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May The Force Be With You

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Today, I want to talk about FORCES!

No, not the forces fighting over a sovereign nation in another part of the world. Neither am I talking about a force by which an open hand connected with a cheek/chin recently. Well, was he forced to do it? That’s still up for debate. (Side story: I’ve often used this person’s name in order to explain how to write or spell my own name….haha.)

But I’m going to talk about other kinds of forces – those that are not so visible. One thing I realised, as I worked with SMEs over a number of years now, is that SMEs often need that assertive push to innovate and digitalise. That’s why we have often talked about The FinLab being the force to catalyse and drive business transformation and change. 

So what do we want to be “forceful” about?

1. GROWTH

Our raison d’etre (reason for existence) has always been to help businesses – whether tech companies or startups or SMEs – to grow. And we remain committed to that. Join us for our very first episode of our Digital Spotlight series, where we bring together key digital solutions that can help SMEs grow! 

In addition, join us for a 2-part webinar series on “Growing Businesses” that we are organising with Smart Nation Together! More details below.

2. GREEN

Recently our green initiatives appeared in an editorial piece in the Sunday Times, and one of the SMEs in our first Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) shared his story. We will be launching the second run of our SIP very soon! 

3. GIVING

Do we have anything up our sleeves that can support the social services space and charities? Stay tuned to find out! 

Till then, may the force be with you!

Keeping in touch,

Will  (like the Will from Will Smith :D)


What’s New on The FinLab Online


How can you engage your existing customer and attract new ones using compelling content? Should TikTok be part of your marketing strategy? Discover how to develop your digital engagement strategies in this webinar.

Join us in Growing Your Business: Increasing Online Reach. This is the first of a two-part series brought to you by The FinLab.

Programme Webinar:

Topic: Increasing Online Reach

Date: 11th April 2022

Time: 12pm – 1.30pm (SGT)

Platform: Zoom


Digital Spotlight is a series of thematic knowledge sharing workshops to help businesses transform and grow with the right digital tools and strategies. Through the 2-days workshop, businesses can gain insights on the trends, opportunities and challenges, learn how to leverage on technology to streamline operations, increase sales and customer base.

Upcoming Workshop:

Topic: Sales & Digital Marketing 

Date: 14th April 2022

Time: 10am – 1pm (SGT)

Platform: Zoom


The FinLab’s Sustainability Innovation Programme (SIP) is a 5-week programme to help SMEs to transform their companies into sustainable businesses. It provides deep insights across a variety of sustainability topics such as energy efficiency, decarbonisation, carbon reporting and electric vehicles. SMEs will be introduced to various greentech solutions that can kickstart their journey to a greener future.

Programme Launch:

Date: 22nd April 2022

Time: 10am – 11:30am (SGT)

Platform: Zoom


The FinLab is UOB’s innovation accelerator that brings the ecosystem together to catalyse business growth and transformation. With a regional presence in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, The FinLab provides access to a range of business and technology experts, tools and content through The FinLab Online and in-person programmes. These programmes range from supporting the FinTech and start-up community in developing solutions, to assisting the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) community in going digital and innovating for sustainability. Founded in 2015, The Finlab has supported and connected with more than 14,000 businesses globally.

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