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Articles - Digitalisation Innovation Programme – UKM SUKSES X APINDO 2024 Recap

Digitalisation Innovation Programme – UKM SUKSES X APINDO 2024 Recap

Dive into the recap of the 8-week digitalisation programme from UOB FinLab’s Digitalisation Innovation Programme: UKM SUKSES X APINDO.

Articles - GreenTech Accelerator 2024 – Unveiling the Shortlisted Participants

GreenTech Accelerator 2024 – Unveiling the Shortlisted Participants

UOB FinLab unveils the 34 greentech finalists for the GreenTech Accelerator 2024 programme.

Articles - Unlocking Sustainability Wins With Digitalisation

Unlocking Sustainability Wins With Digitalisation

Discover how UOB FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) is leveraging digitalisation to accelerate sustainability journeys for SMEs.

Articles - Going Green Means Going Strong: How Sustainability Builds Resilience for SMEs

Going Green Means Going Strong: How Sustainability Builds Resilience for SMEs

Uncover UOB FinLab’s insights on macroeconomic trends and our commitment to empower SMEs through sustainability development with our Sustainability Innovation Programme.

Articles - Digitalisation Innovation Programme: Womenpreneur 2024 Recap

Digitalisation Innovation Programme: Womenpreneur 2024 Recap

Womenpreneur reached its successful conclusion, after a comprehensive two-week programme designed to foster a vibrant community and empower women to drive growth and business success through digital innovation.

Articles - From the Singapore Budget 2024 to a New Prime Minister Appointment: Lessons from Singapore’s Dynamic Year

From the Singapore Budget 2024 to a New Prime Minister Appointment: Lessons from Singapore’s Dynamic Year

Uncover the impact of the Singapore Budget and the May Day Rally 2024 for SMEs in their digitalisation and sustainability initiatives.

Articles - Mother’s Day 2024 – Enabling womenpreneurs to catalyse business growth

Mother’s Day 2024 – Enabling womenpreneurs to catalyse business growth

UOB FinLab celebrates Mother’s Day by spotlighting womanpreneur – Reena Yin, who gracefully balances motherhood and business. Discover Reena’s inspiring journey that’s reshaping both family and work.

Articles - Southeast Asian SMEs can mutually benefit from driving the circular economy

Southeast Asian SMEs can mutually benefit from driving the circular economy

UOB FinLab is leading the charge in Southeast Asia by enabling SMEs to embrace the circular economy, reducing waste and sparking innovation. Dive into how these efforts are shaping a sustainable future for businesses and the environment.

Articles - What SMEs can do for Earth Day 2024

What SMEs can do for Earth Day 2024

Discover how UOB FinLab is championing sustainable innovations with SMEs to drive positive change with transformative programmes. Join us in making a difference this Earth Day.

Articles - Unlocking the potential of womenpreneurs in ASEAN

Unlocking the potential of womenpreneurs in ASEAN

Discover how UOB FinLab is empowering women entrepreneurs and business leaders across ASEAN with tailored programmes that drive business growth and digital innovation. Learn more about these transformative initiatives and their impact on the economy.

Articles - Sustainability Series: Countering Greenwashing in Southeast Asia

Sustainability Series: Countering Greenwashing in Southeast Asia

This is the second iteration of UOB FinLab’s Sustainability Series, in which we discuss greenwashing challenges in Southeast Asia and the adequate steps SMEs can take to tackle them.

Articles - Why Southeast Asia’s growing waste problem presents huge opportunity for climate tech start-ups

Why Southeast Asia’s growing waste problem presents huge opportunity for climate tech start-ups

With Asean contributing to roughly 25 per cent of waste worldwide, innovative tech solutions could help to manage waste and prevent refuse from contaminating the environment. While more climate tech start-ups are eager to drive change, many still lack support, exposure, and a platform to grow.

Articles - Technology’s Role in Combating Excessive Waste in ASEAN

Technology’s Role in Combating Excessive Waste in ASEAN

We now approach the final weeks before applications for UOB FinLab’s GreenTech Accelerator 2024 come to a close. We have received outstanding applications from hundreds of innovative greentechs that have the potential to make impactful contributions to the world’s sustainability goals of net zero.

