Annie started her early-career in Engineering, where she was a Superintendent Project Manager working on high-profiled, large-scaled, complex billion-dollar projects such as building the HQ for Australian Federal Police, ANZ Bank in Melbourne and classified projects for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). She was Australia’s first ESD Manager, managing all of the Victoria Government energy, water, waste targets, and projects.
After spending a few years in sales / business commercialisation roles, she transitioned into coaching startups roles running the Investible accelerator program as a venture capitalist after meeting serial entrepreneur Creel Price at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa funded by Sir Richard Branson.
After 5 years at Investible, Annie’s passion is to help Founders build business and partnerships at speed, she used Fingerprint for Success as a ‘secret’ talent tool to accelerate thousands of startup founders grow their startups across 13 cities.
Annie joined F4S (a portfolio investment company of Investible) as she firmly believes F4S is the ultimate game-changer for companies in how to best optimise and support the team's superpowers and blindspots.
Annie currently leads the growth expansion, focused on scaling the company to international markets.
Vince is the Managing Director of 917Ventures, the venture builder of Globe Telecom in the Philippines. Prior to that he was Vice President heading the Product Management of Globe Telecom and accountable for Product Strategy and Planning, Product Development, Product Lifecycle, Product Capability Management, Product Assurance, Innovation and Product Capability and Delivery.
Before heading Product Management, Vince was the Head of Innovation at Globe Telecom. As the Head of Innovation, he developed the innovation process and piloted hundreds of projects wherein some were commercialized.
Vince is also an entrepreneur, having founded a web and mobile entertainment company in Silicon Valley and Singapore, serving all operators and top broadcasting companies. Vince invests in early stage startups and holds advisory role in blockchain related companies. He is also a member of the Ayala Innovation Advisory Council.
Jamie is the co-founder of The Kind Friend, a wellness company that aims to help individuals live a more mindful life by offering well-being journals. Their goal is to debunk the stigma associated with mental well-being and to use the journal as a catalyst to start conversations around the importance of rest and introspection.
Previously, Jamie was the regional partnerships lead at Carousell and founded two education businesses in Australia. Throughout her professional journey, she has been bestowed with accolades like 30Under30 Anthill Young Entrepreneur Award, WYSE Global Youth Best Work Experience Provider, Australia's Favourite EduTech Startup and ASG Inspirational Teaching Award.
In the notion of giving back to society, Jamie hopes to continue to have the opportunity to mentor the younger generation and do advocacy work for women.
Dr Matthew Zhao is the Food Scientist at Big Idea Ventures, Asia. His technical expertise includes specialisation in post-harvest technology, food packaging and processing, and shelf-life evaluation. Under his guidance, several companies were successful in adopting innovative novel technology, solutions and processes to commercialise their product with better nutritional value, a stable shelf-life among other value-added functional properties.
Dr. Zhao holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Massey University, New Zealand.
Sebastian is the Co-Founder of MING Labs, a global digital venture builder. He is running the company in Asia since 10 years (5 years China, 5 years Singapore) and is deeply emerged in the digital innovation space. Over the last years he has worked with many well-known multinationals across >200 digital transformation projects and helped to start >15 new start-ups, as well as >25 corporate ventures.
Sebastian regularly mentors entrepreneurs through established programs, especially around topics of Strategy, Design, Product, Business and related. He is passionate about helping more people start their own businesses and forge their own path to success.
Joelle has 12 years of experience in technology start-ups in the e-commerce, recruitment, mobile and on-demand space. She founded 2 startups, one of which she exited after leading it to become Singapore's leading fashion e-commerce platform.
Joelle has a track record of building an ecosystem with impressive results and is most recently recognised as 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the Women in IT Asia Awards.
As Chapter Leader for Lean In Singapore, Joelle is paving the way for women in technology by demonstrating impressive entrepreneurship through her various startups. Adding to this is her digital transformation work with Singapore Press Holdings’ subsidiary, FastJobs Asia, a blue-collar workforce focused mobile recruitment platform, and the commercial success of FastJobs across Southeast Asia, where she is the General Manager for Malaysia and Regional Business Development Director.
From enterprise to entrepreneurship, over the past 15+ years Aalok has gained diverse leadership experience from General Management, Sales, Strategy and Operations roles in large technology companies like AWS, Microsoft and Cisco. At AWS, he scales startup programs to serve 30k startups across APJ, allowing them to build, grow and scale.
Aalok is also an angel investor in startups, has founded a Fintech startup (loyaltycredit.asia) and has run entrepreneurship bootcamps for MBA students at INSEAD and for high school students at CIS, GIIS, UWC.
He loves building investor pitches and enjoys helping take an early stage idea and mould it into a customer value proposition.
He has led strategic C-level customer experience programs for top Fortune 500 companies across 19 sites by supporting over 3,000 customer engagements. In Sales, he managed US$30M+ annual targets, and closed complex global enterprise and service providers deals as large as $500M. He has built global operational teams in cross-functional roles (engineering, program management).
Janise builds tech and innovation ecosystem that drives experimentation and collaboration with its users, startups, and partners to deliver sustainable business impact. Janise manages Google for Startup Accelerator’s program and mentor network in Southeast Asia, providing founders with access to the best of Google - its people, network, and advanced technologies - helping startups build great products.
Previously, she was the GM of LEVEL3, a startup and innovation ecosystem created in partnership with Unilever Foundry to incubate startups, and support corporates like Syngenta, Cargill, and MUFG to innovate and transform their business leveraging emerging technologies. Janise also later drove fintech and financial markets partnerships and engagements in her role as the Ecosystem Lead at Thomson Reuters Innovation Labs in Asia.
