Benfeng ChenCEO & Co-FounderAllMobilize Inc
Benfeng Chen is the CEO & Co-founder of WebNova Ltd., which creates MiniWeb (http://miniweb.hk), a faster and more convenient Web browser for mobile devices. Prior to WebNova, he spent 5 years at Microsoft (Seattle, US) developing Internet Explorer and shipped IE8 & IE9. Benfeng is an enthusiastic programmer, hacker and entrepreneur. He was awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). He co-founded the Seattle Entrepreneurship Club, which is the largest Chinese high-tech community in Seattle area. He also serves as the Chief Technical Advisor of CNSW, the largest China independent software vendor community. When he was in college, he won the first prize of the university software development contest and was the early employee of iFlyTek, a public company and the market leader of Chinese speech software. Benfeng holds a Master degree in computer science from HKUST and a Bachelors of Electronic Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China. He is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hong Kong.
Bonita Wang is the founder of iDonate, the 1st charity rating and corporate social responsibility social platform in Hong Kong. iDonate promotes ‘Do Good Effectively & Donate Confidently’ by increasing transparency of charities and connecting the public and business corporations. It caught media attention 2 weeks after the platform was launched. Prior to this, she spent 4 years at VMS Investment Group, a private equity firm back by New World Group and Cheng’s family, where she focused on clean technology. Bonita has also worked at KPMG as an auditor for financial institutions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economcis from The Ohio State University (Columbus), and Master’s degree in Investment Management from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is a fan of Google, lean startup, and venture philanthropy. Bonita is passionate about solving the problem of resources allocation - to do good effectively. She is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hong Kong.
Eric TangCEOFour Directions
Eric Tang (Founding Co-Program Leader) currently works as Business Strategy Director of a mobile app start-up named Four Directions in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Four Directions, he founded four companies since 19 years old. He raised 1 million RMB for an academic social platform in Nanjing with a group of professors in Nanjing university in 2010. Since 2008, he has founded a non-profit organization named Hong Kong Young Entrepreneur Alliance with 6 other start-up founders and provided free consultation to Hong Kong citizen with Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Most recently, he was named as the founding Co-Program Leader for the Startup Leadership Program in Hong Kong. He holds a Business Administration degree major in Information System and Organization Management from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is active in start-up community in Hong Kong and delivers a few talks about young entrepreneurship to different organizations such as Vocational Training Council, Queen Elizabeth School and Rotaract. His hobbies include Chinese astrology, fencing and Yiquan(Chinese Martial Art).
Florian BennholdVP Business Development & Managing DirectorSymbior Energy Limited
Florian Bennhold is the co-founder of AllegroIQ, which is creating a Guitar-Hero-like music education experience on a real piano for China’s 50 million piano students. At the same time, Florian volunteers for the William J. Clinton Foundation supporting the organization’s electric vehicle program in Hong Kong. Prior to starting his own venture in Hong Kong, he worked at Wilson Solar Power, an MIT spin-off company in Boston, where he supported missionary sales and product development as well as the company’s ties to China. Since his early days as an engineering student in Germany, he has been facinated by the nexus of technology, business and politics in the cleantech sector. In 2009, he founded the Energy Alliance @ HKUST, a student organization focusing on opportunities in Asia’s cleantech sector. Florian was awarded the Erwin-Stephan Prize for his achievements during his engineering studies and has been a fellow of the Franco-German University, the German National Academic Foundation and the Haniel Foundation. He holds a double diploma in Engineering Science from TU Berlin and Ecole Centrale Paris and an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hong Kong.
Lucian Lacau (Co-Program Leader) is the founder and CEO of FindMyTutor an online tutoring marketplace that connects tutors with parents. Prior to it, Lucian has worked at a startup in Hong Kong as a business development manager in the online B2B trading business. In Canada he held various sales positions ranging from telemarketing, door to door sales in a variety of industries. He holds a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada concentrating in marketing. In January 2011, his last semester of his studies, he went on exchange to Hong Kong Science and Technology and decided to stay in Hong Kong upon graduation. He plays chess, likes to explore new cultures and describes himself as a real “hustler”. He believes that entrepreneurs that have very limited resources need to find ways to barter and trade skills. He is a co- PL of Startup Leadership Program in Hong Kong and Fellow in the Class of 2012.
Miranda GaoFounder & Head of Business DevelopmentAura Human Technology
Miranda Gao (Founding Program Leader) is the co-founder and CEO of PassionWorks, an online career platform that disrupts the current job listing model and empowers startups and SMBs by allowing companies to tell a full story of themselves through social contents and allowing job seekers to present career passions through visualized resume. It’s all about connecting passions and we are humanizing the job-hunting process. Prior to PassionWorks Miranda was the Sponsorship Associate for Harvard China Forum in 2011, one of the largest China-focused conferences in North America bringing influential business leaders, policy-makers, and leading scholars to Harvard University to discuss current trends in different aspects of China's development. Miranda studied Global Business and Economics at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (undergraduate) and Humanities at Harvard (visiting undergraduate student). She plays cello, travels a lot and is fascinated by Tibetan Buddhism. Miranda is the founding Program Leader of the Startup Leadership Program in Hong Kong and Fellow in the Class of 2012.
Shu Kit TseCo FounderCheerclan Limited
Shu Kit Tse is currently on a team of 3 that's developing a mobile app for sharing, and eventually shaping, lifestyles. Shu is studying computer science and business at HKUST and is expected to graduate in June 2012. He has had several experiences in sales and marketing, where he led a team of 13 students to plan a Microsoft roadshow at HKU back in 2009, worked as a sales associate at AIESEC in both HKUST and Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and did market surveying and business development for 2 different startups on a part-time basis over a summer. In his early university days, Shu participated in several business plan competitions, and gained knowledge in the area. Shu is passionate about psychology and seeks to help web 2.0 users live balanced and meaningful lives.