Deep Tech x Deep Talent: Investing in the Next Generation of Innovators | SGInnovate
July 17 2019


32 Carpenter Street
Singapore 059911

Deep Tech x Deep Talent: Investing in the Next Generation of Innovators

Presented by SGInnovate
Partnered with WholeTree Foundation and the Asian Institute of Mentoring

Advancements and breakthroughs in technology have changed the way we do business and how we live. This creates the constant need for organisations to attract and retain the right talent. However, the right talent is not defined based on their technical expertise and technical merit alone.

Based on a survey by Wall Street Journal, 92% reported soft skills are just as important - sometimes even more important - as technical skills. These soft skills include integrity, empathy, leadership, creativity and teamwork. This means that organisations need to take a more holistic approach and humanistic framework to talent - not just ensuring there is talent within the field but also integrating humanity into technology and business. This calls for a more human-centred approach to everything that they do.

Join us in exploring the ways Deep Tech meets Deep Talent, and discover the ways we can grow a new generation of talent to create the next-gen innovations.

Date: 17 July 2019, Wednesday
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

Programme Details:
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Registration 
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A 
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Networking


  • Chow Yen-Lu, Executive Chairman, WholeTree Foundation 
  •  Anuj Jain, Co-founder & CEO, Startup-O
  • François (Frankie) Le Nguyen, Company Building (Form) Lead, EF Singapore

Moderator: Gabriela Zahoranskaz, Marketing Manager and Classes & Workshops Producer, General Assembly

Speakers’ Profiles:
Chow Yen-Lu, Executive Chairman, WholeTree Foundation

Yen-Lu is the Executive Chairman of WholeTree Foundation, Co-Founder & Directorof Asia Institute of Mentoring, Founding Partner of Fatfish MediaLab, Founding Executive Mentor of Young Sustainable Impact SEA and Founder of Deep Human Movement. He currently serves on the board of several startup ventures and actively advises others, especially in the social space. He also serves in government advisory panels for innovation and lends a hand to bring national level R&D projects to commercialisation. With the launch of his family’s non-profit and other social initiatives, Yen-Lu now devotes most of his time serving the society as well as the nation in his various capacities.

Anuj Jain, Co-founder & CEO, Startup-O

Anuj is the CEO & Co-Founder of Startup-O, which is South East Asia’s largest platform for startup assessments, investment & venture building. The fast-growing platform community has over 1200 startups from across 40 countries along with a vast network of global experts and partner institutions from across 15 countries. He is driven by the vision of democratising innovation by enabling authentic entrepreneurs to   succeed with access to capital and global networks. At the same time, the platform serves investors with a transparent & data-driven approach to build a diversified portfolio of high traction tech startups. Anuj has rich ‘Go to Market’ experience across Asian markets including North Asia, South East Asia, China and India. His career spanned across major consumer product MNCs like Procter & Gamble, Glaxo SmithKline Beecham, Wipro & BIC for over 15 years before he transitioned into the world of technology startups in 2013. At present, he is a strong contributor to Singapore & SEA startup ecosystem, and as such, has a deep understanding of pain areas for both founders and investors. He led successful scaling of a VC funded F&B SaaS company in the region, having spent hundreds of hours in training over 160 startup founders through a structured boot camp in Singapore and invested in others before he co-founded Startup-O in early 2016 to address these issues for founders and investors alike through a platform-fund approach. A strong proponent of the ‘Pay it Forward’ philosophy, he actively shares his knowledge and experience at various regional forums. Originally from India, he is living in Singapore with his family since 2002 and is passionate about holistic wellness practices in his free time.

François (Frankie) Le Nguyen, Company Building (Form) Lead, EF Singapore

François leads Talent and Company Building (Form). Prior to EF, he was a Product Manager at Holmusk, TradeGecko, and Lightspeed POS. François also teaches workshops and bootcamps on Product Management at General Assembly.

Moderator's Profile:
Gabriela Zahoranskaz, Marketing Manager and Classes & Workshops Producer, General Assembly

Gabriela is a Marketing Manager and Workshops Producer at General Assembly Singapore (GA). She joined GA in September 2017 as the company combines her three passions – education, technology and women empowerment. Before General Assembly, Gabriela worked in marketing and partnerships in technology area. Over the past 6 years, she has worked for Fortune 500 corporations as well as early stage startups in San Francisco, London, Bratislava and as a digital nomad across APAC. Through events, career festivals and workshops, Gabriela hopes to encourage and empower people to step into the world of tech.

Topics: Talent and Mentoring