Startup Weekend Singapore

    Friday, December 11 - 13, 2015


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Startup Weekend Singapore

Friday, December 11 - 13, 2015



Friday, December 11 - 13, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

NUS Enterprise@Blk71
71 Ayer Rajah Crescent
#02-01
Singapore , Singapore 139951

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Changing the World, One Weekend at a Time...

Startup Weekend Singapore 2015

RESULTS

1st Place - CoShare
Janson Seah, Hugo Claess, Sauravh Kumar, Franz Sarmiento, Lynn Desker & Eileen Chan

2nd Place - Do-Part-Time
Nilesh Sadarangani, Bob Zhai Yang, Justin Chan & Louis lee

3rd Place - Investeur
Robin Teurlings; Raymond Doraisamy; Jay Ashton-Butler; Esther Tan

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Startup Weekend Singapore 2015:

Forget about the instant rags-to-riches stories that the media loves to sell.

Our achievements today are the cumulative results of many small decisions that we make every day, for the past decade of our lives. Facebook wasn't built in a day. Mark Zuckerberg did not turn into a coding genius when he entered Harvard. Every successful entrepreneur was silently laying down the bricks of their success way before the world knows about them.

The truth is, everybody knows about it. But how many people actually do it?

On the weekend of Dec 11th, be part of a small group of people who are crazy about changing the world. For some, it may be a daring first step. For others, it may be just another step in a long marathon. Yet, we all know that the world will be different, even in an infinitesimal way, after that weekend.

So put your game face on! Bring your star players and your best ideas. The real work starts when the work week ends!


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday December 11th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:20 pm
Welcome Address
Welcome address by Wynthia Goh, Chief Digital Officer @ Asia Aviva


7:25 pm
About TAG.PASS
Edmas from Infocomm Investments will introduce about TAG Programmes - a new program for entrepreneurs to develop and test business ideas quickly


7:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Cameron Priest
CEO of TradeGecko, Cameron Priest, will be sharing his personal story and struggles on the road to startups.


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:45 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


10:30 pm
End of the first day
Doors close

Saturday December 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


11:30 am
Sharing Session by Stripe
Stripe integration demo by Nikunj Handa.


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work till 10:30 pm

Sunday December 13th


4:30 am
Judges Meeting


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


11:30 am
Lunch


12:00 pm
Sharing Session
Essentials of a Great Pitch - the 500 Startups way, by Anson Zeal, CEO of CoinPip


12:30 pm
Last mentors coming
ASK YOUR LAST QUESTIONS BEFORE THE FINAL!


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


4:30 pm
Judge Meeting


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:45 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up


8:30 pm
After-Event Party
After-Event Party @ Digital Garage, 38 Armenian Street Singapore 179942 (transportation provided)



Speakers


Cameron Priest
CEO of TradeGecko

Born and bred in the lively port city of Tauranga, New Zealand, Cameron has always exhibited a natural curiosity for the gadgets in his life.

It was this same passion and curiosity that drove young Cameron to start several businesses, including a web design firm, as well as several iterations of what would be known as TradeGecko today.

Constrained by New Zealand’s limited ecosystem, he would make the difficult decision to leave friends, family and loved ones behind and pack his bags for Singapore – where fast forward several years TradeGecko has grown to a global platform, with significant venture backing and customers in over 90 countries. Now , Cameron manages a team of 50 across offices in Singapore and the Philippines.  As CEO his wide range of responsibilities encompass everything from development-centric roles like fund raising and business development to functions like HR.

The future’s looking bright for Cameron Priest and TradeGecko – and perhaps his lifelong dream of building a billion-dollar company might not be so far-fetched after all.



Anson Zeall
CEO of CoinPip

Singapore's CoinPip part of 500 Startups' Batch 11 (e27.co)
Anson Zeall is the Co-founder/CEO of a 500 Startups backed company CoinPip, a money transfer service leveraging blockchain technologies. Anson is also the Chairman of the Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups Singapore (ACCESS). Prior to CoinPip, he ran a private family office in Singapore, managing various asset classes, equities, derivatives and real estate. Anson is an alumni of University of New South Wales and Columbia Business School.


