South-East Asia Digital & Tech Expansion Workshop

GTM Global in association with Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), SG Innovate & The Singapore Global Network (SGN)
29th & 30th Sept 2021, 09:00 - 13:00 BST

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Wednesday 29th Sept 2021
09:00 - 13:00 BST

Thursday 30th June 2021
09:00 - 13:00 BST


Zoom with breakout room sessions


One-to-one consultations tailored to your needs

Expand your Tech and Digital Brand & Operations in South East Asia

With almost 650 million people and a forecasted $300 billion digital opportunity in 2025, the South-East Asia (SEA) region has become the growth engine for some of the world’s biggest & most game-changing tech companies.

A must-attend event for any ambitious tech UK scale-up. Attend and get the low-down on how to - acquire customers, secure funding, build teams and hit the ground running with support of the extensive networks in the UK and Singapore. Learn how to grow your tech and digital brand across the SEA region. Get bespoke expansion advice by country. Connect with economic development organisations responsible for supporting inward investment, government and trade bodies and select commercial and regulatory partners, increasing opportunities and mitigating risk.

Why Should You Attend

bespoke advice on all things 'international expansion' relevant to your sector

Sector Connections & Opportunities

  • Engage with dedicated in-country market entry specialists from South-East Asia
  • Access Regional Digital Marketing Experts
  • Get critical Market Research and Support from resonant Trade and Governmental bodies
  • Understand the Regulatory, Tax, Banking, Payments and Grant opportunities to sustain and nurture your digital growth

Biz Development

Routes to market, channel partners, strategic sales, corporate ventures...


Offices, staff, payroll, HR, warehousing, manufacture, logistics, agreements...


Regulatory & legislative compliance, sales taxes, legal, accounting, reporting...


Investment, debt finance, grants, state aid, R&D tax relief, banking, Fx...

State Aid & Support

Economic Development Organisations & FDI, State benefits & incentives...

The Event

Tailored with you in mind

Who Should Attend

This event is for founders and C-suite executives of tech and digital scaleups, actively looking to expand internationally.

The Format

A series of 30 minute 1-2-1 consultations with experts in different aspects of international trade tailored for your specific needs and scheduled over a 2 to 3 hour period.

Tailored To Your Needs

We'll contact you ahead of the event to understand your business status, needs & interests, so we can schedule your consultations with relevant advisors.

Event Mentors

Key regional expansion experts

Get bespoke advice and guidance from key in country experts, covering legal, accounting, operational, HR & financial considerations.

Choy Yong Cong

Regional Vice President, Singapore Economic Development Board

Supporting companies to land in and expand to Asia from Singapore, and developing industry sectors and ecosystems for the future.

Christopher Yap

Regional Director Europe, Singapore Economic Development Board

As Regional Director for the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Christopher oversees client engagement in the digital and technology sectors in the UK and Ireland, and supports businesses looking to expand in Asia through Singapore.

Oliver Anderson

Managing Director & Co-Founder, ASK Consulting

Oliver is a C-level leader committed to social impact and ethical business practice with a record of re-energising underperforming organisations across multi-site operations and restoring profitability. With over 25 years’ experience in international management and leadership across industries, Oliver has extensive exposure in cross-border transactions and private investment.

Siyuan Ren

Communication Consultant, gigCMO

Siyuan has vast marketing, brand and communication development experience across clients and agencies. She has worked for both the UK, European and Asian organisations and has deep knowledge in construction, FMCG, automotive, horticulture, and art & cultural sectors.

Ulka Athalye

Fractional Chief Marketing Officer, gigCMO

Ulka works with businesses that want to maximise their revenues, expand into new markets or revive existing markets; with over two decades of global strategic marketing.

