Booost is found to solve one single problem - to make startups investable.


Together with Angel Investors around us, we have turned down numerous startups because of their shaky foundation in product, fundraising history, and/or legal frameworks.


While frustrated on how teams have gotten themselves into these messes, we decided to stop ranting.


We decided to set things straight.


Hence the birth of Booost, an incubator backed by a network of business Angels, and operated by Catalyst Ventures & OOOSH Coworking.


Booost will work alongside 6 handpicked teams per year, with raw talent and great potential in a 6-month incubation program, to groom them into investible startups.

TEAMS WE'VE INCUBATED BEFORE

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Cloudbreakr is a trustable analytics engine to find and work with the right influencers. Founded in Hong Kong, they have a presence in Malaysia and Taiwan, serving top-tier retail brands across beauty, fashion and electronics. Cloudbreakr is one of the 7 startups to selected into the HK AI lab program led by Alibaba, SenseTime and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.

Arical is an Intelligent Architectural and Real Estate Consulting Platform that enables architects and urban planners to instantly generate pragmatic building designs and master plans from urban planning data, building regulations, architectural standards, site constraints and client requirements.

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Telkie is an integrated chatbot specialised for hotels to engage online visitors and generating business leads for more direct business.

Founded in early 2018 and beta-launched in June 2018, Telkie has already engaged more than 15 hotels in Hong Kong and expanding to other Asian countries soon.

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TripGuru is a digital tours and activities supplier in South East Asia that creates unique travel experiences based on industry trends and data analysis.

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Zectr is an automated consumer insight and analytics AI system. Zectr helps B2C businesses to find out what consumers want, help them make better decisions and craft products and campaigns that work.

TEAMS WE'VE INCUBATED BEFORE

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Cloudbreakr is a trustable analytics engine to find and work with the right influencers. Founded in Hong Kong, they have a presence in Malaysia and Taiwan, serving top-tier retail brands across beauty, fashion and electronics. Cloudbreakr is one of the 7 startups to selected into the HK AI lab program led by Alibaba, SenseTime and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.

Arical is an Intelligent Architectural and Real Estate Consulting Platform that enables architects and urban planners to instantly generate pragmatic building designs and master plans from urban planning data, building regulations, architectural standards, site constraints and client requirements.

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Telkie is an integrated chatbot specialised for hotels to engage online visitors and generating business leads for more direct business.

Founded in early 2018 and beta-launched in June 2018, Telkie has already engaged more than 15 hotels in Hong Kong and expanding to other Asian countries soon.

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TripGuru is a digital tours and activities supplier in South East Asia that creates unique travel experiences based on industry trends and data analysis.

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Zectr is an automated consumer insight and analytics AI system. Zectr helps B2C businesses to find out what consumers want, help them make better decisions and craft products and campaigns that work.

Krunch is a developer tool for optimizing DevRel (Developer Relationship) Marketing with an API-first approach. Through aggregating, tracking, and analyzing B2D social engagements, they empower developer content creators to grow their community and reach with AI generated insights.

ABOUT US

We are a team of travel and marketing veterans, who are previously investment banker turned serial entrepreneurs, startup mentors, hoteliers and marketing whizzes, connected over the passion for building and funding the future of the verticals they know and love.

Click here for our individual profile.

Affiliate Network

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Investor Network

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MENTORS

Area of expertise:

Corporate Advisory
Financial Modelling
Ho Wan Fong

Ho Wan previously held the position of Head of Deloitte Hong Kong Science Park Office and Director of Central Business Development of Deloitte South China Region.  He has been focusing in the Innovation and Technology Sector.  His expertise include technology consulting, corporate strategy and financial advisory.  Now joining the "buy-side" as an Investment Partner of Catalyst Ventures, Ho Wan combines both his corporate and entrepreneurs experiences to help technology startups by not only investing but mentoring and advising on growing their business.

 

Ho Wan has more than 25 years of IT experiences growing up from programming to management positions.  He possesses strong IT project management skills, particularly in Digital Solutions and Enterprise Content Management projects.  He has strong connection with major technology and solution vendors.  He also has strong track records in enterprise account coverage with all-rounded skill sets covering stakeholders from top to bottom levels.  He has traveled throughout the region with working experiences in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. 

Area of expertise:

Cloud computing
Digital Media Technologies
Loyalty Businesses
Blockchain Platform
Design thinking
Michael Yung

Michael Yung, Head of Digital Product and Technology for a loyalty and frequent-flyer program, is in charge of the IT strategy and the development of the four main technology streams: Web and mobile solutions, Online travel experience, data warehouse and Core IT system & applications.

 

Michael has over 30 years of experience in IT, in particular Internet, mobile apps and online travel services. Other areas of expertise include web usability, computer security, public key infrastructure and database technologies. He has developed and managed systems for a number of organizations, including Caltex, Cathay Pacific Airways, the HKSAR Government, Hutchison-Priceline, HKICPA, SingTel and Tradelink.

 

Michael holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. As one of the Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong and Macau Chapter founding members, Michael is now serving the chapter as Immediate Past Chairman. In addition, he is also the Past President of ISACA China Hong Kong Chapter.