Event Judges


Cameron Priest
CEO of TradeGecko

Born and bred in the lively port city of Tauranga, New Zealand, Cameron has always exhibited a natural curiosity for the gadgets in his life.

It was this same passion and curiosity that drove young Cameron to start several businesses, including a web design firm, as well as several iterations of what would be known as TradeGecko today.

Constrained by New Zealand’s limited ecosystem, he would make the difficult decision to leave friends, family and loved ones behind and pack his bags for Singapore – where fast forward several years TradeGecko has grown to a global platform, with significant venture backing and customers in over 90 countries. Now , Cameron manages a team of 50 across offices in Singapore and the Philippines.  As CEO his wide range of responsibilities encompass everything from development-centric roles like fund raising and business development to functions like HR.

The future’s looking bright for Cameron Priest and TradeGecko – and perhaps his lifelong dream of building a billion-dollar company might not be so far-fetched after all.



Edmas Neo
Assistant Director, Partnerships @ Infocomm Investments

Edmas is a passionate and active instigator of entrepreneurship who is deeply plugged-in to the start-up scene. He plays a key role in Infocomm Investments fronting partnerships and corporate innovation programmes that contribute to the building of Singapore’s startup eco-system. An Engineering graduate from NTU, he started his career as an entrepreneur and has participated in various startups and VC activities. He was a core founding member of an eProcurement startup which facilitated process transformations of a number of prestigious hotel chains globally, attaining over $100 million transactions per year.In 2015, Edmas founded the Technopreneur Action Group and initiated the TAG.PASS pre-acceleration program to support local entrepreneurships. To-date over 20 startups have graduated from the program, and some have won awards, or have received grants and funding.


Monique Shivanandan
Chief Information Officer at Aviva

Monique Shivanandan joined Aviva in April 2014 as the Chief Information Officer and a member of the Group Executive. Previously Monique has held senior level technology positions in both the telecommunications and banking sectors.

From 2010 to 2014 she was the Chief Technology Officer for Capital One based in the US and was responsible for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all aspects of the company’s technology development, playing an integral role in the company’s strategic direction, development, and future growth. Prior to her financial services experience, she worked in the telecommunication industry, latterly she was the Managing Director and Chief Information Officer for the Retail division of British Telecommunications. While there, she was responsible for IT Network and new product introductions supporting the company’s retail businesses. Before joining British Telecommunications in 2006, she was a an executive at Bellsouth Corporation, with roles including Chief Security Officer and Vice President for IT Strategy and the CIO for the Consumer organization.
 
Monique started her career at American Management Systems (AMS), where she held a variety of positions including leadership of complex systems implementations for clients from a wide range of industries, such as government, military, colleges and universities, health care, and financial services.



Anson Zeall
CEO of CoinPip

Singapore's CoinPip part of 500 Startups' Batch 11 (e27.co)
Anson Zeall is the Co-founder/CEO of a 500 Startups backed company CoinPip, a money transfer service leveraging blockchain technologies. Anson is also the Chairman of the Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups Singapore (ACCESS). Prior to CoinPip, he ran a private family office in Singapore, managing various asset classes, equities, derivatives and real estate. Anson is an alumni of University of New South Wales and Columbia Business School.



Arthur Brejon
Co-founder, COO - Lazada.sg

As co-founder, Arthur is the driving force for the Lazada Singapore business and is responsible for overall operations of the business which encompasses supply chain & logistics, product management and customer service. He is also a geek and entrepreneurship enthusiast who likes helping startups during his free time.

Arthur began his career at BNP Paribas’s Investment Banking division working closely with corporate, institutional and hedge funds clients in the capital markets division.
Arthur then joined Rocket Internet where he held several senior positions in the group: Regional Marketing manager, Head of Deals & Partnerships for SEA, Head of Business Management & Payments, before taking on the role of Chief Product Officer at Lazada and now Co-founder of the Singapore business. 

Arthur graduated with a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Paris Dauphine and holds an MBA from the University of Pantheon-Assas in Paris. 


Coaches and Mentors


Himawan Gunadhi
Co-founder, Sankia / Adjunct Professor, NUS Overseas Colleges

Himawan brings diverse skills and experiences into the management of technological innovation and value creation for high-tech companies. He has built and led startups in the field of algorithmic search, concept-based ad targeting, visual discovery, and marketing automation. Himawan’s startups focus on the US and international markets such as Japan and Korea, and attracted financing from a wide range of investors.

