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The inaugural startups in residence - Australian Landing Pad, Singapore

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Monday, 1 May 2017


The Australian Landing Pad was officially launched on 13 March 2017 by The Hon Julie Bishop, MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr S Iswaran, Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry). The Australian Landing Pad is situated within Singapore's largest integrated startup space, SGInnovate’s BASH (Build Amazing Startups Here), which has been established as the focal point of the innovation economy in the City State, bringing together startups, research institutions, multinational corporations and leading technology players. The Landing Pad is a concrete example of Australia’s and Singapore’s innovation agenda and is a key pillar of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

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Article first appeared in Access Asia magazine April / May issue, pg 12. 

Article by Australian Trade & Investment Commission in Singapore.

 

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Australian startups are landing in Singapore

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Some of Australia’s most promising startups will soon be heading to Austrade’s Singapore Landing Pad to develop their ideas and take their business global. The Singapore Landing Pad is one of five international Landing Pads. Along with facilities in Berlin, San Francisco, Shanghai and Tel Aviv, the Singapore Landing Pad provides market ready Australian startups with access to some of the world’s best innovation ecosystems. Successful applicants are based in an innovation centre for three months where they can work on refining and commercialising their product or service, and identify potential customers, partners and investors.

A REGIONAL STARTUP HUB
Singapore was selected as the site of a Landing Pad due to its vibrant culture of innovation. The island nation is currently ranked 10th globally for startup ecosystems and is ideally placed for accessing the 600 million-strong ASEAN
consumer market.

Singapore’s friendly entrepreneurial climate has created a collaborative and diverse startup ecosystem that has caught the attention of venture capital firms. The Singapore Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity (PE) Association reported that Singapore-based PE and VC fund managers invested more than US$9 billion in 2015.

“These factors make Singapore a logical choice for Australian startups that want to pursue international growth,” says David Campbell, Austrade’s Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner in Singapore. “Along with our new Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore, the opening of the Landing Pad also reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to helping Australian businesses pursue opportunities in Singapore and the ASEAN region.”

Read full article in Access Asia magazine February / March issue, pg 15. 

Article by Australian Trade & Investment Commission in Singapore.

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5 Minutes With David Campbell

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Monday, 2 January 2017

David recently moved to Singapore to take up the posting as Senior Trade Commissioner. We spoke to him about his priorities in the role, about his background and how he has found his first few weeks in Singapore.

 

Tell us a little about your background, how did you come to be with Austrade?

I started my career as a tax and finance lawyer at an international law firm and then moved into investment banking. I worked in the City of London for 10 years before returning to Australia to work in wholesale banking and wealth management. Most recently I was Consul General, Frankfurt and responsible for the Western European operations of Austrade from our office in Germany. It has been professionally and personally very satisfying to work with major European companies on their capital investment strategies in Australia.


What are your first impressions of Singapore?

I have visited Singapore many times over the years and have always been impressed with its economic prosperity and resilience, and of course its climate and food!


What are you most looking forward to in the new role?
I have arrived in Singapore at a most auspicious time given the formalisation of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between our two countries. One of my key agendas will be to contribute to its implementation and ensure we maximise the opportunities it offers Australian business to capitalise on the huge growth in the ASEAN region.


What makes you passionate about helping Australian business?

We are an innovative and dynamic country with huge potential and much to offer the region both in terms of goods and services. The growth in wealth in Asia offers Australia a once in a generation opportunity we cannot afford to
miss.


Are there key areas of opportunity you have identified already?

The region’s focus on food security and Australia’s vast agricultural capabilities create great opportunities for Australian producers of quality food products. Given the need for new infrastructure in the region (estimated at circa USD1 trillion per annum), Australian skills and experience in the sector will be in demand. There are great opportunities for our construction and engineering firms and related service providers to participate either alone, or jointly with Singaporean firms who have an intimate understanding of the region. We also see great opportunities for Australian start-up companies to engage in Singapore’s vibrant innovation eco-system – to this end we will shortly
launch a Landing Pad in Singapore’s BASH facility to connect our start-ups with Singaporean innovators and funders.


Austrade has introduced a new role in the Singapore office, can you tell us a little about how that will work?

