‘Startup Weekend: EDU’ Comes To Hong Kong This Weekend


Startup Weekend: A whirlwind 54 hours where engineers, designers and ideas people collaborate and possibly build new companies. Besides forming groups that will put their heads together for the weekend, teams will also come up with a business model, validate their ideas and then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

Hong Kong has had seven Startup Weekends so far, spawning successful homegrown companies such as mobile logistics startup Aftership. Called ‘Awesomeship’ at the time, Aftership came together at a 2011 Startup Weekend – won the competition and raised a US $1 million Series A round from IDC-Accel in 2014. Startup Weekends are clearly a great problem-solving platform for incoming entrepreneurs, but why aren’t there more events geared towards specific problems?

To address this, Allison Baum of Fresco Capital Advisors has brought ‘Startup Weekend: EDU’ to Hong Kong. “Through my experience with General Assembly, I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the education system here – so I was excited to have the opportunity to create productive conversation around how we can use startup methodology and technology to solve problems people have been complaining about for a long time,” she said.

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Exclusive App Development Starter Class for StartupsHK Members at Paperclip on 25 Feb


PaperclipHK, host to this week’s Startup Grind, is holding a special free introductory class for people interested in App Development! They are holding this free class exclusively for our StartupsHK community members on February 25 from 6-7:30pm at their brand new Sheung Wan academy.

It’s limited to just 25 seats and will be a great way for those wanting to learn how to develop their own app and get take control of their mobile startup now. Read more or sign up here.

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PaperclipHK’s Deepak Madnani Opens Hong Kong’s First Startup Academy/Co-Workspace in Sheung Wan


With Hong Kong’s first Startup Grind on tomorrow at Paperclip, we went by the new co-work space and academy to chat with founder Deepak Madnani.

By taking a leaf from Steve Blank and Eric Ries’ book, the heart of Paperclip is in the academy, and courses will be drawn from the methodologies behind the lean startup movement. For those unfamiliar with the lean startup principles, it encourages entrepreneurs to get comfortable with failure and stresses the importance of always innovating and iterating. While great execution is what brings an idea to life, the lean startup way suggests that experimentation vs. elaborate planning can actually make starting a company less risky.

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