Articles - Growing and Transforming Global GreenTechs for Sustainability

Growing and Transforming Global GreenTechs for Sustainability

UOB FinLab’s GreenTech Accelerator (GTA) strives to develop and market green technology solutions for business sustainability.

Articles - Unlocking New Opportunities in The Arts Space

Unlocking New Opportunities in The Arts Space

The Arts play an important role in today’s society. Learn more about how UOB FinLab’s Acceleration Programme for the Arts is helping drive digitalisation efforts across the Arts Industry, and hear from OH! Open House, a participant of the programme, on how they have tackled issues within this industry.

Articles - 2023 Year in Review and Looking Ahead

2023 Year in Review and Looking Ahead

Learn more about UOB FinLab’s key milestones in 2023 and how the team is staying committed to helping SMEs in the region.

Articles - COP28 Recap – Key Takeaways for Singapore

COP28 Recap – Key Takeaways for Singapore

Read this article to learn more about our key takeaways from the COP28 event.

Articles - The Promise of AI for Digitalisation and Sustainability (Singapore FinTech Festival 2023)

The Promise of AI for Digitalisation and Sustainability (Singapore FinTech Festival 2023)

The team at UOB FinLab was honoured to attend this year’s Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF 2023). Learn more about the team’s key insights from the event, and how UOB FinLab remains committed to advancing digital growth and innovating for sustainability for regional startup and SME audiences.

Articles - The balance between tradition and digitalisation

The balance between tradition and digitalisation

The balance between tradition and modernity can be tricky to get right. However, when it is achieved, it is an unmatched combination that can propel a business into new heights.

Articles - Sustainability Series: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

Sustainability Series: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

First iteration of UOB FinLab’s Sustainability Series – a series of articles that address a different area of sustainability and its impact in Singapore and the region. Our first piece will deep dive into the world of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

Articles - The Untapped Potential of SMEs in Indonesia

The Untapped Potential of SMEs in Indonesia

Earlier in September, the UOB FinLab team launched in Indonesia, marking our fifth in-market launch across ASEAN. With this launch, the team is committed to supporting the unique needs and circumstances of different SMEs in Indonesia.

Articles - Jom Transform Programme – Digitalisation 2023

Jom Transform Programme – Digitalisation 2023

Discover the highlights of the Jom Transform Programme, and how it empowers Malaysian SMEs with digital tools to excel in the digital economy.

Articles - Jom Transform Programme – Arts Digital Accelerator 2023

Jom Transform Programme – Arts Digital Accelerator 2023

The Arts Digital Accelerator Programme aims to support local art ecosystem to strengthen their businesses and digital capabilities to achieve transformation growth.

Articles - UKM SUKSES 2023 Recap

UKM SUKSES 2023 Recap

UKM SUKSES is a 2-day programme designed to help businesses leverage the power of sales and operations to grow their business regionally and streamline business operations for productivity and efficiency.

Articles - Sustainability Innovation Programme 2023 Highlights

Sustainability Innovation Programme 2023 Highlights

The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) is a 2-week programme to help SMEs transform their companies into sustainable and green businesses.

Articles - Xin Chào SMEs: Grow Your Sales Through E-Commerce and Digital Marketing 2023 Recap

Xin Chào SMEs: Grow Your Sales Through E-Commerce and Digital Marketing 2023 Recap

UOB FinLab launched its inaugural digital transformation programme in Ho Chi Minh City on 13 June 2023. Participants of The Xin Chào SMEs Programme were able to learn how to grow their sales through e-commerce and digital marketing tech showcases, participating in workshops, and networking sessions.

Articles - How The FinLab’s Digital Mumpreneur Programme Gave My Tuition Business A Much-Needed Jumpstart

How The FinLab’s Digital Mumpreneur Programme Gave My Tuition Business A Much-Needed Jumpstart

How Genius Plus Academy’s Eileen Toh benefited as both a businesswoman and working mom from the Digital Mumpreneurs Programme

Articles - Smart Nation Webinar Series: Retail and E-Commerce – Innovating with Technology

Smart Nation Webinar Series: Retail and E-Commerce – Innovating with Technology

A look at the current state of retail and e-commerce and how technology such as a smart POS system can improve operational efficiency and sales.

