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December 2, 2020
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
2 Havelock Road, Singapore 059763

Corporate strategy is typically a 13 week course that teaches participants about how a large corporation makes use of a strategic management framework to deal with specific situations or content areas such as mergers and acquisitions, alliances, and geographic expansion, to name a few areas.  Register HERE

While corporate strategy typically focuses on large corporations, the need to develop a sound business strategy and tactics is universal for all businesses operating in a competitive environment. However, there are meaningful differences between developing a strategy for a large corporation and smaller specialized businesses. Large corporations such as multi-national corporations tend to be in a better position to exploit its capabilities and size as they seek to achieve a sustainable advantage, while smaller businesses are more likely to be focused on balancing between exploratory and exploitative actions, as they identify and build up relevant competencies.

While the needs of smaller businesses might differ from that of a large corporation, the grounding towards the development of a sound business strategy is relevant in both cases. An understanding of various core theories such as the resource-based-view, transaction cost economics, and institutional theory (economics foundation) is relevant for all businesses regardless of size.

In order to incorporate multiple content areas, and teach all 3 theories within a 1-day workshop, a simplified version of a fundamentally unique thinking approach, “The Wisdom Approach”, developed by Dr. Brian R. Tan, will be used to ensure that participants gain a dynamic capability to utilize all the perspectives in multiple content areas.

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At the end of the workshop, participants should:

  • Understand the importance of having a grounded business strategy to guide their business
  • Understand the use of a Strategic Management Framework.
  • Understand three core theories that drive business strategy development
    • The resource based view
    • Transaction cost economics
    • Institutional theory (economics foundation)
  • Understand core areas that are relevant for their business (not exhaustive).
  • Understand how to use a simplified version of “The Wisdom Approach” to develop a dynamic capability to ground their strategic and tactical decisions (using the core theories across various contexts, while referencing the Strategic Management Framework).
  • Have an idea on how to possibly use other useful theories/perspectives to grow their business acumen in the future.

Workshop agenda:

Morning session:

  • An Introduction to strategy and tactics
  • The Strategic Management Framework
  • Key content areas in the field of business strategy

Rest Break

  • The Resource-based-view (construction / deconstruction) – sustainable competitive advantage
  • Transaction cost economics (friction)
  • Institutional theory (rules of the game)
  • Using “The Wisdom Approach” to integrate content areas with core perspectives (instruction, discussion)

Rest Break

  • Case study

Lunch Break

  • Q&A discussion using participants’ experiences
  • Review of the sessions

Rest Break

  • Exercise: How a shareholder VS stakeholder perspective can change your business

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Dr. Brian Roy Tan

Brian has been involved2 in the field of education since 2001 with the Nanyang Technological University. At the University of Washington, Seattle[1], Brian obtained his Ph.D. in the field of Management (Strategy) at Foster Business School, and has since taught at the top 2[2] universities in Singapore as faculty.

Brian is also involved in consultancy and advisory roles and had worked for the Boston Consulting Group[3] prior to doing his Ph.D. Consultancy and advisory projects span across various industries such as pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, travel, education, manpower and human resources. The job scope for these projects also varies according to project requirements and includes areas like supply chain, process re-engineering, strategy advisory, marketing campaigns, and business development.

The Wisdom Approach that has been developed spans a period of approximately 6 years and began just before Brian left the Nanyang Technological University after serving his bond obligations. It started with a goal to integrate Academia and Industry in order to create a new approach of thinking that would help businesses deal with complexity and dynamism in a precise and fundamentally grounded manner.

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[1] The University of Washington is ranked 14th in the world (3rd among US public universities) on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities. The ranking is published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which is not affiliated with any university and includes 1,000 universities around the world.

[2] These universities are the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University.

[3] The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is an American management consulting firm with more than 90 offices in 50 countries. It is ranked as one of the most prestigious management consulting firms and ranked in the top 10 of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2019. The company has also received numerous awards and recognitions.

