DutchCham Breakfast event: A journey into the Singapore startup ecosystem

19 May 2017 : 7:45 am - 10:00 am

banner homepageA journey into the Singapore startup ecosystem and an opportunity to meet inspiring startups.


The Singaporean effort to foster innovation and entrepreneurship is highly on the national agenda and leading companies are encouraged to grab the opportunity of investing in innovative ideas, technologies and business concepts.


The Dutch Chamber of Commerce (S) and the Belgian-Luxembourg Business group (BLBG) are inviting their members to meet some inspiring finalist startups of ‘Get in the Ring’ and at the same time to learn about the world-class Singaporean Startup ecosystem and the Startup SG initiative, a launch pad for startups and their developments serving their connectivity to the global stage.

Get in the Ring is a Dutch foundation that aims to accelerate innovation by connecting startups to investors and corporates.  From 17-19 May they will organize their yearly Global Conference in Singapore where more than 150 pre-selected startups from around the world will be joining.

This Dutcham/BLBG breakfast event takes place at the venue of The Impact Hub at Prinsep street where entrepreneurs, creative and technies find their ground-up community support.




7.45 am registration

8.00 am presentation and tour of The Impact Hub

  • Ms Grace Sai, CEO and Co-Founder of The Hub

8.15 am welcome of the startups of GITR joining the event

8.20 am presentations and debate

  • Mr Michael H. Lints, Venture Partner Golden Gate Ventures
  • Ms Yew Jingxi, Head of Innovation, Internationalisation and Entrepreneurship at Spring
  • Mr Dennis List, Programme Manager at the Impact Hub, Singapore (Moderator)

8.50 Pitches by startups, finalists of GITR

9.00 am networking

9.30 am the end



19th of May at 7h45 am – 10 am



The Impact Hub, 128 Prinsep street, Singapore 188655



DutchCham members: 25 SGD

Non-members: 45 SGD

GITR startup finalists: complimentary


Small breakfast pastries and coffee and tea will be served.

No shows will be billed.

Please note that pictures will be taken and could be used for publication.


About Get in The Ring (GITR)

The 2017 global ‘Get in The Ring’ competition is holding its finals in Singapore. Get in the Ring is known for its innovative format where startups face off in a boxing ring. The competition is a battle between cross-industry startups and attracted more than 100 applications. The competition works by bringing two startups within the same weight class based on startup valuation that battle head-to-head in the ring with their respective pitches. The panel of judges that helped select the winners consisted of top business professionals from across a wide range of industries.


About The Impact Hub

The Impact Hub Singapore is a coworking community comprising over 600 members, from ideation stage startups to billion-dollar ‘Unicorn’ ventures. Impact Hub Singapore is Singapore’s largest coworking community of techies, entrepreneurs and creatives. It has two locations in Singapore. Members get access to funding, capacity building, community connections, and international networks – making Impact Hub Singapore a coworking space that grows entrepreneurs not just houses them. Through its multi-stakeholder ecosystem consisting of corporates, the government and the startup community, Impact Hub Singapore has established itself as the go-to place for entrepreneurs and their collaborators who seek a platform for innovation, partnerships and solutions. 


About Spring

SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore.

We will continue to work with key partners such as Flat6Labs to nurture local entrepreneurship and to fortify the startup ecosystem


This event is co-organised by:

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Bio of the speakers


Grace Sai

CEO and Co-Founder of The Hub


Grace is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Hub Singapore, Singapore’s largest co-working community of entrepreneurs, creatives and techies.


She is regarded as the node of entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia and speaks widely on that topic. Interested in ecosystem building and policy development for startups and social enterprises, she has been invited by the Prime Minister’s Offices in Singapore and Malaysia, Angela Merkel, Mayor Park, amongst others; to share her inputs. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Ben & Jerry’s Singapore, a Social entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and a TEDx Singapore speaker. She was also the founder of Books for Hope, a social enterprise in childrens’ education in Indonesia.


Grace has been nominated as a Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013), 40 Under 40 by Prestige Singapore (2014) and is a UN Women Entrepreneurship Day Ambassador. She now resides in Singapore and has an MBA from University of Oxford where she graduated with Distinction and was a Skoll Scholar (funded by Jeff Skoll, the co-founder of eBay).


Michael H. Lints

Venture Partner Golden Gate Ventures


Michael studied Management and Control of information science in The Hague, the Netherlands. After his graduation, he worked briefly as a project manager at one of the largest insurance companies in the Netherlands, after which he started his own IT business. In 2007, he founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch SME’s before joining Golden Gate Ventures as a venture partner in 2013. Michael has had various positions on a societal and administrative level as a result of which he has been able to build an extensive international network. He is a former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam and a regular speaker at conferences.


In 2011 and 2014 he studied Financial Analysis for Business Valuation, and Private Equity and Venture Capital at Harvard Business School in Boston. He has various hobbies. Sports is one of his favorites. He was a member of the Dutch Karate Team for 3 years during his late teens and he loves to run and cycle.


Michael was recently selected to join 30 professionals in a leadership research by Quartz and Hennesey VSOP.


Dennis List

Programme Manager at Impact Hub Singapore


As Programme Manager, Dennis leads The Hub’s Startup programmes, ecosystem partnerships, venture builder workshops and curated events.
Dennis has a background in IT and Consumer Electronics, with an emphasis on the business development, product development, team building and corporate partnerships. Most recently he co founded Rocki, a Techstars alumni IoT startup selling over 22,000 units of its signature IoT-enabled device that turns any speaker wireless. As CEO he lead the company’s strategy, fundraising rounds, pitching and hustling for business in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, Europe and Singapore.

19 May 2017 : 7:45 am - 10:00 am


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