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River Venture Studio's Demo Day


Jun 24 2024, Monday02:00 PM - 06:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore


32 Carpenter Street, 059911 and Online

, Singapore



River's Demo Day: Shaping the Future - Inclusively Making an Impact through Industry 5.0 DeepTech Ventures

Date: 24 June 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM SGT

Location: SGInnovate, Singapore

River's Demo Day is the world's first and only Industry 5.0-focused accelerator event. This groundbreaking occasion aims to bring together researchers, innovators, startups, investors, SMEs, and Deep Tech enthusiasts under one roof to explore and propel the future of Industry 5.0. The event will highlight cutting-edge startups, feature insightful panel discussions and fireside chats, and provide ample networking opportunities.

Event Highlights:

  • Live Panel Discussions & Fireside Chats: Engage with industry leaders and experts as they delve into crucial topics shaping Industry 5.0.

  • Startup Pitching: Discover innovative solutions from 15 dynamic startups, each with a 3-minute pitch to showcase their ventures.

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry pioneers, potential collaborators, and investors to build valuable relationships and explore new opportunities.

  • Free Event Access: Enjoy complimentary access to all event activities, including live discussions and exhibitions.

Event Rundown:

  • 1:45 PM - Registration: Attendees arrive and register for the event.

  • 2:00 PM - Opening Remarks: Dr. Viveka discusses River's role in accelerating Industry 5.0 DeepTech ventures.

  • 2:10 PM - Fireside Chat: Acceleration of startups through open innovation with Dr. Suchitra and Mr. Vijayan, moderated by Dr. Viveka.

  • 2:35 PM - Fireside Chat: Acceleration of startups through global expansion with Mr. Patrick and Mr. Sivarajah, moderated by Dr. Viveka.

  • 3:00 PM - Panel Discussion #1: Why does making an impact with inclusive Industry 5.0 inno-ventures matter? Featuring Ms. Premika, Mr. Hardik, Mr. Cyril, and Mr. Dennis, moderated by Mr. Llewellan.

  • 3:35 PM - Panel Discussion #2: Why open innovation is the bridge between startups and corporates? Featuring Mr. Marco, Dr. Renzhe, Mr. Remi, Mr. Akshay, and Mr. Varun, moderated by Ms. Vanessa.

  • 4:10 PM - Pitch Power Hour: Rapid fire pitches from APAC's finest Industry 5.0 DeepTech startups across different verticals.

  • 5:15 PM - Networking: An opportunity for attendees to connect and collaborate.

Speakers and Panelists:

The event will feature prominent speakers and panelists, including:

  1. Dr. Viveka: Founder-CEO, River Venture Studio

  2. Suchitra: Director, SG Innovate

  3. Patrick Lim: CEO, ACE.SG

  4. Vijayan: Former COO, Ultra Clean Technology

  5. Sivarajah: CEO, StartupTN

  6. Marco: Head of Venture Studio, IMI Automation

  7. Premika: Principal UX Designer, GovTech Singapore

  8. Llewellan: Startup Ecosystem Lead, Huawei

  9. Hardik Dobariya: Co-Founder, Factorem

  10. Cyril: Venture Capitalist, SOSV, HAX

  11. Remi Choong: Principal, Elev8.vc

  12. Akshay Chaudhari: Research Analyst, Lux Research

  13. Renzhe: Principal Scientist, A*STAR

  14. Varun: Associate Partner, EY Parthenon

  15. Vanessa Ho: Co-Founder/Investments, Fintech Nation

  16. Dennis: Managing Partner, Legatcy

Featured Startups:

The event will showcase innovative startups including:

  1. KitoSys

  2. Slaylewks

  3. ArmasTec

  4. SmartViz Machine Vision

  5. Towman

  6. CarbonGPT

  7. WeStayClose

  8. Hivebotics

  9. Instio

  10. Alife Air

  11. Addlly

  12. Component.App

  13. Innotrat

  14. BluSim

  15. 2Become.Ai

  16. HyLyt

  17. Pearl Cluster

  18. TeCo

  19. Mindverse

Contact Information:

For more details, contact:

- Phone: +65 8458 4939

- Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Join us at River's Demo Day to witness the future of Industry 5.0 and be a part of the innovation revolution.

