Startup Weekend Singapore 2016

    Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Singapore 2016

Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016

Friday, July 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Hangar - NUS Enterprise - National University of Singapore
21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, 119613
Singapore, Singapore 119613

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Open Innovation Rocks!

Startup Weekend Singapore – Where Innovation Begins On the weekend of 22-24 July 2016, over 100 passionate startup enthusiasts will be gathered at The Hangar in NUS to hack out their next company. They are participants of Startup Weekend, a global movement of entrepreneurs who are crazy about starting a technology-based business and building a new company.

In just 54 hours, participants will form teams, brainstorm, design a product, validate their business idea and pitch in front of experienced judges on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend, there will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumph, but some people will meet their co-founder at the event, and some teams will even move on to start a company after the event. Win or lose, we are certain that new bonds will be forged, ideas will be tested, limits will be pushed and lives will be changed.

To spice things up, we will be having a few special activities: Pizza & Beer Party on Friday night! On Sat, we will be inviting special mentors and guests down to interact with the teams! On Sunday morning, we will have a local food startup bake some delicious Italian Bread for breakfast!

Startup Weekend has a strong branding in Singapore, given the rise of technology and entrepreneurial spirit lately. Notable success stories coming out of Startup Weekend include Carousell, which started off as SnapSell at Startup Weekend 2012 and has since raised a $6 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital in November 2014.

To be clear, Startup Weekend is for everyone, whether you are working corporate, building your own startup, having a career as a professional clown, a designer, coder or student, everyone can contribute in their own way. Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity, creating 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 hack a startup in 54 hours. Event and ticket information can be found 

Notice: SWSG2016 is strictly a closed event and entry only with permissible tickets. No tickets = no entry. This is strictly enforced. We are very serious on this policy.

  • 1st Prize: Communitat - Building a better community experience for apartments.
  • 2nd Prize: Sitters - On-demand service for babysitting.
  • 3rd Prize: Empath - Creating an empathetic world where people seek and provide help effectively.
  • Most Creative Award: CUVAME - A seamless digital insurance chatbot agent.

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Friday July 22nd

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

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

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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
Pizza and Beer Party!
Its a Friday! Lets mingle and chat away the night with your new friends and team members over delicious Pizzas and some beers!

Saturday July 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

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

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

6:30 pm

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

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

Sunday July 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:30 pm

2:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging and Deliberation

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Awards presentation

8:30 pm

9:30 pm
Go Home!


Joel Fu
Strategy Director, sgCarMart

All-round marketer and business manager with solid grounding in finance and marketing thanks to General Electric as an Alma Mater. Entrepreneur with a successful track record in digital and data-driven marketing. Deep knowledge and widespread network in the digital marketing services industry and internet based software.

He was the Strategy Director of and Business Director of sgCarMart Connect. He also served as a board of director at Conversion Hub Holdings. 

He is also the digital advisor to DMAS (Direct Marketing Association Singapore) and Director of SgCarMart Connect and Conversion Hub Marketing. He is a council member at Young Entrepreneurs Association Singapore. He is also a mentor at Angel Gates Advisory and Founder Institute . 

He was ranked Top 5 in Asia Pacific PR of the Year 2006 (Weber Shandwick) and has also received ministerial mention on top of being featured in Business Times, Straits Times, Today and Lian He Zao Bao for various achievements. He was a Judge of the 8th Annual Davey Awards.

Principal Consultant for clients including SingTel, Mindef, Philips, Prime Minister Office, Housing Development Board (HDB), MIT-SMART, Bayer HealthCare, Singapore Management University (SMU), National University of Singapore (NUS), National Heritage Board and many others.

Joel graduated with a Magna cum Laude in Business Management. He started his career in the World’s most admired company - General Electric as one of the 11 selected in South East Asia for its prestigious FMP Leadership Program.

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.

Event Judges

Arthur Brejon
Co-founder, COO -

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. 

