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!
Prizes for Winning Teams:
1st Place Prize: For 6 months, Servcorp will provide the winning team with a global virtual office and 4 days per month of real office space, at any Servcorp location around the world. Perfect for meeting with new clients or investors!
1st – 3rd Place Prize: 2000 RMB QingCloud account balance for each of the top 3 teams. QingCloud offers China cloud hosting solutions for businesses serving the domestic market. QingCloud also recently expanded to a Hong Kong cloud for international facing businesses.
1st – 3rd Place Prize: Jonathan Ensslen will volunteer 5 hours of 1-on-1 or team coaching / consulting to each of the top 3 teams.
1st – 5th Place Prize: Elisabeth Hartwig will host team building training at TheNetCircle for the top 5 teams.
Special Awarded Prizes:
People2 Physical Office Space: People2 has offered free co-working space to one team. Teams serious about continuing their business after the weekend should apply on Sunday with the volunteer team. People2 reserves the right to choose the team which they feel will have best use of the space. Awarded by Bob Zheng
Google Lunch, Tour & Presentation: Google is passionate about supporting entrepreneur’s in China, and has offered for one team to come pitch their idea at Google’s Shanghai office. The team will also be given a tour of Google’s office and taken to lunch. Based on Google’s desired team traits, the organizing team will select the winner of this prize. Awarded by The Organizers and Jimmy Ricardo Rosano Keesee
Prizes for Everyone:
Servcorp is giving 2 months of virtual office space to every team. Please contact our Servcorp representative to register for your prize.
Git Café is bringing 100 high quality coffee mugs for our participants. First come, first serve.
Git Café is offering their online GIT and Project Management services to all teams. Please contact our Git Café representative to claim your prize.
QingCloud is providing 200 RMB account balance to every team for Cloud hosting. Please contact our QingCloud representative to claim your prize.
Rackspace is providing $50 USD of global developer Cloud hosting for 6-months (a $300 USD value). Interested teams should apply through Jonathan Ensslen.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
为何参加创业周末？Why attend a Startup Weekend event?
Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
人脉搭建 Build your network
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
伙伴寻觅 Co-Founder Dating
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
技能学习 Learn a new skill
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
真实创业 Actually launch a business
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
会面“大牛” Get face time with thought leaders
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
省钱、有料！Save money & get stuff
Cost for this Startup Weekend: CNY ¥180 (¥200 at the door, with student ID ¥100). Your ticket covers snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the soft drinks.
加入全球社群 Join a global community
Join over 100,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
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
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
Call for needs & skills
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
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
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
Judging & awards
Originally from Taiwan, living in China for >4 years.
Previously involved in some startups in Shanghai
Studied computer science - IT background
Working on E-commerce in Shanghai for ~2 years
Bob Zheng是联合创业办公社（People Squared ）的创始人及CEO。联合创业办公社是国内最大的协作办公服务平台，空间内入驻了超过130多家创业团队和企业。Bob也是一名连环创业者和全球知名在线周刊StartupDigest上海的负责人。自2010年成立至今，联合创业办公社相继在上海、北京成立了8个协作创业空间，为创业团队、自由职业者提供温馨的创业氛围，并支持超过百余场的创业活动。联合创业办公社相信人与人的叠加能够实现是超越1+1=2的效果，这种以几何速度增长的脑力激荡，正是People Squared的得名由来。
People Squared bonds the largest co-working community in China. Started in 2010 in the heart of Shanghai Jingan, the little work space has grown to host over 130 startup teams and different communities in both Shanghai and Beijing.
Bob Zheng is the founder and CEO of People Squared, a place where freelancers, self-employed professionals and startup teams can find each together and build social connections. Prior to founding People Squared, Bob co-founded liuxueok.com, a social platform that connected Chinese high school students with western universities, so that students could get study-abroad consultations from schools directly.
William is a Partner at SOS Ventures and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, China's the first startup accelerator based in Shanghai. William joined SOS Ventures from SingTel Innov8 where he was Managing Director supporting China investment activities. While at Innov8 he led investments in Yodo1 (mobile games), Gmobi (Android platform), Lekan (online video platform), and Massive Impact (mobile advertising) among others. Previously William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco. While at SoftBank he led investments in Silk Road Telecom (mobile enterprise cloud SaaS), Playspan (payment platform acquired by Visa), Punch Entertainment (mobile game developer acquired by DeNA) and Peacesoft (Vietnam eCommerce and payment platform). William began his career as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment across Asia and China technology, media and telecom. In addition he covered Digital Media and Telecom Equipment companies at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and PCs and Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York. William began his technology investment career 18 years ago as a technology analyst in Taiwan.
In 2006 he was ranked #3 All-Asia analyst for Technology/Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine. In 2005, he was ranked #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom, and #3 overall for Hong Kong/China by Thomson Reuters Starmine as well as was a ranked analyst by Institutional Investor Magazine. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors for a number of companies including GMobi, Massive Impact, Silk Road Telecom, Socbay, iTalki, kineticONE as well as organizations including Angelvest (天使谷), the largest and most active angel investing group in China, and AAMA Shanghai and the Techyizu, Beijing Hive, Digital Matters and AdTech: China events. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.
