Our Mentors 

Alan Chan - Co-Founder, Vectr

Alan is a Co-Founder of Vectr, which backs early stage companies with global ambitions and radical visions. 

Beside his charitable interests, Alan is the co-founder of iPiao.com, an entertainment, leisure and ticketing social network based in China as well as an advisor to BEE Inc. (Bisagni Environmental Enterprise), a sustainable design and LEED consulting firm with projects spanning across Asia. Alan is also an executive director of ITC Corporation and its various subsidiary companies spanning real estate, infrastructure, hospitality, food science R&D as well as private strategic investments.

Alex So - Partner, FastLane Capital

Alex So is Partner of FastLane Capital, an accounting and financial advisory firm.   He has over 20 years of professional accounting and investment experiences acquired from international accounting firm, financial services and asset management industry. He held CFO roles in various financial institutions and private equity businesses. He is an active advisor to startups providing supports from financial management to business case development.

Alan Cheung - Founder, Green Dot Home

Alan founded Green Dot Home in late 2012 which is a platform that facilitates the recycling of furniture. Alan spent  over 10 years in the financial industry prior to taking up this new venture.  Alan was a Director in the operative department at UBS Investment Bank and a Vice President at Goldman Sachs while working in London for two years. Alan spent a significant part of my education in Canada and returned to Hong Kong to develop my career in the financial Industry.  Alan earned my Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, Canada.  

Ben Cheng - Co-Founder, Oursky

Ben Cheng is the founder of Oursky, which develops web and mobile apps for small businesses and consumer users. Oursky has created camera apps with over 3 million downloads on both iOS / Android platforms, as well as apps which were featured as Best of 2013 by Apple.

Ben also currently serves as the Vice President of the Internet Society Hong Kong, an Elected Member of the Election Committee (IT sub-sector) of HKSAR as well as other community / government organisations such as Creative Commons Hong Kong.

Amy Cheung - Founder Handkerchief 

Amy is a visual artist and a Asian Cultural Council fellow. She gained her BA in History of Art & Fine Art from Goldsmith's College and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art. Since graduation, she has initiated numerous city interventions and public art projects both locally and abroad. Cheung was Beck's New Contemporaries in U.K. UNESCO-ASCHBERG Laureate, and represented Hong Kong in the 52th Venice Biennale, 2007. In the same year, she received the Outstanding Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She co-founded Handkerchief Production, a creative studio dedicated to interdisciplinary experiments in art and design. Amy opened her first retail store, Handkerchief, a conceptual fashion label, a sub-brand of Handkerchief Production. The initial idea emerged to use fashion as a platform to interact with different concepts in contemporary society.  Amy is also a lecturer of Fine Art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Deepak Madnani - Founder, Deep Green & Paperclip

Deepak Madnani is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on a global scale. Deepak was born in Hong Kong and was educated in HK, Switzerland and the US. He was honored this year as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and also serves as an advisor to WillowTree Impact Investors. PaperclipHK is the result of his journey so far.

He manages companies in design, manufacturing and China supply chain management for retailers globally, focusing on educational products and furniture. He has worked in China, Chile, Dubai, India, Poland and the Czech Republic. His prior experiences include venture capital and technology startups. His interests in sustainability led to the creation of sustasia.com and founding the Alliance of a Beautiful Hong Kong.

Karen Farzam - Founder, W Hub and Women Who Code, HK

Hailing from France in 2010, Karen is a software engineer and former JP Morgan equity trader. Karen worked in a successful 3D printer startup, Makible as a software engineer. She then co-founded W Hub, a technology startup that connects passionate entrepreneurs with likeminded engineers, marketing guru and business experts so they can swap ideas and build a team. Karen has also co-founded Women Who Code HK, a non-profit which aims to inspire and support women to excel a career in technology. Karen was awarded Regional Winner of Talent Unleashed Awards Asia 2014 - APAC’s largest technology awards program - in the category of Inspirational Leadership.  

Jessie Siu - Co founder and Creative Director, Da-sein Socks 

Jessie Siu is a designpreneur who is passionate about making an impact with design and are absolutely fascinated by creative approaches to entrepreneurship. Jessie was born in Hong Kong and was educated in HK and UK. Her first degree was in fashion design and second degree in philosophy. Da-Sein Socks was her attempt to combine her love of philosophy with fashion design. Da-Sein Socks urges everyone to differentiate oneself from the crowd. If we are courageous and experimental enough to break some rules, step back and examine some of our most cherished believes, we are capable of becoming much more. Socks do not have to be black, stripes nor polka dots. Socks could be a piece of art that speaks to you. Jessie believes sky is the limit if you simply let your imagination takes you. 

Kevin Huang - Founder, Yggdrasil Inc.

Kevin is the founder of Yggdrasil Ltd. He started out as a Product manager of enterprise solution at Dell. He launched and managed multi-million-dollar storage and networking products for Asia Pacific and China market. Then he venture into telecommunication industry. He was responsible for building a China business operation; and manage a global R&D center for industrial-grade IoT products. Most recently he launched a new consumer service brand for elderly in China. Kevin is living in Hong Kong, passion about entrepreneurship, technology and education. He is an active advocate of Lean Startup method. He serves as an strategy consultant and a Mentor for corporation and startups in the region.

Keith Li -  CEO & Founder, Innopage Ltd.

