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Entrepreneurship is a great equaliser.  It does not matter if you are male or female, a business veteran or a school student.  If you have a good idea, we will help you achieve it.



Dec 19 - Visit by Cambodia's Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

IOn the 4th of Dec 19, delegates from NIEI visited SEED Ventures at its Somerset HQ. Our CEO, Mr Ian Gan, presented to the delegates the VC landscape in Singapore, its work in the VC capital markets as well as collaborative possibilities between NIEI and SV.

The NIEI is a state-run institution which functions under the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT). It was established by the Government of Cambodia.

NIEI focuses on the following entrepreneurship related activities to help create an entrepreneurial environment in Cambodia in which, entrepreneurship germinates and grows (i) Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for New enterprise Creation, (ii) Performance Improvement and Growth Programme for existing entrepreneurs and more.





Nov 19 - School of Business Management, Nanyang Polytechnic

In NYP -School of Business Management's Entrepreneurship module, students are taught to use the Lean Business Model Canvas (LBMC) and Design Thinking concepts to develop their business ideas.  Students have only recently formed their groups and are at the early stage of problem validation and ideating solutions.

The mentors are involved to:

1. Listen to their elaboration of the Lean Business Model Canvas
2. Provide opinions about the Problem they have identified

Thanks for inviting SEED Ventures.





Nov 19 - Master of Business Administration, National University of Singapore



Spent our Saturday morning at NUS hearing out 5 MBA teams.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has a long tradition in excellence and a first-rate reputation that is well–known throughout the world and was ranked 17th in the world by Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings for 2019.

The NUS MBA provides an energising forum for growth and discovery that prepares its students for leadership roles in today’s competitive global marketplace. Merging East and West, the MBA curriculum integrates Western business models and leadership tenets from a distinctly Asian perspective. More info here:

Thanks for inviting #seedventures ProfessorVirginia Cha, and nice to see you guys Vishal from 500 Startups and Tim from AHREFS. 

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Sept 19 - International Design Conference by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Mr Ian Gan represented #seedventures as guest panelist in this prestigious event.

Launched in 2017, the IDC is a thought leadership event that celebrates the intersection of business and design, where breakthroughs are the norm and ideas big and bold are unleashed. The IDC embodies the ethos of Design Center – to nurture a strong community of creatives, and to act as a catalyst for the design community to thrive. Design Center, an attached agency of the DTI, is the only national agency for design committed to cultivating a culture that thrives in creativity, value creation, and innovation.

Thames International started in 1999 as the country’s first international college offering UK based programs in Business Administration, Communication Arts, and Information Technology. Thames is also the pioneer in entrepreneurship education through the Entrepreneurs’ School of Asia.

Thank you Design Center Executive Director Rhea O. Matute and President of Thames International Business School Joel Santos for the invitation and the warm hospitality.





Aug 19 - School of Business Management, Nanyang Polytechnic

The new "EnterpPitch" module (BM4401) is a pitching exercise by students to industry practitioners.

Each round of pitching consisted of 7 – 8 groups of students who pitched for 3 minutes. Assessors had 2 minutes to complete a scoresheet. The assessment is on the group’s ability to convince that:

1. The problem is worth solving
2. There is a market for the product
3. The idea is viable for incubation or pre start-up stage

Thank you Eugene Low Benson Ong Esther Ho for inviting SEED Ventures. 





Jul 19 - 360deg SMART Bootcamp 2019 July - by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) in 2007. 

SMART is MIT's first, and to-date only, research centre outside the United States. It is also MIT's largest international research programme. MIT faculty members have laboratories at SMART, mentor postdoctoral associates and graduate students, and collaborate with researchers from universities, research institutes and industries in Singapore and Asia.


Our Chairman, Mr Ian Gan, attended as panelist.

Thank you to Dr Virginia Cha for the invitation.





Jun 19 - STPI x NUS x SV

The Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI) of Taiwan x National University of Singapore (NUS) x SEED Ventures (SV)


Supported by NUS, 10 of Taiwan's top startups spent the morning with SV to gain business insights pertaining to company formation and funding matters.  As the national think-tank of policies, STPI partners with universities to support local and international startups.…


Thank you for the invitation.





Jun 19 - Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore'

The "Medical Grand Challenge is a medical innovation initiative started by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of NUS. 

It is a new accelerator program whereby medical students work in multi-disciplinary teams with undergraduates from other faculties such as Computing, Engineering, and Business, to develop creative solutions that solve the unmet healthcare needs of today. 

#seedventures attended to help MGC participants gain new perspectives on the practical feasibility and sustainability of implementing solutions for unmet healthcare needs.