Nicolas Chaussin
Head of Digital Innovation, Aviva

Nicolas has 16 years International Technology experience and leadership roles in several countries (Europe, US, APAC), company sizes (from startups and SMEs to Microsoft) and across several industry sectors (Entertainment, Payment, Finance, Telecom, Insurance). Serial entrepreneur focused on Data Science, he heads the Digital Innovation in Asia at Aviva Digital Garage.

Rob Findlay
SVP, DBS Bank; Founder, Next Money

Rob is the founder of Next Bank, an open and collaborative community driving change for the better in the banking industry through design, innovation and entrepreneurship (also known to be the TED of banking). He also leads the group wide UX practice at DBS Bank in Singapore. Prior to this, he was Director of Innovation for BlackBerry Asia Pacific. Rob began his career in the creative industry, running his own brand and design company. Transitioning to financial services, Rob led the customer experience for National Australia Bank’s direct banking channels, and led a culture change programme at OCBC. Since 2007 he has authored The Bank Channel, an innovation thought leadership resource.
On the whole, he oversees design and innovation development for new and established industries, bringing fresh ideas and creative approaches to corporate problems. He is passionate about the power of design to solve any challenge and is excited by the Asia Pacific region and its potential. 

Vishal Harnal
Partner, 500 Startups

Vishal is a Partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm and accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. Based in Singapore, Vishal leads and scales 500’s investments and operations across South-East Asia through the regional-focused Durians Fund. In the past two years, 500 has become the most active early-stage investor in the region with over 120 investments into the most talented, passionate founders and promising, high-growth startups including flagships Grab, Carousell, Bukalapak, KFit and Prior to joining 500, Vishal practiced law in Asia’s top dispute resolution team at Drew & Napier, where he represented conglomerates and governments on some of the world’s most complex, high-stakes and sensitive commercial and political issues and disputes.

James Tan
Managing Partner, Quest Ventures

James Tan is managing partner of Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies.  Prior to this, James was COO of Jetbay, a venture-backed, Silicon Valley company that is the world's largest travel research and booking platform for China; and co-founder and COO of 55tuan (NASDAQ: WOWO), one of China's largest e-commerce companies with an annual transaction volume near $1 billion.

He has held various engineering and product roles in two-sided markets at SCS (now NCS), JPMorgan Chase and Nets.  James has also served as trustee or board director on many organisations and companies, including Action Community for Entrepreneurship, Beijing Software Industry Association, Applied Innovation Institute, and startups in China and Southeast Asia.

James was recognised as an outstanding overseas Chinese by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China; and a finalist in the Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship.  He has been guest speaker at China-centric and entrepreneurship events such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, ITB Berlin, TechinAsia, TDS Asia, and Web In Travel.  He is a mentor at Chinaccelerator, Founder Institute, IBM SmartCamp, and SPH Plug and Play.  He has lectured or is a regular guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, HKUST, IE, NUS and Tsinghua University.

Coaches and Mentors

Justin Hall

Justin Hall is Principal at Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Singapore but investing across Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. As principal, he manages Golden Gate Ventures' existing portfolio while sourcing investments across APAC. In addition, he is director for Golden Gate Ventures Annex Fund, focused on follow-on funding for existing portfolio companies.

In addition to his responsibilities at Golden Gate Ventures, Justin is a Kauffman Fellow and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD. He is the co-founder of numerous community-building events, including SuperHappyDevHouseSG and WalkAboutSG.

Before Golden Gate Ventures, Justin was previously an Account Manager for Rakuten LinkShare Corporation, based in New York, and managed online e-commerce sales for prominent web-based retailers and service providers. Justin is a New York transplant and fitness fanatic, as well as a huge fan of Chicken Rice and kopi gau.

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.

Steven Feiner
Co-Founder and CEO at A Better Florist

Co-Founder and CEO of A Better Florist, contributing author at TechCrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Tech In Asia, e27 and ex-Googler and strategy consultant hoping to change the world one smile at a time.

