Ideas to Assets: Connecting Markets through IP

4 - 5 SEPTEMBER 2018 | Level 5, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore

The Path Less Travelled:

Innovation Opportunities, Challenges & What Lies Ahead

An IPOS-ICSB Singapore Programme


Tues 4 September 2018

Time:  02.00pm - 05.15pm

Venue:  Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 5


About ICSB Singapore

As a Chapter of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), ICSB Singapore aligns itself to the mission of ICSB to promote entrepreneurship and the development and management of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). ICSB Singapore accomplishes this by bringing together educators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields, in particular to the context of Singapore.

About This Event

In today’s fast-changing and rapidly evolving business environment, innovation is the crux to staying relevant and competitive. Tracing back to the innovator with a mere idea that sparks off the establishment of an enterprise, learn from enterprises and individual innovators as they share their perspectives on how to nurture innovation in Singapore.

Get up-close with two recognised innovators who dared to step out of their comfort zones and challenge the current state of innovation. Listen to them share their thoughts, their struggles and successes as they tread the path less travelled, while inspiring fellow innovators to challenge themselves and break new barriers.


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Programme Outline

4 SEP 2018 | Tuesday

2.00pm – 2.30pm


2.30pm – 4.00pm

(Venue: GFIP)

Business Track Panel 1B –

Singapore Enterprises and Their Innovation Journey

The most innovative economies invest heavily into R&D to build brands and technologies having lasting global impact. The GII ranks Singapore top in terms of its innovation input as evidenced by the ongoing Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan that commits $19 billion into our innovation ecosystem. For Singapore enterprises to stay ahead and seize new opportunities in both local and global markets, innovation is key. Join us as we examine the challenges Singapore enterprises face in an environment where creativity and innovation is in every player’s DNA, and find out what more could be done to foster an environment where collaboratively we may all achieve greater heights.



4.00pm – 4.30pm

(Venue: IP Market Place)

Networking Tea Break

4.15pm – 5.15pm 

(Venue: IP Market Place)

In Conversation with Two Outstanding Innovators – Ted Chen (Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Honoree) & Yonggang Wen (Winner of 2016 Nanyang Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Get inspired by innovators who have made their mark in innovation:

  • A Forbes' 30 under 30 (Asia) entrepreneur in the field of innovative energy analytics and
  • The winner of the 2016 Nanyang Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award.

Hear their journey as they share on opportunities, challenges and what the future holds for innovators.



5.15pm  End of Programme

Supporting Partner:

Co-Organised By:

About the Speakers

Speaker Profiles

Yonggang Wen
Associate Dean (Research), College of Engineering
Acting Director, Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, Nanyang Technological University

Yonggang Wen is an Associate Professor with School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He also serves as the Associate Dean (Research) at College of Engineering, and the Acting Director of Nanyang Technopreneurship Center at NTU.

He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (minor in Western Literature) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, in 2007.

He is the winner of the 2016 Nanyang Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a co-recipient of multiple best papers awards, including the 2015 IEEE Multimedia Best Paper Award, and received the 2016 IEEE ComSoc MMTC Distinguished Leadership Award. He serves on editorial boards for multiple transactions and journals, and was elected as the Chair for IEEE ComSoc Multimedia Communication Technical Committee (2014-2016). His research interests include cloud computing, green data center, distributed machine learning, blockchain, big data analytics, multimedia network and mobile computing.   

Ted Chen
EverComm Singapore

Ted is the Co-founder of EverComm Singapore – one of Singapore’s fast-growth Energy IoT startup in the clean-tech sector. The startup is also an SG:D Accredited company. Ted received the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award from NTU and made it to Forbes' inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia list.

Being recognized as one of the digital pioneers by the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), EverComm works closely with NTU to develop and commercialize cutting-edge research, and pioneers industrial IoT with Enterprise Singapore and partners such as Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA), GE, NXP and more.

Ted has also been invited to speak at international forums such as World Urban Forum, World Entrepreneurship Forum, ASEAN +3 Young Entrepreneurs Forum, and works closely with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) towards expanding and advancing the role of children and youth in contributing to sustainable technology development.   

About the Moderator

Moderator Profile

Hooi Den Huan
Advisor, International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Singapore
Vice-President, Asian Council for Small Business

Hooi Den Huan is the Advisor of ICSB Singapore and a Vice-President of the Asian Council for Small Business, which is the Asian regional body for the International Council for Small Business. He was conferred the ICSB President’s Award in 2014 and was a speaker at the UN Headquarters on a recent entrepreneurship conference, that was organized by the United Nations and ICSB. The topic was on "The role of entrepreneurship education and research in promoting creativity, innovation and economic development in a disruptive environment". 

Den is an Associate Professor in Marketing and International Business at the Nanyang Business School and he was the Immediate Past Director of the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Quality Innovation.