Fireside Chat: Impacts of SG Budget 2018 on SMEs and Startups


The Singapore Budget 2018 was announced on Monday, 19 Feb by Finance Minister, Mr. Heng Swee Keat in Parliament. Video Link: https://youtu.be/gjaCxsyhkmQ

More than half of businesses polled in Singapore believe that investing in technology; driving greater business innovation; and creating new products and services should be the top key business strategies over the next three years. In fact, according to KPMG's annual pre-Budget 2018 report, 65 percent hope for more Government support to continuously innovate, internationalise and transform their business models.

In this fireside chat, we will invite 3 guests to discuss how SG Budget 2018 will impact SMEs and Startups in our journey to innovate and deliver value to our customers. It is also a great networking opportunity to get connected with like-minded entrepreneurs and learn from one another.

Light refreshment will be provided. Due to the space constraint, there is a maximum capacity allowed and please register early to avoid disappointment.

This event will be moderated by Steven Ong.

Steven is currently the Managing Director for CoWerkz and CoInvestz, responsible for their business growth and expansion in ASEAN. Besides being a mentor to a number of startups and personally invested in a few businesses, Steven had been regularly invited to judge many pitching events, including EDGE Hack 2017 and Republic Polytechnic Pitch Day 2017. He is also currently a Startup Mentor under Tri5 Ventures Next50 initiative, which is a movement for and by the entrepreneur community, launched with the aim to provide complimentary one-on-one mentoring sessions for early-stage start-ups. Recently, he was appointed by Temasek Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic to be one of their Startup Mentors.


Vikas Jain, Senior Director, Funding Societies

Vikas is a Sr Executive Director at Funding Societies. He works closely with key clients, strategic partners as well as industry influencers focusing primarily on Marketing, Fintech Partnerships and Customer Experience. Vikas has spoken at some major conferences like Finovate Asia, Innovfest Unbound, Fintech Innovation Forum, Next Generation Lending Asia Summit, Financial Inclusion Asia Summit, EY Digital Forum amongst many. He was also featured on TVB Hongkong and Digital News Asia.

Prior to Funding Societies, Vikas has worked with ING, Citi and HDFC Bank managing large consumer and SME loan product portfolios. He also had a stint with Singtel developing mobile based financial products for the underbanked segment. He has a graduate degree in Commerce (Honours) and is also a MBA in Finance.

Jocelyn Lim, CEO, FP Consultants International Pte Ltd

Jocelyn has 30 years of professional experience which included Tax & Management Accountant, Lecturer, Life Insurance Sales, Financial Planning, Head of Operations & Compliance of Financial Advisory Firm, Creator & Facilitator of game-based and interactive digital media [IDM] learning.

Jocelyn had invented games that accelerated learning of complicated concepts, which have consistently delivered expected results to her banking clients in the area of operational data quality improvement and risk awareness enhancement.

Jocelyn is the first consultant in Singapore who developed on-job-training (OJT) blueprints for the auditing sector approved by WDA [now WSG], covering audit planning; revenue; purchases; inventory; plant, property & equipment; accounts receivables; accounts payables; cash & bank; taxation; investment.

Angela Chai, Principal Business Consultant, Highlight Business Services

With over 20 years' experience in management and financial consultancy, her practice focuses on Business Continuity Planning and Legacy Planning. She mentors directors both local and expatriates to establish road maps for their business.

She recommends that it is only when you "Build to Change" and "Change to Build" your business systems, that you have the curiosity and passion of a child to continue to innovate and improve to achieve financial milestones.

Her mantra is "Helping one company to grow organically gives jobs to many in the community." Currently she helps SME family business to pass on to the next generation of leaders.

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Wed Mar 14, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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