of Strategic Partnerships, Next Billion Users Group at Google.

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
Director, Digital Technology, Temasek

Sang co-founded Been, Inc. in 2013 and developed the world’s first and only mobile app that enabled users to monetize and take control of their personal data and privacy, blocking personal data collection and advertising from all mobile websites and mobile apps on iPhones. The disruptive threat caused by the app, called Been Choice, utlimately resulted in the app getting banned from the App Store after it went viral in the United States. Sang decided to move from Silicon Valley to Singapore to help develop the region's startup ecosystem, bringing his experiences from Been, McKinsey, and Bridgewater Associates with him. He was the Head of Strategy & Architecture at GIC before moving to Temasek where he is currently the Director of Digital Innovation.

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.

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

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. 

Adrian Ang
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Hepmil Media Group - 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. 

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.

Li Hongyi
Deputy Director - Product and Engineering, GovTech

Hongyi leads a team of engineers, designers, and product managers who build technology for the public good. Projects they work on include – an app to replace parking coupons, and – the government’s open data repository. He believes in working on real problems, building for the user, and pushing for change.

Prior to joining the government, Hongyi worked at Google on the distributed databases and image search teams. He previously attended MIT where he obtained degrees in computer science and economics. In his free time he works on personal projects like and

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.

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.

Verleen Goh
Chief Food Fighter and Co-founder, Alchemy Foodtech Pte. Ltd.

Together with her co-founder, Verleen uses food science and technology to fight epidemic diseases arising from food and lifestyle choices. She conceptualises food solutions for diabetes, and works with her team of food scientists and technologists to bring the ideas into reality. 

By combining foodtech, biotech and medtech, Alchemy Foodtech Pte. Ltd. focus on creating better, functional foods with same taste so everyone can continue to enjoy what they love, but these foods make their health better.

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.

Vidit Agrawal
Angel Investor and Venture Partner, Elevate Associates

Vidit is currently an angel investor and Venture Partner at Elevate Associates. He is a NUS and Stanford graduate and the former COO of Carro, a used car marketplace based out of Singapore and was focused on growing the company in its international markets.

Prior to Carro, Vidit was Uber’s first employee in Asia, spearheading vehicle partnerships in the region.

Vinod Nair
CEO at

Vinod is the founder & CEO of He is obsessively passionate about entrepreneurship and the Internet. Vinod started MoneySmart to un-complicate money matters for the consumers, and make it simpler and easier for consumers to understand.

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).

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.

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.

Sui Ling Cheah
Operating Partner, Wavemaker Partners

Sui Ling is currently the Operating Partner at Wavemaker Partners. She is responsible for helping portfolio companies with business development, follow on financings and eventual exits. 

Previously, Sui Ling spent 20 years in the investment banking industry raising capital for high growth companies and doing cross border M&A. She had various roles globally with BNP Paribas, JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch.

Sui Ling graduated with a BA in Economics and French from Wellesley College, Massachusetts in the US.

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.

Robin Teurlings
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.

Yoav Elgrichi
Co-Founder, ImpacTech

Yoav is the co-founder of ImpacTech, the leading accelerator that empowers companies and startups that create social and economical impact.Yoav is a serial entrepreneur that successfully built and sold several companies, among his achievements, selling his startup  to Rocket Internet and plays a key role in listing a company in the SGX. A mentor  at  the Singapore  Management University,  inventor of patents in the NFC and wearable devices domains.  Yoav holds an MBA.

Alan Phua
Master Builder & Co-founder, Alchemy Foodtech Pte. Ltd.

Alan is a serial startup entrepreneur passionate in building technologies that improves people's wellbeing especially in needs based areas. He enjoys challenging conventions that are irrelevant. 

Together with Verleen, Alan started Alchemy Foodtech as they saw that many of the chronic disease we face today mainly due to our modern diet, coupled with sedentary and stressful life. Alchemy Foodtech centers around the creation of food technology solutions targeting everyday staples to prevent and manage diabetes by combining knowledge from FoodTech, Biotech and MedTech verticals.

Karen Tok
Founder & CEO, ScienTec Consulting Pte Ltd

Karen founded ScienTec in 2002, at the age of 31. Fuelled by a strong interest in business start-ups and eight years of sales and management experience, she decided that it was time to follow her passion.  With only SGD10,000 working capital initially, she grew it into a multi-award winning, highly profitable business valued at SGD10 million upon exit.

Karen’s pioneering efforts and success in recruiting for the Life Sciences industry received great recognition. She supported the government, foreign investors, MNCs, and start-ups, during the infant stage of the Life Sciences industry in Singapore, bringing in global talents to fill the critical talent gaps. 

Under Karen’s leadership, ScienTec achieved remarkable year-on-year annual growth revenue.  For a boutique recruitment business, ScienTec has differentiated itself from the competition, and achieved above industry net profit margins, with track record of outstanding testimonials on both clients and candidates experience, and an engaged workforce. 

