Startup Weekend Singapore 2020

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Startup Weekend Singapore 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Singapore, Singapore

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For the first time ever, SWSG is joining the Techstars global movement to host a Global Online Startup Weekend alongside 60 countries.

Check out the winning ideas from Startup Weekend Singapore 2020
  • First prize: The Mind Hyve - Developed a mental health platform to redefine the culture of work by rethinking access to mental care through personalised virtual therapy 
  • Impact prize: IDJ - Software platform Dormap designed to map and provide up to date information on the foreign workers' dormitories to coordinate monetary and in-kind efforts to support the foreign workers during these trying times. 
  • Second prize: Anyclassroom - An online marketplace platform for teachers to host live online classes for students, anytime, anywhere 
  • Third prize: Howl (Whyena) - Developed an app to enhance the digital learning experience to address the depreciation of joy in learning due to prolonged periods of digital learning and isolation. In addition to sustaining the interest in learning the team aims to bridge the widening of inequality in education.

Important Updates
SWSG2020 will be held on the SWSG Discord server. Do keep a lookout for the link to join the SWSG Discord server in the confirmation email after you have signed up for your ticket!


With over one-third of the population on lockdown due to the COVID19 crisis, numerous jobs, lives, the economy and our future are at stake. 2020 has panned out in a way that nobody has expected and could predict. 
This pandemic will forever change the way we imagine how we would live, play and work in the next decade, and our generation is not yet ready to live with these changes.

Join the Global Movement
For the first time ever, Startup Weekend Singapore is joining the Techstars global movement to host a Global Online Startup Weekend alongside 60 countries around the world. This series of virtual Startup Weekends will be focused on tackling issues from the COVID19 pandemic and developing solutions unique to each country. 

Join Our Ask-Me-Anything Sessions To Find Out More
1. 13th April - AMA with Nikhil Kapur. Partner of Strive Ventures
2. 17th April - AMA with 
 Hian Goh, Founder, Partner of Openspace Ventures
3. 21st April - AMA with Lim Qing Ru, Partner of True Global Ventures

Startup Weekend Singapore 2020
This coming 24-26 April, we’re inviting innovators, developers, inventors, and anyone with a passion to help solve this crisis to join us for a 54 hour weekend to hack ideas that will shape the next decade. Participants will work together from their homes and tackle the challenges presented by the pandemic, and develop prototypes that can help solve some of the biggest issues faced by Singaporeans and our neighbours from this crisis.

It’s the same Startup Weekend Singapore you know and love, but this time, we’re going online.

If you’ve ever been to Startup Weekend Singapore, you know it’s one of the most thrilling and amazing 54 hours you can imagine. You’ll experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you work, you’ll meet some of the very best mentors in the region - from founders to chief architects, investors and corporate chiefs — all who are ready to work with our participants to take their idea forward. Successful founders that have come out of Startup Weekend Singapore include Carousell, Shopback, Policypal and Anywhr.

Our upcoming Startup Weekend Singapore 2020 takes the best of our in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available.

Why You Should Join
We’re calling all developers, designers, marketers, nurses, doctors, students, scientists, business owners, teachers and anyone with an idea to tackle the challenges created by the global pandemic. This is your chance to join forces with thousands of people from dozens of countries and truly make a difference.  
This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions.

Startup Weekend Singapore 2020 is a 54-hour online event designed to provide an experiential education unlike any other for technical and non-technical innovators - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. The top 20 teams from around the world will also go on to participate in a Techstars Innovation Bootcamp experience.

Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an NGO, selected by Techstars, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option or select a predefined amount. You don’t need to get a ‘free ticket’ in addition to your ‘donation ticket’ since making a donation will register you as a participant. 

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Friday April 24th

6:30 pm
Virtual networking session
Get to know your team mates and fellow participants better. It's a virtual hackathon, communication is key!

7:00 pm
Welcome and Kickoff!
Opening remarks

7:15 pm
Opening Address
Welcome speech by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs

7:30 pm
Keynote by Limeng Lee, CEO, Fintech, Razer

7:45 pm
Programme Rundown
Find out all you need to know to get started for the rest of the weekend!

8:30 pm
Start Work!
Get the creative juices flowing and hack away!

9:00 pm
Working virtually get's kinda boring. Take some time to catch up with your fellow participants over a meal or some snacks!

