Going Beyond the “New Silicon Valley” – Building a Unique Ecosystem in Singapore and SEA

Singapore has been a strong player in technology and innovation in Asia and globally, and it has consistently ranked highly in global rankings on startup ecosystem in recent years. How can the small, knowledge-based economy become the best in class not just in Southeast Asia but in the world? How can Singapore establish a unique ecosystem where it’s not just a Silicon Valley no.2 or Silicon Valley of Asia, but a truly Asian and truly global environment driving technology and innovation for the future? What would this look like and what are the unique facets of the Asian market that would need to be considered?

We hear from the leaders from two remarkable organisations who decided to base their businesses in Singapore and how they seek to contribute.

Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 6.00-8.00pm
Venue: The Grid, SPECTRUM
Free for All


  • Atsushi Taira, Chief Growth Officer, Mistletoe

    Atushi, Managing Director of Mistletoe Singapore, is passionate about building the startup ecosystem in Singapore and the region. In 2016, Atsushi joined Mistletoe Inc. in Japan as Chief Growth Officer before relocating to Singapore in 2017 to set up Mistletoe’s global headquarters.
    Atsushi has 25 years’ experience in the tech/consumer industry. During his 12 years in SoftBank, he worked closely with Masayoshi Son, founder of Softbank, holding various executive positions. These include Bharti SoftBank India CEO, MySpace Japan CEO, InMobi Board member, SingTel JV Board member and Yahoo! Japan CMO.

  • Jussi Salovaara, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Antler

    Jussi, Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Southeast Asia at Antler, oversees Antler’s SEA headquarter overall strategy and operations. Before Antler, he was Nokia’s Vice President in Helsinki overseeing Product, Strategy, Sales and Commercial functions. With over a decade of experience in investment and strategy across different industries including engineering and IoT, he has also built his experience across multiple industries while at McKinsey, Deloitte and Morgan Stanley.

    Jussi was educated in Helsinki School of Economics and London School of Economics.


  • Andrea Hajdu-Howe, Partner & Head, Antler Capital

    Andrea, Partner within Antler’s global team, oversees Antler's global capital strategy. Before Antler, she was HSBC’s Executive Director at the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs for over a decade.

    Andrea holds an Honours Law Degree from the University of the West of England, is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, and formerly worked with KPMG. With rich international work experience in London, Berlin and Hong Kong, she has since lived in Singapore for 8 years and is a proud mother of 5-year-old twins.


6:00pm) Registration

6:25pm) Opening

6:30pm) Dialogue & Q&A

7:30pm- ) Networking