Event Details

Emerging from COVID-19, one of the most lasting legacies is the accelerated adoption of digital disruptive technologies across all industries. Savvy and confident, consumers are embracing the digital economy as a means to access enhanced services that would traditionally have been out of reach. Join us for an exclusive afternoon to hear from two of the most prominent tech startups today, on key industry trends, as well as how they have navigated early-stage challenges to scaling into regional powerhouses. They will share on how they have successfully created new business opportunities in the new digital economy, lessons learnt and exciting growth plans ahead

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2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Registration and Pre-Event Networking
Registration starts from 2:30 pm onwards
3:00 PM - 3:05 PM
Opening Address by SGX
Ms Leyu Ong, Senior Vice President,
Capital Markets, SGX
3:05 PM - 3:20 PM
Ecosystem Support for Startup Success
Lucian Koh, Head, Innovation &
Strategic Partnerships, ACE
3:20 PM - 3:40 PM
The World of Smart Shopping and Rewards
Julian Foo, General Manager, Financial Services, ShopBack
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Bringing Digital Finance to Asia’s fastest-growing SMEs and startups
Thomas Jeng, General Manager, Singapore, Aspire
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM
Panel Discussion
Julian Foo (ShopBack)
Thomas Jeng (Aspire)
Jeremy Au (BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech)

Leyu Ong (SGX)
4:40 PM - 5:30 PM


  • Jeremy Au (Investor & Podcast Host, BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech at BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech Podcast)

    Jeremy Au

    Investor & Podcast Host, BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech at BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech Podcast

    Jeremy was previously CEO and Co-Founder of CozyKin, a VC-backed edtech start-up, which was acquired by Higher Ground Education and scaled across multiple cities in North America. He has been recognized with Forbes “30 Under 30” and Prestige “40 Under 40.” He now hosts a regular series of podcast called BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech Podcast [linkedin.com], sharing on various topics about Southeast Asia's startup & venture capital scenes.

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  • Julian Foo (General Manager,  Financial Services at Shopback)

    Julian Foo

    General Manager, Financial Services at Shopback


    Julian is the General Manager of ShopBack heading up Financial Services. He founded the Instore business in 2018 and launched Singapore’s first wallet-linked offers program with DBS PayLah! in 2020. He then went on to launch the Payments business for both Online and Instore partners. Prior to that, he was in the legal profession and advised on emerging enterprises and start-ups on their capital raises and corporate transactions with respect to growth capital and private equity across the full range of M&A activities globally.

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  • Leyu Ong (Senior Vice President, Head of TMT, Capital Markets at Sgx)

    Leyu Ong

    Senior Vice President, Head of TMT, Capital Markets at Sgx


    Leyu heads the TMT team within Capital Markets, and is active in reaching out to the start-up ecosystem to help innovative growth companies in their fundraising plans. This is her second time back with SGX, having previously covered the Southeast Asian markets, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar to work with regional businesses interested to list in Singapore, before
    she left in 2015 to join Capbridge, a fintech startup that leverages on technology to match professional institutional investors to growth companies seeking funding, and regulated by MAS. She then joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’Singapore Venture Hub, a one-of-its-kind initiative to create a one-stop shop for investors and startup founders. She rejoined SGX in late 2018.

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  • Lucian Koh (Deputy Director, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships of ACE.SG)

    Lucian Koh

    Deputy Director, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships of ACE.SG

    A seasoned Singaporean business leader with diverse experience in G2G, B2G, B2B, B2C and PPP. Lucian served senior positions with several internationally renowned companies with significant tour of duties in China and the Philippines. In his corporate roles, he drove Strategies, Operation Management, Business Development, Marketing and Corporate Relationships across Asia Pacific. Entrepreneurial in nature, he founded Hongjiaquan Pugilistics and Singapore Success Stories in Singapore and co-founded Elite College Link in China. Currently, Lucian oversees innovation and strategic partnerships at ACE.SG.

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  • Thomas Jeng (General Manager, Singapore at Aspire)

    Thomas Jeng

    General Manager, Singapore at Aspire


    Thomas Jeng is General Manager, Singapore at Aspire, where he leads the sales and partnerships teams driving the firm’s expansion. Thomas focuses on commercial strategy, organizational design, as well as overseeing operational execution.

    Prior to joining Aspire, he held a variety of roles in the startup and venture capital space, including:

    - Leading go-to-market and customer success as VP, Head of Commercial at Gnowbe, an early-stage EdTech company

    - Leading expansion in Asia, Europe, and Africa as Head of Global Business Development at 500 Startups (now 500 Global), a worldwide venture capital firm and startup ecosystem builder

    - Building Junction, a platform for digital innovation talent, as Co-Founder and CEO

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SGX Auditorium, Level 2

SGX Auditorium, Level 2
SGX Centre 1, 2 Shenton Way
Singapore 068804


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