UNICON 2021

  • Innovator Stage Day 1
  • Leader Stage Day 1
  • Innovator Stage Day 2
  • Leader Stage Day 2
10:00 - 10:20 | Opening Welcome by NES

UNICON 2021 by NUS Entrepreneurship Society

Nigel Cheong

President
NES

Joey Ong

Vice President
NES

10:20 - 10:40 | Opening Keynote by Minister

Opening Address by Minister of State in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry for Trade and Industry

Alvin Tan

Minister of State
MCCY & MTI

10:40 - 11:40 | Panel Discussion

Startups VS Corporates

Are startups always risky? Do corporates always ensure stability? For the millennials, the million-dollar question is whether a startup or corporate job is better for careers in the long run, and it all depends on perspectives, priorities, and aspirations. Join this panel to hear the story behind why these entrepreneurs left their corporate jobs to pursue a startup career.

elena

Elena Chow

Founder
ConnectOne

Manisha Seewal

Manisha Seewal

Group CMO
Carro

william

William Gilchrist

CEO
Konsyg

jbronner

Jamaur Bronner

Founder & CEO
Asavi

11:40 - 12:10 | Keynote

Small Actions Big Success

Small actions, oftentimes widely underestimated, are all it takes to create big success in your career and in your life. In his keynote speech, Mr Eric Sim, CFA shares the small actions he has taken to become a managing director at a top investment bank, to become a LinkedIn key opinion leader with over 2m followers despite failing his English in school, to become an adjunct associate professor without a PhD, and to become a professional keynote speaker who used to suffer from stage fright in school. His speech will inspire you, the budding entrepreneur, to think about the actions you can take to attract customers to buy your products and services, investors to bet on you, and talent to work for you.

Eric Sim

Eric Sim

Founder
Institute of Life

13:00 - 14:00 | Panel Discussion

Zero to One: Lessons from student entrepreneurs

Does being a student help or halt their entrepreneurial endeavours? Prepare to be inspired by our panelists’ own experiences and engage with them as they discuss the pros and cons of starting a business during school, common pitfalls and challenges, and what makes a good entrepreneur. Get ready to learn how to make the jump from classrooms to successful entrepreneurship and how student entrepreneurs take their businesses from zero to one.

Kenneth Lou

Kenneth Lou

CoFounder & CEO
Seedly

Daryl Lim

Daryl Lim

CoFounder
Augmentus

Nicholas Ooi

Nicholas Ooi

CoFounder & CEO
bantu

Rayner Loi

Rayner Loi

CoFounder & CEO
Lumitics

Darren Cheng

Darren Cheng

CoFounder
FluidLytix

14:00 - 14:30 | Fireside Chat

What's in store for DeFi: Boom or Bust

While we witness the development and proliferation of DeFi, there remains hostility and criticism towards it from various parties. What are the risks and/or challenges that lie ahead of DeFi? Will it be able to overcome these hurdles and continue to provide new solutions for services previously provided by traditional CeFi? Is it then possible for us to address these concerns when building DeFi products? Join us at the DeFi fireside chat to find out what’s in store for DeFi.

John Gu

Founder & CEO AlphaLab

14:30 - 15:00 | Fireside Chat

Navigating Innovation as a Startup

How can startups innovate and remain competitive, regardless of their industries? How do startups constantly explore untapped areas of creativity? Join this fireside chat to learn how founders of their respective startups can navigate internal priorities while driving innovation to thrive and succeed in the competition.

Felix Tan

Felix Tan

Founder & CEO
Skilio

Ryan Chong

Ryan Chong

CoFounder
Pitchspot

15:00 - 16:00 | Panel Discussion

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

In the spirit of empowering women, we have a handful of successful home-grown women entrepreneurs to share with us their inspiring experiences in the startup scene, why is it important to have more female representation and their secrets to be who they are today!

Josephine Chow

Head of Expansion
ShopBack

Sasha Wight

Sasha Wight

Founder & EX Lead
Wrkflow

Dione Song

Dione Song

COO
Love, Bonito

Joshine Briane W

Global Business Account Manager
Facebook

16:00 - 16:30 | Firechat

The Future of Workplaces with Enterprise Automation

For many, enterprise automation may be a complex and scary topic. Some believe that it takes too much time and effort to set up and switch to automated systems. However, those who utilises it quickly, often find themselves ahead of others. Enterprise automation can be a formidable tool in helping your team in increasing efficiency, by allowing you to let go off menial tasks and focus on the important ones. Join us to find out more on how enterprise automation can help improve employee experience.

