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Special Pitch & Networking Event featuring Female Entrepreneurs from Tokyo APT Women x DWEN

2019/01/17(Thu) 14:00 - 18:00 (GMT+08:00)

SPECTRUM | Technology and Innovation Business Club (#05-21 DUO Tower, 3 Fraser St, 189352, Singapore)

[Host] APT Women (Acceleration Program in Tokyo for Women)

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Acceleration Program in Tokyo for Women (APT Women) is a Tokyo Metropolitan Government initiated public program aim to provide short-term, intensive acceleration programs for female entrepreneurs in Japan to scale their business domestically and internationally. The program is designed to provide female entrepreneurs the resources and network necessary for their business development. For more details, visit
The 3rd Batch of its program participants will be deployed to create their first foothold for oversea business expansion in Singapore. At the Special Pitch & Networking Event featuring Female Entrepreneurs from Tokyo, you'll meet amazing and exciting female entrepreneurs from Tokyo.
Please come and enjoy their talk and pitches with delicious meals!!!

1/17/19 (Thu)
Time: 14:00-18:00
Venue: Spectrum (
3 Fraser Street, DUO Tower, #05-21, Singapore 189352
Agenda (Draft): 
Opening & Welcome remarks by Tokyo Metropolitan Government
14:05-14:15 Ecosystem of female entrepreneurs in Tokyo/Japan by APT Women
14:15-14:25 Welcome message by DWEN
14:25-15:25 Panel Discussion Tips for female entrepreneurs to succeed” 
-Moderator: Sophie Guerin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Asia Pacific, Japan & China (APJC) Dell Inc.)
-Investor: Rina Neoh, Co-Founder, Ficus Venture Capital
-Entrepreneur: Natalya Ann Twohil, Founder, Kiddet & Ivy Cubs
        Divya Patel, Champion for social entrepreneurs in Singapore and in the region  
15:25-15:40 Intermission
15:40-16:05 5 female entrepreneurs pitch from APT Women
16:05-16:40 Questions from panelists/audiences and Answers from APT Women 5 entrepreneurs
16:40-17:00 A female entrepreneurs pitch from DWEN and feedback from panelists/audiences
17:00-18:00 Photo and Networking (Drinks and snacks will be served)