Himawan holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in Management Science, and is an adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore Overseas Colleges, where he develops curriculum and teaches classes in product and market innovation, and lean venture creation.


Ruben Hamilius
Country Manager at Growth Hacking Asia

Ruben had and early career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, founded the non-profit connect4life and then found true home in startup-land. He’s passionate about marketing, mountaineering, new products and obsessed by growth.

He is heading the consultancy branch of Growth Hacking Asia in Singapore, an agency that helps startups gain traction, grow, grow more, and build awesome products. Ask him if you need a recommendation for a great restaurant or activity the next time you're in Brussels or Geneva!



Arthur Brejon
Co-founder, COO - Lazada.sg

As co-founder, Arthur is the driving force for the Lazada Singapore business and is responsible for overall operations of the business which encompasses supply chain & logistics, product management and customer service. He is also a geek and entrepreneurship enthusiast who likes helping startups during his free time.

Arthur began his career at BNP Paribas’s Investment Banking division working closely with corporate, institutional and hedge funds clients in the capital markets division.
Arthur then joined Rocket Internet where he held several senior positions in the group: Regional Marketing manager, Head of Deals & Partnerships for SEA, Head of Business Management & Payments, before taking on the role of Chief Product Officer at Lazada and now Co-founder of the Singapore business. 

Arthur graduated with a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Paris Dauphine and holds an MBA from the University of Pantheon-Assas in Paris. 


Aisha Siti Zahari
Chief Marketing Officer at Intromi

Aishah is a designer turned entrepreneur. She has over 4 years of diverse working experience in the startup field. She was previously part of the investment team in NUS Enterprise, working closely with her portfolio companies to propel them from idea to growth. Prior to gaining experience in startup coaching, she worked alongside a startup CEO as a communication designer during her stint in Stockholm and thereafter became a design consultant for several startups in Singapore. She is now a CMO of a tech company as well as the co-founder of The Orange Hive. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications and New Media) from National University of Singapore, with a Minor in Technopreneurship.

You'll probably find her running workshops once a month, in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, sharing her experiential knowledge on topics ranging from 'Going global with zero budget', 'Hands-on creative design and prototyping', 'Pitching creatively to investors'. Her audience range from everyday people interested in implementing design in businesses, creative individuals, lateral-thinking engineers from large organisations, undergraduates who has just completed the prestigious NUS Overseas Colleges Programme. She managed 7 portfolio startups during her term in NUS Enterprise and brought one of them from just a sheer idea to raising a significant amount of funding (>1M) over a span of 2 years, with 2 other startups already earning significant profits. As a creative-minded individual with a young voice, Aishah's passion speaks with substance.



Keith Ng
Co-Founder

Keith is the co-founder of Gametize, the world's simplest and happiest gamification platform to create game-like experiences in 5 minutes. He is passionate about the psychology behind playing and motivation, as well as simple solutions to solve big problems. Though trained in software engineering, organization behaviors, and finance, he is most interested in cognitive developments and learning behaviors. http://about.me/keizng


Qin En Looi
Co-Founder at Glints

Qin En is the co-founder of Glints, a career discovery & development platform and he leads the marketing and client success teams. Started in late 2013, Glints has shaped the professional development of more than 15,000 youths in Singapore through curated internships, graduate jobs and career development resources.

Qin En, together with his 2 co-founders Oswald & Ying Cong, are one of the youngest in Southeast Asia to raise venture capital funding from eminent investors including Infocomm Investments, East Ventures, 500 Startups, SPH Media Fund, Pixvine Capital and 8Capita. After spending 6 months at Stanford University, Qin En decided to take an indefinite leave of absence and give up his full-ride government scholarship to build the company in Singapore, and he has been described as "damn cheeky"​ with a "fundamental naughtiness and healthy disrespect for rules"​.