Anthony Russell

Head of Ecosystem Partnerships (APAC)
Workplace by Facebook

Khoo Choon Yen

Head of People Operations
Workato APJ

16:30 - 17:00 | Firechat

Navigating the Legal Environment in Singapore

Singapore’s legal system is recognized for its fairness, integrity and efficiency – making Singapore one of the best countries for starting and running a business. Are you curious to know what you should look out for when starting a company? Do you want to find out more on the importance of business contracts, intellectual property and the legal framework of businesses Singapore? Wait no more! Join this fireside chat and you will be enlightened with greater insights regarding these topics.

Chan Yuk Lun

Founder
Singapore Legal Advice

Natalie Khoo

Executive Director
*SCAPE Co. Ltd

17:00 - 17:30 | Keynote

From A Startup To An IPO, It’s All About Time

How does a startup continue to grow and beat the odds even during a time of crisis? The concept of Airbnb was sprouted from a timely idea which took root in a timeless mission. Hear from Noom Poovarawan, Director of Community Support Operations (APAC) at Airbnb, share about how the company leveraged on being a platform that fosters connection in a time where the world needed the most, as well as how Airbnb went from a startup to the hottest IPO of 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic.

Noom Poovarawan

Director of CX, APAC
Airbnb

10:00 - 10:20 | Opening Welcome by NES

UNICON 2021 by NUS Entrepreneurship Society

Nigel Cheong

President
NES

Joey Ong

Vice President
NES

10:20 - 10:40 | Opening Keynote by Minister

Opening Address by Minister of State in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry for Trade and Industry

Alvin Tan

Minister of State
MCCY & MTI

10:40 - 11:40 | Panel Discussion

Post-COVID Future of E-commerce

Covid-19 has brought forth changes in consumer behaviors and a surge in demand for e-commerce globally. With countries gradually easing coronavirus restrictions, will the growth of e-commerce die down or become a new normal? Join our panel of speakers from leading e-commerce platforms as they share the future of e-commerce in the post pandemic age.

Neel Bhatt

Head of Partnerships (SEA)
Shopify Plus

Jodi Goldberg

Head of Industry, eComm & Apps
Google

Gopal Kolli

Director of E-commerce
Levi Strauss

11:40 - 12:10 | Fireside Chat

Getting Angel Investors Excited About Your Startup

Have you always wondered how to raise capital from angel investors for your startup? Or are you interested in becoming an angel investor? Join this fireside chat to learn about the key criteria that angel investors look out for and how to get them excited about your startup to successfully secure funding from them.

David Soukhasing

Managing Director
ANGIN

Gustavo Liu

Founder
Rescale Lab

13:00 - 14:00 | Masterclass

How to Kickstart a Career in AI and Data Science

Are you interested to have a career in AI or Data Science? Look no further as we welcome Dr Tok Wee Hyong, a renowned author and AI leader, who is also the Principal Group Manager at Microsoft USA. Tune in to this masterclass as he shares practical tips on how students can start preparing for an AI and Data Science role, the skills you would need, as well as how you can score your dream job!

Wee Hyong Tok

AI/Data Science Principal Manager
Microsoft

14:00 - 14:30 | Fireside Chat

Transforming HealthTech in a COVID-19 world

Health technology or HealthTech, aims to apply organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems, developed to solve health problems and improve quality of lives. With the recent pandemic, how has HealthTech transformed to overcome the highly demanding challenges raised? Join this fireside chat to learn about how two firms from different countries managed to thrive during the pandemic and bring value to their consumers!

Serene Cai

Serene Cai

Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships & Projects
Speedoc

Dionisius Nathaniel

CMO
Halodoc

14:30 - 15:00 | Fireside Chat

Investing in SEA Frontier Markets

With an ever-growing online consumer group, we have witnessed local start-ups disrupt traditional industries, become trendsetters and developed unique markets. Southeast Asia’s prosperous development in tech and its startup ecosystem has also attracted local and foreign investors. During this session, you will gain insights on how you can seek investing advice from Southeast Asia’s top experienced venture capitalists. You’ll find out what is necessary to survive the competition, how we can prepare ourselves to go big with the help of venture capitals, as well as how we can source out regional investors beyond our home countries.

Peng T. Ong

Co-founder
Monk's Hill ventures

Wayne Soh

VP of Investments (APAC), Head of Singapore
Plug and Play

15:00 - 15:30 | Fireside Chat

Challenging Inequalities: Social Entrepreneurship

In hopes of raising consciousness of social issues through entrepreneurship and technology, we have 2 thriving social entrepreneurs from different realms of the Southeast Asian social entrepreneurship scene. With their passion and commitment for positive change, tune in to their inspiring stories and impactful projects that have improved societal wellbeing, while achieving business goals. Join this fireside chat to understand what social entrepreneurship is in a local context, how to juggle between social and business targets, how to inspire a social entrepreneurial mindset and how to implement a tech for good solution.

