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
Together is better. Let's tickle our brains, solve problems and change the world, one weekend at a time.
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.
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
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.
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.
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday September 28th
Saturday September 29th
Sunday September 30th
Dr Janil Puthucheary
Minister-in-Charge of GovTech
Teo Ser Luck
Chairman, Nufin Data
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.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AP is the The Leading CEO Award recipient at the 2018 Singapore HR Awards, in recognition of his business and organisational leadership.
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.
Prior to joining Vertex, she was with Majuven, a Singapore angel fund. Carmen currently serves on the Board of TickledMedia (dba TheAsianParent.com).
Carmen received her BBA from Simon Fraser University.
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
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jing Shen joined Amazon.com in Seattle. In Amazon.com, Jing Shen reduced the client side latency of the world’s largest online retailer by 300ms, developed and launched AWS Marketplace and was part of the team that re-architected one of the world's first cloud computing services, S3. In his spare time, Jing Shen goes wandering in the wild.
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.
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 typographing.com and chatlet.com
Joel was the Regional Head of Partnerships in ZALORA Southeast Asia under
After his amazing journey with ChinaNetCloud and Wiredcraft, he randomly moved to Singapore and started working for Billpin. He then co-founded 99.co, which empowers consumers by enabling powerful search through its native search algorithm ListRank.
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.
Prior to Carro, Vidit was Uber’s first employee in Asia, spearheading vehicle partnerships in the region.
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).
Previously, Zander held the position of Studio Lead & Product Strategy at Inzen Studio where he oversaw 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
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Internet.org. 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.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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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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