Senior Manager, Servcorp China
Michaela Julian is Senior Manager of Servcorp China, responsible for the business across mainland China covering operations in five cities, 10 locations and a team of 60 staff. She also overlooks all expansion initiatives, with the recent addition of flagship Servcorp Fortune Financial Center Beijing – Servcorp’s largest center in the world. Michaela is Servcorp’s key brand ambassador, with an aim to provide consistent and instant support of the highest quality to all businesses that work with Servcorp. Servcorp’s aim is offering the best locations, unmatched IT network, well trained team support and the most flexible contract terms
Having joined Servcorp China in 2010, Michaela previously managed Servcorp’s Thailand operations for three years. She is deeply devoted to the service industry with a background in hospitality. She has worked for Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts in Dubai, Austrian Airlines and Starwood Hotels Worldwide in sales and management roles.
Michaela holds a diploma in Tourism and Management from the International Institute of Tourism and Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Marketing from Florida Metropolitan University.
Michaela has served on the board of directors of AustCham in Thailand and supports the SME group for the Australian Chamber of Commerce in China. Her philanthropic engagements are with the Camillian Home for disabled children as well as the Renewal Center in Shanghai and Mifanmama.
Michaela is passionate about travel, sports, arts as well as working and living in culturally diverse environments.
General Manager - Global Sales, Serviced Offices - Servcorp
Selene has over 18 years of strategic marketing, brand development and sales experience.
Selene has consulted to leading brands, focusing particularly on the media, sports, entertainment and lifestyle industries. With a double degree (Commerce/Arts) from the University of Melbourne, Selene excels in providing insights on new trends, consumer behaviour and engagement. Most recently, she has been responsible for building sales strategy and capability for global serviced office provider, Servcorp with 140 locations across 23 countries.
Selene has lived and worked extensively overseas, including Japan, China, Singapore, Europe, and the US. She has a love of languages and the arts, as well as a passion for acting, presenting, and voicovers.
Specialties: Marketing strategy, branding and identity, marketing planning, sponsorship strategy, business strategy, sales strategy.
Ben Whitter is the multi-award winning Tsunami Leader. A recognised leader within the people and organisational development field, Ben has developed thousands of people around the world, and is widely known for developing the people who develop & lead people. Ben is a key global contact for leaders and OD/HR/L&D professionals across sectors. The Tsunami Leadership philosophy will be shared with the world through his upcoming book. In China, Ben is the Organisation and People Development Manager for the University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC), the first foreign/Sino University to open its doors in China. UNNC is in the top 1% of global Universities and a top destination for students in China and the world.
Ben is a prolific speaker on the subjects of self-development, and meaningful leadership. He won the UK's top training honour in 2012, and is emerging as a key thought leader within his field.
You can connect & collaborate with the Tsunami Leader on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Program Manager, Mentor of Awesomeness and Coconuts at Chinaccelerator
CHINA-AXLR8R (a member of the Global Accelerator Network) is the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China. The 90-day accelerator program is committed to helping entrepreneurs who are innovating at the cutting-edge of information technology to create successful start-up companies. Participating in CHINA-AXLR8R gives startups enormous validation and access to the best, brightest, most experienced network of mentors which will be with them to help curate and cultivate every aspect of their business. The program also provides the chance to pitch early stage investors during the Beijing Demo Day, where the founders will take their products live and graduate through to being ready to raise money on a larger scale. He is the organizer of the 10x10 Conferences held in Beijing and Shanghai，and he has rich experiences in early-stage startup mentorship and investment.
Jason Inch has started four successful companies in his 20 year entrepreneurial career spanning Canada, Japan, and China. He is also the co-author of 2008's Supertrends of Future China, and author of its successor, China's Economic Supertrends, published in 2012 with its Mandarin edition published in 2014.
At present, he is the founder and training director of ICT, one of China's foremost corporate training companies set up in 2010 and, in 2013, he established one of China's first social enterprises, a coworking and event space called LOHAUS, known as Shanghai's Loft of Health and Urban Sustainability. At LOHAUS, Jason curates events which promote awareness and action on environment and sustainable living. Another of his event platforms, The Shanghai Forum, has hosted more than 45 business and entrepreneurship-themed events for thousands of attendees and has attracted more than 1300 official members since its establishment in 2012.
Deverick McIntyre is one of Asia's leading Lean Startup experts and has 10 years experience in China. He has successfully advised technology startups in China, US and Australia. This year Deverick has mentored at two Lean Startup Weekend events, and judged at the Shanghai Leadership Program and AppJamm event.
As well as his own startups he also has experience in Corporate roles. With management roles in the China's outsourcing and consulting industry, and more recently as Asia CIO of a large US steel fabricator, Deverick is well placed to understand the technology needs in the B2B sector.
Deverick graduated with an MBA and a double degree in Microelectronics Engineering and Commerce from Griffith University, Australia.