Aparna Saxena

CEO
Torajamelo

Lida Loem

CoFounder
SHE Investments

15:30 - 16:30 | Panel Discussion

Asian Unicorns: Opportunities and Challenges

For many startup founders, attaining a unicorn status is a fantasy – only less than 2% of startups achieve a billion dollar valuation. However, we don’t need to look far to witness successful startups attaining this so-called fantasy. Asia’s attractive investment market, as well as its expansive digital environment, has developed a flourishing start-up ecosystem. So get ready to witness Asia’s leading C-Suites, who will be sharing their experiences in disrupting the industry, strategies for growth and staying relevant in the market, and the right skills and mentality to succeed in the ecosystem.

Hussein Bin Sulaiman

Programme Head
BLOCK71 Indonesia

William Hartono

VP of Mitra Commercial & Operation
Bukalapak

Graham Kinch

Global Head of Trust & Safety Operations
ByteDance

Brandon Foo

Regional Lead - SEA
Tencent

Hilmar Hahn

Director of Marketing
Razer

16:30 - 17:00 | Fireside Chat

Gaining a headstart in ASEAN

In this Youth Empowerment fireside chat, we discuss about our (youth) resistance in learning about Southeast Asia and the importance of regional mindedness in entrepreneurship. Join this fireside chat to find out how to seize opportunities and gain a head start in the ASEAN region!

Nisha Oswal

Startup Support Coordinator
UNDP Youth Co: Lab

Veronica Low

President
ASEAN Business Youth Association

17:00 - 17:30 | Fireside Chat

Marketing Insights & Strategies to Pivot Your Startup

Marketing strategy is an essential part for any business as it helps in driving business growth and effective planning of resource utilization. Join this fireside chat to hear from our notable speakers on how to execute effective marketing strategies to achieve business goals, as well as the importance and roles of marketing when a company decides to pivot.

David Lim

Vice President, Marketing
HappyFresh

Joel Leong

Joel Leong

Co-Founder
ShopBack

10:00 - 11:00 | Masterclass

Funding 101 - Financing options for startups

This session is meant to expose entrepreneurs/ investors/ students to the different types of financing alternatives in the venture capital space. We will cover mainly on:
What is venture debt? What are the differences between debt financing and equity financing?
Who and where can I get debt financing to grow my startup or extend my cash runway?
When is the best time for me to raise debt and what is the optimal mix of debt-equity?
Why should I consider venture debt in my fundraising round? What are the other perks can I get from Genesis?
Other forms of alternative financing e.g. govt grants, bank loans etc

Jeremy Loh

Jeremy Loh

Co-founder & Partner
Genesis Alternative Ventures

11:00 - 11:30 | Keynote

Building a successful company for Southeast Asia's digital economy

E-commerce is now one of the key pillars of a digital economy. Hear from one of the founding members of Lazada Group, Chief Strategy Officer, Magnus Ekbom, on the opportunities and challenges of starting an e-commerce company when the industry was still in its infancy nine years ago, as well as how the company and industry have evolved over the years. Since the coronavirus pandemic has brought more people online, how will it affect entrepreneurs in this new normal? Magnus speaks from his personal experience in building a successful company for Southeast Asia’s digital economy.

Magnus Ekborn

Magnus Ekbom

Chief Strategy Officer
Lazada Group

11:30 - 12:00 | Fireside Chat

Sustainable Social Innovation

Sustainable social entrepreneurship brings about transformative change in tackling environmental issues in the world. In this fireside chat, we will have our prominent speakers to share more on how green startups could promote circular economy, how to balance between making profits and creating impact, and challenges they faced in building one.

Paul Lemaistre

Paul Lemaistre

Business Development & ESG Manager
Arsari Group

Brice.D

Brice Degeyter

General Manager
Bizsu

12:30 - 13:30 | Panel Discussion

Venture Capital - Start Getting Funded

Wonder how to raise capital for your startup? Here we have a panel of experienced venture capitalists sharing the qualities and traits they look for in investing in startups and hot trends in the ecosystem. If you want to know the tips to seek funding, this is the best place for you to find out!

Jeff

Jeffrey Nah

CEO
JN Capital and Growth Advisory

Jeffrey Paine

Partner
Golden Gate Ventures

Leck Ting Yan

Leck Ting Yan

Partner
TRIVE

Amra Naidoo

Amra Naidoo

Co-founder
Accelerating Asia

13:30 - 14:00 | Keynote

Entrepreneurship inside Top Tech organizations

Everyone wants to work at the world’s leading tech organisations like Facebook, Google and Amazon. But how do you get there? Get a peek into Radha Amalraj’s career journey. Starting off as an engineering major and achieving her MBA, Radha is an inspiring female entrepreneur with an outstanding mindset and set of skills. Her entrepreneurial drive landed her high ranking positions at Twitter, Google, Amazon, and now leading APAC business integrity partnerships at Facebook. Tune in as Radha will also share her transitions from corporate to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in tech and angel investing.