Articles - CNA938 Interview for Sustainability Innovation Programme

CNA938 Interview for Sustainability Innovation Programme

Uncover key takeaways from our CNA 938 interview with Shaun Tan, Programme Director, UOB FinLab, on the Sustainability Innovation Programme.

Articles - CNA938 Interview for Acceleration Programme for the Arts

CNA938 Interview for Acceleration Programme for the Arts

The Acceleration Programme for the Arts 2023, by UOB FinLab and National Arts Council, aims to help arts organisations strengthen their business and digital capabilities to achieve their vision for growth and development.

Articles - Supporting SMEs in their sustainability journey

Supporting SMEs in their sustainability journey

How WeavAir’s Natalia Mykhaylova benefited from the Sustainability Innovation Programme.

Articles - The 2023 action plan for SMEs

The 2023 action plan for SMEs

For many of us, 2023 is off to an unusual start, due in part to recent economic forecasts and headlines reporting worrying business outlooks.

Amid all of this, few seem to be talking about the thousands of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that represent nearly half of Singapore’s GDP – and are more likely to feel the pinch. While the weakening global economy and inflation affects the performance of trade-dependent industries, overall SMEs have been found to be generally positive about their near-term business outlook.

Articles - Commentary: Think big but start small — how companies, employees can contribute to Singapore’s Green Plan 2030

Commentary: Think big but start small — how companies, employees can contribute to Singapore’s Green Plan 2030

Moving towards a net-zero future is non-negotiable — and while it’s important to take steps towards being more eco-friendly, it’s challenging to implement long-term change.

Articles - How Tech Solutions Can Help SMEs Go Green And Save On Utilities

How Tech Solutions Can Help SMEs Go Green And Save On Utilities

Local accelerator programme bridges the gap between providers and SMEs, lowering the costs of adopting new technologies

Articles - Tackling today’s sustainability challenges with greentech innovations of tomorrow

Tackling today’s sustainability challenges with greentech innovations of tomorrow

As the climate crisis mounts, green technologies help reduce environmental footprint while driving sustainable growth.

Articles - The FinLab’s Deep Dive Programme 2022

The FinLab’s Deep Dive Programme 2022

Discover the highlights of UOB FinLab’s 2022 Deep Dive Programme, part of the GreenTech Accelerator, and how it grows greentech solutions.

Articles - Looping SMEs Into The Circular Economy (Part 2)

Looping SMEs Into The Circular Economy (Part 2)

Shifting to business models that are grounded in the principles of the circular economy will not only bring SMEs cost-savings and efficiency gains but will also open doors towards innovation and new sources of revenue and innovative customer engagement models.

Articles - Tips on overcoming lows and getting back on track

Tips on overcoming lows and getting back on track

When Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based marketing analytics startup Aimazing was incorporated seven years ago in Singapore, it was still a mobile wallet business.

Articles - How Will Digital Marketing Look Like In 2025

How Will Digital Marketing Look Like In 2025

The future of digital marketing is diverse, and its potential is vast. Technology is a driving force in today’s digital marketing landscape for businesses and consumers alike.

Articles - Up your SEO Gameplan in 3 Steps: The SEO MAC Framework

Up your SEO Gameplan in 3 Steps: The SEO MAC Framework

People frequently search online using keywords and phrases related to your business or service. It is important to have a robust SEO strategy to derive such traffic.

Articles - Greentech Companies are Ushering in a New-Era of Energy Efficiency: Here’s How

Greentech Companies are Ushering in a New-Era of Energy Efficiency: Here’s How

For hundreds of years, humanity has used coal, oil, and natural gas to run civilizations and wage wars.

Articles - Jom Transform Programme – Womenpreneurs Edition

Jom Transform Programme – Womenpreneurs Edition

The FinLab’s Jom Transform Programme- Womenpreneurs Edition is curated to support entrepreneurs, specifically women, on their entrepreneurial and digitalisation journey within a like-minded community.

