The startup journey can be a tough and lonely one. Even in a concentrated country like Singapore, the daily hustle could sometimes mean that you cut yourself from social activities you previously enjoyed.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t meet new people, and at the same time, get some feedback and perspective for the good of your startup.
Singapore has lots of startup events happening throughout the year. From full out exhibitions to intimate meetups in co-working spaces, here’s some you should leave a space for on your calendar.
Tech In Asia Conference
The mother of startup events, of course, belongs to the Tech In Asia Conference. Tech In Asia’s annual event takes place across four Asian cities this year, with the first one held right here in Singapore.
From May 17 to 18 at the Suntec City Convention Center, Tech In Asia Singapore 2017 promises to be a great event for entrepreneurs, startups, or for those looking for partnerships and investments.
In the meantime, you can checkout their Tech in Asia Founder’s Meetup series held monthly during which they will cover various aspects of running a startup.
Fancy a drink with other entrepreneurs on a Friday night after a long week of hustling? That’s precisely what DrinkEntrepreneurs is for.
It’s a global entrepreneurship movement with groups in San Francisco and Paris who often organise startup networking events in bars and pubs.
DrinkEntrepreneurs Singapore first started in 2013, and have seen them partnered with co-working spaces such as the The Working Capitol and The Hub. Their sessions are a monthly affair, and the next one happens tonight!
Like their Facebook page to keep tabs on when their next event will take place.
Brunch With Microsoft
Brunch With Microsoft is typically held at BASH located at 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent.
During this event, entrepreneurs and startups would be able to talk to team members from Microsoft about business and technology over some light refreshments.
The bi-weekly event will sometimes alternate its event location to just across the street at Blk 71.
Microsoft also holds plenty of other startup-orientated talks and events. Bookmark Spiffy’s Facebook event page for any future Microsoft events.
PayPal FinTech Learning Series
This one’s for all the Fintech startups. Payment platform extraordinaire Paypal regularly schedules their FinTech Learning Series where they share their best practices and knowledge.
Since launching their incubator program in their Singapore office in July 2016, their first outside the United States, Paypal is slowly reaching out to the fintech startup community here.
Starting with the first in the series back in December 2016 covering Business Ethics & Regulatory Compliance, Paypal is back again for round 2 to share with fintech startups about Information Security & Public Relations on February 2017.
Still with fintech startups, another name to take note of is definitely Startupbootcamp. As the world’s largest fintech startup accelerator, they regularly hold events worldwide, and fortunately, Singapore is a mainstay in their calendar.
Their events range from just simple talks, workshops and social networking sessions, to even hackathons (they call it Fintechathons).
Fintech startups will want to attend their next event. On 3 March 2017 at Lattice80, Startupbootcamp will unveil Singapore’s top 20 FinTech startups, and you can watch them in action as they give a preview of their pitches.
Startup Grind is a Singapore startup community backed by Google for Entrepreneurs. For their events, they regularly feature prominent founders and CEOs of well-known startups and companies in Singapore.
A look at their past events will show you who’s who in the local entrepreneurship scene, with figures like Lim Kell Jay, Head of Grab Singapore, Ong Peng Tsin, Partner at Monk’s Hill Ventures, and Roger Egan, CEO of Redmart appearing in their lineup.
Their next event slated for next Thursday 9 February will see Steve Malhuish, co-founder of PropertyGuru.com.sg, take the stage.
Vulcan Poker Night
Last but not least, here’s a preview of our first event of 2017!
As part of our Lunar New Year celebrations, we’ve decided to hold a little networking session to bring together venture capitalists, startup founders, and entrepreneurs.
Through drinks, snacks, a Texas Hold’em Poker tournament, and a heavy dosage of CNY cheer, Vulcan Poker Night will be happening next Friday on 10 February 2017.
Here’s also your chance to take a peek at our office as well since the event will be held right in the heart of Vulcan Post HQ.
Hit the link below for the full details, and we hope to see you there!
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