Michal Witkowski

Business Development Director – Growing Businesses in Asia, Intralink

Intralink works with western companies to drive their business growth in Asia. We are now over 80 full-time people across seven offices in East Asia, Europe and the United States, and our core business is providing the in-country expertise to identify market opportunities, secure sales and drive growth in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

James Francis

Program Director, Intralink

Intralink works with western companies to drive their business growth in Asia. We are now over 80 full-time people across seven offices in East Asia, Europe and the United States, and our core business is providing the in-country expertise to identify market opportunities, secure sales and drive growth in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Jayashree Sadanandan

Special Advisor, Glints

Jayashree Sadanandan is a Special Advisor to Glints, a tech talent startup headquartered in Singapore, which is helping UK/European startups and companies seeking to expand into Asia with the right teams. She has over 15 years of experience in government with a strong expertise in Southeast Asia affairs.

Sandy Findlay

Innovation Funding, Partnerships Director, ABGi

ABGI-UK is an international consulting group, working to accelerate our clients’ innovation activity by identifying and securing appropriate sources of funding: grants • tax incentives • commercial funding.

Dario Acconci

Managing Director - Business Development, Asia, Hawskford

Dario is the Managing Director for South East Asia whilst managing a strategic portfolio of clients in China and Hong Kong. He started his career in Hong Kong in 2003 working for an international law firm and developed a deep experience in assisting foreign investments into China, Hong Kong and South East Asia.

Salvatore di Chiara

Head of Account Management, Hawskford

Salvatore is a qualified Certified Public accountant in Italy and gained substantial experience in strategic, commercial and operational advice for large European corporations investing in Asia. He supervises and coordinates the accounting and tax team, advising local and international clients in Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Claire Bull

Sales & Marketing Director, Asia Market Entry

I am an experienced marketer, communicator and strategist, who has worked in professional services, international trade, sustainability, packaging, retail and new product development within a range of businesses - from a one-woman-band to some of the worlds biggest multinationals.

James Kwa

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Asia Market Entry

James is a Singaporean who has lived and worked abroad in Australia since 2007. In 2017, James moved back to Singapore with Accenture where he worked with Fortune Global 500 Companies and Governments in the fields of System Technologies, Implementation, Strategic Planning, Project and Change Management.

Steve Dawson

CEO & Founder, Asia Market Entry

In 2012 Steve was tasked with setting up the Asia Pacific operations of a technology company. After experiencing the challenges of doing this firsthand, he set up Asia Market Entry, with a vision of helping international technology companies build a footprint in the Asia Pacific region without having to set up locally themselves.

Kenneth Leong

Director, Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC

Kenneth is a Mergers & Acquisitions specialist with extensive experience in general corporate and commercial transactions. His areas of specialisation include private equity-led buy-outs, general offers involving public listed companies in Singapore and vendor auction sale processes.

Kiat Wee Lau

Director, Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC

Kiat Wee has extensive experience in M&A transactions involving significant real property holding entities and banks, as well as in cross border M&A transactions. He also specialises in advising on private equity and venture capital investments as well as on strategic or tactical opportunities investments.


You're in good company

I wanted to say a huge thank you for organising the extremely informative webinar yesterday. With the wide-spectrum of specialists, from the UK and USA, providing extremely useful advice and guidance on VC and business setup in the States, I was inspired to setup our operation in the USA.

Charanjit Randhawa

Chief Executive Officer, Epcot Career Solutions Limited

Thank you for connecting so many good people, the exchange with everyone was worthwhile and put the US market into context.

Elizabeth Jones

Founder, Real Good Ketchup

In a little under two hours I had discussions with eight mentors who really opened my eyes to the many business critical issues and challenges that need addressing. I also came away with a much deeper understanding of why businesses succeed or fail in their overseas pursuits.

Spencer Brace

Director, XenZone

About GTM Global

GTM Global connects UK scale-up brands in digital and tech to a designated panel of experts from government, trade bodies and commercial partners to provide on-going advice and guidance on go-to-market strategy and international expansion planning.

  • Advice and guidance from experts in international trade
  • Export readiness audits and market research reports
  • Access to a network of in-country specialists and trade partners
  • Go-to-market strategy development and market expansion planning
  • Compliance, regulatory and risk management planning
  • In-country distribution, sales and business development services
  • Access to overseas EDOs, accelerator programs and government support
  • Funding via an international network of investors and VCs
  • Curated promotions and offers for businesses transacting overseas

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