The Capital Accelerator Programme and Mayor of London’s Trade Mission event kicked off in Singapore yesterday with a pitch session at Eden hall, the British High Commissioner’s Residence.
The partners separate missions complement each other.
UKTI looking to support companies who want to expand outside of the UK as well as helping foreign companies set up their business in the UK.
London & Partners together with the Mayor of London is working to highlight and promote London as an exciting hub with a lot of opportunities for startups and tech companies.
And finally, Capital Enterprise, who’s making it possible for London based tech businesses grow through initiatives like the Capital Accelerator Programme, Capital List and other relevant supporting activities such as this trade mission.
The room was full of investors and key industry people in Singapore when the 24 delegate companies was invited to take the stage to pitch. 60 seconds to present their business was just enough to get the buzz up and spark conversation as the evening was dedicated to connect and network.
It was also amazing to see so many familiar faces and key influential people from the London startup scene. Claire Cockerton from Innovate Finance, Eileen Burbidge from Passion Capital, Nektarios Lilies from Startupbootcamp, Derek White from Barclays and Jeremy Yap, Angel investor.
As Boris Johnson, made an appearance to announce the exciting collaborations between Singapore and London he also had the privilege to announce the winners from the pitch session of which one of them was my personal favourite Alex from BaseStone.
Feedback from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive and the UKTI team who pulled most of the evening together truly delivered.
The London – Singapore connection is definitely more than just these next few days of showcasing and networking.
The two countries are both sharing the title of being the gateway to two important geographical markets Europe and Asia. And both places has a strong focus on booming industries such as FinTech and e-commerce.
For some of the companies this is just the beginning of an exciting journey, and hopefully we will see a few of these delegate companies setup in Singapore and expand into Asia in the next couple of years.