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Founder’s Story:


Relentless Entrepreneur, Deepak Madnani is fascinated by innovation and passionate about improving the quality of entrepreneurs.

He is a “Failure Survivor” who deeply understands Founders' challenges and has built several successful businesses after facing massive difficulties. He has gained the respect of the founders he works with as He ‘walks the talk!’.

Paperclip is his answer to ‘democratizing Entrepreneurship’ by building a platform that will allow anyone in the world to access the best tools, advice and funding if needed, to build a world-class business. The mission behind Paperclip is to help founders build quality Startups faster. He uses Lean Startup methodology that has been proved to help commercialse innovation and as a result has developed the Validator and Startup Mentoring Intensives. He Actively Angel invests and advises on corporate innovation.

He is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and was selected as 2017 Global Visionary by UBS bank. His articles on innovation are here.


Deepak Madnani
Catalyst & CEO of Paperclip Startup Campus
Alex So
Director of Fast Lane Capital

Alex So is a Managing Partner of FastLane Capital, an accounting and business advisory firm based in Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of CPA Australia and has over 20 years of professional finance

Alex So is a Managing Partner of FastLane Capital, an accounting and business advisory firm based in Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of CPA Australia and has over 20 years of professional finance and accounting, corporate finance, and investment experience in the financial services and asset management industries. Alex held regional CFO/COO roles in various global financial institutions including at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America, as well as at Hong Kong listed company and private equity firms in Asia.

Dan Ternes
CTO, Business/Tech Strategist, Evangelist, Keynote Speaker & Coach

Dan is a customer-focused, senior IT executive with more than 20 years’ experience in architecting and selling enterprise software solutions to deliver business transformation via high-impact

Dan is a customer-focused, senior IT executive with more than 20 years’ experience in architecting and selling enterprise software solutions to deliver business transformation via high-impact technology innovation across a range of vertical industries. He brings a diversity of experience having worked the full spectrum of IT software businesses from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational public companies, and having worked across diverse regions and cultures including Asia, the US & the UK.

Andrea Livotto
Director at Clarity, Co-Director at Founder Institute

Andrea is a director of Clarity: he creates custom web and mobile applications, and e-commerce sites, for startups and businesses in Hong Kong and worldwide with his team.

He is co-director

Andrea is a director of Clarity: he creates custom web and mobile applications, and e-commerce sites, for startups and businesses in Hong Kong and worldwide with his team.

He is co-director of Hong Kong’s chapter of Founder Institute, an early-stage startup incubator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies.

He is also advisor and former CTO of Spacebox, a startup providing on-demand valet storage to households and businesses in Hong Kong.

He has given talks and mentored at several startup related events and programmes.

His background is technology and finance: I worked as investment product structurer at Brevan Howard and Credit Suisse in London. 

He studied mathematics at the University of Oxford. 

Derek Kwik
Advisory Peer Group (APG) for FinTech and Innovation at The Open University of Hong Kong

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Derek is an early "returnee" to Asia with 25+ years of market entry experience. He is one of the most respected technology community leaders and involved

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Derek is an early "returnee" to Asia with 25+ years of market entry experience. He is one of the most respected technology community leaders and involved with nearly every accelerator/incubator/co-working space in HK. Since 1999, Derek has reviewed 15,000+ business plans and pitches beginning with first generation internet companies. Since 2004, Derek is the Managing Partner of BraveSoldier Venture Capital, a technology venture capital fund (www.bsvcap.com). With a background in investment banking, direct investment and management consulting, he has worked in all aspects of fundraising including angel investing, family office, Series A and IPOs (HK Mainboard, GEM, NASDAQ). Derek was the CEO of a Chinese contactless mobile payments company and credited for "leading from the front" from seed round to commercial responsibilities to investor exit. With over 500 "day trips" to Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, Derek has supervised manufacturing operations in telecoms, robotics, wearables and pc peripherals. In his limited free time, Derek is an author of two books, university guest lecturer, TEDx speaker, Trustee and Co-Chairman of the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA), Advisory Council member of Junior Achievement and a popular mentor/advisor to several start-ups. Derek is also an extreme multi-day ultra-marathon runner, PADI Dive Master and jiu-jitsu practitioner. 

