As we battle the pandemic crisis locally and abroad, we know you want to do more and be more. You are no longer fixated on traditional 9 - 5 careers but are increasingly cognisant of the need to be agile, innovative and #hustle for opportunities.
Join 50+ speakers from companies you know and love like Grain, Hook Coffee, Legacy Dance, PolicyPal, Prudential, SGAG, UOB and many more as they get together to share perspectives, tips and advice to inspire you to become the next [name your favourite startup founder / innovator].
If you are a current or aspiring student innovator and/or entrepreneur, join us on 28 - 30 October 2020, from anywhere in the world you are!
Mention SGAG and you would have to be living under a rock to not have heard of this popular social media website. What started out as a meme two bored students created in class became an overnight social media sensation. In the 8 years that followed, SGAG has amassed a legion of fans with millions of likes spread across all their social media outlets. In this keynote, find out more about SGAG's journey to virality.
Hepmil Media Group
Val Yap founded PolicyPal in 2016 after experiencing the cumbersome process of managing insurance claims for her family members in a series of unfortunate events. PolicyPal is a digital insurance platform that enables consumers and SMEs to buy, manage, and track all their insurance policies in one place. By offering services like automated analysis to find protection gaps in customers’ insurance portfolios, the startup has helped disrupt what is a traditionally staid industry. Earlier this year, Hong Kong-based AMTD Group announced its acquisition of a controlling stake in PolicyPal. Join this interview to find out how this young female founder took on the billion-dollar insurance industry - and won.
Interviewer: Chinmay Shah, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
What do Airbnb, Spotify and Google have in common? If your answer is "They're innovative companies", you're absolutely right. Innovation has helped these companies disrupt traditional industries and find profitable opportunities where previously there weren't any. In this interview with the Head of Innovation of Prudential Singapore, Magdalene Loh, she shares with us how the life insurer, which has been in Singapore for 89 years, is constantly reinventing itself and making innovation a priority. Find out why innovation is the new competitive advantage and how budding entrepreneurs can develop an innovation mindset towards their businesses.
Interviewer: Gerald Tan, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
The goal of many startups is to pursue funding as the benefits are plenty - such as growth opportunities, guidance, expertise and being connected to important resources. However, not many startups know how to get funding and what lies ahead for them after they are funded. In this panel discussion, a VC-funded startup, accelerator and an angel investor will talk about the reality of getting funded and what aspiring startups can do to grow their businesses.
Phey Teck Moh
Ng Yi Ming
Moderator: Gustavo Liu, EAT Launchpad
Serial entrepreneurs seem to have the proverbial "lucky hand" when it comes to spotting business opportunities that bring in the profits. Is it mere luck or is there much more going behind the scenes? Find out from our panel of serial entrepreneurs on how they spot business opportunties that take off.
Lee Desmond Bernavey
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Lim Hui Jie
Interviewer: Md Erwin Shah, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
The number one problem many startup founders face is finding the market niche that isn't already saturated by market giants and numerous small players. How did these young founders find slivers of opportunities in some of the most traditional industries like F&B, human resources and shipping and turned those slivers into profit-making gold? Find out from this panel to learn how you can still find business opportunities in traditional or saturated markets.
Moderator: John Lin, Get Consulting
According to figures from the World Economic Forum, in 2015, women comprised only 25% of people working in computing, with Asian women making up just 5% of this number. The numbers have risen in the last few years, but there still remains a gap in the tech scene for women. In this panel, we find out from female movers and shakers in the local tech scene on their journey in tech and what the future looks like for women in tech.
Siew Choo Soh
Moderator: Pauline Sim, UOB
Eddie Lee started his technology solutions company in 1998 and had successfully sold it off for a seven figure sum in 2014. He later co-founded SeedIn which grew to be Singapore’s leading marketplace lending platform licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Across Asia Pacific, SeedIn has funded over USD 2 billion to businesses. Currently, Eddie is the CEO and co-founder of Rai Capital, a crowdlending platform in Cambodia. Find out how Eddie has become so successful in pivoting his business - and himself.
Rai Capital and Pilon
Interviewer: Raymus Koh, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Grain was founded in 2014 with the mission to create meaningful food experiences for everyone. While they appear to be like any other food delivery or catering company on the surface, Grain has disrupted the F&B industry completely with its full-stack approach to the food delivery model. instead of partnering with restaurants, Grain uses a data-driven approach to create and optimise dishes as well as food concepts with their in-house R&D team. These are prepared and delivered to customers from their own cloud-kitchens islandwide. Grain recently raised a US$10 million in a series B round led by Thailand's Singha Ventures, which will enable them to expand to other Asian cities — starting with Bangkok. In this interview, find out from Shawn Liam, Grain's Director of Digital Products on how Grain leverages tech to navigate the volatile F&B industry.
