Connecting the Dutch Startup & SME community in Singapore

  Connecting the Dutch Startup & SME community in Singapore

The goal of the Startup & SME Academy is to provide relevant content and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing for Dutch professionals that are part of the Startup and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) community in Singapore and for local stakeholders keen on working together with Dutch Startups and SME’s.

Every three months an event will be organized, which will be led by one or more experts regarding a particular topic. Each session has the same structure: speakers that share their knowledge and experience, interactive group sessions and networking. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussion, pitch business ideas and receive on the spot feedback. 

The Startup & SME Academy is meant for:

  • Dutch founders, co-founders and employees of startups and SMEs in Singapore.
  • In particular, our events are interesting for those who are currently in one of the following lifecycle stages: validation, growth and professionalisation.
  • Dutch and Singaporean angel investors, seed investors and venture capitalists.
  • Members of ADB-DutchCham have priority over non-members.
  • People who are considering either working for a startup or for a corporate are recommended to attend regular events organised by ADB-DutchCham.

Previous events: 

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Scaling up your business; the obstacles and the rewards &
Sharing best practices between Singapore and the Netherlands

Special Guest of Honor HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje

Two fireside chats (panel discussions) with investors and business owners to talk about the challenges and experiences in Singapore in an informal setting through expert-led panel discussions and presentations. Prince Constantijn will moderate the discussions.



• 5.30pm Open registration
• 6.00 pm Welcome by Barbara Guerpillon
• 6.15 pm Panel 1 Discussion, moderator Prince Constantijn
• 6.45 pm Panel 2 Discussion, moderator Prince Constantijn
• 7.15 pm Wrap Up & Summary
• 7.30 pm Informal networking drinks
• 8.30 pm End

Panel 1, startup panel:

Grace Sai, Co-Founder & CEO @ Found (previously the Impact hub)
Ricardo van Loenen, Co-Founder & CEO @ B. Amsterdam
Ginny Eckblad, Co-Founder @ Gorilla Space
Paul du Long, CTO @ Bluemeg

Panel 2, scale-up panel:

Steve Melhuish, Co-Founder & Vice Chairman @ PropertyGuru
Kuo Yi, Managing Partner @ Monk`s hill
Vignesa Moorthy, CEO @ ViewQwest
Pieter Kemps, Principal @ Sequoia

When: 16 May 2018, 5.30-8.30pm
Where: Unilever Foundry, Mapletree Business City
Special guest: His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn
Rate: Free of charge

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Visit of Prime Minister Rutte to Academy:



“I like the 'learning by doing' approach, and looking forward to the next one. Good synergy between ADB, DutchCham, Dutch Embassy and Startup/SME ecosystem. Great TEAMwork.”

“This was a very inspirational and well organized event.”

“Very well organised event. Interactive so kept people motivated and involved. Definitely recommend to any budding start up entrepreneur or an established business.”