Melissa Ng
Product Designer (UX UI)

Melissa Ng is the founder of MELEWI - a travelling Product, UX & UI design studio working with passionate people from around the world - from disruptive startups worldwide, to global companies like McDonalds, Citibank and Samsung.
From UX & UI design, to Product Management to Business Strategy, the combination of her skills fuel her belief that an excellent user experience means thinking about how to make your product work so your users don’t have to. She lives to make users, product and business make sense together.
She mentors and advises startups and entrepreneurs worldwide, as well as spoken at events and led workshops in multiple countries - from Melbourne, to London, to Vietnam, to Singapore, she speaks regularly about startups, UX design, product strategy, growthhacking, and life as a digital nomad.


Doralin Kelly
UI/UX Design Ninja and Star Wars fan girl

I have an obsession with all things aesthetically beautiful and seamlessly functional. That obsession also extends to sci-fi, tech and nerdy goodness.
I work with awesome startups on branding and UI/UX design for websites and mobile apps. I also hold workshops on UX practices at GA and mentor at several incubators and accelerators.


Shamir Muhammad
Founder & CEO

Mr Muhd Shamir Abdul Rahim is currently the Managing Director of Sypher Labs Pte Ltd. He has several years’ experience in clinical sales & marketing in Fortune 500 companies. He was at Sanofi-Aventis for three years, covering the cardiovascular drug portfolio and was also in the cardiac surgery division at Medtronic. As a business development manager for an incubator, he has helped launch several biomedical start-ups. Earlier, as an overseas intern in Philadelphia, he managed for a year the ‘deal flow’ of business plans at First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. He graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a University Scholar with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biomedical Science, and a Minor in Technopreneurship, which he attained while on the NUS Overseas College programme at the University of Pennsylvania. He pursued his honours research on stem cell therapy in regenerative bone treatment at the Institute of Molecular Cell Biology (IMCB), an A*STAR research institution.


Ronald Wong
Co-founder, Executive Director of Bumbox Logistics

Ronald is Co-founder and CEO of Bumbox Logistics that provides e-commerce logistics solutions through smart-locker systems. During his professional career, Ron was involved in major corporate restructuring projects and provided management consulting to banks and pharmaceutical companies in Europe and China. He completed his degree in NUS business School and gained his specialization in international business strategy through CEMS MIM programme.

Outside of work, he serves as a Director on the Board of NUS Business School Alumni and enjoys mentoring start-ups on business strategy and execution.


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.


Ruoshan Tao

Ruoshan heads up theAsianparent’s marketing team regionally, managing a team of over a dozen community managers, marketers, and growth hackers across 4 offices. Aside from managing social channels that total almost 2 million followers, she also spearheaded the creation of theAsianparent Blogger Program, an initiative that has transformed the way that theAsianparent manages content creation. Her areas of expertise include community, SEO, marketing automation, and content marketing.


Alex Kimura
Chief Strategy Officer, Aviva Asia

Alex Kimura joined Aviva Asia as the Chief Strategy Officer since September 2014.  In that capacity, his responsibilities include Strategy, Customer Experience, Digital, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Transformation for Asia. Alex brings with him a wealth of strategic and operating expertise and experience in the financial services industry and the Asian markets.

Prior to Aviva, he held several senior management positions within the AXA group. He was a director Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he worked on insurance and financial services strategy, private equity transactions and cross border mergers & acquisitions.


Edward Leigh
Aviva’s Digital Garage

Ed Leigh is launching Aviva’s new Digital Garage in Singapore.  The Digital Garage is a one-stop-factory for creating digital businesses which aim to disrupt the financial services industry.  It brings together technical specialists, creative designers, and business leaders into Agile Scrum teams to prototype new solutions – like Startup Weekend, but all year round.   

Ed Leigh is an Industrial Designer who joined Aviva in 2009.  In the UK, Ed was responsible for the protection propositions which Aviva sold through banking partners RBS, Barclays, and Santander, and through retail partners Tesco and Post Office.  Ed moved to Asia in 2014, first to Indonesia where he helped Astra Aviva Life to develop their marketing strategy, and then to Singapore in May 2015 to look at digital across the region.


Hugh Mason
Co-founder and CEO, JFDI Asia

Hugh co-founded JFDI.Asia, Asia's pioneer business accelerator, with Meng Wong. In its first three years they have turned an investment of $1m into a $60m startup portfolio by teaching disciplined entrepreneurship.

