Mentors

The mentoring programme is provided for HKU teams or companies under iDendron’s programmes. It is believed that with the advice from the experienced and professionals, our teams and companies can learn and optimize their business strategy and development.

Our Mentors for 2022/23

Christian Secci | Pakpobox

Christian is a global entrepreneur. He has been responsible for developing businesses in more than 20 countries spanning four continents for the past decade. In 2013, he started, from scratch, a business venture in Asia with the listed parcel locker firm InPost (AMS: INPST), intersecting three different industries: e-commerce, logistics, and retail. Later, he decided to set up a new venture with Pakpobox and build delivery networks worldwide under the brand "alfred24".

Keith Li | Innopage

Keith is the co-founder and CEO of Innopage Limited, specialized in mobile apps development and UX Design. Since 2010, Keith had led Innopage to receive local and international awards for its innovative products. Keith is a part-time lecturer and instructor for local universities, currently also serves as vice-chairman of Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry (WTIA) Association.

Miles Wen | Fano Labs

Dr. Miles Wen is CEO and Founder of Fano Labs Limited, raised over USD 10 million in venture investment such as Horizons Ventures and Alibaba. He specializes in information and communication technologies, optimisation algorithms, big data, and machine learning. Since 2016, he was appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) at HKU.

Deniz Tekerek| Portier Technologies

Deniz is the co-founder and CEO of travel tech startup Portier Technologies. He previously led the growth department for Hong Kong’s first unicorn, built and exited an e-commerce startup and now acts as an advisor to high growth startups and VC firms.

Vincent So | Inspect Element

Vincent is the Founder & Managing Partner at Inspect Element, a venture builder that invest, nurture & scale startups. Prior to Inspect Element, Vincent was an early employee and the first Product Manager at Klook, a travel unicorn startup based in Hong Kong.

Christopher Hugentobler| Bowtie Life Insurance Company

Christopher builds friendly software products used by tens of millions of people. He leads digital product management, design and growth at Bowtie

Ryan Cheung | PressLogic

Ryan is the CEO & Founder of PressLogic, a Hong Kong-based technology startup media company, started with a proprietary AI system that uses data analytics to predict the topics that will go viral on social media among specific groups. Within years, PressLogic has grown with over 230 employees and expanded into a diversified group of businesses boasting operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Korea and Malaysia. Accumulating over 12 million followers worldwide, PressLogic has successfully raised its Series A+ funding of USD10 million in 2018.

Felix Wong | Techstars

Felix is the Marketing Lead at CardUp, a fintech platform that allows payment or collection of big expenses using credit cards. He leads the marketing and growth in the Hong Kong region. In 2015, he co-founded another start-up, called Cloudbreakr, an AI-powered marketing software designed to help brands analyze and engage with influencers. As an influencer, he holds his passion in imparting his knowledge to the passionate entrepreneurs.

Ernest Chan | AESIR

Ernest Chan is the founder of AESIR, an augment reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) product developer that deliver aesthetic visual design services and EdTech product. He is responsible for product and sales management, managing mobile, app and web products for professional users in education and healthcare field.

Xiaowei Hu | Isis Innovation Ltd.

Xiaowei Hu holds a master from KULeuven, Belgium in 2008 with 12 years technology transfer experiences in multi local and oversea institutes. He is also a co-founder of 5 high-tech companies and a mentor for the spin-offs from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Southern University of Science and Technology.

Yina Chan | Saltagen Ventures

Yina is the principal and founding team member of Saltagen Ventures, an early-stage VC firm where she invests, manages and builds relationships with startups around the globe to support their expansion into Asia. She is also the General Manager of Women In Work, a media and community for local aspiring females as well as female founders. She writes occasionally as a tech columnist for media on local startup scene.

Lester Yang | Jervois One

Lester is currently the consultant on public affairs at Jervois One. He played active research and teaching roles at Path of Democracy, CUHK and CCCU from 2015 to 2016, and managed several major social media campaigns in town: Online Promotion Campaign for Shatin-to-Central Line (2017), Social Media Campaign for Hong Kong Observatory (2018), and Online Public Engagement Campaign for the Task Force on Land Supply (2018).

Wenming Ji| Technology Transfer Manager

Mr Ji is a professional manager with a cumulative academic and industrial background in multiple sectors, and deliver considerable operational targets within global business environments. As a PhD qualified technology transfer manager, has transferred his own research to industry. He is also a CEO of a spin-out company to raise investment in medical research and a start up CEO in the energy sector.

