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Syinc Blog

Here we muse about creativity & innovation, and document (some of) the work we're doing about it in Singapore.

Aug 13 Double Bill: RYSEC Workshop 2 + think&drink5



THE STATS: 40 young social entrepreneurs. 13 speakers+panelists. 8 workshop segments. 1 speed-dating lunch.

40 young aspiring social entrepreneurs came for our full-day workshop held at the Lexmark Headquarters @ Novena Square. On the menu: Root Cause Analysis, Strategy Planning, Business Model design, and other tools for business fundamentals. But all tools and no stories is boring-as, so we threw in not one, but two panels featuring awesome folks like Meng Weng Wong (serial entrepreneur, angel investor and breakout star of the day), Rob Kraybill from Impact Investment Exchange Asia, and other great peeps. The panels: "What makes a great entrepreneur?"; and "Moolah: Where can I get it?". 

Check out some snaps below, courtesy of none other than Meng Wong (also a guerilla photographer) unless otherwise stated. Also, more pics on our Facebook page (go like us!). 


Panelists Zhixun from SPRING (wearing striped tie) and Anna from MCYS

Allan Lim of Alpha Biofuels shares his insights on being a SEpreneur. He will wear any teeshirts you give him, so FREE MARKETING. Also a RYSEC 2011 mentor (and wears a few other hats too ;o)Robert Kraybill, MD of IIX and RYSEC 2011 mentor. So that means if you apply to RYSEC, you'll be connected to awesome mentors like him.Behind the scenes: The team hard at work making RYSEC 2011 awesome. (left-to-right Zelig Lee, Haresh Tilani, and Francis Chua of Lexmark)

AFTER SUNDOWN: think&drink5

After lots of brainstorming (and brainstuffing) over the day, it was time to let our hair down. We headed down to Group Therapy coffee @ Duxton Road for think&drink5 which we aptly themed around SE as well - Social Entrepreneurship: Realities of transitioning from theory to practice.

Our eclectic panel: Tong Yee (School of Thought), Olivia Choong (Green Drinks Singapore), Meng Wong (silicon valley rockstar + awesome person). 

"It's good to share with your peers your ideas prior to setting up your enterprise. Competing ideas is good.." (RYSEC + think&drink5 panelist Meng Wong). Photo by Shaun KohLEFT: "Entrepreneurship in Singapore is still very top-down. The bottom-up mechanisms need more work here." (think&drink5 panelist Tong Yee, Co-Founder of School of Thought) RIGHT: "I founded Green Drinks because I felt very strongly for the environment," (think&drink5 panelist Olivia Choong, Founder of Green Drinks Singapore)Spirited conversation: This is what Think & Drink is all about.And these great conversations and ideas don't stop here. If you missed the workshop, and Think & Drink (we forgive you), you can still get in on the action: 

Registration for RYSEC 2011 is OPEN till 27 Aug 2011 - find out more at