Keith Li is the CEO and co-founded of mobile applications development startup, Innopage Limited, specialized in mobile apps development for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Smart TV platforms.

Keith had been a regular technology columnist for Apple Daily, an article contributor for SCMP Education Post and The House News‬. Keith was appointed as Executive Committee Member for Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (HKWTIA) since 2013.

Prior to founding Innopage, Keith was the founder of M-Gen Mobile Technology Ltd. M-Gen specialized in developing innovative 3G wireless marketing solutions for corporate customers, including Adidas, Hong Kong Ocean Park, EEG music group, MTR and other well known brands. 

Faisal Chohan - Co-Founder, Coilgent Solutions & Brightspyre

Faisal is Technology Entrepreneur, Geek and innovator. He spends time building solution and services with intrinsic social benefits for millions of users. He has lead initiatives in online recruitment, mobiles, disaster mapping, open data, social games and virtual economy domains. 

As a geek; he is co-founder at Cogilent Solutions the company that focuses on digital innovation. At BrightSpyre.com, he focuses on online-recruitment; and his work connects 1 million users with opportunities. He is also working on bringing thousands of work opportunities for people with basic computer skills and more than 12 years of education, thus reducing unemployment and increase the income levels in the developing countries through crowd-sourcing opportunities in digital economy.

During 2010 floods in Pakistan, he built a team of 50 volunteers from all over the world and launched pakreport.org. He is building pakreport.org towards disaster and open data mapping company. 

Additionally he has lead many surveys and student projects in the area of Human Resources and Computer Science.

Kwiri Yang - Co-Founder, SocEnt LA & Blue Odin Energy

Kwiri Yang is a co-founder of SocEnt.LA, a social enterprise organization that provides a central platform for innovative B-corps to connect with the larger social community in and around Los Angeles, which she successfully sold and was acquired by Net Impact Los Angeles, a national leading nonprofit that empowers a new generation to create positive social and environmental change in the world. She simultaneously serves as Board Director of Net Impact Los Angeles and PBS SoCal API Community Board.

Yang’s professional experience includes founding and managing Blue Odin Energy, which received the 2008 Energy Expo Energy Efficiency Excellence Award. She also worked at 20th Century Fox as a Financial Analyst and NBC Universal as a Senior Financial Analyst and worked at Nike International as a Business Consultant.

Laura Edwards - Marketing & Branding Strategist / Unreasonable@Sea Mentor

Laura Anne Edwards is an award winning producer and media strategist with a 25 year track record delivering multi-platform advertising, branded content, marketing campaigns and original content on a global basis. She has worked closely with television networks, film studios, ad agencies, major brands and Tier 1 mobile carriers, brokering deals and managing large creative teams.

Edwards is a non-linear thinker and ideas person, who’s mastered the craft of translating vision into actionable plans and results. She’s had the opportunity to brand and launch television networks, produce massive live events, deliver competitive landscape reports, mediate sensitive high profile partnerships, serve on large non-profit boards, go all in on some digital startups, and be involved with a series of media firsts such as Hidef trailers appearing on Amazon, and video calendar apps for Dilbert and The New Yorker Cartoons.

Personal passions include: start-ups, green tech and bridging the tech divide which have lead her to become and Advisor to Crowdfunder.com and foundDataOasis.org and SheCanHackIT.org.

Michael Lewkowitz - Founder, Igniter & Founding Partner, Causeway

Michael Lewkowitz is an entrepreneur and founder at Igniter. Combining digital technologies and social process, Igniter works closely with prominent foundations, institutions, and intermediaries to drive systemic innovation. Through digital development, labs, and incubation, Igniter applies an entrepreneurial approach to achieving collective impact and has delivered on small, purpose driven applications, collaborative explorations, and a global platform powering billions of social media impressions.

Michael served as a founding partner in Causeway, a national collaboration on social finance that laid the groundwork for the emergence of a social finance marketplace in Canada. He has also served as venture partner in an energy and efficiency fund management firm where he led venture advisory and incubation services; founded companies in design and renewable energy that have been subsequently acquired; and been involved in energy policy culminating in Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

Michael is also a runner and unschooler, living mostly in London, Canada. He tweets @igniter and blogs at Lewwwk.

Quinn Lai - Founder, EONIQ

With Stanford education and McKinsey's management consulting experience, Quinn is an aggressive entrepreneur in Hong Kong. His startups have achieved impacts in different ways from shaping students’ lives through enabling them to learn more effectively to creating customized time pieces that tell stories of their owners.

Quinn is also an active individual in voluntary work and in ministries. He has given talks and held workshops at entrepreneur events. He has facilitated and helped designed a major exchange program between HKFYG (Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups) and Stanford University, served as an organizer in Hong Kong Startup Weekend, and is currently a consultant for the HKFYG. At church, he is a drummer at Island ECC and a worship leader at HKBC UG fellowship.

Megan Pillsbury - Business Development Director, Insight Robotics

Megan has 13 years leadership and management experience in North America, Western Europe, and Southeast Asia, with emphasis on technology, b2b strategy, operations, and marketing.  Before joining Insight Robotics, Megan was Co-founder and Operations Director for Applied Wine, a technology and data company focused on the wine trade.  She also co-founded the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, and has worked for MarketTools and Aglient Technologies. 

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