Radha Amalraj

Radha Amalraj

Head of APAC Business Partnerships
Facebook

14:00 - 15:00 | Panel Discussion

SaaS for Workplace Efficiency to Drive Growth

How have SaaS and subscription companies been impacted by COVID-19? The COVID-19 pandemic created a crisis situation for many in the business-to-business (B2B) community. B2B software and SaaS providers, in particular, have had to adapt to customers’ shrinking budgets and shifting stakeholder priorities. In this panel discussion, we will discuss how SaaS providers adjust in the new normal.

Eugene

Eugene Ng

Head of Growth, CoFounder StaffAny (HR)

gordon

Gordon Ng

CEO & CoFounder
Talenox (HR)

Gibson Tan

Regional Lead
Adobe Sign (E-sign Solutions)

15:15 - 17:15 | ARENA

UNICON ARENA

UNICON ARENA is a start-up competition where young entrepreneurs pitch their start-up ideas to a panel of industry experts.

Nesh

Nesh Sooriyan

Venture Partner
Accelerating Asia

Jeff

Jeffrey Nah

CEO
JN Capital and Growth Advisory

Alice Aik

Senior Manager
SCAPE

Digi Shukla

Business Development Lead
AWS

Jerald Low

Jerald Low

Managing Partner
Protege Ventures

10:00 - 11:00 | Panel Discussion

The Future of the Fintech Landscape

The Fintech industry is ever evolving with new innovations in technology. In this panel, we will explore the impact of the hottest trends and future outlook of blockchain, big data, digital banking and more with our distinguished panel of speakers!

Spencer

Spencer Yang

Senior Product Manager
Coinbase

pam chuang

Pam Chuang

Head of Growth, Singapore
Revolut

Vikas Jain

Vikas Jain

Senior Commercial Director
Funding Societies | Modalku

Kara Mae

Kara Mae

Head of Products & Solutions
Visa

Zac Chen

Zac Chen

Venture Associate
Plug and Play

11:00 - 12:00 | Panel Discussion

Future of AI: Ethics & Impact

AI has opened up a whole new world of opportunities, but there has also been concerns regarding the loss of jobs and rights for machines. So how can students be prepared for the Age of AI? And can AI go rogue? If the implications of AI, its ethics and the future concerns you, join this panel as we have some of the brightest minds to share with us the role of robots in our society.

Dr Tok, Wee Hyong

Wee Hyong Tok

AI/Data Science Principal Manager
Microsoft

Shobhit Shukla

Shobhit Shukla

Co Founder and Chief Revenue Officer
Near

Kami Navaro

Kami Navaro

Senior Writer
Wildtype Media Group

12:30 - 13:30 | Masterclass

Boosting Remote Employee Experiences with Enterprise Chatbots

In 2020, remote work was an experiment. In 2021, remote work looks to be the future. From prioritising the health and well-being of people, to developing new ways to collaborate and communicate, to enabling the newly remote workers to work virtually – HR leaders face new challenges.

HR teams require agility to adapt working practices that drive productivity and engagement today, with new workflows that will remain essential in the future.

Join us in this demonstration to learn how HR leaders can use enterprise chatbots to boost employee wellness and experience in this new era of remote work.

Shane Tan

Shane Tan

Automation Specialist
Workato APJ

Elaine Pai

Elaine Pai

Head of Client Success, APAC
Workplace by Facebook

13:30 - 14:00 | Keynote

Dreams come true with the synergy of communication and collaboration

In today’s fast-paced environment, communication and collaboration are essential in business strategies and decisions – where ideas, expertise and perspectives come together to reach a common goal. Apart from these, are there any other factors that can contribute to the success of a business?

Hear from Xin Yi, the Executive Director of Sustainability & Agricultural Impact at Pinduoduo, who will be sharing her career experience, with highlights of her current role which focuses on sustainability and agritech. As a former VP at GIC, Xin Yi will share some of her experiences at GIC and Pinduoduo to show how results can be delivered through adapting and collaboration.