Thomas Pun | Casetify

Thomas Pun is an early-stage tech startup gap filler. His strengths are team building, product strategy, fundraising, and founder therapy. Mr. Pun started my engineering career at Apple and have worn different hats from founding a Y Combinator-backed startup to growing Stripe's adoption in Hong Kong to scaling the team at GoodNotes and Casetify.

Paco Chan | Pickupp

Paco is the co-founder of Shebeauty. He was also the co-founder of Pickupp, a logistics startup offering last-mile delivery services in HK and SEA, invested by Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund. Prior to his ventures, he worked in business management and strategic partnership in Procter & Gamble (P&G). Paco was named on Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2020 List.

Louis Lo | YOHO

Louis is the Strategy Lead at YOHO, one of the leading e-commerce platforms in Hong Kong. He is responsible for launching the new marketplace business from scratch. Before YOHO, he was an associate at Beyond Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology startups. He was involved in more than 15 investments in China and Hong Kong.

Garrick Lau | Nan Fung Group

Reinject purpose into business via “Creating Shared Value” (CSV), spreading and driving CSV projects throughout the business and social segment, creating sustainable finance resources and social impacts. Experienced in real estate and hospitality asset management, organization development and intrapreneurship, social innovation, non-profit management, social media content curation, youth development, talent acquisition and employer branding.

Wai Lun Hong| Snaptee

Wai Lun Hong is a technology entrepreneur, who founded 2 Internet businesses, and bootstrapped Gobuya.com, from zero to US$5MM revenue. His current focus is on Snaptee which aims at realizing everyone's creativity by empowering everyone the ability to design unique t-shirts. Snaptee has 20 kiosks around the city and is now getting over 100k designs from all over the world every month.

More iDendron Mentors in the Past

YT Tsoi | HB Ventures

YT is the Founding and Managing Partner of HB Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage technology companies in Greater China and Southeast Asia. Prior to the founding HB Ventures, he served as the CFO at China South City Holdings (Tencent is the 2nd largest shareholder). He also worked across investment banking industry for over 15 years, latest the Head of Hong Kong Corporate Finance at J.P. Morgan.

Milan Thakkar | Brinc

Milan is Director of Strategy for Brinc in the Greater Bay Area where he is responsible for helping Brinc’s corporate partners achieve their growth and innovation aspirations by engaging with the startup ecosystem. Prior to joining Brinc, Milan spent 7+ years as a management consultant in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing focusing on digital transformation and operational improvement Milan’s part clients include Manulife, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered, Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and China Construction Bank.

SC Kim |Technology Transfer Office

Dr Kim is currently the Director of Technology Transfer Office, Managing Director of Versitech Limited, Associate Director of Knowledge Exchange Office and a Member of University Research Committee of HKU. He is in charge of the HKU's intellectual property management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization activities.

Roy Law | TeamNote

Mr. Roy Law is a serial entrepreneur and Investor with more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology. Graduated from HKUST in Mechanical Engineering and University of London in Computing & Information System, Roy was the first engineer of JobsDB, Asia-Pacific’s biggest recruitment portal which was acquired for over HK$2.8 billion in 2010. Roy reinvested all of his dividend to fund his own first startup AppTask in the same year.

Bibiann Wong | BeKind Academy

Bibiann founded Bekind Academy in 2020, which aims to bring well-being and kindness into Hong Kong education as a core curriculum. Prior to BeKind Academy, she was the Advisory Committee Member of Just Feel and co-founded DreamStarter which aims to help students pursue dreams and unleash talents for social good. She also led a leading education group in Hong Kong and worked closely with professors from Harvard, MIT, Washington University and HKU in 2006 to design a series of Social and Emotional Learning curriculum.

Leo Chiu | Click Ventures

Leo Chiu is the Chief Technology Partner at Click Ventures. He is a hands-on practitioner and a tech savvy entrepreneur. He was a core contributor at his last 4 big data/AI startups serving in the role of CTO or first engineer where he demonstrated his skills in AI and big data. All these startups led to successful IPOs or M&A exits with a combined market valuation of over US$1B. Before joining Click Ventures, Leo was the venture partner of Spike Ventures - a venture fund for Stanford University Alumni.

Kevin Brisebois| Brinc

Kevin is the Director of Innovation and Partnerships at Brinc in the Greater Bay Area and is a specialist in integrated manufacturing solutions. Kevin has spent 12+ years in Suzhou, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong working with industry leading brands and startups to design, build and scale custom manufacturing solutions across China and South East Asia. Kevin’s past clients include Amazon (Lab 126), Google, Omron, Mars Wrigley, Philips, Procter & gamble, DeLonghi, Lexmark, Schneider Electric, Shark Ninja, Swarovski, ResMed and Puma.