December 4, 2020
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what are the key considerations that early-stage investors have, when it comes to the valuation of start-ups? How have COVID-19 impacted the valuation for start-ups? Attend the upcoming webinar, co organized by ISCA and IES-INCA, supported by IVAS, to find out what are the areas that helps build the reasoning behind the numbers.

In this interactive session, we will also showcase the Incubatees from IES-INCA. Speak to them to find out more about their latest developments and technology. Interested participants can also become a mentor or investor to these Incubatees, to partner them in their entrepreneur journey.

Join us as we bring together the community of corporates, finance professionals and startups for thought leadership discussions, knowledge sharing and virtual networking.

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Programme Outline

4.45pm – 5.00pmPlease log in at least 15 minutes before the session
5.00pm – 5.15pmWelcome Introduction by ISCA/IES-INCA
5.15pm – 5.45pmTop 3 Valuation Tips for Start-Ups

Speaker: Dr Jeffrey Chi
5.45pm - 6.00pmValuation Clinic: Ask your burning questions

Speaker: Dr Jeffrey Chi
6.00pm – 6.20pmStart-Up Incubatee Feature

Hear from 3 Incubatee Start-Ups as they showcase their corporate pitch.
6.20pm – 6.45pmBreakout Room Q&A to Incubatees & Virtual Networking

Network with the speaker, incubatees and fellow participants in the different breakout rooms to explore opportunities and build new networks.
6.45pmEnd of Session

Programme Facilitator

Dr. Jeffrey Chi

Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a Managing Director of Vickers Venture Partners, Vice Chairman of Vickers Capital Group and a member of its Investment Committee. He is also former Chairman and currently Ambassador of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. Dr. Chi also sits on the advisory panels of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the commercialization arm of A*Star and the National University of Singapore Division of Engineering and Technology Management. Based out of Shanghai, Dr. Chi heads Vickers Venture’s investments in Asia and has investments in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, education, e-commerce, healthcare/wellness and financial services (including fintech). Formerly a corporate finance specialist with and Executive Director at Pegasus Capital, he has managed engagements for large and small clients in both the public and private sectors. Prior to Pegasus Capital, Dr. Chi was a senior consultant with the Monitor Group. Dr. Chi's operational background includes seven years on the management team of an engineering group with operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Indonesia. As its Managing Director, he led the group into the Enterprise 50 in 1997 in Singapore. Dr. Chi is a C.F.A. Charter holder and graduated from Cambridge University with 1st Class Honours in Engineering. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology.

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Live Webinar Link

Instructions to log in to the Live Webinar will be sent to the participant’s email address that was used during registration.

Closing Date for Registration

2 day before programme or until full enrolment

Intended For

Members interested in new technology, investing and networking Senior members who are keen to mentor start-ups

Competency Mapping

Others = 1.75 Hours

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December 20, 2019
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

IES-INCA would like to invite you to this IES-INCA Networking Evening to bring together our IES Members, Partners, Mentors, Incubatees and Friends in the Deep Tech Space for the IES-INCA Launch @ Community Level. Welcome to bring a few of your colleagues to join us.

Registration Here.
Registration closes on 15th December 2019.

May 5, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

How does a Company go about transforming by Innovating your Business Model? How does a Company begin the path of Innovation and commercialising new deep technology product and services?

We have lined up a panel of Consultants who will share how they have helped existing Engineering & Technology companies stabilise and transform for Growth. Come to join our online talk on 5 May.

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May 14, 2020
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Participants will be introduced to Design Thinking and brought through key activities in defining a problem, a critical step in the process. The intent is for participants to walk away with an understanding of the process to further validate the initial problem statement in order to develop and deliver effective solutions.

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Registered participants will receive the online meeting details via email closer to the date.