Xin Yi Lim

Executive Director
Pinduoduo

14:00 - 15:00 | Masterclass

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10:00 - 10:20 | Opening Welcome by NES

UNICON 2021 by NUS Entrepreneurship Society

Nigel Cheong

President
NES

Joey Ong

Vice President
NES

10:20 - 10:40 | Opening Keynote by Minister

Opening Address by Minister of State in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry for Trade and Industry

Alvin Tan

Minister of State
MCCY & MTI

10:40 - 11:40 | Panel Discussion

Startups VS Corporates

Are startups always risky? Do corporates always ensure stability? For the millennials, the million-dollar question is whether a startup or corporate job is better for careers in the long run, and it all depends on perspectives, priorities, and aspirations. Join this panel to hear the story behind why these entrepreneurs left their corporate jobs to pursue a startup career.

elena

Elena Chow

Founder
ConnectOne

Manisha Seewal

Manisha Seewal

Group CMO
Carro

william

William Gilchrist

CEO
Konsyg

jbronner

Jamaur Bronner

Founder & CEO
Asavi

11:40 - 12:10 | Keynote

Small Actions Big Success

Small actions, oftentimes widely underestimated, are all it takes to create big success in your career and in your life. In his keynote speech, Mr Eric Sim, CFA shares the small actions he has taken to become a managing director at a top investment bank, to become a LinkedIn key opinion leader with over 2m followers despite failing his English in school, to become an adjunct associate professor without a PhD, and to become a professional keynote speaker who used to suffer from stage fright in school. His speech will inspire you, the budding entrepreneur, to think about the actions you can take to attract customers to buy your products and services, investors to bet on you, and talent to work for you.

Eric Sim

Eric Sim

Founder
Institute of Life

13:00 - 14:00 | Panel Discussion

Zero to One: Lessons from student entrepreneurs

Does being a student help or halt their entrepreneurial endeavours? Prepare to be inspired by our panelists’ own experiences and engage with them as they discuss the pros and cons of starting a business during school, common pitfalls and challenges, and what makes a good entrepreneur. Get ready to learn how to make the jump from classrooms to successful entrepreneurship and how student entrepreneurs take their businesses from zero to one.

Kenneth Lou

Kenneth Lou

CoFounder & CEO
Seedly

Daryl Lim

Daryl Lim

CoFounder
Augmentus

Nicholas Ooi

Nicholas Ooi

CoFounder & CEO
bantu

Rayner Loi

Rayner Loi

CoFounder & CEO
Lumitics

Darren Cheng

Darren Cheng

CoFounder
FluidLytix

14:00 - 14:30 | Fireside Chat

What's in store for DeFi: Boom or Bust

While we witness the development and proliferation of DeFi, there remains hostility and criticism towards it from various parties. What are the risks and/or challenges that lie ahead of DeFi? Will it be able to overcome these hurdles and continue to provide new solutions for services previously provided by traditional CeFi? Is it then possible for us to address these concerns when building DeFi products? Join us at the DeFi fireside chat to find out what’s in store for DeFi.

John Gu

Founder & CEO AlphaLab

14:30 - 15:00 | Fireside Chat

Navigating Innovation as a Startup

How can startups innovate and remain competitive, regardless of their industries? How do startups constantly explore untapped areas of creativity? Join this fireside chat to learn how founders of their respective startups can navigate internal priorities while driving innovation to thrive and succeed in the competition.

Felix Tan

Felix Tan

Founder & CEO
Skilio

Ryan Chong

Ryan Chong

CoFounder
Pitchspot

15:00 - 16:00 | Panel Discussion

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

In the spirit of empowering women, we have a handful of successful home-grown women entrepreneurs to share with us their inspiring experiences in the startup scene, why is it important to have more female representation and their secrets to be who they are today!

Josephine Chow

Head of Expansion
ShopBack

Sasha Wight

Sasha Wight

Founder & EX Lead
Wrkflow

Dione Song

Dione Song

COO
Love, Bonito

Joshine Briane W

Global Business Account Manager
Facebook

16:00 - 16:30 | Firechat

The Future of Workplaces with Enterprise Automation

For many, enterprise automation may be a complex and scary topic. Some believe that it takes too much time and effort to set up and switch to automated systems. However, those who utilises it quickly, often find themselves ahead of others. Enterprise automation can be a formidable tool in helping your team in increasing efficiency, by allowing you to let go off menial tasks and focus on the important ones. Join us to find out more on how enterprise automation can help improve employee experience.

Anthony Russell

Head of Ecosystem Partnerships (APAC)
Workplace by Facebook

Khoo Choon Yen

Head of People Operations
Workato APJ

16:30 - 17:00 | Firechat

Navigating the Legal Environment in Singapore

Singapore’s legal system is recognized for its fairness, integrity and efficiency – making Singapore one of the best countries for starting and running a business. Are you curious to know what you should look out for when starting a company? Do you want to find out more on the importance of business contracts, intellectual property and the legal framework of businesses Singapore? Wait no more! Join this fireside chat and you will be enlightened with greater insights regarding these topics.

Chan Yuk Lun

Founder
Singapore Legal Advice

Natalie Khoo

Executive Director
*SCAPE Co. Ltd

17:00 - 17:30 | Keynote

From A Startup To An IPO, It’s All About Time

How does a startup continue to grow and beat the odds even during a time of crisis? The concept of Airbnb was sprouted from a timely idea which took root in a timeless mission. Hear from Noom Poovarawan, Director of Community Support Operations (APAC) at Airbnb, share about how the company leveraged on being a platform that fosters connection in a time where the world needed the most, as well as how Airbnb went from a startup to the hottest IPO of 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic.