Co-Founder and CEO at A Better Florist where we are innovating the consumer experience and supply chain in the floral industry in Southeast Asia. People send flowers to make someone’s day, we try to make the process of ordering and receiving flowers as easy as possible – and we enjoy being part of that process. A Better Florist provides a 90 minutes free delivery service with flowers that are fresher and 30% cheaper. We are able to streamline operations through data analytics and with just-in-time management. Since its launch, A Better Florist has been featured in publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Venturebeat, Business Times and more. We have been awarded first place in Tech in Asia Singapore, finalist in Tech in Asia Jakarta and a finalist in the Vulcan Post's Most Promising Startup to Look Out For in 2016. 

Before A Better Florist, I worked in San Francisco for Google as a Senior Associate for Global Business Strategy, then moved to the Singapore office with a new position as Problem Solver. I am experienced in analytics, market analysis, business analysis, strategy and data optimisation. I also have previous experience in Healthcare, Medical Devices, Energy, Consumer Products, Telecom, Education and Services.

Kanika Agarwal
Founder and CEO at Digital Passion Peers

An innate digerati, Kanika is the CEO and founder of Passion Peers, a digital transformation consulting, technology and agency services company. Th gaps she has seen in the current agency-client model and her core belief in this new wave of transformaation, encouraged to start questioning the existing system, bring a mindset of trying & testing new things through her dream company Passion Peers.
She is a sought after keynote speaker, trainer and thought leader in the digital transformation field. A trusted marketing expert, she has featured in many publications, forums and serves as a mentor to the next generation of marketers and entrepreneurs.
She has worked in client servicing roles in Vocanic, a company of GroupM and as a Marcomm professional in Microsoft and Google previously.
In her personal time she buys more books than she can actually read and she travels more than she can blog about it. She loves wearing different digital hats and is excited about the future of technology as a whole.
She holds a Computer Engineering and Business degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and prides herself in being an inquisitive and constant learner.

David Isaac Mathews
Director, Brandspace Advisory

David cares deeply about building business models and habit-forming products. He focuses on developing outstanding value propositions based on human centered design. He works with Startups and MNCs on projects revolving around innovation, business model design and product development towards their digital transformation and business strategy.

David contributes to the Singapore startup community as a mentor for the SMU BIG Incubator, SUTD Enterprise Center startup incubator, Startup Weekend and as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Startup-O fundraising platform. Some events he has given keynotes and spoken at include SMU-SUTD's Change for Good, Google's Startup Weekend, the SheWorx Collective for female entrepreneurs and SLUSH.

In 2014, David made a successful exit after growing a company 400%, developing a deep competency in strategic turnarounds and product development by applying the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework. In 2015 he completed both the Stanford GSB-NUS Executive Programme in International Management as well as the NUS Strategic Management Programme.

In 2016, he founded, a social enterprise initiative to broaden the technological familiarity of the children of low-income families. Most recently he has contributed to innovation in business model and innovation for companies such as Samsung, Honestbee and Stacck Inc. He is a co-trustee for a registered charity focusing on poverty and education and is on the advisory board for the SMU Lien Centre for Social Innovation Impact Accelerator.

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.

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.

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!

Patricia Polizzi
Digital Transformation Leader at Mercedes-Benz

Patricia cares deeply about an aesthetic balanced digital mobile experiences. Her passion is to transform processes from unclean and in efficient to state of the art, smooth and uninterrupted.

She is Mentor at SPH Plug and Play Accelerator program and is enthusiastic to share here experience with rising startups as well as bootstrap startups in Singapore.

In Singapore, Mercedes-Benz is setting up an incubator program which has the aim in providing a speed "car" for young creators to network with the automotive industry, to discuss market fits and get a mature mentor support to develop and grow the young seeds into a great product.

Her motto: To predict your future you have to create it

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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.

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