Interviewer: Parwin Sandhu, The Sandbox, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
As the third largest bank in Southeast Asia (by assets), UOB has stood the test of time for the past 85 years, innovating the way people experience banking. In this unique segment, 3 speakers will bring to you different aspects of banking innovation such as UOB Mighty app innovation success story, UOBAM robo-investing and how small business owners can start a business successfully in the digital age.
UOB Asset Management
When a 16-year-old American boy shot to fame (and bagged $3 million in prize money) by winning the Fortnite World Cup in 2019, people started to sit up and take notice of a growing phenomenon - Esports. While previously thought to be just a mere hobby, Esports is rapidly growing with global revenues exceeding $1 billion and audiences of more than 443 million internationally. Yet, not many people understand what Esports is and how this emerging industry is spawning countless business and career opportunities. In this panel, find out more about the Esports industry in Singapore, why Esports is more than just video games and the areas of growth that budding entrepreneurs can be a part of.
SGGA & Resurgence
Moderator: Lysander Lim
Chan Jia Jun is one of the three founders of Legacy Dance Company (LDC). All are New Revolving Age (NRA) alumni, a Hip Hop dance club from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. From freestyling in school, the trio saw a huge potential in the role of dance in Singapore and sought to develop the dance industry through dance education programmes by LDC, with the strong belief that dance is a great medium to bring people together. Legacy Dance Company is now one of Singapore's premier street dance education providers. In this interview, learn how Jia Jun and his founders stumbled upon a business opportunity that stemmed from their passion for dance.
Chan Jia Jun
Legacy Dance Company
Interviewer: Lydia Ng, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Shayna Ng put Singapore on the world map by capturing the nation's first gold medal at the World Bowling Women's Championships in 2015 and won her first Professional Women's Bowling Association title at the 2018 PWBA Las Vegas Open. Since 2011, she has held the world female record for the six-game series. Shayna has been twice named Singapore's Sportswoman of the Year and received the prestigious Singapore Youth Award in 2017. The prolific athlete has now ventured into business, as the co-founder of PulseActiv, an organisational team building events company in Singapore. In this one-on-one interview, learn how Shayna is creating an entrepreneurial life that aligns with her athletic visions.
Interviewer: Luretta Seah, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
As children, we were told by our parents that the casual doodles lining the edges of textbooks and random notepaper would amount to nothing. Yet, one woman managed to successfully turn doodling into a commercially viable business opportunity with the combination of illustration and information. The works of Idea Ink, her company, have graced the walls of companies like OCBC and Citibank. Idea Ink even took on the monumental task of creating graphic recordings (illustrated summaries) for all the presentations at the Singapore FinTech Festival - the largest FinTech Festival in the world.
In this interview, learn how Chia Yee Hui scaled her business by using technology to enable audience interaction and engagement with Idea Ink's art.
Chia Yee Hui
Interviewer: Wong Wei Xiang, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Miss Lou (also known as Lou Peixin) is Singapore's Glamour Vintage Songbird - a classic vintage vocalist and songwriter who blends old-school vocal stylings with modern sensibilities. She released her debut EP, Glamour Vintage Songbird, and her music has made it onto Apple Music's The A-List: Singapore Music, and Spotify's Singapore's Top Acts playlist. She has performed at countless galas and events, and sung for Heads of State - including Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - and Key Leaders from a myriad of industries, and was mentored by 16-time Grammy Award winner, David Foster. At the same time, Miss Lou co-owns a vintage clothing store and is a corporate leadership collaborator. Follow this interview with the multi-talented chanteuse to find out more about her journey making a business out of music.
Vintage Vocalist, Songwriter
Interviewer: Chloe Ong, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
As a research scientist with performance psychology start-up Mindflick and applied research consultant in professional football, Dr Chin Wei Ong seeks to understand the needs of people, teams and systems, and supporting them to co-create innovative, research-driven solutions to drive and sustain high performance. In this special closing keynote, we explore lessons from the world of high performance sport, and how current/aspiring entrepreneurs can develop useful thinking frameworks to understand their own psychology, and adapt optimally to the unique challenges in their business/start-up journeys.