Building a business around creative people turned out to be more fun than hands-on creativity so, in 2001, Hugh co-founded Pembridge Partners. It provided investment and advice to over 300 marketing, media and technology companies, raising over USD50m for them over the next decade.

Hugh has taught as an Adjunct Professor at National University of Singapore and New York University and is an advisory board member at the Institute for Infocomm Research.


Alongside work Hugh wrote his first book, Brainfruit: Turning Creativity into Cash from East to West, with Mark Chong. It is published by McGraw Hill. Hugh co-founded the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme, a successful UK education charity, with Simon Singh MBE.




Marcus Tan
Co-founder and President, Carousell

Marcus is co-founder of Carousell and oversees Design, Operations and Talent. Since the launch of Carousell in August 2012 together with co-founders Quek Siu Rui and Lucas Ngoo, Marcus has been deeply involved in the product design and community building. He is a self-taught designer obsessed with simple user interfaces, and his approach to design can be see in Carousell’s clean and intuitive app interface.

Prior to Carousell, Marcus spent a year at Oracle as a consultant. He’s also spent some time as a product manager at Wikinvest, and has held various marketing roles at DDB, Yahoo, and Coca Cola. Marcus read Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University (Under the NUS Overseas College Program in Silicon Valley, California). In his free time, he loves photography and plays football.

Carousell is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile classifieds apps, with over 41 million listings and a presence in 14 major cities around the world. Carousell is backed by leading international Venture Capitalists: Sequoia Capital, Rakuten Ventures, 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, and Quest VC.



Josie Lai
Investment Manager @ Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL)

Responsible for growth stage tech companies investment in Infocomm Investments, Josie is a tech and startup enthusiast. She graduated with a 2nd upper class from NUS’ electrical engineering. She has worked as an IT consultant in Accenture for both financial and public sectors, was responsible for industry strategy development for digital media sector in IDA before she joined IIPL. Outside her work, she was also the program co-lead for the Singapore chapter of Startup Leadership Program which is a renowned global accelerator program.


Benedict Chan
Platform Lead, BitGo

Ben leads the platform at BitGo, a blockchain startup in Palo Alto, California now processing over USD $1B in transactions/month. His startup journey began in 2005 and has spanned both Singapore (Zopim, Fragnetics) and Silicon Valley (Sendhub, YC Winter 2012).


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.


Rehan Arif
CEO @ Foodingo

Rehan graduated from School of Engineering in National University of Singapore. He has been working as CEO of a startup he co-founded, Foodingo, which aims to simplify healthy eating. He previously worked in Investment Bank to manage its infrastructure and Corporate IT Systems. Rehan has deep interest in politics and human behaviour. He often read books during his leisure time. Currently, he is enrolled in School of Economics Master programme.


Yosin Anggusti
CTO & Foodingo

Yosin graduated from School of Information System in Singapore Management University not so long ago. She had been involved in Corporate IT Systems through her work experience in an Investment Bank. Lately, she has been working on building on a startup she co-founded, Foodingo, which aims to simplify healthy eating. She is passionate in helping and learning together with enthusiastic people who want to make a difference.


Wynthia Goh
Chief Digital Officer, Aviva Asia

Wynthia is focused on building digital expertise in the region and using digital technologies to strengthen online customer engagement, expand digital offerings and accelerate digital innovation.  She is a passionate advocate for the transformative value of digital in all areas of a business.
 
Wynthia is a digital native who has held regional responsibilities in product management, business development, venture investment, digital strategy and marketing.  She has worked for companies such as Nokia, eBay, Avaya and SAP.  She has witnessed the growth and evolution of the industry from both the vendor and the client side.  She grew the strategy practice for XM Asia Pacific and worked for brands such as General Motors, Chanel and Singapore Airlines.



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Oko Davaasuren
Regional Director at Techstars

Oko (Full name: Bat-oktyabri Davaasuren, Даваасүрэн овогтoй Бат-октябрь) is an active founder and a community builder. He has cofounded and helps run several startups in Asia. Oko has received a bachelors degree in Finance from Portland State University before continuing onto a masters degree in Engineering Technology Management but decided to return home to Mongolia. He then received his MBA in Mongolia. When he is not working, he can be found on Squash courts or on long-haul Motorbike rides in Asia.


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