May 26, 2020
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Calling all Engineers, SME Engineering and Technology Companies Management Leaders
In this webinar, Bryan Long will show you how to apply the startup methods used by the top startups and corporate incubators so that you can
• Radically improve your company’s speed and ability to respond to disruption
• Significantly reduce the risk and cost of launching new products and ventures
• Creating better performing products that customers already show you they want to buy even before you started production
Registered participants will receive the online meeting details via email closer to the date.
June 25, 2020
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

How to effectively manage software development offshore or outsourcing (OnO) ?

What are the best practices to ensure a successful software development?

Case studies and examples of where software OnO can be used.

We have brought together a panel of companies who specialise in getting your software systems off the ground using out of Singapore resources.

Date: Thu 25 Jun

Time: 5-6.30 PM

Where: Online on Zoom

5.00 PM - Welcome & Intro

5.05 PM - Intro to IES-INCA

5.15 PM - Intro to Topic Panel (4 companies as part of panel)

a. Panelist can share about themselves, their company in 8 mins.

b. General Q&A, Best Practice Sharing

6.00 PM - Q&A

6.30 PM - End (Participants are welcome to hang around and chat)

7.00 PM - Official End

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August 3, 2020
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Managing intangible asset and employment risks have always been challenging areas for business owners, especially during Covid-19 which has been bringing dramatic changes to almost every aspect of business.

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Join our webinar to know how to cope with these pain points. Mr. Jevon Louis and Ms. Teo Mae Shaan, partners of Shook Lin & Bok LLP, will share their advice on commercial IP matters and employment-related issues.

Get ahead with this practical and insightful webinar.

From this webinar, you will:

1. Gain an awareness of your organisation’s intangible assets

2. Learn how intangible asset can improve productivity

3. Appreciate how the analysis of intangible asset data aids allocation of capital

4. Learn about implementing safe management measures at the work place

5. Understand the eligible claims for compensation and medical benefits during COVID-19

6. Discover cost-saving measures that can be implemented during COVID-19

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August 11, 2020
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges, but it also presents opportunities that never existed before.

You have found your business opportunity and decided to start your venture? Congrats! But what is the next?

  • Have you figured out how to set up a company?

  • Do you feel headache on the corporate secretary, accounting, taxation and payroll?

  • In order to fully focus on growing your business, what are the things you should know and pay attention to before or at the early stage of your business venture?

Join our webinar to find out the answers! We have brought together a panel of companies who specialise in providing effective business support solutions.

Register HERE. 

Who should attend:

*Engineers who are planning to start a business venture

*Technopreneurs who are suffering from problems on corporate secretary, administration, accounting, staff management, etc


5.00 PM - Welcome & Intro

5.05 PM - Intro to IES-INCA and SGFounder (Andy )

5.25 PM - Intro to Topic Panel (3 companies as part of panel)

a. Panelist shares about themselves and their company in 8 mins.

b. General Q&A, Best Practice Sharing

6.00 PM - Q&A

6.30 PM - End

Register HERE. 

Registered participants will receive the online meeting details via email closer to the date.


August 20, 2020
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

In this talk, we will share how you can get from a business goal to creating solutions using an innovation execution framework developed by top startups like Spotify. 

For registration, Click HERE.

Many companies make the mistake of jumping too quickly into generating ideas on how to reach a business goal . They get too excited about an idea and then build it out quickly. But usually, the idea fails and they do not know what was the problem with the solution in the first place. Startups use Lean Startup principles to help test out the new ideas that they have but it could be hard for companies to apply those principles. Our speaker will introduce an innovation execution framework that you can use to get you from a business goal to a solution that is based on customer data and insights and rapid experimentation.

In this talk, you will learn:

(i) How to uncover hidden problems and opportunities in your market

(ii) How to create multiple ways to test those opportunities in a systematic way that reduces your business risks

(iii) How to use an innovation execution framework to guide the way your teams create solutions that are aligned to business goals

(iv) Tips on how to introduce this innovation execution framework to your company

For registration, Click HERE.

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