11:55 pm
Team Registration Deadline
You will no longer be able to register your team after 11:59pm on Friday

Saturday April 25th

10:00 am
At a crossroads with your idea? Fret not, join us for a workshop and get inspired!

12:00 pm
Virtual Lunch
Hangout and meet new friends (virtually)!

1:00 pm
Mentor Sessions
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

9:00 pm
Bring-Your-Own-Beer + Mock Pitch
Practice your pitch for the judging on Sunday! A little liquid courage might help!

Sunday April 26th

12:00 pm
Pitch Submission Deadline & Tech Check
Participants will be submitting their slides and any product demos to our team. No changes allowed after that!

1:00 pm
Evaluating Your Pitches

3:00 pm
Final Teams Shortlist
Find out if your team has been shortlisted for final pitches!

4:00 pm
Final Pitches with Judging Panel
It's your time to shine, the "virtual" stage is yours, deliver your winning pitch with pride and gusto!

6:00 pm
Judges Deliberation + Dinner
While the judges deliberate on the winning teams, be sure to grab your dinner!

6:30 pm
Closing & Award Presentation
Alas, the moment you've been waiting for! But remember, this is not the end, it is just the beginning!


Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan
Minister for Foreign Affairs

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan is Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative. He previously held appointments as the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. Before becoming a Member of Parliament in 2001, he studied Medicine at the National University of Singapore, specialising in ophthalmology after graduation.

After graduation, he specialised in Ophthalmology. He was appointed Associate Professor of the National University of Singapore and Deputy Director of Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) in 1997. He led several clinical research trials to control the progression of myopia in children. In 1999, he became the Medical Director of SNEC. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore General Hospital in 2000.

Dr Balakrishnan has been a Member of Parliament since 2001. He is currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is also the Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative. He previously held appointments as the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Minister responsible for Entrepreneurship, Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and Minister of State for National Development.

Li Meng Lee
Chief Strategy Officer | Razer

Mr. Lee Li Meng was appointed the Chief Strategy Officer in March 2018 and as CEO of Razer Fintech, effective January 1, 2020. He is responsible for the development and execution of Razer’s ongoing corporate strategy, driving Razer’s strategic initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, partnerships and further penetration into broader entertainment segments, to advance buildout of Razer’s ecosystem of hardware, software and services. With his concurrent title as Chief Executive Officer of Razer Fintech, he is taking the lead on driving Razer Fintech's extension to digital banking and financial services and the global expansion of the existing business segments. 

He brings over 15 years of corporate finance experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital markets advisory and an invaluable network of contacts. Prior to joining Razer, he was a Managing Director at Evercore Singapore, the leading global independent investment banking advisory firm. He was part of the initial team as the Singapore office commenced operations in 2013, which was awarded The Asset Magazine’s “Best M&A House in Singapore” distinction for three consecutive years. Mr. Lee has been Razer’s trusted advisor over the years through his involvement in Razer’s fundraising efforts and as a key banker for Razer’s initial public offering in 2017 and as the M&A advisor for Razer's acquisition of MOL Global. He previously held senior positions as Head of Singapore Debt Capital Markets at ANZ, Principal at CMIA Capital Partners, and Vice President at J.P. Morgan where he served for eight years.

Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and a minor in Economics from Columbia University, New York.

David Cohen
Co-Founder, Co-CEO | Techstars

Previously, David was a founder of several software and web technology companies. He was the founder and CTO of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive [Amazon]. David was also the founder and CEO of, a music service which was sold to in 2006. He also had what he likes to think of as a “graceful failure” in between.

David is a active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at He is also very active at the University of Colorado, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Computer Science Department, the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board at Silicon Flatirons. David also runs the Colorado chapter of the Open Angel Forum. David’s hobbies are technology, software/web startups, business history, and tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he’s ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.

Jason Seats
Chief Investment Officer | Techstars

Jason is a Partner at Techstars Ventures, the venture capital arm at Techstars, a start-up accelerator considered one of the best in the world, with offices in 15 cities in the US and abroad. Jason was most recently the Managing Director of the Techstars programs in Austin, and Cloud in San Antonio. Prior to joining Techstars, Jason was a founder of Slicehost, an early cloud computing hosting company. In 2008, Slicehost was acquired by Rackspace and became the core for the initial Cloud Servers product. Jason continued on at Rackspace until 2010 as VP of Software Development for Rackspace Cloud, managing the cloud engineering teams. Jason has a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University.