Noom Poovarawan

Director of CX, APAC
Airbnb

10:00 - 10:20 | Opening Welcome by NES

UNICON 2021 by NUS Entrepreneurship Society

Nigel Cheong

President
NES

Joey Ong

Vice President
NES

10:20 - 10:40 | Opening Keynote by Minister

Opening Address by Minister of State in the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry for Trade and Industry

Alvin Tan

Minister of State
MCCY & MTI

10:40 - 11:40 | Panel Discussion

Post-COVID Future of E-commerce

Covid-19 has brought forth changes in consumer behaviors and a surge in demand for e-commerce globally. With countries gradually easing coronavirus restrictions, will the growth of e-commerce die down or become a new normal? Join our panel of speakers from leading e-commerce platforms as they share the future of e-commerce in the post pandemic age.

Neel Bhatt

Head of Partnerships (SEA)
Shopify Plus

Irene Google

Irene Langille

Retail Media Lead
Google

Devika

Devika Dalamal Ramnani

Regional E-Commerce Platform Lead
L'Oréal

Piyush

Piyush Tarachand Rathi

Head of Omnichannel Innovation (Senior Manager)
Sephora SEA

Rahmani Nitiyudo

External Liaison Director
NUS Entrepreneurship Society

11:40 - 12:10 | Fireside Chat

Getting Angel Investors Excited About Your Startup

Have you always wondered how to raise capital from angel investors for your startup? Or are you interested in becoming an angel investor? Join this fireside chat to learn about the key criteria that angel investors look out for and how to get them excited about your startup to successfully secure funding from them.

David Soukhasing

Managing Director
ANGIN

Gustavo Liu

Founder
Rescale Lab

13:00 - 14:00 | Masterclass

How to Kickstart a Career in AI and Data Science

Are you interested to have a career in AI or Data Science? Look no further as we welcome Dr Tok Wee Hyong, a renowned author and AI leader, who is also the Principal Group Manager at Microsoft USA. Tune in to this masterclass as he shares practical tips on how students can start preparing for an AI and Data Science role, the skills you would need, as well as how you can score your dream job!

Wee Hyong Tok

AI/Data Science Principal Manager
Microsoft

14:00 - 14:30 | Fireside Chat

Transforming HealthTech in a COVID-19 world

Health technology or HealthTech, aims to apply organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems, developed to solve health problems and improve quality of lives. With the recent pandemic, how has HealthTech transformed to overcome the highly demanding challenges raised? Join this fireside chat to learn about how two firms from different countries managed to thrive during the pandemic and bring value to their consumers!

Serene Cai

Serene Cai

Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships & Projects
Speedoc

Dionisius Nathaniel

CMO
Halodoc

14:30 - 15:00 | Fireside Chat

Investing in SEA Frontier Markets

With an ever-growing online consumer group, we have witnessed local start-ups disrupt traditional industries, become trendsetters and developed unique markets. Southeast Asia’s prosperous development in tech and its startup ecosystem has also attracted local and foreign investors. During this session, you will gain insights on how you can seek investing advice from Southeast Asia’s top experienced venture capitalists. You’ll find out what is necessary to survive the competition, how we can prepare ourselves to go big with the help of venture capitals, as well as how we can source out regional investors beyond our home countries.

Peng T. Ong

Co-founder
Monk's Hill ventures

Wayne Soh

VP of Investments (APAC), Head of Singapore
Plug and Play

15:00 - 15:30 | Fireside Chat

Challenging Inequalities: Social Entrepreneurship

In hopes of raising consciousness of social issues through entrepreneurship and technology, we have 2 thriving social entrepreneurs from different realms of the Southeast Asian social entrepreneurship scene. With their passion and commitment for positive change, tune in to their inspiring stories and impactful projects that have improved societal wellbeing, while achieving business goals. Join this fireside chat to understand what social entrepreneurship is in a local context, how to juggle between social and business targets, how to inspire a social entrepreneurial mindset and how to implement a tech for good solution.

Aparna Saxena

CEO
Torajamelo

Lida Loem

CoFounder
SHE Investments

15:30 - 16:30 | Panel Discussion

Asian Unicorns: Opportunities and Challenges

For many startup founders, attaining a unicorn status is a fantasy – only less than 2% of startups achieve a billion dollar valuation. However, we don’t need to look far to witness successful startups attaining this so-called fantasy. Asia’s attractive investment market, as well as its expansive digital environment, has developed a flourishing start-up ecosystem. So get ready to witness Asia’s leading C-Suites, who will be sharing their experiences in disrupting the industry, strategies for growth and staying relevant in the market, and the right skills and mentality to succeed in the ecosystem.