Articles - Digital Spotlight Recap

Digital Spotlight Recap

Digital Spotlight is a series of thematic knowledge sharing workshops to help businesses transform and grow with the right digital tools and strategies.

Articles - The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme 2022

The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme 2022

The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) is a 5-week programme to help SMEs to transform their companies into sustainable businesses.

Articles - Wanted: new technology to recycle old mattresses

Wanted: new technology to recycle old mattresses

The pursuit of a good night’s sleep is doing bad things to the environment — at least judging from the number of used mattresses that end up in landfills.

Articles - The Future of Working Women in Singapore

The Future of Working Women in Singapore

In the past ten years, women have become more active participants in Singapore’s labour force. What is interesting to note, though, is that participation takes a hit when women reach their 30s and 40s.

Articles - The FinLab Report: From Disruption to Transformation

The FinLab Report: From Disruption to Transformation

The pandemic has had widespread impact on the operations of home-based and other micro-businesses in Singapore, with six in 10 reducing, halting or had no technology adoption in the past year.

Articles - 5 Tips for SMEs to Go Green in An Endemic World

5 Tips for SMEs to Go Green in An Endemic World

Sustainability is arguably one of the biggest buzzwords today, driven by the government’s unveiling of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and its commitment to the United Nation’s (UN)’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Articles - Looping SMEs Into The Circular Economy (Part 1)

Looping SMEs Into The Circular Economy (Part 1)

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, one of the foremost authorities on the circular economy, defines it as, “an industrial system that is restorative and regenerative by intention and design.

Articles - Beyond Digital Adoption: How SME Matching Is Empowering Tech Solution Providers

Beyond Digital Adoption: How SME Matching Is Empowering Tech Solution Providers

In Malaysia, the digital economy is expected to contribute 25.5 per cent to Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which make up more than 97 per cent of business establishments in Malaysia, will inevitably power these ambitions.

Articles - Driving Impact Through Business Transformation

Driving Impact Through Business Transformation

Outdated internal management systems, operational efficiencies, rising costs — several factors could serve as barriers to growth for small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs), impeding their development and expansion process.

Articles - The Right Connections – Key to Growing in Southeast Asia

The Right Connections – Key to Growing in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is on the cusp of entering a golden age for economic growth and technological innovation thanks to rising mobile internet penetration rates, adoption of digital lifestyles and the number of start-up investments in the region.

Articles - Jom Transform – The FinLab Accelerates Malaysian SMEs’ Digitalisation

Jom Transform – The FinLab Accelerates Malaysian SMEs’ Digitalisation

COVID-19 has disrupted businesses, forcing them to embrace new possibilities. For the first time, businesses were conducted mostly virtually, many retailers rushed to shift their ordering capabilities and marketing efforts online and some even switched to live streaming services to promote their products online.

Articles - The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme 2021

The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme 2021

The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) is built for leaders looking to transform their companies into sustainable businesses.

Articles - 3 Essential Steps Before Embarking on Digital Marketing Campaign

3 Essential Steps Before Embarking on Digital Marketing Campaign

Digital Marketing is one of the most powerful forms of marketing in today’s digital age. More than ever, consumers are making their purchasing decisions online based on a company’s digital presence and advertising, proving the importance of digital marketing in influencing customers and generating sales leads.

Articles - 5 Signs Your Company Needs A Digital Transformation

5 Signs Your Company Needs A Digital Transformation

The way that we work and operate has changed extensively over the last year, as COVID-19 accelerated the need for companies to embrace new ways of doing business.

Articles - Nurturing Innovation Among Students – Launch of Agile at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Nurturing Innovation Among Students – Launch of Agile at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

With the development of the internet, entrepreneurship has become more accessible. It is now much easier for people, especially among the younger generation, to start their own online gigs and businesses with minimal set-up costs by using platforms such as Instagram shops and YouTube channels.