Sophie Guerin
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Asia Pacific, Japan & China (APJC)
Dell Inc.
Sophie Guerin is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion, APJC at Dell Inc responsible for setting and driving Dell’s diversity & inclusion strategy, serving our team members in 18 countries. In APJC she focuses on delivering on Dell’s promise to team members to create an environment for them to do their best work. This includes the Asia roll out of the Catalyst Men Advocating Real Change initiative and introducing LGBTI inclusion to the region via the APJC launch of Pride LGBTI and Allies ERG.
Located in Singapore, she is a recognized expert on diversity & inclusion in Asia and speaks frequently at industry forums on the topic. She is co-author of "Examining Diversity & Inclusion from an Asian Perspective" and “Developing Dependency” which explores special economic zones in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Sophie served as a member of the official U.S. Delegation to the 2017 APEC Women and the Economy Summit at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. She is also a member of the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Network Advisory Council and the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Women of Influence Steering Committee.
Prior to joining Dell, Sophie was Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Community Business as well the Beijing-based Greater China Deputy Director for WEConnect International, a Washington D.C. headquartered, corporate driven non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets.
Sophie is also the Founder of Women in International Public Affairs based in Paris, France. She has a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in public policy and economic development from SciencesPo Paris and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from New York University with a double major in East Asian studies and theatre. She speaks Mandarin and English.
Rina Neoh
Co-Founder, Ficus Venture Capital
Rina has more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. With a solid foundation in B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through an overseas MBA (International Business), Rina has delivered multimillion dollar returns from small business enterprises, which she has incubated, coached, invested in or promoted. Rina is also instrumental in two IPOs in Australian Stock Exchange and have executed complex cross border mergers and acquisitions. A seasoned executive with an operations and systems perspective, Rina is well known for setting up and developing companies across Asia Pacific, including brick-and-mortar and technologyenabled enterprises. Rina co-founded Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, a homegrown incubator based in Singapore and a venture accelerator since 2006. Through its angel networks, Mercatus Group provided seed capital to promising new small ventures, with more than 60 startups seeded and incubated in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong. Rina holds strategic management roles, directorships and equities in Mercatus Capital, Synapse Global, Unlimited Brands, MindChamps International PreSchool Philippines, Ficus Venture Capital & Fintech Lab.  In addition to managing various companies as director or investor, Rina find time to serve as business coach and adviser to several business advisory boards, NGOs & Universities.  Rina spends most of her free time advocating "greenfield” businesses, promoting social entrepreneurship, women empowerment and volunteerism work.
Natalya Ann Twohil
Founder,  Kiddet & Ivy Cubs 
Natalya is the founder of Kiddet and Ivy Cubs. Kiddet was founded in 2016 and is an education and enrichment network that connects parents and teachers to the best enrichment activities in Asia. Kiddet is focused on nurturing a generation of creative, confident and curious children. With the success of Kiddet, Natalya also launched Ivy Cubs in 2017. Ivy Cubs curates and distributes the latest skill and play based curriculum and products from around the world. Prior to Kiddet, Natalya worked in the International Development scene for 10 years specializing in agricultural value chain programme management, civil society and governance. Natalya worked with various NGOs across Asia Pacific, North and South America, most recently spent 2 years in Afghanistan with the Aga Khan Foundation supporting the multi-sectoral Rural Development team. When she moved back to Singapore, Natalya used her experiences as an international development practitioner to influence the philanthropic giving of Cassia Foundation in Singapore, managing their due diligence and grant management processes. Cassia Foundation supports visionary leaders committed to serving the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Divya Patel
Champion for social entrepreneurs in Singapore and in the region
Divya is a a champion for entrepreneurs and innovators in Singapore and in the region. She worked with Impact Hub Singapore from 2014-2016, an organisation that played in a pivotal role in growing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Singapore and set up two incubators while there - the first for social entrepreneurs and a second one for youth entrepreneurs. She is passionate about building organisations, designing processes, bringing structure to new programs and working across industries with different stakeholders to create outcomes. She continues this passion in her current role as the Regional Director for Partnerships and Talent at Ashoka, a non profit that identifies and promotes cutting edge social innovation globally.
Prior to her role in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, Divya worked with IBM in their consulting division, in both London & Singapore for almost 10 years. Her projects focused on addressing & solving critical operations strategy and design issues. She also has extensive experience in project management and has overseen multi million dollar projects running across multiple countries. In 2010, she led the set up IBM’s Innovation Centre in Singapore, a platform through which IBM brought some of its latest technologies to Singapore to see how they could be applied in the local context.
Divya took a break from the corporate world in 2011, after which she trained to be a docent at the Asian Civilisations Museum. For 2 years she guided actively and was also a member of the training team, mentoring aspiring docents.
When not working hard on ways to grow the entrepreneurship ecosystem, she can be found seeking out new places to enjoy a meal or a drink, meeting up with and hosting friends, exercising, going for cultural performances, pursuing spiritual studies, reading a good book, or planning that next family holiday.

The Presenters from APT Women:

Yoshida Ayako

Creating sustainable clothes made of alpaca fiber
to protect body and mind from coldness and stress
Yamamura Sayoko

Production, marketing, rental service
of parasol with remaking kimono
Kawano Rie

Development of software to "Identify Cognitive Biases"
using an AI(Knowledge Representation)
Sekiya Satomi

Sustainable manufacturing, "Raffia bag"
brand in the Philippines
Balducci Junko

Development & Sales of
“TRES MARIA” a Japanese feminine-care brand

The Presenters from DWEN:

Dorothy Yiu 
Co-Founder & COO, EngageRocket
Dorothy co-founded EngageRocket in 2016 with the aim to use 'human analytics' to create better workplaces and happier employees, and is passionate about translating clients’ needs into applicable software solutions that create meaningful impact for users. At EngageRocket, she is the Chief Operating Officer leading product development, technology, customer success, and design. Previously, she served as Head of Operations for Gallup (South East Asia) overseeing the execution of large-scale consulting projects for clients in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai. Dorothy obtained double degrees BBM & BAcc from the Singapore Management University under the Lee Kong Chian Scholarship.

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APT Women (Acceleration Program in Tokyo for Women)

東京都による女性ベンチャー成長促進事業のAPT Women。APT Womenではスケールアップまたは海外展開を目指す女性起業家向けに短期集中型育成プログラムを提供します。3か月間の国内アクセラレーションプログラムと、選抜された参加者へ1~2週間の海外派遣プログラムを提供することで、経営知識やスキルの取得、ベンチャー企業同士やサポーター(VC・大企業メンター・メディア機関)とのネットワークの獲得を支援します。 詳しくは事業HPをご覧ください。

APT Women (Acceleration Program in Tokyo for Women) is the first acceleration program focused on Japanese women entrepreneurs. Funded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, APT women provides a 12-week acceleration program and, a 1-2 week dispatch oversea program for selected participants, to help  promoting women entrepreneurs scale their business and expand their businesses abroad. For those interested, please apply and see details on our webpage!

東京都女性ベンチャー成長促進事業APT Women運営事務局

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