Dr. Dalal AlGhawas is the Program Director at Big Idea Ventures, a venture capital firm which invests in future food technologies in the alternative protein ecosystem. She helps to combine capital, partnership, mentorship to support and grow the world’s most compelling food companies. Dr. Dalal's expertise ranges from research, food science and biotechnology.
Jayren is a venture builder and GenZ thought leader. He represents Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in Singapore, providing market access opportunities and business development to 178 countries.
Jayren believes in Paying-it Forward and has been heavily involved in the community for 8 years. He mentors young founders and invests in early stage startups. As Head of Economic Enhancement, ASEAN Youth Organisation, he leads a 200K community of Southeast Asian youths to solve problems in our region.
Jayren leverages on technologies to develop innovative products that solves global problems and improve humanity.
Faye is the co-founder of Hook Coffee, a tech x coffee company on a mission to bring fresh and ethical coffee to all coffee lovers, while empowering coffee farmers and consumers alike to #MakeCoffeeBetter.
Hook Coffee was recognised as one of Singapore’s 20 Hottest Startups by Singapore Business Review in 2018, and is Singapore’s largest and Southeast Asia’s leading e-coffee company today.
Her key responsibilities at Hook include Strategy and Growth Hacking, Fundraising, Leadership and Management, Business Development, CRM, Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations.
Aside from her role at Hook, Faye is concurrently pursuing her PhD at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, and as been actively involved as a speaker and mentor for causes pertaining to entrepreneurship and sustainability in Singapore, as well as volunteer work and community engagement in the developing world.
Deepak is currently the Global Head of the Fabric Sensations Category for Unilever as well as the Vice-President for Unilever’s Homecare division in South-East Asia, Australia & New Zealand.
In a career spanning 25 years with Unilever, he has worked across sales & marketing and more recently in board-level general business management roles, bearing full P&L responsibility and revenue growth accountability. During this time, he has built significant strategic business and consumer insight by leading multi-million growth, turnaround and start-up business verticals, both in operational roles in local markets and in regional/global roles driving strategy and innovation. He has lived and worked in India, Asia and Europe and his international experience has helped him gain a strong perspective on how consumer goods companies and business executives must evolve to thrive in these volatile times.
He is a Mentor/Advisor to Antler, an early stage VC, a recent graduate of the Executive Programme at Singularity University and a Certified Chair from the Advisory Board Centre, Australia.
Sonya is a professional over-thinker who was born and raised up in Jakarta, Indonesia. A Principal Product Design for Tokopedia, an Indonesian unicorn. At Toko, she builds solutions combining Product Strategy and Business Needs in various B2B & B2C mobile apps . With that she is lucky enough to be able to try on different problem solving methods from ideation to evaluation of the product.
With that memory and experience in bank, she founded a Product Strategy workshop called The Process for designers in Jakarta to collaborate and get hands-on with different case studies.
Previously, Sonya was a product developer at e-grocery company funded by Rocket Internet called Happy Fresh, a freelancer at Upwork, and Product Design Lead at Qlue, a crowd sourcing citizen app that helped Indonesian government to hear the voice of the citizen on city issues.
Sonya has loved arts since young and is an Art and Design Major from Bina Nusantara University. She is also a certified Human Computer Interaction and Design Thinking Practitioner, whom on the spare time, enjoy reading Psychology, Science and Self Help books.
Lily is the Head of Program Design at a VC-backed education startup, NewCampus, that equips professionals with learning pathways to develop their leadership and management skills in fast-changing global industries.
Lily previously founded two 7-figure businesses, both which used design thinking processes for very different business models. She has spoken and run design thinking workshops and talks at universities across Australia at UNSW, USYD, Macquarie University and for companies like Adobe.
She is a constant traveler, where she travelled to 17 countries in the past year alone, entrepreneurial problem solver and free spirit. Aside from work, she has many interests and hobbies including drawing, dancing, learning languages and an avid reader.
Once upon a time, she also published 2 children's books with Scholastic and was on the Australian National Team for a Japanese martial arts called Taido competing in the 2017 World Championships.
Ajay is a Forbes 30 Under 30, serial entrepreneur who has started 8 companies which have raised over $US 50M to date and secured global investors such as Lion Co. - the largest F&B giant in the southern hemisphere, Kakao - the largest internet company in South Korean and Bitmain, the largest cryptocurrency company in the world.
Angela believes we can solve the world’s biggest problems through mission-driven entrepreneurship. As the COO for Rainmaking Transport’s open innovation platform, she leverages her experience in growth operations + strategy + partnership development to scale solutions that reduce carbon emissions for the world's largest transport companies. Prior to this, she managed a portfolio of founders at Endeavor (the leading non-profit for high impact entrepreneurship) and worked on Customer Success + Product Management at Cialfo (one of SEA’s top 10 EdTech start-ups). Having worked across the spectrum of non-profits, social enterprises, startups, and now a venture builder, she knows first-hand that even the most life-altering ideas cannot grow or last without clean business fundamentals, user-driven product design, and solid partner + client networks.
Ee Ling is the Singapore Country Head for Innovation & Partnerships at 500 Startups, the world's most active venture capital fund. Ee Ling is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Smarter Me, an education startup that equips K-12 students with the skillset, mindset, and heartset of the future, through digital tech, design thinking, and entrepreneurship education.
Prior to Smarter Me, Ee Ling spent almost a decade in investment banking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and CIMB Investment Bank, advising large corporations in South East Asia on M&A, equity capital markets and debt capital markets.