Conference Day 1 | 2 October 2019

Registration & networking

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Renee Tan, Founder, Rendeur (H.E.R Entrepreneur)



Guest-of-Honour Opening Speech


Opening Keynote

Scaling Up and Digital Readiness

Opening plenary: Scaling up a local business to global heights through innovative strategies

– Accelerating business growth regionally through partnerships & franchising strategies

– Transforming business value proposition, organisational processes and people 

– Developing an effective transformation roadmap to be digital ready for the new economy


Michelle Yong, Director, Aurum (Part of the Woh Hup Group), Singapore

Michelle Peh, Group GM, MindChamps, Singapore


Speed networking

Morning networking refreshment


Innovation to Enable Business Growth

Panel: Applying New-Gen Technologies To Drive Business Growth

– Leveraging on data and business analytics to increase business profitability

– Integrating AI and machine learning to automate businesses and analyse user behaviour

– Disrupt or be disrupted: Adapting to technological trends to drive business growth


Violet Lim, Co-Founder & CEO, LunchActually Group, Singapore

Grace Park, Co-Founder & President, DocDoc, Singapore

Ng Aik-Phong, Managing Director, Fave (Formerly Groupon), Singapore


Panel: Developing an Innovative Business for the Sustainable Future

– Exploring opportunities and overcoming challenges in building a high-tech firm

– Implementing innovative and green solutions to drive productivity and efficiency in the workplace 

– The perfect balance: Doing good for the people and environment while sustaining a viable business model


Swati Pandey, CEO, Arboreal Innovations, India (2018 Cartier Women’s Initiatives Award Laureate)

Imelda Harsono, Founder, Managing Director, Samator Group, Indonesia

Atchara Poomee, Founder, PAC Corporation, Thailand



Networking Lunch


Sharing: Building Talent in the Workforce

Manisah Sapari, Business Advisor, SME Centre @ SMCCI Singapore




Local Brand, Global Presence 

Panel: Dominating the Local Market with Expansion Strategies

– Discovering opportunities and challenges in expanding into untapped markets

– Regionalising a local brand: Exploring Trademark, IP, Franchising, Distributorship strategies

– Exploring brand & legacy strategies to ensure business sustainability


Alexander Pang, Chef & CEO, New Ubin Seafood Group, Singapore

Rehan Amarasuriya, Executive Director, BP de Silva Group, The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., Singapore

Laura Berttoto, CEO, VMV Group, Philippines


Networking Break


Round Table Discussion 

Opening of the round-table discussion:

A round-table discussion is like a mini workshop. Attendees get to choose their roundtable topic of choice. Each round table discussion takes 30 mins where the roundtable facilitator will be presenting about the topic and attendees could share their challenges and ask questions during the intimate round-table session. Attendees may rotate to another topic of choice on the next round.

Round-table A: Financing & Funding Strategies for SMEs

Round-table B: Legal & IP for Businesses

Round-table C: Marketing Automation Strategies to Increase Business Efficiency

Brendan Yong, Founder, Scale-Up Marketing, Singapore

Round-table D: Attracting and Retaining Millennial Talents


Closing remarks

Networking Tea Extravaganza & Lucky Draw

End of event