‘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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The Start Knight Rises: Startup Weekend Hong Kong Powers the New RISE Program at CoCoon


This kick off post was written by startup mentor Marcel Ekkel and was first published on Medium.

RISE @ CoCoon, a five-day program powered by the lean startup materials used by Startup Weekend, is looking to add 2-3 more teams. If interested, please fill in this registration form ASAP.

As this is a pilot edition we are happy to get going with (just) four teams. Compared to a Startup Weekend the format and the dynamics are very different. SWNEXT has a focus on a team that has started already. The mentorship will be exploring more width and more depth and in line with that be able to spend more time with teams.

This is possible as the program is spread out over 5 weeks, with 1 contact evening every week. During the evening we start with covering work to be done from last week, followed by a mentor introduction into the new topic and ending with some FaceTime with respective mentors.

The topic of the first session was CUSTOMER DISCOVERY and we found 2 mentors willing to share their experiences and insights into the matter. Though before getting to that, the evening was kicked off with a first attempt to a 1 minute pitch followed by their discussion of the preparatory work for this week.

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Startup Weekend is this Weekend at CoCoon; Meet Other Passionate Builders, Creators and Ideas People


Startup Weekend, aka your ultimate opportunity to meet your startup’s future team, is just around the corner! With only a handful of spots left for the Friday April 11th – 13th event hosted by CoCoon, Startup Weekend promises to be “no talk, all action.” Click to pick up tickets here.

For those unfamiliar with Startup Weekend, it’s an opportunity for developers, designers and business people to get their feet wet in the entrepreneurial realm. Not only can you put your head together with other passionate upstarts, but you’ll also have the chance to validate your ideas and execute them in teams – true startup style (only this happens in the warp speed span of 54 hours).

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