Founder and Managing Director of SageVision: ReInventing Cities
Lynn is the Founder and Managing DIrector of SageVision: Reinventing Cities, a leadership consultancy in Shanghai, with over 20 years of executive and management coaching, training and consulting experience. Currently she is exploring how to leverage her professional and informal ecosystem networks to facilitate the development of her own (and others’) social innovations through technology and internet platforms that quicken the shift in human consciousness to our next evolutionary level.
Sage Vision: http://www.sagevision.com.cn/SageVision2012/Home.html
Net Impact: http://www.netimpact.org/
DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Mauricio has 8+ years of agency/corporate experience in product design and transmedia storytelling. He has established the design strategy for over a dozen companies, and his recent design work at EF.com has contributed to the future of online education and language learning (through products with 500k+ paying subscribers and a reach of over 12M+ daily hits). He has presented talks at TEDx and CampusTM, and is currently co-authoring a book with BJ Fogg.
League X Founding Partner
Stephany Zoo creates fire, not flash. Incubated at powerhouses like Ralph Lauren, Likeable Media and HTC-backed app Jiepang, Stephany is a vigorous steward of brand, relentlessly excited about enduring imprints of image and word. A New York City transplant, Stephany seeks to bridge her bicultural heritage and achieve a greater understanding of international consumer behavior in Shanghai, China. Previously the marketing cofounder of BUNDSHOP, the first online platform and agency to represent emerging, independent Chinese designers, she is now a founding partner of League X, responsible for networking, talent building and marketing. The company aims to define the hybrid agency x consultancy x venture capital model of the 21st century. A wild adventurer at heart, read her blog on travel, love and entrepreneurship at Curiouszoo.com.
Founder & General Manager , GlobalTaixue - Research
GlobalTaixue is specialized in developing projects and partnerships between Chinese and international universities, science and technology research institutions and innovative companies. Our programs focus on:
- Building cooperation among the three main actors in the stage of innovation capitalization: Universities, Governments and Research-oriented Companies, following the Triple Helix model.
- Working on the internationalization of European, Latin American and Chinese universities and business schools interested in growing their network and presence abroad. We establish long-lasting partnerships, design and implement customized programs and curriculum in a wide range of majors and manage alumni chapters and events.
- Assisting R&D institutions and researchers to scout international partnerships and government funding in China and Europe.
- Launching Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs to train and mentor international young entrepreneurs to help them understand and unlock the Chinese entrepreneurial ecosystem. We work with top universities, innovative startups and experienced entrepreneurs to make it happen.
For the last years GlobalTaixue team has worked to make knowledge become the driving force of the market and an essential tool for development, success and well-being of a global society.
Development Manager , The NetCircle
Nestor has a deep background in IT. He currently manages coordination of development teams at The Net Circle. Handles client communications through POs. Interacts with the infrastructure team and DB teams. Assures quality process and development workflow improvement. People care.
Community Development Manager at UP Global
Community Development Manager for UP Global / Startup Weekend in China. Web Developer and Entrepreneur at Int3c.com, which he co-founded in 2010 and currently focuses on Drupal and node.js for specialized ecommerce sites and apps.
Mark is passionate about free and open source software and international entrepreneurship. Originally born in Omaha, Nebraska, Mark has lived and worked abroad most of his adult life, including several years in both Europe and China. He's worked on Startup Weekends in four continents, multiple languages and countries.
CEO of HURUI Information Technology
Which provides the most accurate and technologically advanced solution and services on sport analysis. He is also a Data Scientist, focusing on real-time Big Data analytics platform.
张骥, 互睿信息科技CEO, 每天的功课就是设计与思考
Anders Wall Scholarship Holder at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China
Alexander de Freitas’ main work at the SCCC includes event management and business development. He is also chairman of the board of the Swedish Young Professionals in Shanghai.
HR Executive, The Net Circle
The art of the Human Behavior inspired me since I can think. The part of searching for happiness, self-development/ people development.
My passion is the HR science, implementing and re-vamping the area through methodologies of Agile & Gamification. Being up to date about new way to create more powerful work environments e.g. through the mind set of Design Thinking, as focusing on empathy in first place.
Founder, ClearCut Corporation
Jonathan Ensslen is a visionary entrepreneur that founded ClearCut to help people find meaningful work while boosting productivity.
As a leader in industry, Jonathan firmly believes that Passion + Ability = Success. He has always ensured his teams’ dreams and motivations match with the company’s objectives. His understanding of leadership, knowledge of modern IT capabilities, and vision for the future has resulted in a novel approach to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).
Jonathan's vision for the future about organizational structures and economic activity was recently validated by Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Klaus said, "The success of any national and business model for competitiveness in the future will be less based on capital and much more based on talent. I define this transition as moving from capitalism to talentism.”
committed to community management, organic search, social outreach and social analysis，digital strategy that forge the road ahead
Co-founder of OfflineLtd.com
The mission of OfflineLtd.com is to encourage people to engage in offline activities and meet new friends.
Chris WK Kim
Specialties across marketing & sales and CSR & Sustainability