Our TEam & cORE MENTORS
Dr James Lim
Mentor - Medtech / Programme Manager
Dr. Lim is an alumnus of Singapore Economic Development Board – Strategic Attachment and Training Programme (EDB-STRAT Programme of 2009) and spent 18 months at the cardio-renal department, Mayo Clinic (MN, USA). He is also a graduate from A*STAR-EDB Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Programme – Innovation Class (2012). Recently, he cofounded a medical technology startup – NephTech – in the nephrology space.
Dr LIm has 12 years of medical technology Research & Development and commercialization experience, prior R&D projects specializing in vascular devices such as drug eluting metal stents, fully biodegradable stents, patent orifice occluder (PFO), injectable gel drug delivery system, and implantable vascular access device in dialysis application.
Business Development & Partnerships, South Korea
Cathy is a dedicated lifetime learner who is deeply interested in exploring and supporting entrepreneurship. Having studied Asian Studies and Creative Technology Management at Yonsei University, she is fronting SEA Anchor's programme in Korea, and is actively promoting SEA market opportunities to Korean tech startups.
She is the founder of one of Korea’s biggest startup network, PRISM, now a community of 850 young entrepreneurs and startup organizations. She is experienced in organizing events for the startup community.
Cathy is the former founder in the legal tech sector, LAWDY, a startup dedicated to providing easier and affordable legal service to SMEs by automizing quality legal contracts and providing legal consultation with chatbots. She worked also as an editor in Pikicast and a part-time indie game developer, as well as a founder of a Facebook project for North Korean defectors."
Mentor / Investor - Business Advisory & Strategy (PH/MY/SG)
Rina Neoh has more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. With a solid foundation in Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through a post-graduate MBA in International Business, Rina has delivered multi-million dollar returns from more than 80 startup companies which she has either ideated, incubated, accelerated, mentored or scaled up in various industries.
Rina is a seasoned entrepreneur and multi-awarded startup advocate in the ASEAN region, with proven expertise in setting up and developing innovation-driven companies, including brick-and-mortar and technology-enabled enterprises.
Rina is Instrumental in introducing two IPOs in the Australian Stock Exchange and helped execute complex cross border mergers and acquisitions strategy within the Asia Pacific region.
Rina Co-founded Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, a homegrown incubator and venture accelerator based in Singapore since 2006. Through its angel networks, provided seed financing to promising new ventures, with more than 80 startups seeded and incubated in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong.
Rina holds strategic management roles, directorships and equities in Mercatus Capital, Ficus Venture Capital, Fintech Lab, Synapse EduTech Ventures, Global Learning Solutions, MindChamps International PreSchools, Smarter Robotics and UnlimitedBrands INC.
Eric Saint Andre
Mentor - Business Model & Strategy
Eric is a leading expert in design thinking, innovation, business model innovation, new business design and startup acceleration.
He is the Founder and Managing Director of ASA Advisory Services, a leading Innovation Consultancy based in Singapore and also the founder of Augmented Tribe, a tech-startup offering an Innovation Platform to support organisation with their innovation and digital transformation initiatives. Eric is also the founder of Singapore Ideas Lab, a local community of 750 entrepreneurs, and also co-founded The IdeasCollider!, an Innovation, Startups & Technology conference.
Eric has worked hand in hand with hundreds of corporate innovation teams as part of innovation programs he has designed and facilitated. He has also accelerated in excess of 100 startups in South East Asia working hand in hand with each one of those over the past four years.
Edmas Neo, MBA, PMP
Mentor / Investor - Business Advisory & Strategy
Edmas is the founder of Accrete Innovation. He also plays a key role in startup ecosystem development
Edmas has over 20 years of experience in IT industry. He has extensive experience in project management and consulting across various domains covering private and public sectors with good understanding in security, infrastructure, eCommerce and social media technologies. Edmas brings with him extensive experience in business model and acceleration methodology development.
Edmas founded various acceleration programmes that include SEA Anchor and TAGPASS accelerator. The programmes have accelerated well over 100 startups teams in Singapore, Korea and Taiwan. He is also one of the pioneer in structuring corporate innovation programmes in Singapore and had enabled programmes in Fintech, Smart Cities, InsurTech, AI and ICT.
Edmas has deep network connections across the region, and has also funded the Technopreneur Action Group which has a member base of over 500 technopreneurs and is also active in the startup ecosystem development.
Mentor - Business Advisory, Investments
Sangsoo Kim was the CEO of Sunbo Partners in Singapore, multi-strategy investment company. Sangsoo has deep understanding of the venture and private equity through his work.
