Week 8 – Operations

With the startups currently focusing solidly on building products and demos for DBS, the founders now need to be armed with skills to build a sustainable business entities around the technologies and products that they have developed.

The first speaker this week was James McKeogh, a management consulting partner at KPMG. As a specialist in Data & Analytics, Digital Commerce and Payments, James provided a lot of insight into how companies in this field can sustain growth and manage operations in a way that will enable them to scale.

Later in the week, the teams headed to the newly opened KPMG Insights Lab in Central. Following a tour of the space and its Data and Analytics capabilities, the teams were given Pitch Training by KPMG’s Innovation Partner Edge Zarrella. A regular figure at pitch events and the startup ecosystem both in Hong Kong and globally, his advice to the DBS cohort proved invaluable.

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With only 4 weeks to Demo Day, this talk was a strong incentive for the founders to begin working on their investor decks and start practising for the presentations of their lifetime.