Dr. Chin Wei Ong
Learn from 3 university students who manage a demanding school life and also start the business on the side. Learn how they took the leap of faith to do what most people think is impossible. From this panel interview, learn about why they would do this all over again in a heartbeat and what it takes to find the balance between school and bosshood.
Moderator: Joel Chue, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
For Daryl Chew, the business of nails has been both alien and yet close to his heart. As a male founder in a female-dominated industry, the tables are now turned but Daryl has managed to capitalise on social trends to make Nail Deck one of the coolest brands in Singapore today. But it wasn't always a bed of roses. Daryl almost ran out of money in the initial years and had to let his team go. In the years that followed, Daryl has defied all odds and turned his business around. In this interview, learn how Daryl has tapped on the power of crowdsourcing to sell and to become the mainstay in the Singaporean working woman's beauty mantle.
Interviewer: Abigail Goh, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Elshan Tang has been heralded by the BBC as being a "one-man brand". With no background in making luxury watches, this Singaporean has not only managed to launch his online business, Zelos Watches, six months after graduating, but his cutting-edge mechanical designs are now sold around the world. In this interview, learn how Elshan took his passion to the next level and why Kickstarter literally kick-started his business.
Interviewer: Md Erwin Shah, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
There is no one job more misunderstood than a freelancer. With more fresh graduates in Singapore heading straight into freelance work instead of more traditional jobs, learn from the panel of experts on the advantages and disadvantages of being a freelancer and how freelancers can plan ahead to have a happy, successful freelancing career ahead.
Chiam Sheng Shi
Kyle Ravin Productions
MarColl & Mantheos
Moderator: Wong Wei Xiang, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Grace Ke started her entrepreneurial journey by catching and selling spiders in primary school. She started her career in advertising and at the same time, built up her side hustle as a freelance strategic deck designer. After 6 years of advertising, Grace left to start Lunchmoney, an online fashion store creating dresses for women with pockets. In this interview, Grace shares her lessons learnt balancing both a full-time job and freelancing and how she went from full-time, to freelance to founder.
Founder of Lunchmoney
Co-Founder of Satki
Interviewer: Chloe Ong, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Social Enterprises are often misunderstood for being glorified charities with an unsustainable business model. In this panel, learn how these founders of social enterprises that have not only contributed much good to the communities they serve, but have succeeded in turning profits from their businesses.
Moderator: Cho Ming Xiu, Campus PSY
Nicholas Goh is the 37-year-old Founder and CEO of TWINAgri, a Cambodian business that recycles waste into organic fertilizers and animal feed. Nicholas, who was formerly from the finance industry, knew nothing about doing business overseas. Find out about his venture, from losing all his money to becoming the largest supplier of organic fertilizers in Cambodia, with a 10x growth in 4 years.
Interviewer: Md Erwin Shah, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Faye Sit is the co-founder of Hook Coffee. Since its launch in 2016, the startup has grown to become Singapore’s largest and Southeast Asia’s leading online coffee company. Hook Coffee was started on the belief anyone should be able to enjoy great coffee and the company is on a mission to make the specialty coffee from around the world accessible to everyone. In this interview, find out how Faye, who is also currently a PhD student in Public Policy, strives to create a startup that both balances profit and social responsibility.
Interviewer: Gerald Tan, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
“Sustainability is about meeting the needs—not wants—of today without jeopardising the needs of the future.” Veerappan Swaminathan is social entrepreneur, change scientist and founder of Sustainable Living Lab - a for-profit social enterprise that develops solutions for organisations and communities to grow sustainably. In this fireside chat, we find out how sustainability innovation can become a competitive advantage for the startups of the future.
Sustainable Living Lab
Interviewer: Joseph Tan, Income Digital Transformation Office
For years, Wilson Toh thought about joining Airbnb but with no travel or hotelier experience, he never thought he would ever get to work with his favourite startup. One day, Airbnb put out an ad and he decided to pull out all the stops to get the job he desired. He succeeded and went on to grow a critical business unit with profitable results. However, with the onslaught of COVID-19 on the travel industry, he found himself retrenched with nowhere to go. In this interview, find out how Wilson hustled hard to get into Airbnb and how he is putting those skills again to succeed at his next career adventure.
Interviewer: Ruth Song, The Sandbox, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
In a world where technology abounds and learning coding is encouraged, is it possible to start your business idea without knowing any coding? In this mini masterclass, Adam Ihsan shares his experiences helping companies to create their online platforms without using coding. Find out the various code-free tools to build your platform and start using them now!
