Event Report - "Entrepreneurship - What Works?"

The University of Manchester Alumni Association of Singapore (UoMAAS) Entrepreneurship and Networking event on 19th Oct 2016 at Manchester Business School premise was another successful one! The panel discussion "Entrepreneurship - What Works" saw alumni and veterans from the industry share their personal experiences and give tips to budding and new entrepreneurs. 

We had the honour of having Mr Bill Liu, Charlie Ang, Sunil Rai and Wayne Soo sharing their experiences in a panel, which was moderated by committee member, Fabien Chen. Discussion topics ranged from ways to conceptualise an idea, to intellectual property issues surrounding an invention, and ways to become a successful entrepreneur. With attendance of close to 50 alumni attending the session, it was a successful networking event, with the interaction and mingling following thereafter. 

The panel session discussion can also be viewed on our alumni association YouTube channel HERE

This event was also organised to coincide with the launch of our UoMAAS's revamped membership pack, filled with exciting privileges for members of the alumni! 

SIGN-UP now for our annual membership and enjoy all the subsidised rates at UoMAAS's events all year round, and also exclusive discounts from our merchant partners! 

Panel Session with (L-R) – Fabien, Charlie, Sunil, Bill, Wayne

ENTREPRENEURSHIP – WHAT WORKS?

7pm Wednesday 19 October 2016

SAVE THE DATE!

We are delighted to invite you to save the date for this exciting event – “Entrepreneurship – what works?”. How do you move from a kick ass idea, to a well detailed plan, to a fully operating business? What should you look out for if you would like to build your own start-up?
 
Join us to learn from and engage with veterans and professionals from the start-up / entrepreneurship field. Listen to these seasoned hands share their experiences and tips on how to avoid pitfalls when starting your own business. Don’t miss a chance for this exclusive session with our esteemed panellists:

What you can expect:

  1. A mini lecture about the practical aspects on embarking on the start-up journey
  2. A panel of highly experienced entrepreneurs and professionals in the start-up field to share their experiences as well as to answer your questions
  3. A chance to network and mingle with like-minded people and potential mentors

Details:
Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Time: Registration at 6.45pm
Venue: Manchester Business School. 55 Market Street, #05-01, Singapore, 048941
Cost:

  1. Sign-Up as a UOMAAS member at just $30 and receive a FREE ticket to this exclusive event, plus enjoy year long membership benefits with our partners! OR
  2. Non-members / Public: $25 (Pay Here!

Please remember to sign-up for the event as well at the following link HERE


William W.H. Liu (Bill)
Chairman & Managing Partner,
Stream Global Pte Ltd

Bill (as he is more commonly known) started his career in the I.T. industry after he received his M.Sc, DIC, in OR & Management Studies from Imperial College in 1970 and B.Sc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester, UK.

He is currently the Chairman and Managing Partner of Stream Global Pte Ltd, a venture catalyst in the ICT and IDM space. From 2001 to 2006 he was President of Green Dot Capital Pte Ltd, a Temasek owned company, which invested in start-up and early stage companies, globally. It was also the holding company of Singapore Computer Systems Ltd and SNP Corporation Ltd, both were listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. From 1993 to 2001, Bill was the President & CEO of ABACUS International, responsible for its operations and profitable growth that spanned 20 countries in Asia Pacific. 

Prior to joining ABACUS, Bill was International Computers Ltd’s (ICL) Regional Vice President for Asia and concurrently the non-executive Chairman of the Singapore operations. He also served as General Manager of ICL Taiwan for a year in 1992.

He is currently a Board member of SISTIC.com Pte Ltd, GreenDot Energy Pte Ltd, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) and The Private Museum. He was previously Board member of the National Library Board, Singapore Computer Systems. Mr Liu was actively involved in IDA’s 2015 “Intelligent Nation, A Global City powered by Infocomm” Master Plan, sitting on 3 sub-committees, viz. Infocomm Competency Council, Financial Services and Enterprise Development.

Charlie Ang
Partnership Director, SingularityU Global (Singapore Chapter), 
Partner and Head for Singapore at KIATT
Founder of FutureCraft
Founding President of The Innovators Institute, Co-founder of The Innovators Network, Co-founder of The IdeasCollider!

Charlie Ang is a Business Futurist whose specialty is in analysing and explaining the impact of technologies on the future of the economy, industries, companies, education and jobs. His insights has been featured extensively in various media, publications, conferences and forums on topics ranging from future trends, strategic innovation, disruptive technologies, startups, education, human resources, jobs and entrepreneurship.

He is actively engaged in exciting roles that put him at the forefront of emerging developments such as:

  • As an innovation evangelist: Founding President of The Innovators Institute, Co-founder of The Innovators Network, Co-founder of The IdeasCollider!,
  • As a futures speaker: Founder of FutureCraft (futurecraft.asia)
  • As a venture investor: Partner and Head for Singapore at KIATT, a deep technology and commercial science global venture capital firm.
  • As a technology educator: Partnership Director of SingularityU Global (Singapore Chapter), which is the worldwide alumni network of Singularity University.

