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The top three winning team of Startup Weekend will be entitled a 3 months hotdesking space at Plug-In at BLK71 to bring forward your ideas. Plug-In@Blk71 is a coworking, events and community space jointly launched by NUS Enterprise, MDA & Singtel Innov8.

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May 2
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


May 3
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Sharing Session
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 4
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Sharing Session
  • Finish up products
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Jeffrey Paine

Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Jeffrey Paine is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a General Partner at Golden Gate Ventures (US$10m incubator fund) and a director of Founder Institute. Since 2010, the Founder Institute in Singapore has graduated over 60 companies.

Nishit Majmudar

CEO, Aviva Singapore

Nishit has over 25 years of experience in finance and executive management and has worked in India, UK, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. He has held a variety of senior roles across the Asia Pacific region with Aviva, Prudential, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Watson Wyatt.

Dr Alex Lin

Head of Infocomm Investments

As Head of Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd, a S$200M fund in Singapore, Dr. Alex LIN led the team of investment professionals to develop the infocomm start-ups ecosystem in Singapore, through strategic investments in promising companies. For last 10 years, Alex had been actively building companies, mentoring entrepreneurs and investing in promising start-ups. He held entrepreneurship and investment related roles in several organizations working closely with Singapore universities promoting creation of rapid-prototyping capabilities and incubators.

Saemin Ahn

Managing Partner, Rakuten Ventures

Saemin Ahn (“Sae”) is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures. He is responsible for 1) leading and evaluating investments (team, product, IP, market, channels) 2) conducting due diligence and 3) analyzing deal structure in APAC. Prior to Rakuten Ventures, Sae was at Google for 5 years from 2009 to 2013 managing Sales and Business Development for Asia.

Murli Ravi

Ex-Head of South Asia, JAFCO

Murli was the Head of South Asia Investments at JAFCO, where he was responsible for investments in South Asia. During his tenure so far, he has served on the board of 12 portfolio companies. Murli is currently advising startups in Singapore, including JFDI backed enMarkit, a social commerce company. He is currently a partner at Unicorn VC.


Chai Jia Jih

MD SEA, AirBnB   |  

JJ is the Managing Director of Southeast Asia at Airbnb, a website for people to rent out and discover amazing lodgings globally.

Andries Smit

Group Transformation Director – Aviva plc   |  

Andries oversees global innovation at Aviva, a British multinational insurance company headquartered in London. Adries is also an active angel investor.

Christel Quek

Regional Content Lead (Asia, Middle East, Africa) at Twitter   |  

As part of Twitter's Global Content Team, Christel leads the creation of original, scalable content and stories for Twitter's International Markets (Asia, Middle East, Africa) - on why and how brands should advertise on Twitter. Christel also contributes to the Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post.

Prior to her adventures at Twitter and Samsung, Christel was the Global Social Manager at Havas Media Group, where she had worked on digital strategy for DBS Bank, Intel, Toshiba, Globe Telecom, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Unilever, and KLM Airlines.

Chris Chong

Co-founder, Beeconomics

Chris is the cofounder of Beeconomics, which was later acquired by Groupon. At Groupon Singapore, Chris served as Director of Marketing and Communications.

Darius Cheung

Founder,   |  

Darius is the founder of, an easy way for you to search for your next apartment in Singapore. He previously exited his company tencube to McAfee, and is currently an active angel investor at a handful of startups, and a venture partner at Golden Gate Ventures.

Hugh Mason


Hugh Mason is the CEO of Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI.Asia) is a Singapore-based seed accelerator modelled on Techstars that has 60% success taking start-up businesses from idea to $600k seed investment in 100 days.

James Tan

Founder, QuestVC   |  

James is the founder and managing partner of QuestVC, a venture capital firm with offices in Beijing and Singapore. He is also the co-founder of 55tuan, one of the largest social e-commerce sites in China with 5,000 employees across 200 cities.

Joash Wee

SEA Head, Between

Joash is the Southeast Asia Head for Between app, a popular korean mobile app for couples. He oversees the company's expansion in Southeast Asia.

Tiang Lim Foo

APAC New Market Development, Evernote   |  

Tiang Lim oversees new market expansion in APAC for Evernote, a billion dollar company focusing on softwares and services designed for notetaking and archiving

Quek Siu Rui

Cofounder, Carousell   |  

Siu Rui is the cofounder of Carousell, a simple way to sell the unused and under-used clutter in your life. Carousell is the winner for Startup Weekend SG 2012, and went on to raise S$1M in funding.

Lucas Ngoo

Cofounder, Carousell   |  

Lucas is the cofounder of Carousell, a simple way to sell the unused and under-used clutter in your life. Carousell is the winner for Startup Weekend SG 2012, and went on to raise S$1M in funding.

Marcus Tan

Cofounder, Carousell

Marcus is the cofounder of Carousell, a simple way to sell the unused and under-used clutter in your life. Carousell is the winner for Startup Weekend SG 2012, and went on to raise S$1M in funding.

Justin Hall

Associate, Golden Gate Ventures   |  

Justin Hall is Associate at Golden Gate Ventures. In addition to his responsibilities at Golden Gate Ventures, Justin has organized a number of community building events, including,, and

Julian Low

EIR, Red Dot Ventures

Julian was a founding member of, the world’s leading real-time engagement solution for online businesses. Zopim was recently acquired for US$30M by Zendesk. Julian was also the entrepreneur in residence for venture firm Red Dot Ventures

Steven Tong

Executive Manager at Infocomm Investments

Based in Silicon Valley for past 5 years helping North American startups and MNCs expand their international operations to fast growing Asia by leveraging Singapore as their Asia Pacific HQ and offshore R&D center. Steven's other portfolio involves helping Singapore companies to expand business operations in North America.

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