Area of expertise:
API Economy
Open Banking
Cloud & Mobile Architecture
Patrick Fan

Patrick is a serial technopreneur & former IBM Redbooks Thought Leader working in Open API & Open Web technology. After years of exceptional track records in IBM, Patrick started his startup journey and founded beNovelty in order to boost up the standardisation of Open API technology and lower the barriers of companies in conducting API business in the era of API Economy.

 

On top of his startup, Patrick conducted startup coaching & advisory to various sustainable startups from fintech, edutech, traveltech spaces. Starting from 2020, he becomes a technology partner in residency of a Venture Capital helping its early-stage portfolio companies to embrace modern Open API technologies.

Area of expertise:
Digital Transformation
Business Development
E-commerce
Commercial and Consumer Marketing
Harris Chan

Former Microsoft CMO & engineer, tech veteran and entrepreneurial leader with a strong passion for technology and empowering everyone to become future-ready through innovation.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Harris received his primary and secondary education from La Salle, and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Computer Science. His career began as a software engineer at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Harris also held senior leadership roles at Yahoo! Hong Kong as Head of Business Development and Director of eCommerce. Prior to founding Cobo Academy, Harris was the Director of Central Marketing Organization at Microsoft, in charge of commercial and consumer marketing in Hong Kong.

Outside of work, Harris loves spending time with his family and inspiring the growing minds. He was a Microsoft "Hour of Code" Instructor, Business Advisor for Junior Achievement Hong Kong, Programming Consultant at the University of Washington and CyberCamp Instructor in Seattle, Washington.

Area of expertise:
Product Strategy
Product Development
Company Strategy
Global Market Expansion
SaaS
Alvin Hung

Alvin is a serial entrepreneur who has been passionate about technology and startups from a young age. His third startup, Vyond, is a web application that enables businesses to create animated videos easily. Over half of all Fortune 500 companies are using Vyond. Brightful, Alvin’s fourth startup, is focused on connecting people meaningfully. Brightful is a #1 Product of the Day and #2 Product of the Week on Product Hunt.

Alvin holds a B.A. from Columbia University in New York where he double majored in Computer Science and Economics.

Area of expertise:
Corporate Finance
Accounting
Early-Stage Investing
Asset Management
Alex So

Alex is responsible for the strategic development of FastLane Group, and is currently leading FastLane Venture, focusing on early stage company investments. A fellow of CPA Australia with over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, investment, and asset management companies, Alex has held Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer roles in a number of global financial institutions. Previous positions include: Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro Bank, Bank of America, and Hong Kong-listed company.

Area of expertise:
Startup Fundraising
Cap Table Management
Equity Management
Business Development
Company Strategy
Andy Lee

Andy Lee has close to 25 years of startup and management experience across the US, Asia Pacific and international markets.  He is currently based in Hong Kong where he serves as Partner of Mustard Seed Ventures, an early-stage investment firm, and as a co-founder of Sprout, new stakeholder management SaaS startup (getsprout.co).  Andy was previously based in Mainland China for 20 years where most recently he led operations, international expansion and strategic partnerships for companies including Uber, Mapbox and Kabam.  During this time, Andy also served as advisor to over a dozen CEOs of tech and media companies. Before that, he led digital and business development at NBA China and STAR TV / News Corporation.   

 

Andy began his career in finance as a venture investor with SIG Capital (now part of GGV Capital) in Shanghai and as a dotcom 1.0 technology banker with firms now known as Credit Suisse and BofA Securities in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Andy is an active alumni of UC Berkeley where he studied International Business and East Asian Studies.  Outside of work, Andy serves as a mentor for numerous accelerators and early stage investors, supports non-profit causes and volunteers as a foster parent, youth baseball coach and Sunday school teacher.

Area of expertise:
Visual System Design
Digital Transformation
UX/UI
International Market Expansion
Bennett Leung

Former Chief Creative Officer at one of HK’s first unicorn, Bennett’s career span from adverting to branding and tech start-up. He cut his teeth at advertising agencies DDB and TBWA, where he worked on some of the most iconic brands such as McDonald’s, Sony and Standard Chartered Bank. He then joined independent branding agency, Eight Partnership and later Alchemy Asia, where he was Creative Director, serving clients such as The Economist Group and AIA in the Asia Pacific region, and gained recognition through industry awards such as D&AD, AdFest and Design For Asia. 

Bennett has build, grow and ran discipline within a startup organisation, such as Design, Content, Marketing, PR, UX, Hardware, Products and HR through the whole zero to one journey.

Bennett is currently the Founding CEO of Houston Collective, a brand and product design agency that focus on serving the agile needs of growth companies.

Area of expertise:
Marketing Strategy
Branding
Digital Performance Marketing
Market Research
Business Analysis
Service Experience Design
Customer-Focused Innovation
Yvonne Leung

Experienced Chief Marketing Officer and Distinguished Marketing Leadership Awardee (2020) with demonstrated track records of scaling up business from scratch in the technology and services industry. Yvonne actively promotes digital transformation in local livelihoods by integrating mobile payment solutions into daily lives of the public, as well as bringing a new retail experience. She dedicates to integrate strategic thinking and business practices through creating human-centred experience and building game changing applications to maximise values and brand equity. 

 

Yvonne is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow Member (FCIM) of Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) since 2007. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication, a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Management, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and currently a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) candidate in Digital Marketing. She has also completed Stanford University Customer-Focused Innovation Program and HKUST Executive Program for Leading Change.