ScienTec’s success attracted Will Group Inc. Investment, a company listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange. As of 2017, ScienTec became a wholly owned subsidiary of Will Group. 

Karen now serves as a consultant to the board of ScienTec Consulting and Will Group, Inc.

Arndt Husar
Independent Consultant

Until recently, Arndt was the Deputy Director of the Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) – the UN Development Programme’s catalyst for new thinking, strategy and action to improve public service. A spatial planner (engineer) by training, he embarked on a career in the international development sector, with a focus on transforming public sector institutions, practices and culture. At the GCPSE he worked on strategy development, management and programming with a focus on innovation and foresight. Arndt advised internally and externally on digital transformation and initiated a track of activities in support of UNDP's innovation agenda. This included the Public Service Innovation Lab series and the foresightXchange – a workshop series prototyping foresight applications in public service. He now advises a wide spectrum on partners (incl. international organisations as well as public and private sector) on service innovation, institutional change and digital transformation.

Anna Ratala
Head of Slush Singapore, Slush

Anna Ratala is a driven entrepreneur inspired by technology and people that make things happen. As the founder and CEO of PineCone she helps tech companies enter the Southeast Asian market. As the Head of Slush Singapore, a leading tech startup event and a global movement, she channels her passion for startups into helping the next generation of entrepreneurs forward. 

Anna loves action and being involved in many parallel projects – which has led to her to sitting on the board of Finnish Business Council and writing her own blog Success In High Heels, covering her entrepreneurial journey and life in Singapore. Anna holds a Master’s in Economics & Business Administration and an Executive MBA. She loves traveling, sports and champagne – and believes that, more than anything, success is an attitude!

Jed Ng
Head of Rakuten RapidAPI

Jed is a corporate entrepreneur who builds and scales new ventures through startup and corporate partnerships. He previously co-founded Ericsson’s cybersecurity consulting practice. He is currently the Head of Rakuten RapidAPI, a venture resulting from an exclusive partnership between A16Z-backed RapidAPI and Japanese eCommerce giant, Rakuten. He actively contributes his energy to the startup ecosystem as an investor, advisor and Techstars mentor.

Rakuten RapidAPI is the world’s largest API marketplace with 8,000+ APIs and is used by over 500,000 active developers around the world. We enable developers to build transformative apps through the power of APIs by helping them find, test and connect to all the APIs they need in one place.

Tianwei Liu
Co-founder & CEO, Xfers

Tianwei co-founded Xfers with with four other enterprising NUS Alumni back in 2012. Xfers enables casual sellers, start-ups and small-and-medium sized enterprises to optimise and automate their payment systems. By leveraging the latest encryption and cloud technologies, Xfers created an automated banking network that allows users to conduct transactions in a secure and low-cost manner. n 2015, Xfers became one of the first Singapore-based start-ups to be incubated by Y Combinator. They successfully raised US$2.5 million in seed funding from Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, BWB Ventures, GMO Venture Partners, Partech Ventures, Convergence Ventures and Eduardo Saverin. As of 2016, Xfers has processed over SG$25 million for its Singapore-based clients. In addition to growing its customer base in Singapore, the team has officially launched Xfers' services in Indonesia. 

Samuel Pierquin
Senior Scrum Master, PALO IT

Samuel is a polyvalent Web and IT specialist in both project management and technologies. He has successfully become a Web Developer, Database Engineer, Scrum Master, Development Manager, General Manager, Product Owner, IT Manager and Global Coordinator. He has an entrepreneurial mindset working for different startups in domains such as e-commerce and supply chain. He also launched his own startup - a fast beer delivery service! As a Scrum Master, Samuel improved product quality and teamwork-efficiency by implementing Agile values and methodologies successfully for several teams. He spent most of his career living and working in China, so he speaks Mandarin fluently!

Barbara Guerpillon
Global Marketing, Unilever Foundry & LEVEL 3

Barbara works at the intersection of corporate innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. She is leading Unilever Foundry in Asia, which enables the company’s global brands to accelerate experimentation and pilot new technologies more efficiently, effectively and speedily.

For the last 10 years, Barbara has worked with a variety of startups in Singapore from e-commerce platforms, to digital mapping. She is an advocate of Singapore’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneur community and believes they have the power to transform the region and create real business opportunities.

Ian Sikora
Vice President of Technology, Openspace Ventures

Ian currently represents Openspace as an observer on the board at Pathao. He was the Head of Product at HOOQ where he recruited, hired and led 12 person engineering team and rebuilt the entire tech stack in a year.

Before HOOQ, Ian was working for the startup Premise Data in San Francisco where he built the company’s marketing and sales pipeline from scratch. He also worked at Globe Telecom in the Philippines where he managed the global launch of Facebook’s In 6 months, the product doubled the number of internet users on the network and got 1 million people used the internet for the first time.

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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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