Hussein Bin Sulaiman

Programme Head
BLOCK71 Indonesia

William Hartono

VP of Mitra Commercial & Operation
Bukalapak

Graham Kinch

Global Head of Trust & Safety Operations
ByteDance

Brandon Foo

Regional Lead - SEA
Tencent

Hilmar Hahn

Director of Marketing
Razer

16:30 - 17:00 | Fireside Chat

Gaining a headstart in ASEAN

In this Youth Empowerment fireside chat, we discuss about our (youth) resistance in learning about Southeast Asia and the importance of regional mindedness in entrepreneurship. Join this fireside chat to find out how to seize opportunities and gain a head start in the ASEAN region!

Nisha Oswal

Startup Support Coordinator
UNDP Youth Co: Lab

Veronica Low

President
ASEAN Business Youth Association

17:00 - 17:30 | Fireside Chat

Marketing Insights & Strategies to Pivot Your Startup

Marketing strategy is an essential part for any business as it helps in driving business growth and effective planning of resource utilization. Join this fireside chat to hear from our notable speakers on how to execute effective marketing strategies to achieve business goals, as well as the importance and roles of marketing when a company decides to pivot.

David Lim

Vice President, Marketing
HappyFresh

Joel Leong

Joel Leong

Co-Founder
ShopBack

10:00 - 11:00 | Masterclass

Funding 101 - Financing options for startups

This session is meant to expose entrepreneurs/ investors/ students to the different types of financing alternatives in the venture capital space. We will cover mainly on:
What is venture debt? What are the differences between debt financing and equity financing?
Who and where can I get debt financing to grow my startup or extend my cash runway?
When is the best time for me to raise debt and what is the optimal mix of debt-equity?
Why should I consider venture debt in my fundraising round? What are the other perks can I get from Genesis?
Other forms of alternative financing e.g. govt grants, bank loans etc

Jeremy Loh

Jeremy Loh

Co-founder & Partner
Genesis Alternative Ventures

11:00 - 11:30 | Keynote

Building a successful company for Southeast Asia's digital economy

E-commerce is now one of the key pillars of a digital economy. Hear from one of the founding members of Lazada Group, Chief Strategy Officer, Magnus Ekbom, on the opportunities and challenges of starting an e-commerce company when the industry was still in its infancy nine years ago, as well as how the company and industry have evolved over the years. Since the coronavirus pandemic has brought more people online, how will it affect entrepreneurs in this new normal? Magnus speaks from his personal experience in building a successful company for Southeast Asia’s digital economy.

Magnus Ekborn

Magnus Ekbom

Chief Strategy Officer
Lazada Group

11:30 - 12:00 | Fireside Chat

Sustainable Social Innovation

Sustainable social entrepreneurship brings about transformative change in tackling environmental issues in the world. In this fireside chat, we will have our prominent speakers to share more on how green startups could promote circular economy, how to balance between making profits and creating impact, and challenges they faced in building one.

Paul Lemaistre

Paul Lemaistre

Business Development & ESG Manager
Arsari Group

Brice.D

Brice Degeyter

General Manager
Bizsu

12:30 - 13:30 | Panel Discussion

Venture Capital - Start Getting Funded

Wonder how to raise capital for your startup? Here we have a panel of experienced venture capitalists sharing the qualities and traits they look for in investing in startups and hot trends in the ecosystem. If you want to know the tips to seek funding, this is the best place for you to find out!

Jeff

Jeffrey Nah

CEO
JN Capital and Growth Advisory

Jeffrey Paine

Partner
Golden Gate Ventures

Leck Ting Yan

Leck Ting Yan

Partner
TRIVE

Amra Naidoo

Amra Naidoo

Co-founder
Accelerating Asia

13:30 - 14:00 | Keynote

Entrepreneurship inside Top Tech organizations

Everyone wants to work at the world’s leading tech organisations like Facebook, Google and Amazon. But how do you get there? Get a peek into Radha Amalraj’s career journey. Starting off as an engineering major and achieving her MBA, Radha is an inspiring female entrepreneur with an outstanding mindset and set of skills. Her entrepreneurial drive landed her high ranking positions at Twitter, Google, Amazon, and now leading APAC business integrity partnerships at Facebook. Tune in as Radha will also share her transitions from corporate to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in tech and angel investing.

Radha Amalraj

Radha Amalraj

Head of APAC Business Partnerships
Facebook

14:00 - 15:00 | Panel Discussion

SaaS for Workplace Efficiency to Drive Growth

How have SaaS and subscription companies been impacted by COVID-19? The COVID-19 pandemic created a crisis situation for many in the business-to-business (B2B) community. B2B software and SaaS providers, in particular, have had to adapt to customers’ shrinking budgets and shifting stakeholder priorities. In this panel discussion, we will discuss how SaaS providers adjust in the new normal.