Lewis Pong | Choco Up

Lewis is the VP of Product at Choco Up. Prior to this, he was the co-founder and COO of Omnichat, a Mar-tech startup that provides omni-channel chat commerce automation for sales, marketing and customer communications. His company has expanded to Taiwan and secured funding from AppWorks. Lewis also previously founded and ran an eCommerce marketplace that topped AppStore ranking in Hong Kong. Prior to his entrepreneur journey, he worked at a leading mobile gaming startup for product strategy. He also worked at MNC’s structured finance team in Tokyo.

Adrian Lai | Liquefy

Adrian is the CEO of Liquefy, a technology platform that enables tokenization of illiquid assets such as real estate, funds and other assets using blockchain technology. Liquefy has raised more than 3mil USD since late 2018. Adrian is a columnist at SCMP with particular focus on blockchain technology. He has been a commentator for Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg Businessweek and several digital asset specific medias on the digital asset landscape.

Drey Ng | BlackHorse Group

Drey Ng is the Partner and Head of Research of BlackHorse Ventures (BHV), an investment arm focusing on Digital Security infrastructure. Prior to BHV, he was the Head of Research of Orichal Partners, one of the multi-strategy cryptocurrency investment and blockchain advisory firms in Asia. Drey led the blockchain project investments and collaborations with prominent projects such as Muzika, i-House Token and MagnaChain etc.

Alyssa Berggren | New World Development

Alyssa Berggren is the Senior Manager at Shared Value Department, New World Development (NWD). Prior to her role in G For Good, Alyssa has accumulated over 9 years of experience in the management and strategic planning of local and international non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Alyssa’s expertise spans across fundraising, strategy development and implementation, impact measurement, organizational capacity and effectiveness, as well as donor and partner relationship management.

Timothy Ma | 平安鐘

Timothy Ma is the Vice-Chairman of General Chamber of Social Enterprise, Founding Member of Social Entrepreneur Forum HK, as well as a Co-opted Member of SIE Fund of HKSAR. He is also a registered social worker and fellow of certified risk planner, teaching professor of ICRM and visiting lecturer of CUHK and HKU. He was the founding executive director of Senior Citizen Home Safety Association, the Executive Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, Dept. of Public Policy of The City Univ. of Hong Kong, helped the univ. to build up new Social Innovation projects and courses for the students.

Leo Chiu | Click Ventures

Leo Chiu is the Chief Technology Partner at Click Ventures. He was a core contributor at his last 4 big data/AI startups serving in the role of CTO or first engineer where he demonstrated his skills in AI and big data. All these startups led to successful IPOs or M&A exits with a combined market valuation of over US$1B.

Keenan Kwok | GetLinks

GetLinks is Asia's largest tech talents community serving the future of work and up-skilling and pushing digital transformation across all mainstream industries. Using his private and public sector network, knowledge in markets & players, disruptive technologies, finance, and partners-driven scaling spirit, Keenan is well endorsed to bridge the Opportunities, Talents, and Investment gaps between North Asia and SEA primarily through his GetLinks.co, Aera.vc, and AsiaStartups. Constantly consolidating partners to co-create positive impact across Asia.

Jack Kong | Beyond Ventures

Jack is a venture partner in Beyond Ventures, a mentor / venture partner in HKX, and supporting a family office in monitoring its USD400mil venture capital portfolio. Prior to joining Beyond Ventures, he was the Finance Manager of Sequoia Capital and the Investment Manager of Tencent's M&A department. He has invested about 30 companies so far and has relatively more experience in fin-tech, e-commerce, and AI companies.

Edwin Wong | Cloudbreakr

Edwin is the CEO of Cloudbreakr, an AI powered influencer marketing platform. He has focused on influencer marketing & analytics for years, with an aim to empower pioneers and brands to share the stories that influence people. With less than 3 years, he works with the team to expand the company from Hong Kong to Malaysia, and provide the software to over 10,000 marketers. The analytics and marketing solution now cover more than 7 Asia countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Raymond Yip | Zeroth.ai

Raymond is a Partner at Zeroth.AI and a Venture Partner at XGD Ventures. He was a co-founder & CEO of Clickful, an online advertising solution for businesses in Asia, and a co-founder & CEO of Shopline, a startup that was accelerated by 500 Startups in Silicon Valley. He is also a mentor at Entrepreneur First and Founder Institute advising teams on entrepreneurship, fundraising and team building.

