ISSUE #67 – A dynamic year of exciting activities, projects, new and creative bold ideas tying together the French and Singapore ecosystems. Carine Lespayandel (pictured below), Executive Director of the French Chamber in Singapore, shares about recent initiatives on innovation.
We are in the midst of an accelerated time in innovation, as technological breakthroughs propel problem solving, driven by big data, new systems and tools, and creative and bold ideas. In the heart of the French-Singapore ecosystem, in this 2018 Year of Innovation, the French Chamber in Singapore has been proactively offering meaningful opportunities for businesses and actors to connect and exchange, across activities in various sectors from healthcare (Smart Health Symposium – pages 42 – 43) to information and communication technologies (ASEAN ICT Awards 2018 – page 22). The exchanges have been most interesting and inspiring, as industry players, research experts, governmental stakeholders and institutional partners come together to share on collaborating for innovation.
Beyond events organised by the French Chamber, it has also been partnering Singapore and French actors to gear up and stay abreast of trends together. The French Chamber is supporting through various means the nascent French Tech chapter in Singapore, and another example is partnering up with the Women’s Forum Singapore to promote innovative women-led ventures. Under the theme “Bridging worlds for inclusive innovation”, it is the pioneering event to foster women’s leadership for social progress and economic impact in Singapore and in the region. We are also partnering with the Greater Paris Investment Agency on “Grand Paris Makers and Singapore’s leading urban innovators”, which explores urban planning for the new generation of global cities.
At the same time, the French Chamber lends its expertise to French and European actors, companies and innovation clusters based out of Singapore, captivated by the palpable potential of innovation in Singapore. For companies and delegations seeking to study business opportunities in Singapore, we have led study trips and business missions to share about Singapore, and most recently we hosted the SmartCityTech partnership of Smart City cluster organisations from six different European countries.
We are pleased to have received, this June, the CCI France International Prix Innovation 2018 for our Mentoring Programme (page 7) developed in partnership with the French Trade Advisors and Business France. An initiative that brings together the business community and various stakeholders to support entrepreneurs and business developers, it is another great example of unlocking results through collaboration. Many other initiatives take such a collaborative approach, from the Business Accelerator Lab to the newly launched “Meet the CEO” series, an initiative designed to facilitate business-matching between entrepreneurs and SMEs, and MNCs.
The year is not over and many projects lie ahead, from a first regional Start-Up Award to take place in December and many more exciting events and I encourage you to plug in to go further by leveraging on our collective strength!
Find all the interviews of the Innovation issue online here
Carine Lespayandel, Executive Director, French Chamber in Singapore
Published in FOCUS Magazine — Issue #3 2018 “The Innovation Issue”