SWITCH and the Fintech Festival have been up to the promise. Very intense, packed with meetings, connections and events. As hard as it is to summarize it all, here’s our attempt in pictures.
Slingshot opening ceremony
La French Tech Singapore was here in full force! Not only was it a very nice evening but we had the chance to be able to speak with Peter Ong, chairman of Enterprise Singapore. Guess what : he set the tone for the whole week : “how can we build even more bridges between France and Singapore?”
Again, La French Tech was here to mentor and advise the top 100 startups already selected. A long but really inspiring Saturday!
Congratulations to the French gems
The Fintech Festival didn’t start slow either…8am sharp, Julien Condamines and Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore were on the Money FM to come back on the history of La French Tech here in Singapore. The replay is available here. Seriously, we’re really grateful to have such a strong supporter like the Ambassador!
The next couple of days were packed with meetings and connections between French startups (both from France and Singapore), together with officials, corporates and organizations from both countries. More than 40 startups came all the way from France for the event! A team work with the Embassy of France to Singapore, the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and BPI France.
A word from the Ambassador
With so much french presence in Singapore, it was good to celebrate at the Residence de France with the whole ecosystem.
French Tech Party
With so many people from the community, from both Singapore and France, we had to organize a networking party, right? Okay, can you spot OVHcloud, WeWork, Dathappy, Neo or Unilever 😉?
French Tech Podcast
We wouldn’t be where we are as a community without the French Tech podcast. Nikolaj Groeneweg and Bill Poorman deserve all of the credit, and we all owe them. Here are a few pictures so you can get a better feel of what it requires -not a lazy, comfortable job, but an exciting one! All episodes can be found on the youtube channel. Subscribe to be notified of future episodes.
Blockchain in Finance with Société Générale
A long-time partner of ours! We organized a panel on blockchain in Finance to discuss how far we are from the tipping point. Read some insights here.
Asia Startup Summit
Together with the French Chamber of Commerce, we held the 2nd edition of the Asia Startup Summit. A great event to connect corporates with 35 startups, with pitching contests and speed meetings to foster business discussions and projects among the french community, on two different tracks: Fintech and Smart Cities.
Thinking back about these 2 weeks, a few things stand out
- The community is incredibly inclusive -we just like to be together
- With this inclusiveness and a “doer” mindset, we are able to achieve a lot with not much.
- Thinking differently allow us to stand out and be more visible than other community out there.
We all should be proud of that!!