Nikhil Kapur
Partner | STRIVE

Nikhil Kapur is a Partner at STRIVE (previously GREE Ventures), heading Southeast Asia and India, Seed stage Asia-focused fund with AUM of $200M.

STRIVE specialises in investing in Internet and mobile companies in Japan and Southeast Asia. Kapur's investment focus so far has been on consumer and enterprise startups covering financial inclusion, health, sustainability and skills development. 

The former entrepreneur, having founded media-tech venture TommyJams, also writes a media blog under the name

Hian Goh
Founder, Partner | Openspace Ventures

Hian Goh is a Founding Partner of Openspace Ventures, a Series A venture capital fund focused on Technology and Internet companies in South East Asia.

Openspace Ventures manages over US$225 million across 2 funds. Hian was the Founder of the Asian Food Channel (AFC), a 24 Hour food and lifestyle Pay TV network, which was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2013.

Hian began his career as an investment banker and was a founding member of the Salomon Smith Barney Technology investment banking practice in Asia, (now part of Citigroup) in 1999.

Hian graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Trinity College, Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Reserve Officer with the Singapore Navy and is a Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre.

Lim Qing Ru
Partner | True Global Ventures


Event Judges

Peter Ong Boon Kwee
Chairman of Enterprise Singapore | Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry

Officially appointed as Chairman of Enterprise Singapore with effect from 1 April 2018, Mr Peter Ong Boon Kwee plays a key role in steering Enterprise Singapore’s efforts to grow stronger Singapore enterprises. He will work closely with the Board of Directors and executive management team in providing greater support to Singapore companies looking to build new capabilities and internationalise.

In January 2018, Mr Ong was also appointed Senior Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he will provide strategic advice on economic strategies and policies as well as champion efforts to enable robust enterprise growth.

Mr Ong retired from the Administrative Service on 1 September 2017. Prior to his retirement, Mr Ong was Head of Civil Service, a position he held since 2010. In 2016, he was also concurrently appointed as Permanent Secretary (Prime Minister’s Office) (Strategy) where he oversaw the PMO Strategy Group to support the Prime Minister and his Cabinet in establishing priorities and strengthening strategic alignment across Government.

Heng Li Lang
Principal Senior Director | Temasek Ecosperity Foundation

Ms Heng joined Temasek Foundation Connects and Temasek Foundation Ecosperity as Principal Senior Director in 2017.   

Prior to joining Temasek Foundation, she had more than 20 years of experience in the public sector.  She held various senior appointments with the National Council of Social Service, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Media Development Authority of Singapore, managing portfolios including Business and Capability Development, Policy and Strategic Planning, Human Resource, Fundraising and Relations Engagement.   

In 2006, she was awarded the National Day Award (Commendation Medal) to recognise her contributions to the Singapore civil service.  Ms Heng graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honours Degree in Statistics.

Keith Tan
Chief Executive | Singapore Tourism Board

Keith Tan assumed the appointment of Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board on 29 October 2018.

From 2014 to 2018, he served as the Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Defence, where he strengthened Singapore’s international defence partnerships, led MINDEF’s longer-term strategic planning and guided MINDEF’s strategic communications and public engagement efforts.

 From 2013 to 2014, Keith was Senior Director of the Public Service Division’s PS21 Office, and concurrently held the appointment of Institute Director in the Institute of Governance and Policy at Singapore’s Civil Service College. Keith also served in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) as Director of the Economics and Strategy Division (2008 - 2010) and the Foreign Economic Policy Division (2010 - 2013). From 2010 to 2013, he led Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the European Union, and also served in the negotiating team for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ho Kwon Ping
Founder and Executive Chairman | Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

Ho Kwon Ping is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. All three family-owned companies are listed in Singapore and Thailand.

He is also the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University, Chairman of The Singapore Summit and a non-executive Director of Diageo, the UK-listed spirits company.

Educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore, he was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong before joining the Thai Wah family business and then starting his own companies.

Among various awards, Mr Ho has received the London Business School Entrepreneurship Award; CEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards; CNBC Travel Business Leader Award ; Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National University of Singapore; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Creativity Association, China Hotel Investment Summit and Australia Hotel Investment Summit. Honoured for his contributions and accomplishments in the hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region and globally, Mr Ho is  the only two-time recipient of Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific - HICAP’s Innovation Award (2003) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2019) in its 30-year establishment.

