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Business Opportunity Seminar in Hangzhou
20-Sep   | Time:  10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM   | Venue:   1 commonwealth lane #08-29 Singapore 149544
An eye-opening seminar " exploring new market opportunity in Hangzhou"

One with burning desire to achieve on a larger scale through multiplying your annual turnover should take a step closer and welcome yourself to our grand seminar.

A platform is instant-made for you to exploring a new market in Hangzhou (China). Come and explore the Grand China that has diverged itself beyond dominations that has defeated the basic customs and principles in entrepreneurship. This serves as a Direct Access and launching pad to 12 million in Hangzhou.

Expand your business and multiply your revenue via penetrating into China Market or enlarge your company with the brand.

The coverage of seminar:

- How to address or mitigate the concerns of SMEs setting up business in China?
- Ways to build your business in China with low risk with high rewards
- Addressing questions as follows:

• How is your market & business status in Singapore?
• Looking for high capacity?
• Is your business is saturated?
• Worried about high operating cost?
• Desire of penetrating business in china?
• How to optimize your ROI in overseas expansion?
To avoid slips in your overseas business expansion plan, sit in the seminar to gain knowledge.

Sign up @ http://www.sgcondo.com.sg/signmeup

Maximum participants per session : 20 Companies
Today’s Cyber Threats – What the HACK is going on?
21-Aug   | Time:  03:00 PM  -  05:00 PM   | Venue:  MDIS Auditorium, Level 2, MDIS Campus, 501 Stirling Road

Every day, thousands of gigabytes of data pass through the Internet: and there's a very good chance that some of that data is either going to or coming from you. However, how much of that information is actually secure? Join Mr David Siah, Chairman of the Cloud Security Alliance, as he discusses the latest advances in cyber-crime and what you can do to stop yourself from becoming a victim. No matter if it's the simple meddling of a prankster or identity theft from organised criminal gangs, come learn how you can protect yourself from such threats.

About the Speaker

Mr David Siah graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Computer Science and has an MBA from the University of Birmingham. As the chairman of the Cloud Security Alliance - an organisation dedicated to cloud security standards, certification and promotion - he is actively involved in cyber-security activities of all types in Singapore. Aside from his work as a committee member on the Singapore Information Technology Federation's Security and Governance Chapter, he is also a member of iDA's Cyber Security Alliance and iDA's work group on Cloud Outage Incidence Response.

To register, visit MDIS Event Registration

7th Distinguished Technopreneur Speaker Forum
24-Jul   | Time:  02:45 AM  -  05:00 PM   | Venue:  30 Biopolis Street Matrix Building, Level 4 Exploration Theatrette, Singapore 138671
Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL), the technology transfer arm of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), is proud to organize the 7th Distinguished Technopreneur Speaker (DTS) Forum. The DTS Forum series seeds innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore through insightful sessions by speakers who excelled in innovative value creation. The speaker series engages entrepreneurs, industry professionals, researchers, scholars and students in Singapore to inspire them to explore and tap on the potential of technological innovation.

Speaking at the 7th DTS Forum is Dr Stephen Turner, a physicist-turned-DNA sequencer, who is also the successful founder of Pacific Biosciences. He will be sharing his entrepreneurial experience with entrepreneurs, industry professionals, researchers and academia in Singapore to explore the potential of innovation and entrepreneurship. His speech will revolve around the role that technopreneurship can play in Singapore’s portfolio and its potential growth and reach for the coming decades. As Pacific Biosciences is based in Silicon Valley's Menlo Park, he will cover elements of how Silicon Valley began as a technology entrepreneurship hub and discuss how some of those lessons can be adapted to Singapore’s situation.

To register for the event, please go to http://ems.a-star.edu.sg/EventDetails.aspx?RI=ETPL&EventNo=20140070/

Echelon 2014
10-Jun   -  11th June 2014   | Venue:  Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Drive
Echelon 2014 is Asia's premiere technology and business event that celebrates Asia’s brightest technology and digital innovations, promising startup companies and change-makers in the region’s fast-growing technology industry.

Amongst this year’s Internet luminaries is Eren Bali, Co-Founder and Chairman at Udemy—the world’s largest marketplace for teaching and learning with over 3 million students and 8,000 instructors, who will present on how to build a marketplace business.

Other Silicon Valley speakers include 9GAG Co-Founder, Ray Chan, and 500 Startups Founding Partner, Dave McClure. They will be addressing how tech startups can raise funds in Silicon Valley while being based in Asia, and the issues facing angel investment and startup accelerators, respectively.

The two-day event will also feature other keynote sessions and panel discussions from business, technology and investment leaders on the future of Asia’s technology industry, the opportunities for growth, as well as in-depth sessions on trends shaping Internet business like e-commerce, mobile, crypto-currency, online payments and globalization.

Other highlights of Echelon 2014 include:

Top 60 Startup Marketplace
60 promising technology startups have been selected from a rigorous 2-stage process from over 400 entries and 11 different Satellite countries. Each startup pitched at a Satellite to a panel of local technology investors. These startups represent the most innovative technology products and businesses with a high potential for industry disruption and future investment.

Tech Alley
Delegates can expect a total of 100 exhibitors from Startup Marketplace, regional technology companies, growth stage companies and sponsors. This year’s exhibition space will combine all booths at a single location, allowing easy access for delegates to interact with all the exhibitors.

Top 10 Startup Launchpad
A staple of Echelon events that puts disruptive technology, scalable business models and amazing pitches all on one stage. 10 startups from the Top 60 will be selected to pitch onstage to a panel of seasoned investors with international access to the global tech industry.

