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Microsoft Singapore

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Check out the highlights of Startup Weekend Singapore 2012 here: YouTube Preview Image

Prize Sponsor: NUS Enterprise

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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.

You can reach the Singapore organizing team at



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!
  • 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
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Jeffrey Paine

Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures   |  

Jeffrey Paine is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a General Partner at Golden Gate Ventures 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Kris Childress

CEO, Nanothree

In addition to being the CEO of a cleantech startup (water), Kris helps technology businesses, particularly very early stage companies ("start-ups"), with innovative technologies or services, in Singapore and overseas, to create and increase sales in familiar and new markets.

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

Media Sponsors
Pankaj Jain
Jacky Yap
Ritesh Angural