Sandhya Devanathan
Country Managing Director - Singapore; Business Head - Vietnam | Facebook

As Country Head for Facebook Singapore, Sandhya has worked alongside an uber-talented team in helping the region’s largest brands and startups build for the mobile world. She also manages Facebook's key client business in Vietnam.

Before joining Facebook, Sandhya was a career banker. Her last stint in banking was as a Managing Director at Standard Chartered Bank, running their half-a-billion dollar revenue Retail Banking and Payment Products business. She started her career at Citibank as a Management Associate in India and was a founder-member of their innovative digital business team. In her 15-year international career (India, Philippines, US and Singapore) across Citibank and Standard Chartered, She has managed multiple businesses and spearheaded innovation in consumer banking and payments.

Her big passion is getting more women into positions of leadership, empowering young girls and enabling diversity at the workplace. While at SCB, Sandhya worked with UN women and MasterCard to launch the first ever STEM program in Singapore for 3,000 Singaporean school girls. This is now a very successful large scale program called Girls2Pioneers which has impacted more than 25,000 school girls. She was also co-chair of the Women’s Council at StanChart and is now actively involved with Women@Facebook initiatives. 

Annie Mathew
Director Developer Relations | Microsoft APAC

Annie Mathew is a Director with Azure Business Group of Microsoft APAC and leads Developer Relations. As part of her current role she grows a vibrant ecosystem of developers across the region to enable innovative solutions on the latest cloud technologies.

Annie is a board member of HIMSS APAC chapter and heads the Women in Health IT committee with the mission of enabling Healthcare with technology. She’s the founding board member of Startup Village, India’s first telecom incubator and executive council member of state Andhra Pradesh’ Innovation council. She was honored by the Chief Minister of Kerala for her work with the Startup ecosystem. She has spoken in various forums including Cannes Lions festival and received many accolades including nomination to Sthree Shakthi award for women, listed in top 10 women in technology by Know Your Mobile India.

Annie holds a post graduate program in Management from Indian School of Business and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from University of Kerala. She has varied experience across Software, Wireless, IT and Manufacturing. She enjoys reading, travel and is a lifelong learner. She is passionate about the role of women and technology in improving lives.

Alvin Neo
Chief Customer & Marketing Officer | NTUC Enterprise & FairPrice Group

Alvin Neo is Chief Customer and Marketing Officer (CCMO) at NTUC. Previously, he was Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Parkway Pantai. A veteran business leader, Alvin has over 20 years of extensive marketing, strategy, innovation and start-up experience across the Asia Pacific and Europe.

He has deep FMCG marketing and brand leadership roots, having worked with Proctor & Gamble, Gillette and J&J Consumer. In addition, he has done tours of duty in top-tier Strategy Consulting as a team leader with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and in Technology as Global Business Development Director with UK startup Netdecisions. More recently he was in Healthcare with J&J Medical Devices & Diagnostics.
Singaporean by birth, he has also lived in London, Shanghai and Jakarta. Alvin has a BBA from the National University of Singapore and completed the GMP at the Cambridge Judge School.

His interests outside of work include anything outdoors (marathons, trail running, trekking), design and volunteerism.

Coaches and Mentors

Aseem K Thakur
Co-Founder | & Givola Labs

Aseem is the co-founder of, Asia’s leading charity and personal crowdfunding platform that has raised over S$ 54 million dollars for social causes. He also runs Givola Labs which is a digital innovation consultancy that is built on a simple business model of doing interesting work for interesting clients.

He is a regular speaker at international nonprofit technology-related conferences and has co-authored articles in a charity fundraising book published by Resource Alliance. GIVEasia has won several awards including SPRING NTU challenge, President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Special Mention Award and PACT Incubator Programme by DBS Foundation.

Aseem did his Bachelors degree as a Singapore Airlines scholar from the National University of Singapore and studied technology entrepreneurship from Stanford University. He is a Karate black belt, enjoys playing soccer and co-inventor of two patents from his days working at a biomedical device startup in Silicon Valley.

Caecilia Chu
Co-Founder & CEO | YouTrip

Caecilia is the Co-Founder and CEO of YouTrip, a regional financial technology company dedicated to creating a next-generation digital banking experience in Asia.

