Investors and innovators at Techventure meet in Singapore
By Digital News Asia September 6, 2012
- This year’s theme is ‘Asian. Innovation. Renaissance’
- Two new partner events make their debut as well
THE regular Techventure 2012 conference in Singapore will take place from Oct 16-18 this year at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, said its organizer, National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore.
The conference, which has been going on for 16 years, attracts over 600 successful entrepreneurs, corporate chiefs of ICT and biotech corporations, wealthy high-tech founders, high net worth individuals from the technology, venture capital and private equity community, NRF Singapore said in a statement.
This year’s theme, ‘Asian. Innovation. Renaissance,’ celebrates the vibrant developments taking place in Asia that have helped corporations here take the lead and capitalize successfully in many areas of technology, said the department under the Prime Minister's Office.
The three-day conference also offers partnering opportunities between Silicon Valley and Singapore. Well-known entrepreneurs and investors will make their way here to explore more technology businesses in Singapore and build subsidiaries locally to access proximate markets.
Techventure 2012 will be launched by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and NRF Singapore chairman Teo Chee Hean. Speakers at the event include Tan Min-Liang, CEO and chief gamer at Razer; Olivia Lum, executive chairman and group CEO at Hyflux Ltd; and Joe Lonsdale, Forbes 30 under 30 list for technology.
NRF Singapore also said that two new partners - TechInnovation 2012 and Failcon Singapore - will make their debut this year.
TechInnovation 2012, organized by Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) Singapore is an industry-technology matching event focusing on emerging and ready-to-market enabling technologies in info-communications, electronics, materials, manufacturing, healthcare, energy and the environment.
Failcon, an established Silicon Valley event for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to share how they have built upon their previous failures to succeed, will be held in Asia for the first time.
Prominent personalities such as Gary Wang, founder and CEO of Tudou, the leading video portal of China; and Patrick Lee, co-founder of Alive Not Dead and Rotten Tomatoes, will provide their insights to technopreneurs during a one-day get-together.
“By partnering Techventure with Failcon Singapore and TechInnovation 2012, we are providing a more holistic picture of the innovation eco-system and bringing greater value to delegates,” said Prof Low Teck Seng, NRF Singapore chief executive officer.
“The quality and numbers of technopreneurs attending Techventure conferences has been very inspiring. The start-up sector in Singapore is laying the foundation for a sophisticated high-tech SME industry that can compete on the world stage and power the next stage of economic growth for Singapore,” he added.