SpeakerLily Chan

Lily Chan

Co-Chairman, innovfest unbound

Dr Lily Chan leads NUS Enterprise at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with the vision to inject an enterprise dimension to NUS teaching and research. As CEO, Lily is responsible for architecting a holistic innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem for the university’s support of NUS staff, students and alumni, inclusive of entrepreneurial education, venture development, technology commercialisation, and industry partnership initiatives.

Under her stewardship, NUS Enterprise has placed more than 2000 students in overseas start-up internships through the NUS Overseas Colleges program, with alumni going on to found over 250 start-up companies. She has played a key role in the establishment of Blk71, an initiative that has been instrumental in aggregating the start-up community in Singapore. In January 2015, the concept of Blk71 was further evolved when Block 71 San Francisco was set up, serving as an overseas launchpad for growth-stage companies, helping to link the Asian and US markets.

CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS

May 3, 2017
9:35 am - 9:40 am

HOW TO CREATE AN INNOVATION-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY (PRESENTED BY HUAWEI)

Panel title:  How to Create an Innovation-Friendly Environment for the Digital Economy Panel Synopsis: The rise of the digital economy brings with it great growth opportunities. In order to seize the new growth opportunities, strong digital capabilities, infrastructure and an innovation-friendly environment are required. However, there are many challenges in accelerating tangible innovation, such as difficulties in technology transfer and data sharing, competition instead of partnership, among others. Find out we can overcome these challenges, and gain insights and perspectives from speakers and a panel of experts, including top industry players, government officials and opinion leaders at the workshop on “How to create an innovation-friendly environment for the digital economy”, presented by Huawei.
May 3, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

WHY GOVERNMENTS NEED STARTUPS

A government needs innovation, flexibility, and agility to deal with a changing world. Due to the nature of government however, fostering this change naturally could take a very long time. In this case, governments have to turn to nimble, agile startups and adopt systems and methodologies pioneered by these companies.
May 4, 2017
9:35 am - 10:05 am