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11 May 2017

Review of the Winsemius seminar: Collaborative Innovation

W-Seminar2017-v4The Importance of Collaboration and Innovation in the Digital Economy


Understanding how collaborations affect the innovation chain was the main question of this debate at the Winsemius Seminar 2017.

The session kicked-off with the key note of Mr Timo Kansil, Assistant Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI)


Moderator prof dr Robert Kooij led 4 panel members from a diverse group of experts through 4 angles of this collaborative innovation eco-system.


Mrs Femke Hellemons, Country Manager for Adecco was the first panel member who shared her views on the importance of collaborative innovation in the field of Human Capital. Today’s challenge is to have the business productivity keeping pace with the technological progress. It creates gaps and ‘mismatches’ of skills. A deeper collaboration between TAC’s, unions, employers, and education institutions is needed and each stakeholder should take a clearer ownership of the current challenges, claimed Femke.


Ms Herry Cho, Director Capital Structuring & Advisory, Sustainable Finance Lead Asia at ING was also clear on the weight of innovation in the grounds of sustainable finance. A collaborative online funding platform like the Sustainable Finance Collective Asia (SFC Asia) could accelerate the funding of sustainable projects on circular economy, sustainable energy and positive social impact. According to Herry SFC Asia is a platform that enables financial solutions efficiently under one roof.


Mr Ashwin T. Chari, Head of Strategy & New Business Development at Philips gave his pitch on the importance of collaborative innovation in health care technology.

The traditional care models will not be able to cope with the relentless growth in health care demand as chronic diseases are increasing and populations are ageing. Ashwin believes the solution can be found in digital led innovations and collaborations with non-traditional players. Companies without this open innovation mindset will be left behind.


Dr. Michael Dinh, Founder and Managing Director at Singalarity has a decade and a half of experience in developing and managing leading-edge technology projects. He understands the hidden secrets of cyber security, technology assurance, big data and software & system assurance. In his pitch, he made his point clear ‘things can’t be smart without being secured’ as a system is as strong as its weakest link. As a specialist in security, he interprets collaboration as a necessity to ensure a total defence.


After this interesting and engaging panel discussion, there were plenty of opportunities for networking amongst our guests and speakers.


Partners of the Winsemius Seminar 2017 were:


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7 April 2017

NTUC launches initiatives to meet startups’ labour needs


31 March, 2017

The Labour Movement held its first U Startup Day on Thursday to officially launch its U Startup initiative to meet the needs of the local workforce and startups looking for talent.

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4 April 2017

ASEAN Business Dialogue 2017: Creating opportunities for entrepreneurs

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 10.35.02 AMMeer weten over de zakelijke mogelijkheden in de ASEAN-regio? Benieuwd naar de ervaringen van andere ondernemers in dit gebied? Kom op donderdag 11 mei naar Den Haag voor de tweede editie van de ASEAN Business Dialogue.

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29 March 2017

Call for submissions for the Singapore Business Review’s International Business Awards

IBA_150x150Nominate your company’s best project and be recognised at the 4th SBR International Business Awards.  

Nomination is open until 14 April 2017.  

Date of the event: Thu, 8 June 2017.  

Venue: Conrad Centennial, Singapore.  



Singapore Business Review’s International Business Awards, in partnership with the  Dutch Chamber of Commerce, is back on its fourth year to honour the contributions of international businesses to SEA economies.   


In order to be eligible for nomination, a company has to have an office in Singapore but should not be headquartered in the Republic.


Projects will be eligible for nomination as long as these initiatives have significantly enhanced the company’s business in Singapore and Southeast Asia. A nominated project must have been launched, in part or full, in the last 24 months in order to be eligible for the award. Initiatives which have not been launched within the last 24 months can still be eligible as long as there are recent innovations or improvements in the project.


For inquiries, contact Julie Anne Nunez: and +65 3158 1386 ext 221.


 More information is available here. 


 To submit a nomination, click here.

27 March 2017

Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2018: Nominations open on World Water Day

e9f27c8448d6b9898a292d63c70e0456Commemorated on 22 March every year, World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis, marking the importance of freshwater and sustainable management of this precious resource. We are pleased to open the nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize on this significant day.

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