News // $12,000 Grant to be Awarded to Best Startup Pitch at the New Business Festival The Island Exchange

$12,000 Grant to be Awarded to Best Startup Pitch at the New Business Festival The Island Exchange

The winning pitch during the event will walk away with a $12,000 grant sponsored by HSBC.


Singapore, 21 February 2019 – The Island Exchange is a new one-day business festival for the savvy and ambitious, debuting on Saturday 2 March.


Held alongside the HSBC Women’s World Championship, the event brings together local and international speakers to share their experiences on building a successful and meaningful career, with the goal of empowering attendees to thrive in business.


Set in the tropical surrounds of Sentosa Golf Club, the programme includes engaging talks, panels and workshops with founders and opinion leaders from various industries on topics shaping the global business landscape today, including Instagram marketing and conscious consumerism.


A highlight of the programme is Startup Sessions, a segment where founders will share the highs and lows of their career journeys. Speakers including Race Wong, COO of Ohmyhome, Annie Luu, Head of Asia of Investible, Zhiying Chua from Seedplus and Jonathan Lui from Soho App.


Not only will attendees be able to hear from inspiring industry leaders, they’ll also learn what venture capitalists and investors look for when investing in new companies. What’s more, selected startups will get the chance to do a speed pitch with judges from venture capital firms and Ng Li Lian, Country Head of Business Banking at HSBC Singapore who is offering a $12,000 reward for the winning proposal.


In addition to the monetary grant, the winner will gain direct access to expert advice from HSBC’s Business Banking team for a working capital review tailored to their business. Those interested in pitching are to submit a five-page pitching brief in PDF format after signing up to attend the session on Both Early-Stage and Series-A startups are invited to submit their pitches, with the winner being announced at the end of the programme.


“At HSBC, we understand it is always not easy starting a new business. Through this pitch and grant, we are delighted to lend our support in helping Singapore-based startups and fast growing SMEs to achieve their goals and fulfil their passions” said Ng Li Lian.


Host for the segment, Found8 Head of Community Andee Chua, commented, “The Island Exchange is a dynamic new type of business forum that’s designed to inspire the next generation. Attendees will take away valuable knowledge which will empower them to thrive both professionally and personally.”


The event is free for tournament ticket holders with Saturday access and includes entry to the HSBC Women’s World Championship, a $15 food voucher plus a goodie bag and access to all six sessions on the day. A Saturday tournament ticket is priced at $29. Capacity is limited and registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.


For more information on The Island Exchange and for the latest speaker announcements, please click here or register to attend at