“We see our friendship in the collaborations between our innovators and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Singapore’s Blk 71” (Obama, 2016)
Today, the entrepreneurship scene is flourishing, with “Blk 71” – located at JTC Launchpad @one-north dubbed as the Singapore’s equivalent to Silicon Valley, housing more than a thousand people in hundreds of start-ups and incubators.
At JTC LaunchPad @one-north, there is a vibrant and nurturing environment that allows diverse start-ups to form a community that generates ample opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaborations, which helps accelerate their growth and facilitates success in the marketplace.
With this in mind, we knew that we wanted to expose our members, who were toying with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur and starting their own business, to the heart of Singapore’s start-up hub. What better way to create interaction and networking opportunities than to bring them on a tour of a handful of such start-ups/incubators?
Just last week, SIM Young Entrepreneur Network (YEN) organised Launchpad Tour 2016 that comprised of mainly 2 parts, touring of companies and a panel discussion.
Part 1: Touring of Companies
Within the limited 15 minutes of touring the office spaces, participants had the privilege of getting exclusive behind-the-scenes insights of the company’s day-to-day operations. Many participants left the companies with multiple questions in mind, which will be left to the panel discussion.
Ms Yew Fuan, Senior Incubation Manager, explained how NTUitive, an innovation and enterprise company, supported NTU’s mission to develop an innovative ecosystem to foster entrepreneurship and facilitate the commercialisation of research.
Ms Tan Shi Hui, Startup & Innovation Evangelist, at Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) explained how SiTF helps to accelerate the adoption of ICM technology, promotes innovation, and provides platforms to help members with opportunities to increase their market presence and business outreach.
Mr Mark Cheng, editor at MoneySmart, shared with us how MoneySmart aims to help Singaporeans make better financial decisions. It does so by providing consolidated product information for consumers to better compare and understand.
- Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL)
Apart from describing how IIPL builds and invests in Singapore and global ICT start-ups, Mr Tan Teik Guan, Mentor-in-Residence, went on share with us how IIPL plays a key role in building a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem in Singapore for start-ups to thrive.
Part 2: Panel Discussion
We ended the event on a high note with the Panel Discussion surrounding the themes Financial Fundamentals and Youth Entrepreneurship. The speakers, Mr Tan Teik Guan, Mr Alex Ng and Mr Vinod Nair were engaging, informative and inspiring!
- Mr Alex Ng
Managing Director at Spaze Ventures
Mr Ng spearheads the investment to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their start-up. He has invested in more than 10 startups, helped to raise the next round of funding and expand overseas.
- Mr Tan Teik Guan
Mentor-in-Residence at Infocomm Investments
Former CEO/CTO of Data Security Systems Solutions and VP Strategy of Financial Institutions SAJ at Gemalto, Mr Tan now dedicates his time and experiences in mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs and building future companies.
- Mr Vinod Nair
CEO at MoneySmart
Obsessively passionate about entrepreneurship and the internet, Mr Nair started MoneySmart to un-complicate money matters. His initiatives have made it simpler and easier for the general public to understand their finances.