With such a large agenda in Singapore, we have created a Trade Commissioner role to assist implementation of the strategy. My colleague Prerana Mehta recently joined us from our Canberra office – she has significant private sector experience having worked regionally in the health sector and with advisors Deloitte.


What do you do in your spare time, to unwind?

What is ‘spare time’?

 

- Interview published in Access Asia Magazine Dec/Jan 2016 issue.

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Australian Roadshow 2016

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Thursday, 13 October 2016

In August we embarked on the third Australian roadshow in three years, again partnering with DFAT and Austrade, to deliver a series of presentations around Australia promoting opportunities for Australian business in Singapore and across the region more broadly. This year the roadshow visited four Australian cities, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra and presented to over 400 attendees. We also had a strong focus on building our advocacy activities, and we were able to hold a number of meetings with key people of strategic importance to the chamber. These included businesses, government representatives and Ministers, industry groups and chambers of commerce and business groups. The panel was: Philip Green OAM, Australia’s High Commissioner to Singapore, Chris Rees, Senior Trade Commissioner and Guy Scott, President of AustCham.

This year our Singapore partners were the Australian International School, ANZ and Vistra, and it was great to see a high level of engagement from each of them either through hosting industry round tables or interaction with attendees at the events.

Our Australian event partners were:

  • Victorian Government
  • South Australian Government
  • TransTasman Business Circle
  • Canberra Business Council

The level of interest in the events and the quality of audience engagement was encouraging across the board, with an increased understanding of the opportunities available in the ASEAN region. The recent announcements regarding the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Singapore and Australia have built more awareness about Singapore’s place in the region. Each city we visited hosted the events in a style that suited their particular audience, with our event partners in Melbourne and Adelaide choosing to host a longer, open style forum and Sydney and Canberra partners opting for smaller roundtable events leading into a larger forum with q and a sessions. With between 60-150 people attending the sessions, it was great to be able to speak directly to so many people about the opportunities for them in Singapore.

While each of the events were highly valuable and questions were particular to the industries and expertise specific to each city, there were a few stand out sessions. As supporting partner ANZ took up the opportunity to host business roundtable events for clients of their choosing. This year they focussed on people in their small business banking, giving them access to the fantastic expertise of our speakers. The targeted selection of the audience and their high level of interest made both the ANZ events very engaging as many of the attendees had previous experience in business in Asia. We received good feedback from the audience with a number of people saying they were really grateful to have access to experts on international business. It is an important reminder that big companies are not the only ones looking to expand into international markets and often times the smaller businesses are amongst the hungriest for information and assistance. We kicked off the roadshow with an ANZ roundtable event in Melbourne and it was great to start with a group of people who were clearly informed about Singapore and were ready to commit to implementing an Asian strategy for their business.

The event in Canberra hosted by Canberra Business Council was also a highlight. With the recent upgrade of the Canberra airport and commencement of international flights direct from Canberra to Singapore we found the level of interest in the region was much stronger than previous years. Canberra Business Council hosted a fantastic series of events, starting off with a roundtable discussion with our panellists and 30 attendees, focussing on the topics of agribusiness, innovation and ICT. This was followed by a welcome morning tea as guests were registering for the next event and a theatre style forum attended by over 100 people. The forum started with an opening address from Philip Green and then insightful and well informed questions from the floor to our panel of experts. The event wrapped up with a networking lunch where we were able to talk one on one with many of the participants and it was clear there is a lot of potential in the Canberra businesses and they’re keen to capitalise on the opportunities offered by the direct international flights

Read full article in Access Asia magazine October / November issue, pg 10 - 15. 

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Siren Sounds on Australia Network

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Sunday, 14 September 2014
Updated: Sunday, 14 September 2014

As the siren sounds and signals the end for the 2014 AFL Grand Final, it also signals the end of the Australia Network as we know it. 

On September 29, 2014 a new network launches across Asia and the Pacific connecting Australia to business, commerce, travel and education interests across the region.This new service will be provided by ABC International and has been named "Australia Plus". Australia Plus is a unique multi-platform media service delivered online, on mobile and through social media as well as via a new exclusive television service that covers the Asia and Pacific regions.

More information on the new service and how to access it is here.

For AustCham members wishing to access Australian TV from Singapore, The Geek Team have a special offer running until 30 November. Please check the offer under "Lifestyle and Entertainment" in our membership card programme

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