Prior to founding YouTrip, Caecilia worked at Citi overseeing growth investments in the consumer and technology sectors in the Southeast Asian and China regions. Additionally, Caecilia worked at McKinsey advising financial institutions across Asia on market entry, customer segmentation, and retail banking product strategies. Caecilia’s fintech experiences prior to YouTrip include positions at Lufax, China’s leading online wealth management platform, and QF Pay, a China based global mobile payments company backed by Sequoia China.

Caecilia has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a bachelor degree (summa cum laude) from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

Carmen Yuen
Partner | Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India

Carmen Yuen joined Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India in 2014. She 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 startup companies in Singapore. She currently serves on the Board of TickledMedia (dba and Turnkey Lender. Carmen received her BBA from Simon Fraser University.​

Emily Rich
Managing Director | Microsoft for Startups, ANZ + South East Asia

Emily got her start, co-founding Jemsoft, a machine learning and computer vision startup whose proprietary software spurred them on to acquisition by a publicly listed IoT company in 2017. Emily went on to co-found M8 Ventures, a venture capital fund with a concentration on product commercialization and sustained growth strategies. Since then, Emily has joined Microsoft as their Managing Director of Startups for ANZ & South East Asia where she is committed to growing startup initiatives in the region with a specific founder first focus.

Hanno Stegmann
Partner & Director | BCG Digital Ventures

Hanno is Partner & Director at BCG Digital Ventures, the venture incubation unit of the Boston Consulting Group. He is based in Singapore and part of the leadership team of BCGDV’s new South East Asia Incubation Center. At BCGDV he is dedicated to inventing, building, investing in and launching category-changing businesses at start-up speed for the world’s most influential corporates. DV’s portfolio includes ventures such as OVO, Boost, HeyCar, Coup, QantasAssure, Formation, MachineMax or AutoGravity.

Previously, Hanno was CEO of the Rocket Internet in Asia. In this role, he managed a portfolio of >20 startups in 15 different markets across South East Asia with many successful incubations and exits. Prior to that, he worked for many years in Venture Capital and was MD of SevenVentures, one of Europe’s largest CVC funds.

Hanno holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD in Fontainebleau (France) & Singapore as well as a B.A. in Management from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Janet Sarah Neo
Board Director | Temasek Foundation Ecosperity, Singapore

Janet Sarah Neo is a board director at Temasek Foundation Ecosperity, advising on sustainable innovation and directing initiatives to enhance city liveability. Her career is dedicated to spearheading sustainable businesses, green energy, water and waste management, ethical procurement, circular economy, community impact investment and partnerships.

Janet was head of corporate sustainability, business management and communications at Fuji Xerox and Heineken in the Asia Pacific region. She was global strategy head at Global Green Growth Institute based in South Korea. An alumna of Harvard Business Executive School and Global Women’s Forum Rising Talents under 40, Janet volunteers as a mentor and startup business coach at Techstars. Recognised for her leadership, Janet serves on GRI Global Sustainability Reporting stakeholder council and the United Nations ESCAP Green Business Taskforce. She is an international speaker, Forum host and media spokesperson on sustainability leadership and green innovation at the United Nations, OCED, Sustainable Brands and Channel News Asia.

Prior to that, Janet worked for the Singapore Government Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. She headed the Republic of Singapore President’s Challenge to promote national philanthropy, volunteerism and corporate social responsibility (CSR). She was an advisor to government agencies, Foundations and corporations like Microsoft, Estee Lauder, Citibank and Singapore Formula One, raising $10 million annually for 40 local charities. As a public service officer, she staffed international relations, policy development, APEC women summit and the Youth Olympics. She had a stint with Up with People, a US-based international non-profit organization, where she led a global research on cultural intelligence and implemented community impact projects across 11 countries in USA, Europe and Asia.

Keith Lin
Director & Digital Lead, Public Affairs Sustainability and Stewardship Group | Temasek

Keith is Director and Digital Editor at Temasek International, where he oversees the Singapore-headquartered investment firm’s overall digital footprint. Keith also established and manages an in-house newsroom tasked with developing and marketing branded stories and narratives, building connections with employees, various corporate stakeholders and the public at large. 

A former news journalist with a passion for technology, Keith is an avid proponent of the use of video, big data insights and other cornerstones of modern storytelling. Prior to joining Temasek, Keith was Market Lead, Southeast Asia with Microsoft’s online content portal MSN. There, he led business development in content partnerships across six key markets in the region, and ran a 25-person strong team curating premium news, content experiences and personal productivity tools.

