PitchLab with Janne Lautanala
Updated: Dec 1, 2018
Our last event in 2018, turned out to be quite intimate and cosy and brought a great value for all the participants - the attendees and the startups both.
We had as our special guest Mr Janne Lautanala, General Manager, Open Innovation Middle East and Asia at Wärtsilä, Finnish Business Council Chairman
Janne shared his journey as a professional - from in-house software development roles to 15 years with Accenture and Avanade, until he moved back to the in-house role with Wärtsilä with responsibility its' Digital Foundry globally. Impressive, that at the same time, he is also an entrepreneur for 26 years.
We discussed how Wärtsilä Open Innovation Center Operates as an incubator and accelerator for new digital ideas. Once such ideas are brought to the Acceleration Centres, they will be rapidly crystallized and developed, and then assessed and validated with customers and end-users over a three-week period. The results will then be presented to a group of stakeholders. Prior to that, these stakeholders receive the deck to comment on it prior to the demo day while entrepreneurs go through rehearsals to fine-tune their pitches and get prepared.
We also got a few words of inspiration/"warning" for the entrepreneurs presenting that night.
Arvin Singh is the co-founder and COO of hoolah, a Singapore fintech company providing an instalment payment solution with zero interest charges for consumers. Before founding hoolah, he worked in the Visa New Channels team, helping non-financial institution partners across the Asia Pacific scale their businesses. Arvin’s experience in payments started on the merchant side at a Canadian telco where he helped deliver a co-brand Visa credit card. He subsequently joined Worldpay’s business development team to deliver comprehensive payment solutions (gateway, acquiring, analytics & risk) to eCommerce retailers across the Asia Pacific. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he currently works with the alumni association to deliver a series of fintech events.
David Klinzing, Co-Founder and CEO of Compass Genetics, a Singapore-based genetics technology company that has developed the Genetics Navigator platform for doctors to add precision medicine, genetic testing and genetic counselling services to their clinical practice. David has been involved in DNA sequencing and research since the first prototype genome sequencing projects were launched in the 1980s and has been part of the translation of this technology from the research lab bench to bedside in the clinics. David has a BS in genetics from the Univ of Wisconsin, a PhD from Tufts University and was a Harvard Medical School fellow prior to moving to Asia.
David Bensadon - Founder and CEO of We Are Caring a Singapore-based company that provides a smart & ethical way to hire a helper (domestic worker) in Singapore, rated #1 in Customer service among the Top 100 employment agencies by MOM.
We got great comments about the value for the attendees and the presenters from the event, including the depth of the feedback received.
Well done! Thank you for your support and will see you in January 2019!
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