Founder’s Story:


Relentless Entrepreneur, Deepak Madnani is fascinated by innovation and passionate about improving the quality of entrepreneurs.

He is a “Failure Survivor” who deeply understands Founders' challenges and has built several successful businesses after facing massive difficulties. He has gained the respect of the founders he works with as He ‘walks the talk!’.

Paperclip is his answer to ‘democratizing Entrepreneurship’ by building a platform that will allow anyone in the world to access the best tools, advice and funding if needed, to build a world-class business. The mission behind Paperclip is to help founders build quality Startups faster. He uses Lean Startup methodology that has been proved to help commercialse innovation and as a result has developed the Validator and Startup Mentoring Intensives. He Actively Angel invests and advises on corporate innovation.

He is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and was selected as 2017 Global Visionary by UBS bank. His articles on innovation are here.


Deepak Madnani
Catalyst & CEO of Paperclip Startup Campus
Alex So
Director of Fast Lane Capital

Alex So is a Managing Partner of FastLane Capital, an accounting and business advisory firm based in Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of CPA Australia and has over 20 years of professional finance

Alex So is a Managing Partner of FastLane Capital, an accounting and business advisory firm based in Hong Kong. He is a fellow member of CPA Australia and has over 20 years of professional finance and accounting, corporate finance, and investment experience in the financial services and asset management industries. Alex held regional CFO/COO roles in various global financial institutions including at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America, as well as at Hong Kong listed company and private equity firms in Asia.

Andrea Livotto
Director at Clarity, Co-Director at Founder Institute

Andrea is a director of Clarity: he creates custom web and mobile applications, and e-commerce sites, for startups and businesses in Hong Kong and worldwide with his team.

He is co-director

Andrea is a director of Clarity: he creates custom web and mobile applications, and e-commerce sites, for startups and businesses in Hong Kong and worldwide with his team.

He is co-director of Hong Kong’s chapter of Founder Institute, an early-stage startup incubator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies.

He is also advisor and former CTO of Spacebox, a startup providing on-demand valet storage to households and businesses in Hong Kong.

He has given talks and mentored at several startup related events and programmes.

His background is technology and finance: I worked as investment product structurer at Brevan Howard and Credit Suisse in London. 

He studied mathematics at the University of Oxford. 

Dan Ternes
CTO, Business/Tech Strategist, Evangelist, Keynote Speaker & Coach

Dan is a customer-focused, senior IT executive with more than 20 years’ experience in architecting and selling enterprise software solutions to deliver business transformation via high-impact

Dan is a customer-focused, senior IT executive with more than 20 years’ experience in architecting and selling enterprise software solutions to deliver business transformation via high-impact technology innovation across a range of vertical industries. He brings a diversity of experience having worked the full spectrum of IT software businesses from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational public companies, and having worked across diverse regions and cultures including Asia, the US & the UK.

Derek Kwik
Advisory Peer Group (APG) for FinTech and Innovation at The Open University of Hong Kong

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Derek is an early "returnee" to Asia with 25+ years of market entry experience. He is one of the most respected technology community leaders and involved

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Derek is an early "returnee" to Asia with 25+ years of market entry experience. He is one of the most respected technology community leaders and involved with nearly every accelerator/incubator/co-working space in HK. Since 1999, Derek has reviewed 15,000+ business plans and pitches beginning with first generation internet companies. Since 2004, Derek is the Managing Partner of BraveSoldier Venture Capital, a technology venture capital fund (www.bsvcap.com). With a background in investment banking, direct investment and management consulting, he has worked in all aspects of fundraising including angel investing, family office, Series A and IPOs (HK Mainboard, GEM, NASDAQ). Derek was the CEO of a Chinese contactless mobile payments company and credited for "leading from the front" from seed round to commercial responsibilities to investor exit. With over 500 "day trips" to Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, Derek has supervised manufacturing operations in telecoms, robotics, wearables and pc peripherals. In his limited free time, Derek is an author of two books, university guest lecturer, TEDx speaker, Trustee and Co-Chairman of the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA), Advisory Council member of Junior Achievement and a popular mentor/advisor to several start-ups. Derek is also an extreme multi-day ultra-marathon runner, PADI Dive Master and jiu-jitsu practitioner.