25 MARCH 2022

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Organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic (GIA Office), Global Startup Fest is a full-day hybrid entrepreneurship platform which gives aspiring young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to a panel of industry experts and public audience across ASEAN, China and India. Attractive prizes will be awarded to eligible teams that demonstrate a clear problem in the global landscape that is addressed, and a viable business solution.

Global Startup Fest will be an annual signature event to celebrate our Singaporean trailblazers in our global economy as well as to showcase the fruits of GIA initiative. The event celebrates entrepreneurship by connecting students to global startup founders and industry players to exchange ideas and access market knowledge.


Global Startup Fest was conceived to connect young aspiring entrepreneurs to global startup founders and industry players, and from there to catalyze and propel startup initiatives.


Business pitch by students and alumni to investors (VCs) and industry players.


A suite of partnership benefits will be revealed to support our students and alumni in their entrepreneurial ventures.


Sharing and discussion by global entrepreneurs and VCs.


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To mark the start of Global Startup Fest, we have invited the Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic to give us a welcome address on the talent development in Singapore’s startup ecosystem.

Lim Kok Kiang

Chief Executive Officer & Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Mr Lim was appointed as Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic in May 2021, with a key objective to further strengthen NP’s role in the higher education sector in preparing our graduates to thrive in the global workplace. Prior to this, Mr Lim Kok Kiang was the Executive Vice President of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He oversaw EDB’s International Operations as well as EDB’s strategies in Advanced Manufacturing. Previously, he also led EDB’s Accounts Group which works closely with top local and international companies to facilitate investments and transform their operations in Singapore. 

Mr Lim joined EDB in 1996. Over the past 25 years, he has served in various appointments, including Executive Director of Transport Engineering in Asia Pacific,Director of Logistics, and Regional Director, Japan Operations. Mr Lim is a Public Service Commission scholar and graduated from Tokyo University with a Bachelor in Economics in 1993.


List of honorable guests to inspire you at Global Startup Fest

Cheung Ho Yeung

AdXpert, Head of Projects

James Liu

Business Development Advisor at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence

Leck Ting Yan

Partner at TRIVE Venture

Looi Qin En

Principal at Saison Capital

Lu Gang

Founder and CEO of TechNode

Magdalene Loh

Head of Innovation, Prudential Assurance


Marcus Tan

Co-founder of Carousell

Peter Vesterbacka

Former Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds

Sagar Gupta

Startup Partner Lead, APAC of Stripe


Tan Ching Ching

Director, The Sandbox, Ngee Ann Polytechnic


Yip Jie Ying

Assistant Development Partner, Enterprise Singapore, Global Innovation Network


We will be hosting a fireside chat with Marcus Tan Co-founder of Carousell, Peter Vesterbacka (Former Mighty Eagle at Angry Bird) and Dr Lu Gang (Founder and CEO of TechNode) on Global skill sets & talents in the future economy. Are our talents ready for the global market? In the past 5 years, we have seen the development of many new technologies, especially with the digital transformation fueled by the pandemic. We will be picking the minds of our speakers to find out what kind of skill sets do startups and companies really need right now?

Moderator: Lim Kok Kiang, Ngee Ann Polytechnic principal

Marcus Tan

Co-founder of Carousell

Since the launch of Carousell in August 2012, Marcus has been deeply involved in product design, brand, and community, and built the app’s first interface as a self-taught designer. His role has since expanded to encompass many operational aspects of the organisation. Today, Marcus focuses on developing  Marketplace Ops, Carousell’s Culture and People, helping to direct the growth and development of employees, and the company culture.

We launched Carousell in Aug 2012 with a mission is to inspire every person in the world to start selling and buying to make more possible for one another. It all started with a few transactions; the buying and selling of things. But quickly, it became much deeper. That’s the power that people bring. Our vision is commerce will be redefined where second-hand is the first choice.

Today, Carousell has grown to more than 400 teammates and is available in more than 7 countries and major presence in 19 cities. We are serving millions of users globally. We help numerous communities that include stay-at-home mums, toy collectors, and fashion and beauty products lovers and many more. However, we believe that we are less than 1% done. We are humbled nonetheless that Carousell is ranked the top Shopping and Lifestyle application in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia, and backed by Sequoia Capital, Rakuten Ventures, 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, Quest Ventures, Naspers and angels.

