Meet Your Mentor – Euginn Lim

Euginn Lim is the founder & CEO of discoverJB, a hyperlocal content platform that is on a mission to enable locals to experience the joy of exploring their own city. With a strong social media reach (300,000+ followers), the site reaches close to a million readers each month by curating & creating original city content.

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November 20th, 2015

Meet Your Mentor – Rob Lee

Rob, founded Common Extract, a boutique Mobile Apps and Games development company, providing development and consultancy services to various sectors in the region. He also co-founded ONz with William Yap, a sports startup that is currently transitioning under Ministry of Youth and Sports’s #FitMalaysia campaign. Common Extract also partner with regional industry leaders to penetrate the Mobile App market utilizing their existing network and reach.

Rob & his Common Extract team recently won RM100,000 in a mobile game hackathon organised by Media Prima.

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November 20th, 2015

Meet Your Mentor – Jason Kang

Jason is currently a Co-founder and CFO of Servishero.  A local Malaysian Startup that connects local service providers to customers in a easy-to-use simple mobile app interface.  Before starting Servishero, Jason worked as a management consultant in Melbourne.  Jason has an MBA from Oxford University and is a certified practising accountant.

Jason and his team raised the largest round of pre-seed funding in the history of SEA region within 6 months of Startup Weekend and currently runs operation in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang & Singapore.

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November 20th, 2015

Meet Your Mentor – Ian Chua,

Ian Chua is the Co-founder & CEO of Hermo, currently one of the top e-commerce websites in Malaysia leading in beauty products category with 150,000 monthly active users and revenue of RM 10 million in the last 12 months of operation.

Hermo recently raised a $2 million series A funding to expand into Indonesia.

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Ian Chua

Startup Weekend Johor Bahru
November 20th, 2015

Meet Your Mentor – Zi Kang Tai,

Zi Kang started his entrepreneur journey since 2012. He participated & won grand prize in Startup Weekend JB 2014. He is also an alumni of Founder Institute & MaGIC Accelerator Program (MAP).

Among of the startup started by Zi Kang includes & (p.k.a Jomla!)

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Startup Weekend Johor Bahru
November 20th, 2015

The first ever Startup Weekend arrives at Johor Bahru!


Over the weekend, we saw tremendous support and enthusiasm from the Johor Bahru community during Startup Weekend Johor Bahru.

The first ever Startup Weekend in Johor Bahru was held from 14th to 16th of November 2014 at MSC Cyberport, Johor Bahru. SWJB was organized as the kick start event for StartupJohor, a social enterprise envisioned to build the local startup community in Johor through creating meaningful startups and educational events as well as connecting technopreneurs around the southern region of Malaysia.

With an overwhelming attendance rate, participants ranging from students to working adults, 29 pitches were presented on the very first day. With the help from the mentors and facilitators, 16 prototypes were produced in the next 54 hours.

After a variety of ideas were pitched on the first day, a voting process on the popularity of the idea was held. The participants decided on which ideas they are interested to work on and formed teams, working on said idea for the weekend. Throughout SWJB, we had guest speakers and mentors guiding the participants on the different stages of starting up; from ideation, to market validation, design, creating prototypes and pitching.

On the final day, 16 pitches were presented in front of the panel of judges and the top 3 teams were awarded. The grand prize was awarded to Jomla! A mobile application that helps students find part time jobs within a few clicks.


Grand Prize Winner: Jomla!

HandyMate, a trade service booking platform that connects handymen and homeowners, came in as the first runner up and the second runner up went to RentAStay; a localized homestay listing and booking portal for Malaysians.


First Runner Up: HandyMate


Second Runner Up: Rent A Stay

What’s next for the winners? Jomla!, HandyMate and RentAStay will be incubated by MSC Cyberport for the next six months and will receive mentorship with different specialization in their journey of developing their project into a commercially viable product. They will also participate in Global Startup Battle 2014, the largest virtual startup battle, in the Champions track, representing Malaysia to compete regionally with the Startup Weekend winners in Asia Pacific. The top 2 regional winners will then compete globally.


“We’re going to bring our startup project into market in the coming 6 months. Meanwhile, we’re representing Malaysia to Global Startup Battle! We’ll be specially trained by entrepreneurs & mentors in the 6 months, and be ready to kickstart.”

– Zi Kang Tai, Jomla!.



Startup Weekend Johor Bahru was the result of months of preparation ever since the ideation of StartupJohor in July 2014. StartupJohor will continue holding events to create impact to the local startup community and will keep working to unleash the potential of Johoreans entrepreneurs.Global Startup Battle 2014 is also open for the teams that participated in SWJB in other tracks. The identified teams that have high potential in creating a commercially viable product will also be supported.


“#SWJB may be over, but the startup scene in JB has just started. We want to make JB a sexy place for startups where talents will come back”

– Feng Lim, organizer of SWJB. 


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Global Startup Battle is Back!

gsbbGlobal Startup Battle (GSB) returns for its fifth year this November as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week!

From November 14 – 24, 2014, entrepreneurial communities around the world are joining forces to create the largest startup competition in the world – Global Startup Battle. Last year there were 15,000 participants at 167 events across 40 countries and more than $500,000 in prizes.

What’s new for GSB this year?

All new regional battles, new cities and bootcamps! As always, there will also be big prizes, a global audience, themed battles, mentorship opportunities and more. Take a look at our event infographic from last year for a quick overview.

