13 Dec 2018 – Collaboration between start-ups and large corporates is key for fostering innovation. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, it is important to actively connect outward to propel forward. Interact, Exchange, Pitch, Match, Accelerate, Collaborate.
The French Chamber in Singapore together with La French Tech, presented its 1st Asia Startup Summit to facilitate synergies and partnerships in the region.
The summit consisted of:
Tech and Innovation Conference with experts to boost your digital transformation
Startups Demo sessions to meet the most innovative startups in the region
Business Matching with B2B meetings that aim to reinforce business links between MNCs/ SMEs and startups
This first edition featured 46 startups operating in 14 countries, 25 MNCs, 10 investors and more than 300 B2B meetings!
The Summit started with a plenary session on the theme of The Future of Innovation – New models of collaboration & Co-creation.
Pascal Lambert, President of the French Chamber, H.E. Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore and Julien Condamines, Coordinator La French Tech Singapore started the day with introduction speeches. Then it was time for insightful keynotes and panel discussions featuring speakers from the startups and the MNCs community and animated by Eric Saint-André (CEO & Innovation Architect, Amplification Lab, ASA Advisory Services).
After a small break the startups came on the scene to present their project and convince during 3 minutes pitches!
After a networking lunch full of encounters and interesting discussions it was time for the heart of the Summit: Business Matching sessions where startups had the opportunity to meet MNCs and investors during one-to-one meetings of 20 minutes. As said earlier, this afternoon hosted more than 300 B2B meetings!
The day ended beautifully with a Networking cocktail reception