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A stellar gathering of technopreneurs and investors at Techventure 2015

Press Release   •   Aug 26, 2015 13:10 +08

Key technopreneurs and investors from across the globe are gathering in Singapore for the Techventure 2015 conference and exhibition, to be held 21-22 September at Marina Bay Sands. The conference on 21 September features panel sessions on investment, technology development and sharing of experiences from successful Singaporean startups. The day will end on a high note with top startups in the world pitching against one another at the Techventure International Startup Challenge.

A stellar line-up of international speakers and panelists includes Chris Wade from Octopus Ventures, Foo Jixun from GGV Capital, Richard Webb of Start Mesh, Paolo Borella of AppCampus/Vertical Accelerator and Tim Lafferty of Mawsonia; Andrew Hassel of Autodesk Inc, Duncan Irschick from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Timothy Chen of VIA-HTC, and Cédric Giorgi of SIGFOX. The Opening Panel will discuss global trends in technopreneurship, what investors are looking for, and how incubators and accelerators can help startups pivot and grow.

The Technology Panel: Tech Up! From Start Up to Scale Up, will discuss how startups can grow their businesses. “It is important to start a company in the right way, and with the right people, which is not an easy thing to do. From what I have seen, many startups fail because they were started in the wrong way. Startups need patience. Technology development takes time. Try to find partners, whether they be investors or entrepreneurs who share this mindset, and won't bail out after only a year,” counsels Duncan Irschick from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“The startup environment is growing rapidly in Asia, and that’s why I'm excited to come to Techventure to learn more about exciting ideas and innovations in Singapore and beyond. I live near Boston, which is a hotspot for startups because it has a confluence of entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and universities. Having all of these elements working together is essential, and if you are missing one, it can be crippling to innovators who need both entrepreneurs and investors to gain traction.”

Several success stories from the Singapore tech startup scene, including Nick Nash from Garena, Lu Yoh-Chie from Biosensors and Klaudyne Hong from Peach IntelliHealth will share their experiences in the afternoon’s SG Tech Can Lah! panel.

One of the main highlights for the day will be the Techventure International Startup Challenge. “We are pleased to see great diversity in this year’s Startup Challenge submissions. We found them to be well considered; they tackled global issues and addressed huge market needs with innovative solutions. Singapore is in a unique position to take advantage of what Asia and global startups can offer,” said Shirley Wong, Managing Partner, TNF Ventures Pte Ltd and judge of the Singapore Startup Challenge.

Seven winning Singapore startups from the Singapore Startup Challenge will join other winning global startups to vie for the top prize of S$50,000 cash and other attractive prizes.

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