Wilson Chan | buyandship

Wilson is the Co-founder and CEO of buyandship, a cross-border e-commerce shipping services company based in Hong Kong. Buyandship has secured US$2.2 million in pre-Series B funding round led by existing investor Infinity Venture Partners in June 2019. Prior to starting his own business, Wilson worked in private equity and management consulting in the Hong Kong and Japan. He was focusing on investments and due diligence in multiple sectors ranging from semiconductors to natural resources.

Sam Ameen | Betatron

Kitti Chiraseivinupraphand | HB Ventures

Kitti is the Principal of HB Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage technology companies in Greater China and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining HB Ventures, he was the Former Head of Bangkok Bank overseas branches in Beijing, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Hanoi. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, M&A, and commercial banking.

Alexander Chan | The Mills Fabrica

Alexander Chan started out as a consultant and later ventured into private equity, working with the likes of Bain & Company and Hillhouse Capital. At The Mills he focuses on early-stage investments (Fabrica Fund) and assists with incubation support and government/policy-related affairs. He is also an occasional contributor to publications including the SCMP where he writes about issues including innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Alyssa Chen | AppWorks

Alyssa is the head of AppWorks Accelerator. She interned at AppWorks for a year during university. After graduation, Alyssa started her career running business development and public relations for emerging artists and designers at Huashan 1914, Taiwan’s pioneering cultural creative park. In 2016, she returned to AppWorks as an Analyst and has contributed greatly before eventually becoming an Associate in 2019.

Brian Tang | LITE@HKU

Brian W Tang is an innovator, educator and ecosystem builder who has worked in the confluence of law, technology and finance in New York, Silicon Valley, Australia and Hong Kong. After a career at Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell and global investment bank Credit Suisse, Brian founded ACMI, he is also the founding executive director of LITE Lab@HKU and founder of Young Makers & ChangeMakers.

Jeff Hui | Young Founders School

Jeff is the COO of Young Founders School, a technology-focused educational non-profit organization. He co-founded Affix Group in 2015 as a mentor matching platform for local college students, organized over 20 matching events. He is skilled in HR, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Management, and Swift. He has a strong entrepreneurship professional background from both in the US and HK.

Joe Chan | Star Properties

Joe is the founder and CEO of Galaxy Asset Management, Star Properties and Metro Lifestyle Group. He has over 20 years of experience in management, strategic planning, business strategies and corporate development. He founded a series of companies and enjoy entrepreneurial success in various industries such as coworking space, serviced apartment, wine storage, mini storage and F & B outlets.

Frederick Ng | Glints

Fred is currently a Market Launcher at Glints, responsible for leading Glints’ expansion into HK. Prior to Glints, Fred was an investor at Click Ventures, a leading early stage VC in HK investing in US and Asia technology startups, and was a Fellow at Fresco Capital, a global seed fund investing in Healthcare, Edtech and Future of Work related startups. Before his startup life, Fred had a brief stint in finance with Goldman Sachs Asset Management as an Institutional Sales to Hong Kong and Taiwan large corporations.

Henry Lau | Faculty of Engineering

Henry is an Associate Dean (innovation) in the Engineering Faculty and an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Henry graduated from the University of Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and a DPhil in Robotics. Henry’s research interest includes virtual reality technology, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Joseph Chan| Faculty of Business and Economics

Joseph is the Programme Lead of Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation at FBE and a professional architect from the U.K. with projects in Europe, Middle-East, India, Thailand, Hong Kong and China. Joseph is also an educator who inspires the students, across different levels and disciplines, to be creative. The students would use the design thinking to solve business, design, social and technical problems – they are aspired to be innovative and to develop their own authentic style.

Roy Law | ZEROZONE

Mr. Roy Law is a serial entrepreneur and Investor with more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology. Graduated from HKUST in Mechanical Engineering and University of London in Computing & Information System, Roy was the first engineer of JobsDB, Asia-Pacific’s biggest recruitment portal which was acquired for over HK$2.8 billion in 2010. Roy reinvested all of his dividend to fund his own first startup AppTask in the same year.

Roland Yau | Cocoon Ignite Venture

Rocky Law | Faculty of Science

Before joining HKU, Dr. Rocky Law was the Associate Director of TTC and the Founding Director of Entrepreneurship Center at HKUST. He was also the Director of Praxis Green Consulting Limited. Dr. Law provided advisory and coaching services to startup companies in the areas of IP protection, technology or product development strategy, marketing strategy, and assisted them in fund raising activities in the PRD region. Dr Law is also the founding members of the Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN),

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