Articles - Modernising Traditional SMEs – The Second Generation Offers These 4 Keys to Succeed

Modernising Traditional SMEs – The Second Generation Offers These 4 Keys to Succeed

The only constant in life is change. We have seen it especially so in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally reshaping customer behaviour and shifting how businesses operate.

Articles - Riding the Wave: Trends SMEs Must be Aware of to Succeed in the Next Normal

Riding the Wave: Trends SMEs Must be Aware of to Succeed in the Next Normal

The daily protocols put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 have now become part of our “new normal”. Businesses too have adapted, though many are still struggling.

Articles - Collaboration Amid COVID-19: Should SMEs Consider Strategic Alliances?

Collaboration Amid COVID-19: Should SMEs Consider Strategic Alliances?

The future of digital marketing is diverse, and its potential is vast. Technology is a driving force in today’s digital marketing landscape for businesses and consumers alike.

Articles - The importance of networks and communities for SMEs

The importance of networks and communities for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are regarded as the backbone of many economies, and the same is true of Singapore.

Articles - Collaborating and Adapting in Light of COVID-19

Collaborating and Adapting in Light of COVID-19

When faced with the challenging business environment, businesses should seek to innovate and collaborate to not only survive but to thrive after the storm is over.

Articles - Becoming an omni-channel business by going onto e-commerce

Becoming an omni-channel business by going onto e-commerce

Warrix Sport’s CEO shares his experience on how he brought his brick-and-mortar store online and what tools he used to do so

Articles - A look into SME landscape

A look into SME landscape

Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Director of School of InfoComm Technology, Mr Patrice Choong, shares about managing manpower and how institutions can support it.

Articles - Stay Ahead: Sell online in COVID-19 and beyond

Stay Ahead: Sell online in COVID-19 and beyond

Before COVID-19 hit us, those keen to avoid crowds or lazy to head out can simply whip out their phones, place their orders and have them delivered to their doorsteps. Back then, this was known as the future of retail.

Articles - Googling your way to growth

Googling your way to growth

It is not difficult to find an agency that can run Google ads. The crux for many brands is understanding the intricacies of building and running an optimised campaign.

Articles - Investing in influencers

Investing in influencers

In addition to overt marketing via video advertising, the rise of social media – and the changing nature of how we are getting connected to people through it – is changing a key pillar of subtle advertising: word-of-mouth.

Articles - The pull of a platform

The pull of a platform

In Singapore, homegrown homeware retailer myCK is looking to add one more location: an online shop. “Setting up our online shop is key because the trend will only keep growing.

Articles - The FinLab Goes to Thailand

The FinLab Goes to Thailand

Consistent economic growth, a large and young population, proactive national initiatives and growing internet and smartphone penetration – these are key ingredients for the nation’s FinTech growth.

Articles - SME Digitalisation

SME Digitalisation

Saying that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Singapore’s economy is an understatement.

Articles - Achieving customer centricity is key to business success

Achieving customer centricity is key to business success

As consumers, we are now used to having the world at our fingertips. This is the age of the Internet, allowing each of us instantaneous access to information, thus empowering us as consumers, but also driving the standards of customer service and delivery higher than before.

Articles - Building an Open Architecture World

Building an Open Architecture World

Discover how APIs and open architecture are revolutionising FinTech in our interview with Eduard Fabian, Chief Technology Officer of Razer Inc.

Articles - FinTech in the Region

FinTech in the Region

Lawrence Loh – UOB Group Head of Business Banking, shares about the FinTech revolution.

Articles - Singapore – Sending Fintech Startups to Infinity and Beyond

Singapore – Sending Fintech Startups to Infinity and Beyond

Mankind’s first spaceport, the Baikonur Cosmodrome, was founded by the Soviets in 1955. Its location in Kazakhstan was chosen for its low latitude, sparse population density, railroad access, and proximity to water supplies, all factors needed to launch an unwieldy rocket into space.

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Start Smart Programme

Designed for business owners to enhance their digital capabilities through practical learning, this programme takes businesses to the next level.

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Start Smart Programme

Designed for business owners to enhance their digital capabilities through practical learning, this programme takes businesses to the next level.

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