Echelon Connect and SpacePak
Two new products will also be making their debut at Echelon 2014. Echelon Connect is the official business matchmaking app that will allow conference delegates to have a full conference and exhibition guide, and also set up meetings and make connections with relevant parties. This will facilitate networking and building valuable connections at Echelon 2014.

SpacePak is the official Echelon 2014 goodie bag, and an online delivery mechanism to give delegates, free trials and exclusive discounts from the sponsors, exhibitors and partners.

To find out more about the event, please visit: http://e27.co/echelon/
To register for this event: http://e27.co/echelon/tickets/

Technology and Innovation for Productivity
08-May   | Time:  01:30 PM  -  05:00 PM   | Venue:  Auditorium at Level 3, SIMTech Tower Block, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075
Find out how A*STAR can help SMEs increase their productivity and competitiveness by building up their capabilities through technology. Explore low cost, ready-to-go (RTG) technology packages from A*STAR to achieve significant productivity gains in your business! Speak to the researchers on site about your productivity challenges and stay updated on the available funding schemes for technology adoption.

Synopsis of Presentation Topic

A*STAR initiatives for SMEs – Mr Liau Eng Soon, Director, SERC (GET-Up, TAP)
This presentation will highlight two main initiatives that A*STAR has for the SME community. This includes the Technology Adoption Programme (TAP) which aims to help SMEs achieve quality growth by raising their technological capabilities and increasing their productivity, by leveraging on both technology and innovation. The other initiative is the Growing Enterprises with Technology Upgrade (GET-Up), an industry programme that seeks to upgrade the technological capabilities of local SMEs to enhance their global competitiveness.

Introduction to the Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC), Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) – Dr Lee Eng Wah, Director, MPTC and Deputy Executive Director, SIMTech
This presentation will provide an overview of the MPTC and the various Ready-To-Go (RTG) technology packages that it has created for mass adoption. Examples include High-mix Low-volume manufacturing, LEAN manufacturing, RFID for Track and Trace, RFID for Resource tracking, Overall Equipment Effectiveness etc.

Productivity Initiatives from the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) – Mr Dennis Quek, Business Development Manager, I2R
This presentation will provide an insight to the productivity initiatives from I2R and the RTG technology packages that it has created for mass adoption.

Tapping on iSPRINT for ICT Adoption – Ms Cheong Su Fen, Manager, SME Infocomm Enabler Division
This talk paints a clear overview of the importance of the adoption of ICT technology in order to survive in this tough business environment. IDA has various initiatives targeted at helping SMEs accelerate the adoption of infocomm technology by making the implementation more affordable. These initiatives focus on 3 main areas ranging from simple solutions that improve business operations to innovative uses of technology that transform a business or sector. The “whats” and “hows” for tapping on the iSPRINT scheme will be presented along with case studies of various SMEs and the impact of ICT usage on their business.

Government Grants for Technology Adoption/ Innovation – Sharing by SME centre @ SICCI
This presentation will be focusing on various government assistance schemes such as the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) from IRAS and Innovation & Capability Voucher (ICV) from SPRING Singapore.

To register for the A*STAR - SMBA seminar, please contact SMBA by 23 April 2014 at
Tel: (65) 6352 8971 | E-mail: events@smba.org.sg

Speakers’ Profile

Mr Liau Eng Soon, Director, SERC (GET-Up, TAP)
Mr. Liau Eng Soon is currently the Director of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). He is responsible for both the Growing Enterprises through Technology Upgrade (GET-Up) and Technology Adoption Programme (TAP). Both programmes are tailored to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) grow through a holistic and integrated approach by harnessing the existing schemes of SPRING Singapore and the technical capabilities of A*STAR Research Institutes (RIs) to address their financial, human resource and technology constraints. Mr Liau brings with him years of experience in strategic planning, programme management and change management in engineering sector to A*STAR.
Eng Soon graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering with a Computer Science Minor from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, USA.

Mr Dennis Quek, Business Development Manager, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)
Mr Quek has 15 years of working experiences in the Manufacturing Sector primarily Semi-Conductors. He held a wide range of roles as Product Test Engineer, Software Consultant and Project Manager in Multi-National Companies like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and KLA-Tencor.
Currently working as a Business Development Manager in I2R, his job scope involves understanding the value chain and ICT companies, translating the needs from customer and relating it to the R&D solution offerings. He works closely with internal technology teams and external clients to identify industry insights and opportunities, as such, defining solutions for customers to drive growth and productivity.

Dr Lee Eng Wah, Director, Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre (MPTC), Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)
Dr Lee Eng Wah is currently the Director of Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre and Deputy Executive Director, SIMTech. He completed his PhD in Mechanics of Materials from the University of Strathclyde, UK. Since joining SIMTech in 1990, Eng Wah managed research in CAD/CAM, Product Development and Data Management, Operations & Supply Chain Applications, Web Services Programme as well as Planning & Operations Management.

Ms Cheong Su Fen, Manager, SME Infocomm Enabler Division, IDA  
Ms Cheong is the Manager for IDA’s SME Infocomm Enabler Division.  She brings along with her comprehensive experience in the design, development and implementation of IT projects for the education sector. Her current role in IDA involves spearheading infocomm adoption among SMEs and forging strategic alliances with partners and businesses so as to bring about transformation for companies in the F&B, retail and professional services sectors.
Prior to this, Ms Cheong was the Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation at the Ministry of Education where she won several awards and accolades for her quality of work. She holds an Honours degree in Science from NUS and a Masters degree in Knowledge Management from NTU.