Event report

Highlights from Asia Startup Summit 2019

True innovation strengthens with collaboration. Partnerships between startups and large corporates are on the rise to propel business forward. Interact, Exchange, Pitch, Match, Accelerate, Collaborate.

The French Chamber in Singapore together with La French Tech, organised the 2nd Asia Startup Summit to foster strong synergy and partnerships as part of the 2019 Singapore Fintech x Switch Festival.

Summit Highlights:

  • Startups Demo sessions to present the most innovative solutions in Fintech and Smart Cities
  • Business Matching meetings to generate business opportunities between MNCs/ SMEs and startups

Damien Dhellemmes, Vice-President of the French Chamber, H.E. Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore and Thomas Baudlot, Chief Financial Officer of ENGIE, opened the summit with introduction speeches on the importance of innovation and collaboration.

This year, we saw 33 startup pitch sessions moderated by Christopher Piquee, Head of Asia – Pramex for Fintech, and Fabien Tertois, Head of Innovation – Bollore Logistics Singapore for Smart Cities, and was followed by the main highlight of the Summit - Business Matching sessions.

This segment was introduced by Edwin Chan, head of transaction banking at BNP Paribas, who shared the significance of these B2B interactions and  how BNP Paribas formed partnerships with startups as a result of the 2018 Asia Startup Summit B2B meetings.

For two hours, 23 corporates met with the 33 startups during one-to-one meetings of 15 minutes, and conversations lasted into an an energetic networking lunch buffet afterwards!

Thank you to BNP Paribas, Bollore Logistics, Engie and Pramex International for the kind sponsorship, as well as to all the dedicated startups and corporate participants who brought their knowledge and time to the event.


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