With so much competition among start-ups internationally, what differentiates a good idea from a good idea with potential to be built into a profitable business?

This month, the UBC Sauder Alumni Club of Hong Kong will be joined by Dean Robert Helsley and Paul Cubbon, Leader of UBC Sauder's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group and Creative Destruction Lab West (CDL-West). Together with a panel of entrepreneurs and industry experts, we will discuss the characteristics of a truly good business idea and the environment needed to see that good idea grow.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the start-up industry from those who know it best.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tech Hub in UBS
20/F One Peking
No.1 Peking Road
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Hong Kong – map

Admission is free. Registration includes light refreshments.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jessica Chan, Alumni Engagement Manager, at


Paul Cubbon
Leader, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, and Creative Destruction Lab West (CDL-West)

PaulCubbonPaul Cubbon is the Leader of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He has an industry background that includes three years with advertising agency, JWT, and ten years at Unilever, including a pioneering role in the development of a global innovation system. Since 2000, Paul has committed himself to designing innovative and applied learning experiences in marketing communication, digital marketing and technology entrepreneurship.

In recent years, Paul has expanded these venture start-up programs across campus, and beyond credit courses to support science researchers in finding product-market fit and venture creation. Paul is the Leader and Academic Director of Creative Destruction Lab West, a milestone based, seed stage program, supporting disruptive, massively scalable technical innovations.


Alison Nankivell
Vice President, Global Scaling at BDC Capital

Alison Nankivell currently serves as Vice President, Global Scaling for BDC Capital, the risk capital subsidiary of the BDC. Based in Hong Kong, she leads BDC Capital’s cross border venture strategy to support its most high potential investee companies to grow both their business and investment partners in the Asia region. Prior to this, she served as Vice President, Funds and Co investment, heading up a national venture program encompassing more than 60 fund relationships and close to $1 billion in assets under management. At BDC, Alison has also served as Vice President of Co-investment and Government Initiatives where she led BDC Capital’s efforts as the key execution agent for the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan. Before joining BDC, Alison served as Director, Funds Asia with Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investment arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Prior to this, she was Head of Funds at Export Development Canada (EDC), where over a seven year period she built out the Canadian and Asian private equity and venture capital fund investment platform for EDC’s Investments Team. During her 15 year tenure with EDC, Alison served in a number of financing and investment roles and spent seven years over two postings based in Beijing, first as Chief Representative for Greater China, and then as Principal and Head of Asia Fund Investments.

Alison also lived in Beijing and Hong Kong from 1990 to 1995, where she served as a China economic analyst and editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Fluent in Mandarin, she has also served as an independent economist undertaking consulting work for the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Program and CIDA the Canadian International Development Agency in both Beijing and Ottawa.

Jen Loong, BCom 2010
Founder and CEO,

Jen LoongJen Loong is the founder and CEO for a visual creation and management platform WanderSnap. Jen’s vision is to democratize how creative talents are sourced, managed and monetized, thereby helping even more people to earn a sustainable income solely through creative services.

Living truly as a global citizen tracing her upbringing in HK, Vancouver and Shanghai, Jen has since travelled to 42+ countries photographing underprivileged communities, and speaking five languages in total. Her stories from the road can be seen in the Huffington Post, VICE, Globe and Mail, just to name a few.

To marry her passions for deeper social impact and story-telling, Jen founded venture – a marketplace to connect families and businesses with local photographer to create original content. Part proceeds contribute towards training local youth in photography, so they too can create art for a living. Creativity should not be a first-world privilege. Jen’s venture has been accepted as one of 24 from around the world as part of UPenn Wharton’s Global Social Impact House cohort for 2016, through which the venture will come into full fruition.

Prior to starting WanderSnap, Jen led market entry into China for some renowned brands including TOMS and lululemon athletica. Prior to these brand expansions, Jen’s entrepreneurial grit was actually deeply rooted in the tech sector. At Alibaba’s payment gateway Alipay group, Jen spear-headed business development with western retailers, bridging the Chinese solution to overseas brands. Before that as Head of Strategy at Groupon, Jen also founded and managed three new divisions in Travel, Goods, and Macau pages.

CampaignAsia most recently nodded her as one of the “Top 20 Women to Watch in Asia,” crediting Jen for both her career and personal pursuits. Recently, she was also the winner of Canada150’s Young Alumni Award, as recognized by the HK Canadian Consulate.

Kiki Wang, MBA 2008

Manager, Acceleration Programmes, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Kiki Wang
Kiki Wang joined Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) in early 2015 to head the acceleration programmes. Under her there are Leading Enterprises Acceleration Programme (aka LEAP@HK), the flagship startup support initiative at HKSTP, and Global Acceleration Academy, a series of short accelerator program launched together with leading industrial players and corporates.

Prior to HKSTP she worked as entrepreneur, early-stage investor and consultant in North America and Asia for 10 years. She used to work with Chrysalix Venture Capital, a world leading early stage cleantech venture capital firm, TrendStar Innovations Limited and HNA Group.

Kiki got a Master’s in Finance and received her MBA degree from the UBC Sauder School of Business with duel specializations of finance and strategic management. She also attained CFA Charter and Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor designation.

Jason Zheng, BCom 2013

Co-Founder, Hello Toby

JasonZhengJason is the Co-Founder at HelloToby – Hong Kong’s leading Marketplace for Services. Prior founding HelloToby, he played an instrumental role in the creation of Boxful, Asia’s largest on-demand self-storage company. He is also involved with the venture team at New Frontier in the sourcing and execution of investment opportunities.

Before joining HelloToby and New Frontier, Jason worked in the Investment Banking Division at JPMorgan where he was involved in a number of high-profile equity transactions across Greater Asia.

Jason earned his Master in Financial Economics degree from the University of Oxford and is also an alumnus of the UBC Sauder School of Business where he earned his Bachelor in Commerce.