Prior to joining Sunbo Partners, Sangsoo was head of SEA at KVIC, Korea Venture Investment Corporation, a Korea government agency that has supported challenging and innovative SMEs by operating the Korea Fund of Funds. In addition, Sangsoo had acquired professional experience in companies such as KPMG and Small and medium Business Corporation in Korea. Sangsoo is an author of a book on private market due diligence and Korean version of the masters of private equity and venture capital, published a paper in Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies, one of SSCI listed journals, and has written several research papers on private equity and venture capital market.
Sangsoo received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Korea University and in Law from Korea National Open University. He is a CPA and a CFA Charterholder.
Dr KC Chan
Mentor - Internationalisation
Dr Chan has over 25 years of senior management experience stretching from precision manufacturing to service industries in 30 countries. He has more than 20 years of international management consulting & human capital development experiences as a Corporate Trainer. (Effective/ Transformational Leadership, International Business, Convert Strategy into Results).
Dr Chan is engaged as a master trainer with leading project training, development, and consulting organizations in Asia because of his track record as a holistic project management expert connecting strategic, business, and operations level by converting corporate strategy into prioritized portfolio of programs and projects for business results Dr Chan has also conducted Advanced Leadership modules at Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate levels during the past 15 years. He has also developed more than 1,000 project managers who have made it to senior management positions.
• Visiting Professor - University of Glasgow, Department of Business Management
• Distinguished Professor - IMCA (UK), MBA and PhD Leadership Programme
• Visiting Professor in Integrated Project Management - STIMIK Perbanas (Technological University)
• Visiting Professor - Petra Christian University, International Business Management Department, Surabaya, Indonesia
• Visiting Professor in Organizational Development & Leadership - University of Indonesia, Graduate Business School, Executive-MBA Programme, Jakarta, Indonesia
Mentor - Business Advisory / Accounting & Tax
Wayne Soo is the MD of Fiducia LLP, Public Accountant and Chartered Accountants of Singapore. Wayne is a member of six (6) professional accounting bodies in Singapore, Malaysia, United, Kingdom and Australia.
Wayne was the Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Management Consultants, Singapore for several terms and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Singapore Institute of Directors. Wayne gained his years of auditing, accounting and financial experience with Ernst & Young LLP in Malaysia and Singapore.
Wayne has been intimately involved in the auditing of medium-sized and listed clients in industries such as IT start-ups, E-commerce projects, retail and general trading, aerospace and aviation, property development, hotels and resorts, leisure and entertainment, not-for-profit organizations, palm oil plantations, food and drinks manufacturing, power generation, leasing and financing, pharmaceutical corporations; to name but a few.
Wayne has conducted executive workshops on forensic investigation, strategic business planning, internal audit, entrepreneurship, cash flow planning, budgeting and disaster recovery for participants in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and USA. Wayne's core skills is in business advisory, audit, tax and accounting.
Mentor - Business Advisory, Vietnam
Frank has over 13 years of experience, with the first 6 years in software engineering roles before transiting to seed-stage venture capital investment, portfolio management, and venture support services.
As Partner in TNF Ventures, Frank manage all aspects of investments operations, and portfolio companies. TNF has 20 portfolio companies most of which have raised Series A/B investments or are exited. He has a good network and understanding of the tech start-up ecosystem and fund/grant environment in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Frank is also a mentor and regularly participates at regional tech conferences (Tech in Asia, Echelon, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam etc).
In 2017, he founded Tech JDI, a venture support services between Singapore and Vietnam. Tech JDI first focused on helping fast-scaling Series A/B/C tech companies scale their 2nd tech teams in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It has since diversified into other services including MVP development, market expansion, and Financial Advisory. Tech JDI has over 80 headcounts in 4 offices across 3 cities in Vietnam.
Frank graduated from National University of Singapore (Computer Engineering, B.Comp). Outside of work, he serves as Hon. Secretary of the Raffles Scout Chapter under Singapore Scout Guild since 2012. He is also a committee member in a local international chess Club.
Ong Hong Leng
Mentor - ICT & Public Sector Engagement
Hong Leng has a track record of achievements in helping various Government Agencies to harness Information and communications Technology (ICT) as a strategic tool for business transformation and development. He was appointed as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in some of these Government Agencies.
He has more than 30 years of extensive experience in delivering small to multimillion- dollar ICT systems. In addition, he had the experience of overseeing the public sector wide ICT policies and procurement.
A people-centred leader with the proven ability to motivate teams and achieve goals. He received his bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from University of Birmingham, UK.