Conference Agenda

14th March, 2019
9:00 AM - 9:10 AMWelcome Note Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Asia Pacific
9:10 AM - 10:00 AMPanel: Building & Growing Businesses in Highly Regulated/Unregulated Markets

As a startup begins to scale up, it looks toward both regulated and unregulated geographies, and each comes with its own set of challenges. For a company venturing out of Singapore, meeting these challenges is often more hard, considering how business-friendly the island nation is.

  • What are the best practices to build a business across new geographies without overriding the compliance barriers?
  • How to stay innovative in a highly regulated market?
  • How to strategize a company’s growth in the face of changing laws?
  • Working with local talent and building teams: Which sections should be managed by local teams and the head office?
  • How to build capabilities at the headquarters to manage business in regulated and unregulated markets without attracting penalties and compliance concerns?
  • Case studies on markets to prioritize and lessons learnt
Shankar Narayanan, Co-founder and COO, Active.Ai
Ng Jing Shen, CEO, Paktor Group
Jakub Zakrzewski, General Manager (Asia-Pacific), Revolut
Zachary Wang, Co-founder and CEO, Neuron Mobility

Moderator: Jeffrey Nah, managing director, JN Capital & Growth Advisory
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote: Building a Successful Global Company
Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship, on his journey, and triumphs and tribulations along the way
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Panel: Building communities in Building a Business

Most businesses, whether startups or traditional SMEs, need to build a community around their products and services to stay relevant and be successful. It could be a formal membership like a subscription-based product or just a group of loyal fans or customers cheering for the brand.

  • Why building community is more important today than just networking?
  • How to engage your community in the early days of business to turn them into loyal customers?
  • Building your influencers versus working with influencers for engagement
  • How can each person in your organization play a role in building a community?
  • The art of communication: How to differentiate between meaningful engagement and unspecific messaging
Violet Lim, Co-founder and CEO, Lunch Actually Group
Carmen Yuan, Partner, Vertex Ventures
Damian Tan, Managing Director, Vickers Venture
Aaron Tan, Founder-CEO, Carro
David Jou, Founder-CEO, Pomelo
Justin Hall, Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Moderator: Karena Belin, Co-founder WHub & AngelHub
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Connecting Capital to Innovation

Funds are looking to invest aggressively in Southeast Asia. Fashion industry, agriculture and food, labour, healthcare services, manufacturing, and construction tech are well poised to gain from the bull market in the first three quarters of 2019.

  • The business and opportunity trends for the coming financial year
  • What's the next big thing in tech and innovation?
  • How to estimate a startup’s worth?
  • APAC's growing sectors in 2019

Vikas Nahata, Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Validus Capital
David Gowdey, Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures
Chin Chao, CEO (Singapore and Southeast Asia), Innoven Capital
Jeffrey Nah, managing director, JN Capital & Growth Advisory
Alex Medana, Co-founder and CEO, FinFabrik

Moderator: Ritu Marya, Editor-in-chief, Entrepreneur Asia Pacific
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMStartup Kickoff
Judges Panel Vikas Nahata, Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Validus Capital
Carmen Yuan, Partner, Vertex Ventures
Ritu Marya, Editor-in-chief, Entrepreneur Asia Pacific
Satveer Singh Thakral, Founder and CEO, SGAN
Samantha Mark, Landing Pad Manager, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Singapore
David Gowdey, Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Fireside Chat
Pocket Sun, founding partner, SoGal Ventures, talks to Ritu Marya on making investments matter
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Leadership: How to Be a Great CXO and Lead the Organization to Success

A CXO is not merely to plan and direct action, but to inspire, empower belief and transform. Powerful technologies like the cloud and artificial intelligence are quickly shifting what it means to compete, making it all the more important for leaders to bring digital transformation.

  • The responsibility of C-suite in evolving the culture at every growth stage of a company
  • The qualities of today's successful leader
  • How to tackle company crisis?
  • How to be hands-on in company's day-to-day operations while creating a strategy to build a successful brand?
Anna Gong, CEO-founder, Perx Technologies
Marita Abraham, Chief Marketing Officer, Zilingo

Moderator: Pooja Singh, Features editor, Entrepreneur Asia Pacific
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Keynote: The Power of Influence

Emotional intelligence remains a key ingredient in the development of corporate leaders. To be the kind of leader that inspires happier teams, you need to ensure you’re focusing on influence rather than power, to achieve strategic outcomes. That means towing a delicate line between exerting the kind of pressure that inspires critical, creative thinking and creating a workplace that allows people to feel relaxed and confident in their abilities. The relationship between power and influence is vital to good leadership.

Caroline Stokes, author, headhunter and executive coach, will share thoughts on how influence can help you build a
successful company.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Panel: Finding the Next Big idea

Today everyone–young or old—has an idea to build a business. But would the idea be a commercial success? Estimates show only one out of every 5,000 inventions undergo successful product launches to the extent they result in a good return for their inventor.

  • How to take your idea from invention stage to the market stage, and defining the refinement process
  • How to gauge whether an idea is worth pursuing?
  • How much should you invest initially?
  • Going with a fund or finding corporate incubation: What works and why?

Grace Park, Co-founder and President, DocDoc
Satveer Thakral, Founder and CEO, SGAN
Kawee Chong, Co-founder and CEO, Kinofy
Siaw Tung Yeng, Founder-CEO, MaNaDr

Moderator: Pooja Singh, Features editor, Entrepreneur Asia Pacific
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Valedictory Address & End of the Conference