Charlie received his MBA from the NUS Business School and BSc (First Class) Honours in Computer Science from University of Manchester, UK. He is also trained in strategic futures and innovation at Singularity University (in Silicon Valley), Oxford University’s Said Business School and Stanford University.

He is very passionate about helping companies, leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and individuals understand, adapt and succeed in the Future Economy.

Sunil Rai
Partner,
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP

Sunil Rai is a partner at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP (Corporate practice). Sunil concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial areas encompassing domestic and cross border M&A share and asset transactions, joint ventures, investments and divestments, corporate governance, restructuring of entities, employment law matters including formulating stock option/ share award schemes, establishing new businesses and assisting clients in drafting a broad range of contracts. Sunil has a particular interest in the supply chain industry and private investment funds (venture capital/private equity) and also assisting in the growth of various SMEs, start-ups and private funds through establishing new ventures, fund-raising and value creation.

His experience includes:

  • Tolaram Group (“TG”) and Tolaram Africa (“TA”), a subsidiary of TG: Assisting on a long-term joint venture between TA and NYSE-listed Kellogg Company (“KC”) to 1) create a partnership between TA and KC to develop snacks and breakfast foods and 2) acquire 50% in the Multipro Group, for US$450 million (S$634 million). 
  • Singapore - based Reebonz, one of the region's fastest growing luxury online retailers, its founder and its existing shareholders: Acting in a S$50 million Series D investment which also included a S$20 million investment by new lead investor, multimedia group MediaCorp, in Reebonz's latest round of fundraising.
  • Founders and minority shareholders of PropertyGuru: Advising on the sale of certain existing shares and investment in PropertyGuru Pte Ltd for an aggregate consideration of S$175million from private equity firm TPG, Australian-based venture capital firm Square Peg Capital and Indonesian-based PT Emtek. 
  • BitX Pte Ltd and its founders: Advising on a US$4 million Series A investment by PayU, a subsidiary of Naspers, and Digital Currency Group.
  • Redmart Pte Ltd: Advising on S$5.4m fund-raising mezzanine round from various prominent investors.

Wayne Soo
Managing Partner,
Fiducia LLP
Public Accountants and
Chartered Accountants of Singapore

Wayne is a member of six (6) professional accounting bodies in Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, USA and Australia. He was the Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Management Consultants, Singapore for several terms and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Singapore Institute of Directors. 

Wayne gained his years of auditing, accounting and financial experience with Ernst & Young Public Accountants in Malaysia and Singapore. He has been intimately involved in the auditing of medium-sized and listed clients in industries such as IT start-ups, E-commerce projects, retail and general trading, aerospace and aviation, property development, hotels and resorts, leisure and entertainment, not-for-profit organizations, palm oil plantations, food and drinks manufacturing, power generation, leasing and financing, pharmaceutical corporations; to name but a few.

Since 2001, Wayne’s article contributions on strategy, business management and HRM topics have been regularly published in professional journals such as The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (Singapore edition), The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAS), The Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), and HRM, a commercial human resource publication headquartered in Australia. Wayne’s business, financial and HR comments have also been published in newspapers such as The Straits Times (Singapore) and Today (Singapore).

Wayne has conducted executive workshops on forensic investigation, strategic business planning, internal audit, entrepreneurship, cash flow planning, budgeting and disaster recovery for participants from Australia, Malaysia, Middle East, Singapore and USA.


EPL Soccer Manchester Derby game at Le Noir Clark Quay!

Let's watch the upcoming EPL Soccer Manchester Derby game together at Le Noir Bar & Lounge at Clark Quay!

We can meet at the bar at 7pm before the game starts (7.30pm) on the 10th of September, Saturday. For our alumni, the happy hour pricing will be extended until the end of the game. 

We will reserve the table as per the number of RSVPs. Please let us know if you want to join us. 

Haze cannot stop us from loving football games! See you soon.

Event Highlight: Professor Brian Cox OBE at The National Gallery Singapore – 1 August 2016

Thanks to all our alumni members, who participated in our event on 1 Aug 2016!

We are sincerely honored to have Professor Brian Cox share an insight into his work in science communication and his time at Manchester. 

Special thanks to British Council SingaporeThe University of Manchester, and National Gallery Singapore for making this event a success!

Check out the highlights of the event below, or see the full event video here 

Professor Brian Cox OBE at The National Gallery Singapore – 1 August 2016

Professor Brian Cox OBE at The National Gallery Singapore
6pm Monday, 1 August 2016

We are delighted to invite you to book for this exclusive event – Professor Brian Cox OBE at The National Gallery Singapore.

Professor Cox obtained a first class honours degree in Physics from The University of Manchester and a PhD in High Energy Particle Physics. In 2009, he became a Professor of Particle Physics at The University of Manchester and in 2015 became The Royal Society’s Professor for Public Engagement in Science.

