Fintech 101 – IDA codeXtremeApps

Humbling experience to share Fintech 101 with 70 Polytechnic and High School students at OCBC Open Vault with Altona Widjaja

Key topics discussed with student about Fintech were –

–  Concepts relevant to Fintech

–  What makes it hype? What makes it real?

–  How can you make a difference



SPH PnP Corporate Panel – Startup Corporation Relationship


SPH PnP Corporate Panel – 14 April, 5pm @ BASH Blk 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent Level

Moderator – Varun Mittal, helloPay


  • Teck Moh Phey,  CEO at Xpanasia Pte Ltd
  • Tuck Oon Choong, Director, NTUC Income 
  • Ervin Lim, Manager, Corporate Development, CapitaLand Limited

Key topics

  • Different ways that corporations engage with startups (licensing, acquiring etc)
  • Pros and cons of working with large corporations
  • How should early stage startups engage with and sell to corporations
  • How to navigate the complex procurement cycles of big companies
  • How to manage the middle management which has most incentive to say NO
  • How to plan for long sales cycles and engaging early/have enough buffer runway

Fragmentation of Media #burnthebox – SPH Plug and Play


SPH Plug and Play held their very first #BurnTheBox session on the 4th of February. The event was a huge success and saw a great turnout of over 70 aspiring entrepreneurs.

#BurnTheBox was organized by the SPH Plug and Play team, and was aimed at mature or seed funding stage start-ups. The term “Burn the box” is a reference that in the current context of constant change within the media space, the “box” refers to the comfort zone that no longer exist. Owners of start-ups should foray beyond the box when coming up with new creative ideas and business solutions.

Moderator –  Varun Mittal


  • Mohan Belani, Co-founder and CEO for e27
  • Damien Cummings, Global Head of Digital Marketing for Standard Chartered
  • Geoff Tan, SVP and Head of Strategic Marketing for Singapore Press Holdings.

Detailed coverage of the event can be found here
BTST Filler Ad (BurnTheBox)