City Tech Tokyo 2023, is one of the world’s largest international startup conferences held across two days (February 27th – 28th) in Tokyo, with over 300 global startups with over 100,000 individuals participating from venture capital, corporates, accelerators and universities all around the world.
Yuko Ueno, Director of Leave a Nest Singapore moderated one of the panels at the event; “Creating Fertile Grounds for Startup Growth in Singapore”. The discussion was joined by Fabian Tan – Regional Group Director of Northeast Asia and Oceania at Enterprise Singapore, Travin Singh – Founder and Group CEO at CRUST Group and Stevan Tan – COO at Alterpacks to discuss Singapore's latest trends within the startup landscape focusing on sustainability and how that has cultivated a rich bed for startup growth for overseas startups to enter the Singaporean market and vice versa.
The Singaporean government had clearly outlined their commitment to sustainability by stating that “climate change defences are existential for Singapore” as part of the Singapore Green Plan. The government's ambitious goals revolving sustainability coupled with the capital incentives for VC funds to establish their base in Singapore, Fabian highlighted that there has been a significant influx of climate tech focused VCs and accelerators into Singapore. This has triggered innovation for sustainability across the entire value chain from the primary to tertiary levels combining ESG with fintech.
Utilising this rich bed for growth fuelled by the national interest, the discussion developed into how Leave a Nest supports these Singaporean startups are expanding into Japan as their market. Enterprise Singapore runs Market Acceleration programs for Singaporean startups to expand into markets all over the world by appointing partners with a large corporate network at the market of interest, which Leave a Nest was selected as partner for the Japan market. This bilateral relation between Japan and Singapore dates back from 55 years ago, but their collaboration through startups as a means to strengthen and increase resiliency of each other's economies, marks the start of a new era between the relations of the two countries.
Be Hyper Interdisciplinary
If you would like to hear more about the story from Yuko about boroder perspectives in ASEAN and also about ESG related startups. please come join to our Hyper Interdiscinplinary Confernece 2023 in Tokyo held on Mar 3rd, 4th 2023.
Audience registration from HERE.
Yuko's session is “Impact of Malaysian Industry to ASEAN & the World” and you can learn from the CEOs of Malaysia's leading manufacturing startups about where they currently stand in terms of the country's industrial level, and discuss their expectations for Japanese companies.
Also we have another ESG session in our conference named “Innovation in a BOX or outside of the BOX?”. In this session, through discussions with Singaporean government organizations and leading Japanese and Singaporean startups, you can learn what is happening/what can be done in Singapore (small box), and provide hints for Japanese companies to co-create activities with startups.