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31-01-2019Report of 3rd ProgramIntroduction of the Overseas Dispatch in the 3rd Cohort Program

From January 14 to 24, 2019, we held the Overseas Dispatch Program in Singapore, the center of innovation in Asia, with five female entrepreneurs selected from among the participants of the Third Cohort Program.

This Overseas Dispatch Program consisted of two parts: the compulsory programs, which aimed to help all participants with the first step for overseas business expansion, and the custom programs where the participants planned their own activities (such as business talks, market research, etc.) according to their own business interest.

In the compulsory programs, the participants received advice from local business experts through pitch and mentoring. They also visited female entrepreneurs who is already leading their business, listened to their experiences, and worked together to improve their plans for business expansion to Singapore.
In the custom programs, the participants worked individually according to their own interests; some did local market research to see their potential targets of their businesses in Singapore, while others met their potential business partners to have business talks.

In this post, we will share some events from the common program.

[Joint Pitch Event with DWEN]
First, we would like to write about the joint pitch event with DWEN.
DWEN stands for Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. It is a program run by Dell and aims to support female entrepreneurs around the world. We invited more than 50 guests to this pitch event, to whom the participants made pitches for future business partnership, etc.
We also had a panel discussion by female entrepreneurs in Singapore. The participants learned a lot of useful information, such as what is required to female entrepreneurs and how to start a business.

[One-on-One Mentoring at Nanyang Polytechnic]
Next, we would like to write about the one-on-one mentoring session held at Nanyang Polytechnic.
Nanyang Polytechnic is an advanced technical college established in 1992. With seven departments all focused on vocational training to foster industry-ready human resources who can start to work as competitive workers from right after college.
In this on-on-one mentoring session, lawyers, financial experts, and entrepreneurs gave practical advice on business strategies and regulations related to business expansion to Singapore.

Since Singapore is smaller than its neighboring countries land-wise and population-wise, many entrepreneurs seemed to already have overseas markets in mind when they started their businesses.
With women’s careers typically starting two years earlier than men, active and successful female workers are not rare in this country.
By visiting the country, we were able to learn about the environment surrounding women and entrepreneurs in Singapore.

To our delight, all participants commented that they learned a lot and were able to network with people through the program.
We hope that the program will be of help for them in accelerating their actions toward business expansion to Asia from Singapore.
We appreciate your continued and warm support!