Thank you for the invitation.





May 19 - Nanyang Polytechnic: "EntrepConnect"

"EntrepConnect" is a pitching event where students of Nanyang Polytechnic come to share their business ideas with business mentors via a “speed-dating” format.  In all, more than 300 students benefited from the event.

Thank you Mr Eugene Ong, School of Business Management for the invitation.





Apr 19 - Entrepreneurship - SPinOff by Singapore Polytechnic

"Entrepreneurship" is a 15-week business course targeting existing students, alumni and CET adult students.  Offered by SPinOff, the course seeks to bridge participants to industry practitioners.  Mr Ian Gan conducted the sharing session and covered the topic of creating opportunities from problems, from a VC's standpoint.

Thank you to the director of SPinOff, Mr Neelash and the Operations Manager, Mr Rafael for the invitation





Feb 19 - Alipay-NUS Enterprise, Social Innovation Challenge

The Alipay-NUS Enterprise Social Innovation Challenge is a joint initiative to seek out the most innovative social impact enterprises, with a focus on digital technology towards building an inclusive society. Top innovations may potentially receive further support to amplify their positive impact on society.

The challenge will be accessible to all innovators/start-ups which aim to achieve social impact in Singapore and/or Southeast Asia (starting with Indonesia and Malaysia first) by leveraging digital technology to solve social issues relating to equality development and opportunities.The proposed challenge aims to attract start-ups that are ready to scale based on proof of concepts. Up to 10 start-ups will be shortlisted in each country where on-site pitching will be carried out.

Our CEO, Mr Ian Gan attended as competition judge.

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Feb 19 - New Business Ventures, INSEAD

SV's CEO Mr Ian Gan spent the morning at #INSEAD as venture judge for a business pitching event.

As a capstone event to their MBA course, Prof Virginia Cha's New Business Ventures class featured 9 international teams that pitched their businesses ideas to VCs from Singapore and India in search of industry insights and validation.  The pitches covered a range of industries from insect-protein to Fin-tech.

Thanks for the invitation.





Feb 19 - Entrepreneurship Day, School of Business (SBM), Nanyang Polytechnic

Members of SEED Ventures attended the Entrepreneurship Day as Guest Judges. 

In the school's approach to create value in every student, the SBM accorded their Year 3 Entrepreneurship students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a project based on their business ideas and presented in a business plan.  The grand purpose is to inculcate in the students a sense of creative thinking, problem solving and the development of an entrepreneurial mind-set.

To supplement student-learning and as a final evaluation of the Entrepreneurship module, the students are required to present their business ideas to a judging panel comprising of venture capitalists, seasoned business owners and corporate gatekeepers.

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Feb 19 - Marshiling Secondary School

SEED Ventures spent a morning with the students and staff of the school, as part of the Education & Career Guidance programme.





Jan 19 - Singapore Management University x Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)


This programme by the Singapore Management University (SMU) in partnership with the Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), aims to develop a pool of entrepreneurial leaders and market savvy professionals who want to take up a leadership role in commercializing high potential deep technology projects.

The teams comprising of scientists and business practitioners pitched their endeavours in the deep-tech/ bio-medical space such as cell-filtration, IOT and logistics optimisation silos.  SEED Ventures' scope was to evaluate the investment potential for these companies under formation.

Thanks to the SMU x SMART team for inviting SV.





Jan 19 - Tokyo Metropolitan Government x Nanyang Polytechnic

NYP hosted female entrepreneurs from the Acceleration Program for Tokyo female entrepreneurs(APT) to promote women entrepreneurship in Tokyo.  The visit to Singapore is part of the program that saw the entrepreneurs attending workshops on the Singapore business environment as well as startup market entry strategies.  Mr Ian Gan (CEO, SEED Ventures) and Mr Alvin Lim (Partner BD, SEED Ventures) attended as mentors for the event.





Jan 19 - SPinOff, Singapore Polytechnic

SPinOFF, The Entrepreneurship Centre by Singapore Polytechnic conducted a workshop on Entrepreneurial Finance for its CET and PET students.  On the invitation of Centre director Mr Neelesh Bhatia, Mr Ian Gan (Founder, SV) and Mr Alvin Lim (Partner for BD, SV) engaged the adult and student-preneurs over topics of business finance and Entrepreneurship on a whole.





Jan 19 - School of Engineering, NYP

The School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic, hosted a seminar on Entrepreneurship for 250 students.  Practising entrepreneurs were invited to give a sharing session on their individual entrepreneurship journeys and their takes on the Entrepreneurship as a whole.

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