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Online Event

Turning Crisis into Opportunity [Online Event]

Presented by The Embassy of Singapore in Berlin, German Entrepreneurship Asia, SGInnovate

The corona crisis has devastated countries, businesses, and communities everywhere. But plenty of opportunities await those who can outwit, outplay, and outlast the crisis. Join our speakers from Germany and Singapore for a session on how startups can survive in the global “new normal” and position yourselves for success.

Date: 8 June 2020 (Monday)
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm (SGT) / 10:30am – 11:30am (CET)


  •  4:30pm – 4:35pm (SGT): Opening Remarks by Ambassador Laurence Bay, Ambassador of Singapore to Germany
  • 4:35pm – 5:25pm (SGT): Panel Discussion on Turning Crisis into Opportunity
    • Dr Andreas Schmidt, CEO, Proteona
    • Claus Karthe, Co-founder & CEO, German Entrepreneurship Asia
    • Heng Soon Pang, Head – Venture Building, SGInnovate
    • Moderator: Dr Andreas Kleinschmidt
  • 5:25pm – 5:30pm: Closing Remarks


Speakers’ Profiles:

Dr Andreas Schmidt, CEO, Proteona

Dr Andreas Schmidt is a serial entrepreneur in Asia, the US and Europe. Creating, supporting and funding several biotech companies and building bridges between Singapore and Germany, he has raised more than USD 40 Mil in venture capital. He has founded AYOXXA and is now heading the single cell proteogenomics company Proteona as CEO.

Andreas Schmidt obtained a PhD in molecular and cell biology jointly from the University of Cologne, Germany and the University of California, Berkeley. He received several prestigious fellowships and awards in the US, Germany, China, Taiwan and Singapore. He served on the advisory board of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) and is member of the investment committee of the digital venture capital platform aescuvest of the European Institute of Technology & Innovation (EIT) and catalyst of the Singapore MIT Alliance of Research and Technology (SMART). Dr Schmidt is board member, advisor and mentor for several biotech companies and entrepreneurs, often with an Asia oriented business strategy.

Claus Karthe, Co-founder & CEO, German Entrepreneurship Asia

Claus is the Co-founder and CEO of German Entrepreneurship Asia, which connects the innovation ecosystems of Asia and Europe to advance cross-border collaboration between startups, investors and corporates.

Claus' passion is to help young German companies to capitalise on the fast growing markets in Asia, as well as to support Singapore startups and SMEs to expand to Germany. He has over 25 years of in-depth business experience in Asia, both in large MNCs and in the startup environment. As an entrepreneur, he has been architecting new businesses across tech, finance, big data and deep learning technologies over the last 20 years.

Claus serves on multiple corporate boards and sees himself as a global citizen, having lived in Finland, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore.

Heng Soon Pang, Head – Venture Building, SGInnovate

Heng Soon brings with him 30 years of in-depth knowledge and experience in technology startups investments. At SGInnovate, he leads the Venture Building team that is focused on launching new startups that have research and intellectual property at their core. 

To increase the success rates of these early-stage Deep Tech startups, the Venture Building team also provides business-building advice and works closely with them in areas such as use case and customer identification, talent recruiting, and strategic priorities.

Prior to his current role, Heng Soon was active in sales and business development, having had leadership roles in the precision manufacturing and automation equipment sector.

Heng Soon started his career at Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) where he led efforts in identifying promising Singapore companies for targeted development. While at EDB Investments, Heng Soon was involved in direct investments into high-growth US-based technology startups.

He graduated as a Diplom-Ingenieur from Hamburg, Germany in 1985.

Moderator’s Profile: 

Dr Andreas Kleinschmidt

Dr Andreas Kleinschmidt hosts events and broadcasts, delivers keynote speeches, and works as a coach and trainer. He supports and advises startup companies through his work with seed funds in London and Munich. Previously, he acted as corporate spokesperson and worked on communications for financial transactions with a total deal value of USD 16 billion. He also spent seven years in journalism, as a print and broadcast reporter, receiving the CNN Journalist Award for his international work.

Topics: Startups