1st Breakout Session – Local Businesses

The 1st breakout session will focus on Local Businesses. Local Businesses are defined as businesses that rely on a local community or locally present customers to be sustained. Examples are retailers, restaurants, local transport providers, etc. The impact of Covid-19 has been large on these types of businesses, from being forced to shut down operations temporarily to being unable to reach customers through traditional means.


Problem Statements:

- How do we help ourselves and partners pivot to new business models to serve customers? (Ex. In response to lockdowns, how can F&B and retailers like insurance companies quickly set up new ways to conduct business outside of their core?)


- How can we gather and analyze insights of holistic customer behavior through digital means? (Ex. During lockdowns, customer preference on products has changed for businesses such as F&B and retail. How can tech help businesses to understand their customers better?)


- How can we overcome reliance on manual labour? (Ex. How do we automate some manual processes for retail type businesses like F&B, insurance, retail banking?)


Date: June 25th (Thu), 2pm-3pm SGT (3pm-4pm JST)
Venue: Zoom platform, event access link to be send by June 24th (Wed)
Admission: Free, open to all
The following, in particular, may be interested in the event:

- Those working in Local Businesses (e.g. retailers, restaurants, transport providers, etc.) and is interested to find out how partnering start-ups can bring about innovation within your organization

-Anyone interested in finding out more on the new issues on the ground facing Local Businesses in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

Registration deadline: June 23rd (Tue) 6pm SGT




Mr Koichi Saito (KK Fund, Founder and General Partner)

Mr Jonathan Lim (Enterprise Singapore, Director, Global Innovation Network)

Ms Junko Ishii (JETRO Singapore, Managing Director)

Moderator - Mr Kohki Sakata (Industrial Growth Platform Inc., CEO & Partner)


About KK Fund

Founded in 2015, KK Fund is a venture capital firm based in Singapore. The firm invests in see-stage internet and mobile startups across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.




Pitching Start-ups:
1. Crown Digital IO
Crown Digital is a smart retail solutions provider born from a desire to innovate digital solutions for common frustrations faced by F&B operators and retailers. Leveraging on robotics, artificial intelligence and data analytics, founder Keith Tan started Crown Digital with a mission to digitalise and empower traditional businesses using leading-edge technology.
2. SourceSage
Incorporated in April 2015 in Singapore, SourceSage helps enterprises to buy and sell online more efficiently, through our transaction, information and software services. The
founders of the business are Jian Min Sim, who leads the Product Development Team at SourceSage, and also John Sim, who helps lead the commercial and corporate development in the company.
IZAPY provides IT and cyber security solutions and services to 50+ prospects and customers of varying sizes, including enterprises, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies. IZAPY’s commitment is to create
meaningful partnerships, giving our customers direct, open engagement to ensure a successful engagement and to promote confidence as they move their security programs forward.
4. SparkBeyond
SparkBeyond is powering a new breed of market leaders. By harnessing the world’s collective intelligence, SparkBeyond helps clients disrupt their markets and transform into advanced digital enterprises. The platform connects the dots between disparate events and complex data sources, and generates millions of ideas in minutes that empower clients with actionable insights that drive impact.
5. Kyron
Kryon is a leader in enterprise automation, offering the only platform on the market which encompasses both Process Discovery™ and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). This full-cycle solution maximizes ROI and cuts implementation time by up to 80%. Powered by proprietary AI technology, Kryon Process Discovery™ automatically generates a comprehensive picture of business processes, evaluates them and recommends which ones to automate.