Eugene

Eugene Ng

Head of Growth, CoFounder StaffAny (HR)

gordon

Gordon Ng

CEO & CoFounder
Talenox (HR)

Gibson Tan

Regional Lead
Adobe Sign (E-sign Solutions)

15:15 - 17:15 | ARENA

UNICON ARENA

UNICON ARENA is a start-up competition where young entrepreneurs pitch their start-up ideas to a panel of industry experts.

Nesh

Nesh Sooriyan

Venture Partner
Accelerating Asia

Jeff

Jeffrey Nah

CEO
JN Capital and Growth Advisory

Alice Aik

Senior Manager
SCAPE

Jerald Low

Jerald Low

Managing Partner
Protege Ventures

Digi Shukla

Business Development Lead
AWS

10:00 - 11:00 | Panel Discussion

The Future of the Fintech Landscape

The Fintech industry is ever evolving with new innovations in technology. In this panel, we will explore the impact of the hottest trends and future outlook of blockchain, big data, digital banking and more with our distinguished panel of speakers!

Spencer

Spencer Yang

Senior Product Manager
Coinbase

pam chuang

Pam Chuang

Head of Growth, Singapore
Revolut

Vikas Jain

Vikas Jain

Senior Commercial Director
Funding Societies | Modalku

Kara Mae

Kara Mae

Head of Products & Solutions
Visa

Zac Chen

Zac Chen

Venture Associate
Plug and Play

11:00 - 12:00 | Panel Discussion

Future of AI: Ethics & Impact

AI has opened up a whole new world of opportunities, but there has also been concerns regarding the loss of jobs and rights for machines. So how can students be prepared for the Age of AI? And can AI go rogue? If the implications of AI, its ethics and the future concerns you, join this panel as we have some of the brightest minds to share with us the role of robots in our society.

Dr Tok, Wee Hyong

Wee Hyong Tok

AI/Data Science Principal Manager
Microsoft

Shobhit Shukla

Shobhit Shukla

Co Founder and Chief Revenue Officer
Near

Kami Navaro

Kami Navaro

Senior Writer
Wildtype Media Group

12:30 - 13:30 | Masterclass

Boosting Remote Employee Experiences with Enterprise Chatbots

In 2020, remote work was an experiment. In 2021, remote work looks to be the future. From prioritising the health and well-being of people, to developing new ways to collaborate and communicate, to enabling the newly remote workers to work virtually – HR leaders face new challenges.

HR teams require agility to adapt working practices that drive productivity and engagement today, with new workflows that will remain essential in the future.

Join us in this demonstration to learn how HR leaders can use enterprise chatbots to boost employee wellness and experience in this new era of remote work.

Shane Tan

Shane Tan

Automation Specialist
Workato APJ

Elaine Pai

Elaine Pai

Head of Client Success, APAC
Workplace by Facebook

13:30 - 14:00 | Keynote

Dreams come true with the synergy of communication and collaboration

In today’s fast-paced environment, communication and collaboration are essential in business strategies and decisions – where ideas, expertise and perspectives come together to reach a common goal. Apart from these, are there any other factors that can contribute to the success of a business?

Hear from Xin Yi, the Executive Director of Sustainability & Agricultural Impact at Pinduoduo, who will be sharing her career experience, with highlights of her current role which focuses on sustainability and agritech. As a former VP at GIC, Xin Yi will share some of her experiences at GIC and Pinduoduo to show how results can be delivered through adapting and collaboration.

Xin Yi Lim

Executive Director
Pinduoduo

14:00 - 15:00 | Masterclass

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UNICON 2021

BY THE NUMBERS

UNICON

presented by NUS Entrepreneurship Society

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Multi-Stage

Exhibition

Networking

Job Offers

ARENA

Gamification

PROGRAMME

Not one, but 2 livestream stages running concurrently

Innovator Stage

A series of discussions revolving TIMELESS
entrepreneurship-related topics that have a broader
appeal such as funding and social entrepreneurship.

Leader Stage

A dive into topics that offers global
views on what’s NEXT with particular focus
on the interrelations between tech and ventures.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR UNICON 2021

Panel Discussion

Zero to One – Lessons from Student Entrepreneurs

Fireside Chat

Navigating Innovation as a Startup

Panel Discussion

SaaS for Workplace - Efficiency to Drive Growth  

Masterclasses

Kickstart a Career in AI and Data Science

JOIN US ON 20-21 FEBRUARY 2021 FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME!

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What you will get from UNICON 2021

NOT another Zoom Event! Selected Speakers will be live streaming from our site!

S$ 10

S$ 20

Students

Open to Tertiary Students

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S$ 20

S$ 40

Public

Open to All Adults​​