Singapore Business Review's 20 Hottest Startups Panel Briefing 2017

Tue, 11 July 2017
Meeting Room 334 - 335, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre


Singapore Business Review is proud to bring back Singapore’s definitive event for the country's most successful startups. Now on its fifth year, the much-awaited 20 Hottest Startups of 2017 Panel Briefing has become a landmark event for insightful discussions and unrivalled networking opportunities for Singapore’s most promising startups.

Get the chance to meet and network with the founders featured in Singapore Business Review’s list of 20 Hottest Startups to Watch in 2017.

Join us on 11 July 2017 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at Meeting Room 3345, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

What is the Hottest Startups Panel Briefing and why should you attend?

The Hottest Startups Panel Briefing is an annual event organised by Singapore Business Review that aims to gather key people in the vibrant startup sector.

This half-day event is attended by investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and startup founders from various industries such as fintech, property, e-commerce, retail, healthcare, education, and many others.

The event serves as a great platform to network and exchange ideas with industry players, learn about the best practices, and perhaps even meet a potential investor. The topics covered in the discussions include the most pertinent issues faced by startups, their success stories, best strategies, and latest innovations.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Networking Registration 

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM Welcome Remarks 

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM Session 1: Overview of the startup landscape in Southeast Asia 

  • What's next in the growth of fintech in Southeast Asia?
  • Financial Inclusion and financial services for the unbanked (Impact of credit scoring on consumer lending)
  • How is crowdfunding bridging the structural gaps within the financial system?
  • The future of B2B SaaS business
  • How will robo-advisory transform the future of wealth management?
  • The future of AI

Moderator: Tim Charlton, Editor-in-Chief, Singapore Business Review

Panelists include:

  • Vikas Jain, Director - Marketing, Partnerships & Customer Experience, Funding Societies
  • Ankur Mehrotra, Managing Director, Grab
  • Aki Ranin, COO & Co-founder, Bambu
  • Praveen Velu, Co-founder,
  • Raghav Kapoor, CEO & Co-founder, Smartkarma
  • Ayesha Khanna, CEO & Co-founder, ADDO AI

9:35 AM - 10:05 AM Session 2: Creating a brand story

  • How to build a sustainable brand presence and acquire customers at a budget
  • What are the most effective social media marketing ideas?
  • Traditional marketing: What still works, what doesn’t
  • Where should you spend online and how do you do it?
  • Today’s pitch book: How to market to investors

Moderator: Tim Charlton, Editor-in-Chief, Singapore Business Review

Panelists include:

  • Giulio Xiloyannis, Managing Director, Zalora
  • Rhonda Wong, CEO, Ohmyhome
  • Anna Haotanto, CEO, The New Savvy
  • Karl Loo, CEO & Co-founder, ServisHero
  • Emma Harris, Vice President - Global Brand Strategy, GuavaPass

10:05 AM - 10:25 AM Networking Break

10:25 AM - 10:55 AM Session 3: Show me the money

  • When is the right time to raise your next round of funding?
  • What are venture capitalists looking for today?
  • What is being funded and what is being overlooked?
  • Who isn’t getting funded? What are the failures and blowouts?
  • What are the funding options when VC funding is not easily available?
  • What is the government doing to help and support startups?

Moderator: Tim Charlton, Editor-in-Chief, Singapore Business Review

Panelists include:

  • Turochas "T" Fuad, CEO, Spacemob
  • Callum Laing, Partner, Unity Group
  • Gillian Tee, CEO & Co-founder, Homage
  • Gerben Visser, Co-founder, FinTech Consortium
  • Vinnie Lauria, Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

10:55 AM - 11:25 AM Session 4: Rise of the data scientists

  • What data points are relevant for today’s startup?
  • What insights are you getting from your data?
  • How to analyse data – methods and technologies
  • Using social behaviour data to know your customer better
  • KPIs: Which ones are useful and what should the numbers show?

Moderator: Tim Charlton, Editor-in-Chief, Singapore Business Review

Panelists include:

  • Rio Inaba, COO, Sansan Global Pte. Ltd.
  • Vincent Wong, Country Head, ShopBack Singapore
  • Kuldeep Singh, CEO & Founder, Biofourmis
  • Roger Sundararaj, Data Scientist, DataStreamX

11:25 AM - 11:30 AM Closing of Program & Networking


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2016 Attendee Testimonials:

 "It is a great platform where we can meet and learn from startups in Singapore." - Anmol Mohan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Tuple Technologies

 "A great event to learn from fellow founders, successful startups & industry experts." - Cai Li, Co Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Airfrov

 "A well organized event that knows the trends and good practices." - Cynthia Siantar, Co- Founder, Call-Levels

Last year's event drew over 80 attendees from more than 50 companies, ranging from startups to multinationals. 

For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, contact Nikki at or +65 3158 1386 ext. 250

For more details, contact:
Nikki Quiniquini
+65 3158 1386 ext 250