Keith began his career as a political reporter at Singapore’s flagship broadsheet The Straits Times. He is also the inaugural recipient of the Dennis Bloodworth Memorial Journalism Prize, presented by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore.

Michael Lints
Partner | Golden Gate Ventures

Michael Lints graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager at Nationale Nederlanden (a subsidiary of ING Group). Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in when he started an IT managed services startup with 2 friends. The startup got acquired by a data and telecom company in The Netherlands. After his entrepreneurial journey, Michael wanted to spend more time giving back to the community. He was asked to join the Economic Development Board Rotterdam as a vice chairman and chairman of the Young Economic Development Board. Apart from working with great young minds it also helped Michael build an extensive national and international political and corporate network.

Christine Lin
Vice President | DBS Foundation

Christine brings with her over ten years of experience in the banking and finance industry, serving both private clients and corporate entities. As Vice President at DBS Foundation, Christine is responsible for nurturing social enterprises across Asia through grant making and capacity building programmes. Since 2015, DBS Foundation has provided over SGD 5 million in grants to champion social entrepreneurship in Asia.  

Previously, Christine was Vice President at a Singapore-based fund manager leading an innovation-focused investment strategy across fintech, consumer, advanced tech and urban solutions. Before that, Christine was an analyst at Standard Chartered Principal Finance supporting deals in TMT and FMCG sectors across Southeast Asia. At Commerzbank AG, Christine supported the business management team and integrated FIC sales and trading systems and workflow. Earlier, Christine was a Business Development Manager at HSBC Premier and was responsible for the growth of onshore client relationships and portfolios.

Christine graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Finance from the Singapore Management University and has a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from the National University of Singapore.

Christian Cadeo
Managing Partner | Big Idea Ventures

Christian Cadeo is currently the Managing Partner, Asia for Big Idea Ventures. Big Idea Ventures is a new alternative protein venture capital fund/accelerator based in New York and Singapore. It is anchored by investments from Temasek Holdings and Tyson Food (NYSE: TSN/Fortune 100 company).

Prior to this Christian was a seasoned operator with experience in bringing US based startups to Asia. His first startup was at AdMob which was eventually acquired by Google for US$750MM. The second startup was JUST which has raised US$372MM from Founders Fund, Horizon Ventures and Eduardo Saverin. There he was the 1st employee in Asia-Pacific. Recently he was at Domo where he joined pre-IPO as the 1st employee in Southeast Asia. Domo had raised close to US$700MM from investors such as Benchmark, Jeff Bezo and TPG. The company IPO on NASDAQ in 2018.

Christian also has extensive experience working at some of the largest technology companies in the world. He spent four years at Google managing the mobile and enterprise division in Southeast Asia. Earlier in his career he worked at Microsoft managing commercial development within the online division.

Jenni Risku
Founder | Women in Tech

As a business kickstarter & entrepreneur with 10+ years of hands­-on business development experience across Europe & Asia. Jenny Risku is focused on empowering people and companies with technology, and to create opportunities that serve this ecosystem in Asia.

She has led go-to-market teams and business expansions, and is focused on diversification of existing businesses via partnerships and/or equity investments.

She has worked in various industries from e-commerce / online start-ups, events, cross-border investments between China and Europe (PE, M&A) and China trade (FMCG exports from Europe to China).

Chee Hui Ming
Marketing Manager | BLOCK71

Hui Ming is a Regional Manager with NUS Enterprise working in the area of Ecosystem Development (Incubation). She leads marketing and communications initiatives across NUS Enterprise’s BLOCK71 incubation centres and gateways in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the United States of America.

Prior to joining NUS, Hui Ming was a Projects Director with technology media and events platform e27. During this period, she helmed the growth of e27’s signature Echelon conference and TOP100 programme across Southeast Asia as well as crafting digital product marketing initiatives and market access initiatives for governments, corporates, entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders of the tech start-up ecosystem.

