SWSG x GIC : When Worlds Collide

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SWSG x GIC : When Worlds Collide

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

GIC Capital Tower
Level 37, 168 Robinson Road
Capital Tower
Singapore, Singapore 068912

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SWSG x GIC : When Worlds Collide

Ideation-stage start-up entrepreneurs and sophisticated investors from a multi-billion investment fund. Two opposite ends of the start-up spectrum that rarely connect. 

Until now.

At our third and final SWSG pre-event*, join us at GIC for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what happens when these two worlds collide with each other. With a mix of casual fireside panel chats and networking opportunities, we are going out with a bang to end our trilogy of awesomeness with an abundance of pizza, burritos, wings, beer, swag bags and opportunities to win some cool prizes.

Filled with nuggets of hacks and tips like our previous pre-events, participants will get to:

  • Meet and mingle with some of our favourite Judges, Mentors and Guests!
  • Take your startup idea and test it out on GIC professionals to fine tune it before the main event
  • Discover how technology investors think and what they look for in rising companies
  • Learn about hot technology areas investors around the globe are looking into and why
  • Get some awesome cool, never-seen-before SWAG!
  • Check out GIC’s hot new space for tech and innovation!
  • Meet the entire SWSG team to ask questions and get some hot tips on how to score at SWSG!
Psst- a few of the final judges and a bunch of our mentors will be at this pre-event, so don’t miss the only chance to meet them to get some tips and seed your ideas before the main event! ;)

Finally, a very special ANNOUNCEMENT will be unveiled for the main event. You really don’t want to miss it!

*This event is open only to Startup Weekend Singapore Mega participants with an exclusive invite via email.

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6:00 pm
Registration, Dinner and Drinks
Dinner and drinks, view the newly renovated reception and café areas

7:00 pm
SWSG Introduction
Get set up for the evening with a quick introduction and run through of Startup Weekend with Durwin Ho (Lead Organizer, Startup Weekend Singapore).

7:05 pm
Opening Speaker
Lim Chow Kiat (CEO, GIC)

7:15 pm
Keynote Address
John Tang (Global Head of Global Investments, Strategy & Risk)

7:30 pm
Fireside Chat: Tech X Investing
Goh Kok Huat (Moderator; COO, GIC) John Tang (Global Head of Global Investments, Strategy & Risk) Percy Wong (Head of Systematic Investment Group) Kevin Lee (Head of GIC Labs and Data Science) Sang Shin (Head of Mobility)

8:00 pm
When Worlds Collide: Network and Mingle
A chance to gain 3 minutes to network with GIC professionals and test your pitch!

8:15 pm
Drinks and Networking
Final chance to network with fellow participants and other guests before the main weekend. Find your cofounder, pick your team and bounce ideas with the judges and mentors!


Goh Kok Huat
Chief Operating Officer, GIC

Goh Kok Huat has been GIC’s Chief Operating Officer since April 2014. He was appointed as Advisor of GIC Real Estate on 1 January 2017, after stepping down from President, GIC Real Estate, a role he took on in July 2011. He joined GIC Real Estate in 2009 as Managing Director, Asia - Investment Management.

Mr Goh joined GIC from Tishman Speyer in New York, where he headed the firm’s emerging markets portfolio management, before being appointed Managing Director of equity capital markets. Prior to that, he was with the Ascendas Group, where he held various senior appointments including COO of the Group, CEO of Ascendas-MGM, CEO of Singapore Operations, CEO of India Operations and CEO of Bangalore IT Park. He spent 10 years in the military upon graduation. Mr Goh has a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

John Tang
Global Head of Global Investments, Strategy & Risk, GIC

John is the Global Head of Global Investments, Strategy & Risk which includes the management of technology focused funds. He is also the Chair of the GIC Technology Business Group. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Head of Global Venture Group based out of Silicon Valley. Before joining GIC, John was a consultant at Bain & Co. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master of Science in Computing Science from the Imperial College of Science & Technology.

Percy Wong
Head of the Systematic Investment Group, GIC

Percy is the Head of the Systematic Investment Group, a quantitative investment group involved in incubating and driving investment strategies using Big Data, Machine Learning and other data science capabilities. He joined GIC from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where he headed up a Cross-Asset Macro research team. Prior to BAML, Percy was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Asia - Principal Strategies Group. Percy holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, Canada. He is also a CFA charter holder.

Kevin Lee
Head of GIC Labs and Data Science at GIC, GIC

Kevin is the Head of GIC Labs and Data Science at GIC, where he spearheads GIC's efforts to harness new technology and data science in investment and non-investment activities across the firm. He was previously VP Data at Grab Inc, where he led data, IT and special projects. Before that, he was Head of Asia at Palantir Technologies, where he built out Palantir’s Asia business from the ground up. Kevin graduated from Stanford University where he majored in Computer Science.  

Sang Shin
Director, Digital Innovation | Temasek

Sang co-founded Been, Inc. in 2013 and developed the world’s first and only mobile app that enabled users to monetize and take control of their personal data and privacy, blocking personal data collection and advertising from all mobile websites and mobile apps on iPhones. The disruptive threat caused by the app, called Been Choice, utlimately resulted in the app getting banned from the App Store after it went viral in the United States.

Sang decided to move from Silicon Valley to Singapore to help develop the region's startup ecosystem, bringing his experiences from Been, McKinsey, and Bridgewater Associates with him.

He was the Head of Strategy & Architecture at GIC before moving to Temasek where he is currently the Director of Digital Innovation.

Organizing Team

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  • Durwin
  • Ke Xin
  • Ranjitha
  • Albert
  • Gail
  • Alina
  • Alexander
  • Min
  • Cindy
  • Joyce
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