WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TRADECONNECT 2019
Last year, our speaker line up included Dr. Ajay Sahai, Director General
& CEO, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Edwin Bautista, President & COO of
Union Bank of the Philippines, and many more dignitaries, experts, innovators and industry
And who can forget the electrifying and energizing address by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi at the Singapore Fintech Festival.
This year, expect no less! Distinguished speakers will inspire and reinvigorate you with their ideas and visions for the future of SME growth in a connected world.
NEW GLOBAL CONNECTIONS
TradeConnect brings ambitious entrepreneurs & business owners from India and ASEAN together, creating a first of its kind global SME community at the Singapore FinTech Festival. This is your chance to meet your next business partner, big client, international supplier, or even mentor!
INSIDE ACCESS TO #SGFinTechFest
TradeConnect 2019 will be hosted alongside Singapore FinTech Festival, the world’s largest fintech festival, which brings together the biggest names and brightest minds from around the world. Be inspired by global thought leaders and witness first hand the latest path breaking innovations, that can take your business to the next level.
Fun, food and frolic
TradeConnect 2019 will be all work and all play. The itinerary includes designated free time for you to explore the picturesque Singapore city or hangout with your new TradeConnect buddies!
Theme: Evolving business models & impact on SME businesses
Arrival of Attendees at Hotel
TradeConnect officially opens as attendees start checking in to their hotels!
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
TradeConnect Welcome Dinner
We kick off in style with a fun networking dinner, where you’ll meet your fellow attendees & our prominent speakers.
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM
We fuel up for an exciting day at SingEx
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
Great Merchant Digitalisation Story (at Morning Plenary, Main
- Moderator: Matthew Gamser, Chief Executive Officer, SME Finance Forum
- Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT)
Formal kickoff of TradeConnect at Coral Triangle (Hall 3) at Singapore FinTech Festival
9:45 AM – 9.55 AM
About TradeConnect 2019
GlobalLinker Co-founders Summi Gambhir & Sameer Vakil
9:55 AM – 10:00 AM
Edwin R Bautista, President & Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank of the Philippines, Manila
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM
Opening Keynote Address - New age SMEs adapting to
- Matthew Gamser, Chief Executive Officer, SME Finance Forum, Washington DC
10:10 AM – 10:40 AM
Thriving in the new normal - what SMEs can learn from the
Panel Discussion with
- Gerald Leo, Director, Commercial Partners, Small & Medium Corporate Customers, Microsoft, Singapore
- Ignacio Villoch, Open Innovator Senior Ecosystem Builder, BBVA, Madrid Spain
- John Cary L Ong, Executive Vice President, Union Bank of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
- Moderator: Matthew Gamser, Chief Executive Officer, SME Finance Forum, Washington DC
10:40 AM – 11:10 AM
The fundamentals of doing & growing a business in the digital agePanel Discussion with
- Satyam Agrawal, Head of Retail Business Banking, Asia, HSBC Hong Kong
- Debarun Roychoudhury, Group Head, UOB BizSmart, United Overseas Bank, Singapore
- Bijith Bhaskar, Head Digital & Partnerships at ICICI Bank, Mumbai India
- Moderator - TBA
11:10 AM – 11:40 AM
Local to Glocal - The evolving role of Corporations, SME Trade
Bodies & Govts in the New Normal
Panel Discussion with
- Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), New Delhi, India
- Ravi Aurora, SVP Global Policy Affairs & Community Relations, MasterCard, Purchase, NY
- Puneet Mehta, Asst General Manager Elite Trade Relations Group, ICICI Bank, Mumbai India
- Prasoon Mukherjee, Vice-Chairman, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Moderator – Gabriela Martinez De Aragon Calvo, Country Manager, BBVA Singapore
11:40 AM – 11:55 AM
SME Growth Stories –
India: Our IPO Experience: - Manish & Krishi Dutt, VR Films, Mumbai India
11:55 AM – 12:15 PM
Vote of Thanks; Lunch & BSB Announcements and Closing
2nd Half: Session on SMEs & Platforms - Trade without Borders
1:00 PM - 1:10 PM
Digitise and Globalise – How SMEs and Platforms can change the World
Jane Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, Sectoral Transformation Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA)
1:15 PM – 1:50 PM
Business sans Borders (BsB): The Journey Ahead
Panel Discussion with Sameer Vakil & BsB Partners
1:55 PM – 2:30 PM
The SME Growing Pains: Intimate Fireside Chat with Founders
Panel Discussion moderated by Sameer Vakil
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Remapping Trade Routes: The Impact of Trade Wars on SMEs, Platforms and Supply Chain Management
3:10 PM – 3:45 PM
What SMEs and platforms need to know – 2020 and beyond
3:50 PM – 4:20 PM
Show me the Money: SME Financing Reimagined
4:25 PM – 5:00 PM
East Meets West: Debt Capital for Asian Platforms
Breakfast & Open Day
You asked, we listened. The last day has been kept open, so that our attendees
can explore Singapore city or hangout with their new TradeConnect buddies.
Departures will be as per individual attendees’ travel schedule. Hotel check out is 12:00 PM
1.Event plan is tentative and subject to change
2.Participants may extend stay in Singapore to attend the Singapore FinTech Festival event. All additional expenses to be borne by participants.
Best of TradeConnect 2018
Some of our favourite moments and highlights from last year
MEET OUR 2019 PARTNERS
TradeConnect is a fantastic opportunity to initiate collaboration and brainstorm ideas for new concepts. It has allowed me to talk to many different entrepreneurs face to face as well as establish a global network. As far as the choice of speakers are concerned, I've had the opportunity to attend literally hundreds of events, but none have compared to the seamless flow of wisdom which I observed from speakers at TradeConnect.
Events like this, where business owners from different countries & industries come together to collaborate, to ideate, to network, to learn, to inspire and to be inspired, they just don’t exist! TradeConnect has left me with a bigger vision for my business, shown me the transformative power of digitisation, while also helping me make new global friends.
“My rendezvous with entrepreneurs from all across the globe, courtesy GlobalLinker at TradeConnect Singapore was nothing less than a mesmerising memory. GlobalLinker has not only provided me an opportunity, but also given me and my business the necessary boost by organising a global networking event in Singapore. It has helped me in making new connections and has also infused me with numerous business ideas and fresh perspectives. Experiences shared by GlobalLinker members and other participants at TradeConnect have proven to be a total game changer for me for doing business in the startup ecosystem in India and worldwide.”
“Thank you so much GlobalLinker for giving the most unforgettable opportunity to me as a new entrepreneur. This event has moved and motivated me to aim and work harder on creating a better platform for my business. I did not just gain knowledge and experience, but I also gained new friends who have encouraged and influenced me to grow as an individual and as an entrepreneur. My major takeaway from this event is that we should not be afraid of the dynamics of technology. And that business progress is directly moving with innovation."
“It has been a wonderful 4 days in Singapore! Met new friends, made new connections and most importantly, I came home with a bigger vision for my business ‘The Fulfilled Women’. I'm definitely excited for what lies ahead! Thank you so much GlobalLinker.”