Dr. Gang Lu

Founder and CEO of TechNode

Dr. Gang LU is the founder and CEO of TechNode Group, making him one of China’s most recognised influencers in the global technology sector. Started as Dr. Lu’s personal blog, TechNode has became a highly respected international innovation platform, with business units including TN Media (Chinese and English technology media platform), TN Inno (corporate innovation services), TN Global (Asia and global business), TN Events (branding and event services). Through these initiatives, TechNode connects China’s start-up technology ecosystem with the rest of the world. Dr. Gang LU is also the co-founder of BEYOND Expo which is hosted annually in Macao, China, which is aiming to be the leading international technology and innovation expo.

Dr. Lu earned his PhD in Wireless Communications from the University of Sheffield, UK. Dr. Lu was awarded the oversea high-level talents by Shanghai and received the Entrepreneurial Award of the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards in 2017-18. He worked for Netvibes as the Business Development Director, Asia, and a R&D Engineer for Dialogue Communications, UK.

Peter Vesterbacka

Former Mighty Eagle at Angry Bird

Peter Vesterbacka is an entrepreneur from the Finest Bay Area at the Heart of Eurasia, Helsinki, Finland. Branded communities co-created and initiated by Peter include the HP Bazaar, Mobile Monday, Slush and Startup Sauna to name a few. He was the Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds for many years taking that brand to unprecedented heights. Peter is also currently adjunct professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Tongji University, one of the leading universities in China. In 2011 Time Magazine named Peter one of the 100 most influential people on the planet.


Please note that the agenda is subject to change, and will be updated continuously in the days leading up to the conference. All listed times are in GMT+8.

9:15 AM Physical - Registration opens
9:25 AM Virtual event open
9:30 AM Welcome Address: Talent development in Singapore Startup ecosystem
Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic
9:40 AM Announcement of GEIP Collectives
- Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Hubspot, Stripe, Osome
10:00 AM Fireside Chat: Global skillsets & talents in the future economy. Are our talents ready for the global market?
Moderator: Lim Kok Kiang, Ngee Ann Polytechnic principal
- Lu Gang, Founder of TechNode Group
- Marcus Tan, Co-founder of Carousell
- Peter Vesterbacka, Former Mighty Eagle of Angrybird
11:00 AM Break
11:10 AM Building offshore tech teams for effective product development and market entry by Yip Jie Ying, Assistant Development Partner, Enterprise Singapore, Global Innovation Network
11:15 AM Master Class by Sagar Guptar, Startup Partner Lead, APAC of Stripe: Building your core team - Best hiring, interview and retention practices
12:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Global Startup Challenge – Alumni Category

Panel of Judges
1. Looi Qin En, Saison Capital
2. Leck Ting Yan, Trive Venture
3. James Liu, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence
4. Magdalene Loh, Head of Innovation, Prudential Assurance
2:15 PM Global Startup Challenge – Student Category

Panel of Judges
1. Looi Qin En, Saison Capital
2. Leck Ting Yan, Trive Venture
3. James Liu, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence
4. Magdalene Loh, Head of Innovation, Prudential Assurance
5. Tan Ching Ching, TSB Director
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Coffee Chat #1
How did I expand my startup overseas?
Cheung Ho Yeung, AdXpert, Head of Projects
4:00 PM Coffee Chat #2
What goes on behind a VC's mind?
1. Looi Qin En, Saison Capital
2. Leck Ting Yan, Trive Venture
4:30 PM Prize Presentation
5:00 PM End of Event


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Moderator, GEIP Intern at AdXpert

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CTO, Syte

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COO, Syte

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Operations Manager, Social Pitstop

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Financial Manager, Social Pitstop

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Marketing Manager, Social Pitstop

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Cheryl Lee

CTO, Solights

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CMO, Solights


Global Startup Fest will be held online on 25th March 2022, Friday. If you are an student, investor, or are interested in supporting the groups, we invite you to get in touch with us.