Why participate in GSB 2014?

  • Become a part of a global movement to strengthen entrepreneurship in communities around the world.

  • Join thousands of  entrepreneurs in over 100 countries to rally together in the name of innovation and community each year

  • Build relationships with mentors and high profile entrepreneurs

Interested in participating in a GSB event? Sign up for updates!

How do you participate in GSB 2014?

1. Sign up for Startup Weekend Johor Bahru happening 14th to 16th November 2014.

2. Come up with the best innovative and creative startup during SWJB and be one of the top teams during the event!

3. You will qualify to enter Global Startup Battle 2014!

The story behind GSB:

An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend and other UP Global programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.

Dear Students, why join Startup Weekend JB 2014?

10151776_10152177015459580_3028647831890664740_nGoing for a Startup Weekend is like a roller coaster. At first, you are unsure and doubting whether you should be joining this event or not. And after you have completed the whole three days event, you get off the roller coaster and line up to get back on again.

From my experience, as a student without prior preparation before my first Startup Weekend, I learned 3 things:

Number One: There is a bigger world outside your university life and you shouldn’t be afraid to explore it. Personally, I have always been contented with staying within my comfort zone and find it difficult to talk to people outside my social circle. I got too comfortable in my own environment that when I am thrown into the outside world, I will be petrified. Sure, I can make do with a nervous chuckle and an awkward, “Hello” but after a while, you’ll realize that you can’t carry a conversation. So, go out and explore, meet new people and talk to them. You will find that there are so many things out there for you to find out and learn.

Number Two: Mistakes will be made but that’s okay. In my first Startup Weekend, my team and I worked on an idea which ungracefully popped into my head in the same morning I met them. A little sidenote to make is that I look older than I actually am, so, my team indirectly elected me to take charge for the rest of the three days. Keep in mind that this was my first Startup Weekend and that I had no experience whatsoever beforehand, so, the terms minimum viable products, the lean startup model, market validation confused and seriously scared the crap out of me. Mistakes were made, our minimum viable product was a powerpoint presentation and I used the term, “Fremium model” without knowing what it actually meant.

But you know what, that’s okay. It is alright to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Startup Weekend is a great place to learn because you are surrounded with not only students but also founders, co-founders, techies, designers and business developers who know their stuff. Being a student has its advantages because you are forgiven when you make mistakes. You won’t have this chance once you enter the working industry, so make mistakes while you still can.

Number Three: Don’t doubt, just do.Three days to work on a startup idea does not give you much time to daydream. That’s three days to cook up an idea, consider the business model, build a minimum viable product and practice your pitch. But one thing I did learn from this is that action speaks louder than words. Back in university, we’re bound by restrictions in terms of what to say and write during assignments and presentations that you will realize that nothing much actually gets done. During these three days, you will experience a whirlwind of events happening all at the same time and it challenges you on how you will deal with each of these issues at the same time. You will not have time to think about them, but you will have to solve them. Action speaks louder than words. You will learn how to walk the walk during these three days.

I hope that you are not intimidated by my experience but believe me when I say this. Startup Weekend changed my perspective on a lot of things that are happening around me. It is definitely a great opportunity that I highly encourage you, as a fellow student, to join because of the many things you can learn from which textbooks really cannot offer you.

Written by a fellow student,

Jiaway Koh

What can you do in 54 hours ?

SWJB_What can you do in 54 hours

Have you ever wonder how your typical weekend can be more exciting? What can you do in 54 hours? Is it possible to create a startup just over the weekend within 54 hours? YES! It all happens in Startup Weekend Johor Bahru.

Startup Weekend is a 54 hours event designed to provide hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs find out if their startup ideas are viable. The event kick starts on Friday evening, where ideas are being pithed in 1 minute format, teams get formed and brain storming starts. The teams will not focus on customer development, idea validation, but also applying lean startup methodology, business model canvas and building a minimum viable product (MVP) throughout the weekend. Finally on Sunday evening, each team will present and demonstrate their MVP in 5 minutes, followed by Q&A sessions, receiving valuable feedback from the panel of judges.

Being forced under extreme tight datelines, you have no time to waste. You need to hustle and get the best hacker and hipster available as your team members. You’re gonna only have time for what’s truly necessary in the MVP. Test yourself of sleep deprivation, get grilled by some of the toughest industry experts and squeeze your creativity juice till the max to come out with that scalable business model. Remember, there’s not time to talk, its all about action !

And now you might start to wonder, what do I get out of the weekend? A real company? Am I going to be an expert in running a startup? No, hell no!

  • We are going to make you fail ! Fail faster enough to realise what’s not going to work so that you can pivot fast. So you will learn to accept failures.
  • We will to take you out of your comfort zone ! Meet new people. Learn new skills. Who knows, someone might be your co-founder?
  • We are going to get you into the community ! There’s no better person who understands you unless he is going through the same journey. Your entrepreneurial journey will not be lonely. There’s a group of people who’ve been there, be there, willing to share their experience with you.

Finally, you’ll have lots of fun over the weekend. Business shouldn’t be so serious isn’t it? We are going to have a good time laughing, cracking jokes, taking selfies, eating & drinking together.

What else can you ask for? 54 hours, ONE weekend. It’s short, yet fruitful and memorable when you look back, think of it someday in future. Startup Weekend make your best weekend for life.

Join us at Startup Weekend Johor Bahru, 14th to 16th November 2014 at Menara MSC Cyberport, JB.

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