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Date: 24 Jun 2024, Monday
Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (GMT +8:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Location: 32 Carpenter Street, 059911 and Online


Speaker's Profile:

Dr. Viveka Kalidasan, Founder & CEO, River Venture Studio & The Edify Project
Dr. Viveka Kalidasan

The visionary founder of world's first and only inclusive, industry5.0 accelerator cum startup studio - River Venture Studio. River has also launched first social media platform to bring together the global industry5.0 community. River is committed to inclusively empower robotics, automation and digital transformation with sustainability, human-centricity and resilience at the heart of it. Founder and CEO of The Edify Project, a one-stop venture building partner that serves startups, academia, corporates and individuals alike. Edify also launches multinational brands and startups in APAC, headquartered in Singapore, and takes care of end-to-end operations, lead generation and client acquisition.

Speaker's Profile:

Suchitra Narayan, Director, Venture Build and Advanced Manufacturing Lead, SG Innovate
Suchitra Narayan

Innovation Enabler, Business Builder and Leader, with a strong background in technology, finance, P&L management & commercial strategy across Australia and Asia Pacific. Board / C-Suite advisor to Start-ups and Commercial advisor to Heads of APAC for MNC’s. Bringing together disruptive technology breakthroughs, business acumen, market / customer perception and talent to create successful businesses with a focus on customer centricity.

Speaker's Profile:

Patrick Lim, Chief Executive Officer , ACE.SG
Patrick Lim

ACE.SG (Action Community for Entrepreneurship) is the national voice for the Singapore startup ecosystem, and a key trade association for startups. ACE.SG constantly seeks to build a dynamic and sustainable startup ecosystem in Singapore, focusing on five key pillars: Startups, Corporations, Institutes of Higher Learning, Risk Capital, and the Public Sector.

Speaker's Profile:

Vijayan Chinnasami, Former Chief Operating Officer , Ultra Clean Technology
Vijayan Chinnasami

Oversaw World Wide Operations, including Supply Chain and Quality, for the company with 29 sites worldwide and revenue exceeding USD 2.5 billion. Managed annual operating and capital expenditure budgets to guarantee financial efficiency and sustainability, spearheading capacity ramp-up initiatives to support company growth and expansion, taking responsibility for Quality, Delivery, and Cost to ensure optimal performance and customer satisfaction, and holding full P&L responsibility to ensure and maintain the profitability and financial health of the company.

Speaker's Profile:

Sivarajah Ramanathan, Chief Executive Officer , StartupTN
Sivarajah Ramanathan

As the Mission Director and CEO of StartupTN, he leads the Startup Ecosystem nodal agency of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Being in this role for over a year and a half, he brings more than 10 years of experience as a founder and CEO of a successful angel network.

Speaker's Profile:

Marco Placidi , Head of Venture Studio , IMI Automation
Marco Placidi

Leading IMI Automation Venture Studio focused on bringing transformative growth opportunities by building and scaling new ventures in the energy transition and decarbonization industries.

Moderator's Profile:

Cyril Ebersweiler, Venture Capitalist, SOSV & HAX
Cyril Ebersweiler

Cyril is a General Partner at SOSV and the Founder/Managing Director of HAX. With a global mindset honed by living on every continent, including key innovation hubs like San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore, Shenzhen, and Seoul, Cyril founded Orbit Startups in 2010 and HAX in 2012. His initiatives have been instrumental in positioning SOSV as a leader in nurturing and investing in top-tier entrepreneurs who address complex challenges worldwide, right from inception. Under Cyril's leadership, HAX has become a beacon for deep tech startups, with his investments creating $Bs in value. He is a board member or advisor to trailblazing companies such as Formlabs, AngelList, Opentrons, Particle, Makeblock, Yeelight, Avidbots, Simbe Robotics, Adoreme (ACQ: VSCO), Collaborate (ACQ: CISCO), Hackster (ACQ: AVNET), Dispatch Robotics (ACQ: AMZN), and many others.

