Recent trends in the global markets has posed unique challenges for each startup, however, it is not all doom and gloom! Startups are finding new ways to navigate and remain resilient during these times, and are looking beyond the borders of their own countries and markets for expansion.
In this session, we bring together three Startup Grind chapters within Asia: Seoul, Singapore and Osaka, as we talk about how startups can navigate entering new markets within Asia and hear first hand from a panel of founders on how they navigated market entry themselves.
For this panel, we will be introducing:
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This event will be held in English.
Co-founder & CEO
Founder and CEO
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President and CEO
Theodoric Chew is the Co-founder & CEO of Intellect, Asia Pacific’s largest employee mental health benefits company that provides comprehensive mental healthcare for leading workforces and consumers.
Prior to Intellect, Theodoric dropped out of Raffles Institution when he was 16 years old and started his entrepreneurship journey when he founded and brought a content platform, Existgreat, to acquisition at just 20 years old. Theodoric then headed up marketing at Voyagin, a travel tech company that got acquired by Rakuten, and thereafter went on to lead growth at Entrepreneur First, the world's leading deep tech venture builder, before founding Intellect in late 2019.
Today, Intellect serves over 3 million members worldwide, including major employers the likes of Shopee, foodpanda, Grab, Shopback, Singtel, and is backed by leading investors including Insignia Ventures Partners, Y Combinator, HOF Capital, East Ventures, and more. Theodoric was also recognised in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list in 2022.
Ian lives his life through application of design thinking and an entrepreneurial mind set.
Nurturing people, problem solving and travelling are his greatest passions.
At the age of 5, he was already hawking his second hand toys illegally at a public park, which grew to more mini projects in a pursuit to satisfy his thirst for starting a business. As he got exposed to entrepreneurship through the NUS Overseas Colleges programme, he has relentlessly sought to be engaged in the field. He has interned in startups, joined a Venture Capital, done startup consulting, spoke at, mentored and judged at conferences, with experiences spanning around the globe, in USA, Israel, China and Asia.
Jian Liang has been in the business of Cultivating the Galaxy's Best Young Founders, as the Co-Founder of Reactor, since 2011 and in 2015 also Founded Trabble, a seamless automated B2B guest engagement SaaS platform for the travel & hospitality industry. Intent on using data and technology to better serve travellers through conversations, he taps on his extensive experience in startup consulting and venture capital across the region, to spearhead the growth of Trabble through especially challenging times during the Covid-19 pandemic for the hospitality industry, expanding the company and making inroads into major East Asian markets.
Apart from the diverse network built, he strives to actively contribute back to the community, mentoring in numerous organisations and as part of the NUS Overseas Colleges Alumni Executive Committee. In his free time, Jian Liang explores his interest in design thinking. He believes that Human-Centric Design is a mind set that can be applied to all aspects of life. He also loves drawing the use of starting up as an analogy for everything.
For leisure, Jian Liang plays basketball, scuba dives, goes deep-sea fishing and volunteers at the Singapore Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Travelling opens his eyes to the world and when he does travel, you can always find him getting plugged into the startup ecosystem there.
Ms. Namuun works as a Business Development Manager for Korea, at what3words, based in Seoul, South Korea to look after partnerships with Korean businesses. what3words is a global addressing solution company, which has divided the world into 3 meter squares and given each square a unique 3 word address. Everywhere in the world can now be found and navigated by using 3 simple words. what3words' partners include Kakao Map, Mercedes-Benz, DHL, and many emergency services across the world.
Dr. Seungpyo Hong is Milton J. Henrichs Chair and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Wisconsin Center for NanoBioSystems (WisCNano) at University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). He holds appointments as Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, while serving as Associate Editor for Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine of Elsevier.
Dr. Hong is also active in entrepreneurship, co-founding a biotech startup called Capio Biosciences where he serves as President and CEO. He graduated from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea with B.S. and M.S. degrees in polymer engineering in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He then received his PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from University of Michigan in 2006 and joined MIT as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Langer.
From 2008 to 2014, he was an Assistant Professor at UIC where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, and subsequently joined the UW-Madison faculty as Full Professor in 2016. To date, Prof. Hong’s research has culminated in well over 100 peer-reviewed articles that have accumulated a total of over 17,000 citations, 1 co-edited book, 8 book chapters, and 22 issued or pending patents, while delivering over 200 invited talks worldwide. His scientific contributions have been recognized, resulting in him receiving honors, including 2022 Inducted Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2012 New Investigator Award from American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), and 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Startup Grind Osaka
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Startup Grind Seoul
Chapter DirectorSee Bio
Startup Grind Singapore
Chapter DirectorSee Bio
Curtis has spent the last two decades living, working and studying in Asia. Since 2007, Curtis has been based in Singapore, most recently working within the startup community and ecosystem, helping startups grow and scale by connecting entrepreneurs and founders with resources, funding opportunities and knowledge. Over the last three years, he has been the Director of Startup Grind for Singapore - the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators and creators. He has interviewed and moderated discussions with well-known local and international founders such as Mikkel Svane from ZenDesk, Darius Cheung from 99.co and Rachel Lim from Love, Bonito.