startup programs

Startup Weekend Toolkit

Here’s a Startup Weekend Toolkit I put together after mentoring and judging. It’s a lot of info, so it’s best to read this before you go since you will be busy enough (and sleep deprived) during the weekend, but these resources will save you lots of pain. Startup Weekend isn’t a hackathon or a business […]

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Launching AcceleratorHK

Today is the first day of AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator. I’m happy to be the Director of the program. The process of getting this off the ground was straightforward but took a while: – Lots of discussions with people in HK’s tech community, starting December 2011 – Lots of discussions with other accelerator […]

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Startup Bootcamp 1.0 Demo Day

Startup Bootcamp 1.0 Demo Day

The first batch of startups graduated from Startup Bootcamp 1.0 recently. Their Demo Day, the first ever in Hong Kong, drew a crowd of over 100 people. Each presenter shared what they built, the process they went through and took questions from the audience. The event was also a great introduction for the new group […]

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Mentors From Three Continents

Mentors From Three Continents

Another great set of mentor visits recently, from Jochen Kleef and Tytus Michalski, both of whom also listened to Bootcamp member pitches and gave feedback. Jochen gave a wide-ranging talk covering: There’s a difference in what you can do in Hong Kong, where the environment is relatively open and changing quickly, and in other places […]

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Bootcamp Mentors On How To Evaluate Business Opportunities

Bootcamp Mentors On How To Evaluate Business Opportunities

Startup Bootcamp has a great mix of mentors and we’ve already had a great series of visits. Over the last two weeks we had a couple more: Dominic Chan, from Dark Horse Investment and a repeat visit from Steve Forte, this time with three people from his development team. Dominic spoke about angel investing and […]

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Startup Bootcamp Update

Startup Bootcamp Update

Startup Bootcamp has begun! We just completed the first two weeks of the new program. There’s a great mix of entrepreneurs (to be introduced later on) participating. Everyone has been quite active both in the program and in other events, such as the recent Barcamp. For me, I was also happy to see that we […]

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Mentor Visit – Michael Michelini

Mentor Visit – Michael Michelini

Michael Michelini is one of those people I met first via Twitter and only afterward in person. And while I hadn’t met him in person until last week I felt that I knew him already — because he tweets and blogs constantly (especially on startups and street food). Michael left Wall Street five years ago […]

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Mentor Visit – Bernard Suen

Mentor Visit – Bernard Suen

When I was planning the Startup Bootcamp a few months ago, I was fortunate enough to have met Bernard Suen, who is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and educator. I first met Bernard at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Center for Entrepreneurship Bernard also gave an informative talk on the entrepreneurial attitude: especially on how […]

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Mentor Visit – Po Chi Wu

Mentor Visit – Po Chi Wu

One of the great things about running Startup Boot.Camp is bringing experienced mentors in to talk to the startups. We had our first mentor visit recently from Po Chi Wu, an educator and investor who splits his time between Hong Kong and Silicon Valley. When I visited Hong Kong briefly six months ago, Po Chi […]

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Startup Bootcamp Starts

Startup Bootcamp kicked off on Monday. I’m going to blog here periodically about the experience and what we learn works for the group and for Hong Kong. The program has Customer Development / Lean Startup methodology at its core with mentor visits and overall keeping everyone on track for the three months the program runs. […]

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