Speaker's Profile:

Remi Choong, Principal, elev8.vc
Remi Choong

Remi started his first business at 15 years old, selling custom-built PCs to friends in school. Since then, he founded two other companies before kickstarting his venture capital career at a prestigious sovereign VC fund. As one of the most experienced deep-tech investors in the region, Remi has personally closed deep-tech deals across technology verticals such as quantum computing, air mobility, space-tech, biotech, and autonomous vehicles. A number of these companies have made successful exits through the years. Remi believes in grooming a generation of deep-tech investors that will "change our universe", while helping deep-tech founders realise their dreams by investing in both their companies and their personal success.

Speaker's Profile:

Premika PoSaw , Principal UX Designer, GovTech Singapore
 Premika PoSaw

Premika's mission is simple: to enrich both her life and the lives of those around her. For Premika, it's all about experimenting, embracing the right attitude, and fostering optimism. #ExperienceImpact: Ever felt that 'wow' moment? That's Premika's sweet spot—crafting those moments through imaginative designs and the power of teamwork. She faces challenges head-on, turning them not just into solutions but valuable learning experiences. #TechImpact: She's not just a tech user; she's a tech explorer. Tech is more than a tool; it's her compass for understanding users, predicting needs, and pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Moderator's Profile:

Llewellan Vance, Startup Ecosystem Lead, Huawei Singapore
Llewellan Vance

As the Startup Ecosystem Lead, Llewellan's purpose is to incubate and accelerate startups to become tomorrow’s scale-ups. Responsible for developing and building investor relationships with active VCs, customers and specialist teams across the organization to understand the needs of entrepreneurs and how to help them meet the needs to achieve growth. In less than two years we went from being a program that no one had heard of, to an award winning initiative that now operates across two continents, has received over 2,000 applications, and admitted 100+ startups globally. To date we have helped a handful startups raise over 50M+ and we are just getting started.

Speaker's Profile:

Hardik Dobariya, Co-Founder, Factorem
Hardik Dobariya

Building Southeast Asia's first AI-driven fulfilment platform for on-demand manufacturing. Factorem simplifies the manufacturing process to help businesses get custom parts and build better products, faster. Save time finding the right manufacturers, get instant quotes and manage orders seamlessly - all in one place! #HelpingMakersMake #OnDemandManufacturing #DigitalManufacturingEcosystem Factorem is backed by SEEDS Capital, Blue InCube Ventures, Pia Ventures, Iterative.vc and more.

Speaker's Profile:

Akshay Chaudhari, Research Analyst, Lux Research
Akshay Chaudhari

Lux Research is a technology scouting and strategic advisory firm. As an analyst on materials and manufacturing team, I provide insights and strategic advice to the clients regarding business opportunities in emerging technologies. I cover critical minerals, sustainable manufacturing, 3D printing, generative design, Industry 4.0 and digital twins.

Speaker's Profile:

Renzhe Bi, Principal Scientist, A*STAR Skin Research Labs (ASRL)
Renzhe Bi

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that spearheads economic oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit society.

Speaker's Profile:

Varun Parmar, Associate Partner, EY Parthenon
Varun Parmar

Programmer turned investor. Passionate about solving pressing societal problems - as an investor, consultant, and corporate citizen. 15+ years of demonstrating an owner’s mindset by successfully taking investment cases through to business/ product launch, thereby connecting strategy to execution in the technology, retail and financial services sectors.

Moderator's Profile:

Vanessa Ho, Co-Founder | Investments, Fintech Nation
Vanessa Ho

Investing in the future of fintech and the digital economy in Southeast Asia & India through Fintech Nation Fund and Angels. Portfolio includes Triple-A, Mito Health, CHOYS, Finfra and more. Bringing the Singapore fintech community together through initiatives such as Fintech65 annual nomination.

Speaker's Profile:

Dennis Poh, Managing Partner, Legatcy Consulting LLP.
Dennis Poh

Advises business owners and founders coming from different countries around the world, on cross border structuring, compliance and business strategy planning.