Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Connect Singapore

Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Connect is a forum for select entrepreneurially-minded individuals to network and share ideas, and is a platform for entrepreneurs to foster innovation as well as, cultivate and develop own ideas.

This by-invitation only forum is an annual gathering of entrepreneurs of all stages of business development, as well as c-level executives, business leaders, movers and shakers of various industries, in an environment that aims to synergize innovation, passion and pragmatism.

Expect ample opportunities to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and industry experts that could lead to new businesses or ventures. And lend your ears to listen and meet keynote speakers who promised to offer insights and practical strategies, with actionable information that you can apply in a heartbeat.

The event will be held in two exciting cities in Asia – Singapore and Hong Kong.

Why ‘Synergizing Forces’?

Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Connect recognises that each attendee is a ready force of change and innovation. And much like a pendulum, each ‘force’ becomes more than the sum of its part when connected and shared, igniting a momentum that creates positive ripples and idea-generation within the larger community.


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16 August 2016, Tuesday

8.00am Registration and welcome refreshments
9.00am Emcee’s opening remarks

Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia

9.05am Welcome remarks

Helman Sitohang, CEO Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse

Future Outlook & Perspectives
 9.15am Keynote:

How to build sustainable competitive advantages in the era of technology
It is arguably the easiest time in history to build a global brand from scratch due to the power of social media and technology. Billion dollar start-ups seem to come out of nowhere across the globe, disrupting traditional industries and forcing incumbents to adapt or die. In the era of globalization and technology disruption, what are the keys to building sustainable competitive advantages? How does a traditional, brick and mortar company survive the rise of disruptive start-ups? How does a start-up thrive in an era of rapid change? Are there any long-term competitive advantages anymore?

Chatri Sityodtong, Founder and Chairman, ONE Championship

 10.00am Opening panel:

Preparing for growth and the next big thing
How does one predict and be one step ahead of the rest? What is the next big thing in 2017? This panel discusses the innovative platforms which successful businesses build to constantly remain in the forefront, to remain relevant to clients and stay ahead of competition. The panelists – each representing their respective Health and Wellness, Logistics, Manufacturing and Financial sectors – will discuss both from a micro and macroeconomic perspective, the strategies and tools one needs to recognize and capitalize on in order to grow.

Panellists:Richard Eu, Group CEO, Eu Yan Sang International
Dr Robert Yap, Executive Chairman, YCH Group
Mark Lee, CEO, Sing Lun Holdings
Francesco de Ferrari, Head of Private Banking Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse

Moderated by:Prof Annie Koh, Vice President, Office of Business Development and Academic Director, Business Families Institute, Singapore Management University

 11.00am Morning refreshments
 11.30am Panel discussion:

Empowering women entrepreneurs
Many believe women entrepreneurs see the world through a different lens and, in turn do things in a different way. What does it take to recognise that women are crucial to economic growth around the world?

Panellists:Dr Ming Tan, Director, COMO Foundation
Violet Lim, Founder, Lunch Actually
Mouna Aouri Langendorf, Founder, Woomentum

Moderated by:Max Loh, Managing Partner – Asean and Singapore, Ernst & Young LLP

 12.15pm Panel discussion:How to keep your investors happy?
The panellists will discuss a series of tools and programs which can increase the capability of entrepreneurs around the world to access the capital they need in order to grow.

Chatri Sityodtong, Founder and Chairman, ONE Championship
Lim How Teck, Chairman, Heliconia Capital Management
Steve Melhuish, Co-Founder, PropertyGuru

Moderated by:
Vikram Chakravarty, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP
 1.00pm Networking canapés lunch
Future Outlook & Perspectives
 2.30pm Panel discussion:

Disruptive innovation – the way forward?
Disruptive innovation that affects existing businesses has won big. How do you rightly identify gaps in the market, and challenge the existing norms in order to stay ahead of competition?

Panelists:Joongshik Wang, Partner and Asean TMT Leader, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Corporate Finance Pte Ltd
Eddie Ang, COO, ASEAN and Executive Director, Lenovo Group
Mock Pak Lum, CTO, StarHub

Moderated by:Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia

 3.15pm In conversation:

Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs
The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace with mounting volatility in both the marketplace and on the political forefront – how does one look beyond the present adversities, to find courage to chase after their own rainbow?

Panelists:Dr Sok Siphana, Managing Partner, SokSiphana&associates
Facilitated by:
Chloe Cho, Presenter and Executive Producer, Current Affairs, Channel NewsAsia

 4.00pm Closing remarks
 4.00pm – 5.30pm Cocktails and canapés


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