He has also appeared in a number of highly-acclaimed BBC series, looking into the science of everything – the cosmos, the Earth, and life itself.

Professor Cox will give the audience an insight into his work in science communication and his time at Manchester.

The event will be held at The National Gallery, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore, 178957. The timings for the evening are as follows (all timings are approximate):

6pm – Welcome and registration
6.30pm – Professor Brian Cox will begin the discussions
7.15pm – Q&A with the audience
7.30pm – Buffet served with wine, beer and soft drinks

Tickets are free and include all food and drinks. You are welcome to register a guest.

If your guest is also an alumnus of The University of Manchester, please email alumnievents@manchester.ac.uk to let us know so we can ensure their name badge is correct.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely

Claire Kilner
Deputy Director
Division of Development and Alumni Relations

Intake Closing – 20% Loyalty Discount for Ambitious University of Manchester Graduates

Dear UOM Alumni,

From high-powered managers and directors to successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, the success of our students and alumni is testament to the quality and international reputation of the Manchester Global MBA.

Application for the July 2016 intake is closing soon and we are extending a discount of 20% off the full programme fees for graduates from the University of Manchester.  To assess your eligibility for the MBA programme, please email us a copy of your CV to siaothong@mbsw.edu.sg or call us at +65 6538 4470.

You are also invited for our MBA preview session on the 22nd June 2016 (Wed), 7pm, Raffles Place.

Kindly register at: http://mbs.replyhub.com/global/preview/

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Warmest Regards,

Manchester Business School Pte Ltd | The University of Manchester | 55 Market Street #05-01 | Singapore 048941 | Tel  +65 6538 4341

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Save the date – ‘In conversation’ with Professor Brian Cox OBE – 6pm Monday 1 August 2016

‘In conversation’ with Professor Brian Cox OBE
6pm Monday 1 August 2016

We are delighted to invite you to save the date for this exclusive event – an ‘In Conversation’ with Professor Brian Cox OBE.

Professor Brian Cox OBE obtained a first class honours degree in physics from The University of Manchester and a PhD in High Energy Particle Physics. In 2009, he became a Professor of Particle Physics at The University of Manchester. In 2015, he became The Royal Society’s Professor for Public Engagement in Science.

Professor Cox has appeared on both BBC Television and Radio for a number of highly-acclaimed series, looking into the science of everything – the cosmos, the earth, and life itself.

He will give the audience an insight into his work in science communication and his time at Manchester.

We do hope that you can join us for this fantastic event; full details on the venue and how to book will follow.

The evening will begin with a welcome reception at 6pm and the conversation will begin at 6:30pm.

There will be a buffet with wine, beer and soft drinks to follow from 7:30pm.

So we can get an idea of the numbers of people attending, please can you fill in this short survey to let us know if you are able to join us – the survey can be accessed here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K9N2D8P.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Kilner
Deputy Director
Division of Development and Alumni Relations

Loyalty Programme for Ambitious University of Manchester Graduates

From senior-level managers and directors to successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, our students and alumni are testament to the quality and international reputation of the Manchester Global MBA programme.

20% Loyalty Discount

We are delighted to announce a loyalty discount of 20% off full programme fees for all ambitious University of Manchester graduates who are successful in their application for the Manchester Global MBA programme.

Intakes

  • There are two intakes per year, in January and July.
    • Applications are now open for the July 2016 intake.  To assess your eligibility for the Manchester Global MBA Programme, please email a copy of your CV to globalmba@mbsw.edu.sg
  • Alternatively, you may contact us at 6538-4470 or 6538-4341 to find out more.

Manchester Business School Pte Ltd
The University of Manchester
55 Market Street #05-01
Singapore 048941

AGM 2016 Alumni Association for Singapore | Annual General Meeting | 23 April 2016

Alumni Association for Singapore – Annual General Meeting - 23 April 2016, 3pm

The Alumni Association will be having its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 23 April 2016. For alumni members attending, please email the Association Secretary by clicking here.

Agenda

  • Recap of the last 12 months of activities plus financial accounts
  • Briefing on the upcoming Alumni Association Membership programme launch
  • Proposal to change the existing Alumni Association bank account from Standard Chartered bank to Maybank

Date & time: 23 April 2016, 3pm-5pm
Venue: Stream Global Pte Ltd, Blk 71, Ayer Rajah Crescent, #03-11, Singapore 139951 (map)
Enquiries: contact@uomalumni.org.sg

Directions to venue
From downtown

  • Head West on Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE)
  • Take Exit 8 to South Bona Vista Road
  • Turn right into Ayer Rajah Avenue
  • Turn right onto Ayer Rajah Crescent
  • Turn right on the 2nd car park entrance
  • Block 71 is on your right

The committee will be looking forward to seeing you and having your support at our Alumni Association AGM on 23 April.