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[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Tulika Tripathi (Founder & CEO at Snaphunt)

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: Tulika Tripathi is the Founder and CEO of Snaphunt, a leading remote hiring platform that helps employers hire talent anywhere in the world, and a senior business leader with more than two decades of experience, including experience in senior leadership roles within the world’s largest professional recruitment firms. Tulika has previously been Executive Director of Michael Page Geneva, Managing Director Michael Page Singapore and Michael Page India as well as Managing Director– Asia for Hudson Global. She i… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Current Student. Alumni. Academic Community. Thursday, August 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Nichol Ng (Group CEO, X-INC Pte Ltd | Managing Director of FoodXervices Inc)

Speaker Details: Nichol Ng is CEO and Managing Director of X-Inc Pte Ltd, the parent of a group of companies that has been in the food business since the 1930s. She oversees about 180 employees, more than 5,000 products, over 4,500 customers, and an annual turnover exceeding S$70 million. The X-Inc group comprises FoodXervices Inc, GroXers Inc, LogiXtics Inc, X Properties Inc, and PlotX Inc. Together, the companies bring to life dreams in the food ecosystem – from foodservice and retail to logistics and property. In 2012, N… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Public. Alumni. Current Student. Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Vu Huynh Nguyen Nhat (CTO & Co-founder, Upmesh)

Speaker Details: Nhat, CTO of Upmesh, is no stranger to navigating the world of modern technologies - he’s managed large teams of engineers in the past, delivering highly scalable chatbot, blockchain, AI, and social media solutions across multiple industries such as hospitality. His experience has led him to believe that it is possible to build a new type of shopping experience powered by people engaging in live selling - as opposed to “Amazon robots”. RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Public. Alumni. Current Student. Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Sameer Mehta (Head of South East Asia, DSG Consumer Partners)

Speaker Details: Sameer is an Investment Director at DSGCP and heads the South East Asia operations. He joined in July 2021 and has over 14 years of experience as an operator, investor and management consultant. Prior to joining DSGCP, he co-led investments in a number of DSGCP portfolio companies for Singha or his personal capacity including Brewlander, Melati, Golden Duck, YouVit and Perro. Before DSGCP, he spent 5 years as Chief Operating and Investment Officer for Singha Beer’s international division, where he led th… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Public. Alumni. Current Student. Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Hester Spiegel-van den Steenhoven (Co-founder at Epic Angels and Venture Partner at Kaizenvest)

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: Hester an investor and education entrepreneur. Previous to becoming an entrepreneur, she had a 15+ year international career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and as a Director at Deutsche Bank in Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt. She pivoted career and became Germany’s country head for a global EdTech company, bringing modern education system and coding school “42” to Germany. Since 2020 she lives in Singapore and fulfils various roles: she is a venture partner at Kaizenvest, a SG-based VC firm focusing on learn… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Current Student. Alumni. Academic Community. Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Andrew Pang (Head of Corporate Finance for Hypefast)

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: Hypefast pioneered the e-commerce house of brands business model in Southeast Asia. It partners with brands and hyper scales them by bringing capital support, a best-in-class retail team and a centralised retail ecosystem and infrastructure. As of Nov 21, Hypefast had raised over $22m in capital from investors including Monk's Hill Ventures, Jungle Ventures, Strive and others. Andrew began his career as an investment banker and has worked in London, New York and Hong Kong. He read Mathematics at the Univ… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Alumni. Current Student. Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: John Lim (Partner) and Farhan Firdaus (Partner) from Meet Ventures

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: About John Lim John Lim, Partner at Meet Ventures, is an experienced professional in the startup and innovation sector. He began his career at SGInnovate and KPMG Innovate before moving on to start his own practice. He now helps corporates and government agencies to work with high potential startups across South East Asia. Specialty services include: startup sourcing, corporate accelerators, open innovation challenges, tech licensing partnerships, market access partnerships, CVC setup and consultancy.Thr… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Academic Community. Alumni. Current Student. Thursday, October 6, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Rajive Keshup (Director, Cathay Innovation / Cathay Capital)

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: Prior to joining Cathay, Rajive played instrumental roles in scaling a number of Southeast Asian startups. Before moving to Singapore, Rajive was a Managing Director at PwC Strategy (formerly Booz & Co.) in New York City where he led the TMT sector for the firm’s Private Equity practice. Rajive started his career at AT&T doing corporate strategy & development in Dallas, Texas. He is also a former-Founder having built, scaled and successfully exited a US-based startup in the pet services space. Rajive earned… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Current Student. Alumni. Academic Community. Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Gervin Yang (Executive Director, Openspace Ventures)

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: Gervin Yang has over 10 years of experience in investment management in public and private markets. Prior to Openspace, Gervin was part of the Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Team and covered the Technology Sector. Prior to Templeton, Gervin was with Deutsche Bank in Singapore. Gervin has obtained a BSc in Economics major in Finance from the Singapore Management University. RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Current Student. Alumni. Academic Community. Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Abhijit Ghosh (Partner, PwC Singapore)

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: Abhijit is the Tax Market Leader and International Tax Partner in Corporate Tax Advisory Services Group of PwC Singapore. Abhijit has more than 30 years of experience in advising, setting up and managing various cross-border complex business structures and operational models for MNCs and SMEs as they expand globally. Abhijit is a Chartered Accountant and a Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax) of Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals. Abhijit was also an Adjunct Associate Professor of NUS an… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Current Student. Alumni. Academic Community. Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Hian Goh (Founder & Partner, Openspace Ventures)

About Hian Goh  Hian Goh is Founding Partner of Openspace Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on technology investments in Southeast Asia. Openspace Ventures manages over US$550 million across 4 funds. It has 5 offices with close to 30 team members across 11 nationalities. Selected investments let by Hian include Series A into Gojek, Love Bonito, a leading online female fashion label, FinAccel, leading fintech player in Indonesia, Chope Group, the dominant restaurant reservations business in Southeast Asia, and Kumu, a top live streaming company in the Philippines. Hian was the Founder of the Asian Food Channel (AFC), a 24-Hour food and lifestyle Pay TV network, which was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2013. Hian began his career as an investment banker and was a founding member of the Salomon Smith Barney Technology investment banking practice in Asia, (now part of Citigroup) in 1999. Hian graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Trinity College, Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also… Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Current Student. Alumni. Academic Community. Thursday, October 27, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

[IIE] BIG Office Hours: Murli Ravi (Co-founder and Managing Partner, Tin Men Capital)

Contact: incubation@smu.edu.sg. Speaker Details: Before venture capital, Murli worked in investments, consulting and research. Murli has been a board member of more than 25 venture-backed enterprise tech firms since 2008 across countries (Singapore, India, Australia, and the US), and stages (from pre-revenue startups to 2000+ employee firms). His first board roles came at the age of 28 just as the global financial crisis began. He has also been invited to take on independent board seats, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and has been quoted widely… RSVP: For BIG Startups only. Type: Seminars & Workshops. Subject: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Audience: Current Student. Alumni. Academic Community. Thursday, November 10, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.