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Technology Entrepreneurship Forum 2017

Peh Min Hui, Economics and Public Policy & Global Affairs

28 July 2017

 

The Technology Entrepreneurship Forum jointly organized by Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) and the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Council was well received by both speakers and attendees alike.

Held on 28 July 2017, the Forum gave youth attendees aged 35 years and below a chance to network with over 300 Chinese entrepreneurs involved in a wide variety of industries like health and wellness, property development and human resource.

After welcome remarks by Professor Er Meng Hua, Vice President (International Affairs) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, the forum session kicked off with keynote speeches given by Mr Paul Yang, General Manager at Yitixiu, Mr Stanley Chia, Co-founder of CIAFLO and Professor Boh Wai Fong from Nanyang Business School.

Yitixiu is a Chinese wellness brand that incorporates health technology into undergarments. As Yitixiu’s General Manager, Mr Paul Yang’s passion for health and wellness products began after his mother fell ill. This passion then led to a two-decade journey of building and establishing Yitixiu in China’s competitive undergarment industry. During the forum, Mr Yang draws from his extensive experience in Yitixiu to give attendees an overview of the Chinese business environment.

NTU alumni Mr Stanley Chia shared his journey of establishing education technology startup CIALFO. During his speech, Mr Chia spoke of his vision of fair access to education as well as the successes and challenges he faced in Singapore’s startup environment. In particular, he mentioned the five key factors critical for budding entrepreneurs to survive in Singapore’s startup environment: financing, talent, leadership, mentorship and willpower.

Professor Boh Wai Fong of Nanyang Business School also spoke about the entrepreneurial skills and strategies underlying technology entrepreneurship. With extensive academic background in examining how information technology can be used to resolve problems in knowledge and information sharing, Prof Boh gave the audience great insight as to how one should strategize one’s foray into technology entrepreneurship.

Following the keynote speeches was the highly anticipated panel discussion. Moderated by Prof Boh, the audience engaged in a lively discussion with the panelists, comprising Mr Paul Yang, Mr Stanley Chia and Mr Zheng Cao from the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Singapore.

The forum concluded with the presentation of a Token of Appreciation from Prof Er Meng Hwa to the panelists, followed by a networking lunch.