Startup Boost Singapore
In the new normal we live in, it is clear that students must be prepared to innovate, collaborate, and communicate to thrive and succeed. How can educators develop and grow these skills for thousands of students every year, yet being able to customise the learning for each student? Learn how this is done at Ngee Ann Polytechnic through the "Innovation Made Possible" module for first year NP students and "Entrepreneurship First Steps", an online entrepreneurship basics course for secondary school and polytechnic students.
School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
The Sandbox, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Students starting out on their business journey often find themselves in situations where they have no idea what to do next or how to overcome the pain of mistakes or rejection. In times like these, a mentor is crucial to help them chart an alternate strategy, encourage them to get back in the game or even prevent further mistakes from being made. In this panel, learn how you can effectively mentor entrepreneurial students and propel them to the next level in their business dreams - no business background required.
Moderator: Darren Koh, Proa
Are entrepreneurs a product of nature or nurture? While people remain firmly divided in both camps, the reality is that the world is moving into a future where innovation and entrepreneurship skills are the backbone of future jobs. In this panel, uncover the myths of "teaching" innovation and entrepreneurship skills and discover what it takes to support students to grow in these areas.
Dr. Yuanto Kusnadi
Moderator: Felix Tan, Skilio
Executive Vice President of Singapore Economic Development Board, Mr Beh Kian Teik, will speak of Singapore’s ambition to be a value-creating, innovation-led economy, and how the young generation of current/aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs can contribute to the future of our economy. In this closing keynote, Mr Beh, who is also the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of National Research Foundation, will also touch on government efforts that support innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mr Beh Kian Teik
Deputy Chief Executive Officer National Research Foundation
Executive Vice President Economic Development Board
In this Ask Me Anything, join SUSS Centre for Experiential Learning as they cover Alibaba Cloud - SUSS Entrepreneurship Programme and SUSS Impact Startup Challenge.
Assistant Manager, SUSS
The SUSS Centre for Experiential Learning is dedicated to facilitating a lifelong journey of learning for our students through a series of experiential learning courses, work attachments, overseas exposure programmes and service-learning. The Entrepreneurship team, part of the Centre, looks at experiential learning for entrepreneurs wannabe with a list of programmes to support them from Pre-idea to Validation.
In this Ask Me Anything, join Nanyang Technopreneurship Center as they cover:
Lam Kwok Yan
Nanyang Technopreneurship Center
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) was established in January 2001 with seed funding from the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore. A multi-disciplinary university-level centre, NTC was created to be the focal point of technopreneurship education within the University and the region, and is committed to fostering, promoting and nurturing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship endeavours through technology entrepreneurship education.
As part of its mission to deliver a holistic entrepreneurship education, NTC encourages passion as a key motivator for dreams to be realised; inculcates an entrepreneurial mindset to initiate innovative changes wherever possible; harnesses technology as an enabling tool for learning and business; and stresses the importance of developing responsible and ethical entrepreneurs who are committed to using their entrepreneurial expertise and resources to bring about significant economic and social development in the communities in which they operate. Entire communities stand to benefit over the long term when livelihoods and lives are uplifted in this way, and this in essence, the ethos of the NTC’s philosophy in inspiring and developing entrepreneurs with the heart, will and capability to make a positive and meaningful difference to society.
In this Ask Me Anything, join Global Innovation Alliance Office (GIA) as they share on the Global Entrepreneurial Internship (GEI) which provides students with internship opportunities to experience life in vibrant startup ecosystems abroad.
Partnerships Manager, Global Innovation Alliance Office (GIA)
York Cheng Tan
Associate Director, Global Innovation Alliance Office (GIA)
GEIP Sharing by
Moderator: Ruth Song, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Global Innovation Alliance Office (GIA) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic aims to facilitate mutually beneficial internships between Singapore students and startup ecosystems around the world. Its programme, the Global Entrepreneurial Internship (GEI), nurtures polytechnic and university students who aspire to be entrepreneurs and are keen in developing their entrepreneurial skills.
Global Entrepreneurial Internship (GEI) is a signature internship programme initiated by Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2016. The programme has expanded its reach to help groom young entrepreneurial talents from participating polytechnics and universities in Singapore.
Through creating opportunities in the entrepreneurship and innovation arena, GEI helps to groom future entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators for Singapore.