Kevin Lim
Deputy Director | Co:Lab X

As a “cyberculturalist”, Kevin Lim (PhD) studies the co-evolution of network and culture. He is interested in ways to promote creative economies, by helping people understand how the participatory and self-governing aspects of social computing generates new forms of social, economic and legal affordances. Transitioning from an academic to a social enterprise, he resonated with the aspirations of National Gallery Singapore since pre-opening days, which is why he has spent the last nine years evolving across diverse roles at the Gallery, from Visitor Experience, to Corporate Planning, to his latest venture at CoLab X, an innovation provocateur role at the Gallery. Operating CoLabX for the past three years, luck truly is a combination of preparation and opportunity as little did he expect to receive support to launch a museum innovation lab at the Gallery slated for 2020, where numerous domains are saturated by startups, ArtTech remains as vast as blue ocean especially for the Southeast Asian region. By promoting this cause, we not only discover museum-centric applications of new technology by local startups, but live up to the ambition to establish Singapore as a thought-leader, and facilitator, of a vibrant art ecosystem for the region. Finally, the Gallery’s innovation lab would serve as a dynamic space to engage non-native museum visitors, introducing a new accessible channel for aspiring young and adult citizens to engage with art.

Rishi Ramchandani
Financial coach & Founder | Cafe Cash Flow

Rishi has more than a decade of experience working at investment bank, Merrill Lynch. Through his career, he has worked in a variety of roles from platform development, equity trading and sales. He has had an early exposure to fintech and blockchain as an investor and advisor and after a successful career in some of the most volatile environments, Rishi takes his passion for financial literacy to the entrepreneurial world.

Jowynne Khor
Developer Relations & Ecosystem | Google

Jowynne Khor is currently with Developer Relations & Ecosystem team in Google Asia Pacific and her focus is on startup programs. She has been involved in the Southeast Asia startup ecosystem for the past 6 years including leading multiple initiatives at MaGIC in Malaysia. She also co-founded a special interest group — Gorgeous Geeks where they initiate programs to empower women in tech. Prior to joining Google, she was the COO for e27, a tech media company for SEAsia based in Singapore.

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Raymond D
Chief Operating Officer | StartupX

Prior to co-founding StartupX, Raymond was formerly with the technology teams at Microsoft and Eastspring Investments, where he managed and led multi-million dollars digital transformation projects. He is frequently consulted in APAC for his operational and project management capabilities owing to his background leading multiple remote teams on large projects across the world. Raymond is also part of the core team behind Startup Weekend Singapore, one of the largest and most successful startup programmes in Asia. He is also a co-founder of an award-winning startup that aims to bring digital into the traditional home services industry.

Khor Ke Xin
Creative Director & Co-founder | El Masnou

Khor Ke Xin is a self-taught artist based in Singapore. Her passion for drawing began as a child, growing up in the rustling fields and serene waters around Kranji. At a tender age of 10, her work was already displayed on a public bus.

People enjoying everyday life provides her with endless inspiration she needs to create her often relatable illustrations. Ke Xin also loves to tell stories of the goofy things that she will get up to in her travels. Her goal is to encourage people across the globe to celebrate their small wins through her illustrations.

She hopes to be able to launch her illustration book one day, educating little children about adult values in her artistic language.

Vincent Lim
Lead Logistics, Operations | Shopee E-commerce


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  • Durwin
  • Joyce
  • Raymond
  • Shih Han
  • Yee Wei
  • Amanda
  • Jit
  • Maegan
    Yip Rue Vey
  • Gowri
  • Yang
  • Yi Lin
  • Chee
    Hui Ming
  • Hussein


Durwin Ho
CEO and Co-founder

Durwin is deeply passionate about startups and entrepreneurship, especially in technology, F&B, education , AI and automobiles. Besides running StartupX, an innovation consultancy and his family business in the childcare industry, he is interested in all kinds of tech and businesses. He enjoys joining and organising hackathons, building up the startup ecosystem,  giving back to the community and working on exciting projects.

Cynthia Cheung
Youth Economic Empowerment Consultant

Cynthia leads the incubation programmes for young social entrepreneurs in 20+ countries at the Youth Co:Lab, an initiative co-led by the UNDP Asia-Pacific and Citi Foundation to economically empower the next generation in the region, through youth entrepreneurship and government innovation. She is also the co-founder of a travel fintech startup called, which helps travellers better manage their FX needs for a more connected world. 

After participating her first Startup Weekend in the Silicon Valley in 2014, she has been actively involved in organising and facilitating 18+ events across Asia. She has a deep passion for future skills education and financial inclusion for women, and always intrigued to learn about new ways to advance development through her travels.

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