Singapore Business Federation and V3 Fintech Set Up Regional Digital Academy to Support SMEs on Digitalisation Journey; To Appoint EY to Advise on Professional Curriculum Development
- Named “Beyond Lab”, the academy will focus on areas such as data analytics, including that to support green solutions, as well as fintech innovations that can help Singapore Small and Medium Enterprises (“SME”) optimise and expand operations locally and in the region
- Beyond Lab will also support the digital upskilling of SME owners and workforce to help develop digitally empowered businesses and a digitally skilled workforce
- Over time, Beyond Lab intends to become an innovation centre in Singapore to pilot and roll out innovative digital technology, supported by the Singapore SMEs network
Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO of SBF, said, “Our companies, especially SMEs, need to align themselves with how the world has changed. To stay relevant and remain competitive, they need to integrate technology to improve how they operate and deliver value to their customers. Through Beyond Lab, we hope to help SMEs cultivate a digital culture and develop the data analytics and fintech capabilities they need affordably and effectively. We encourage Singapore SMEs to work with Beyond Lab as they scale up operations, capabilities and capacity to do good and do well in this increasingly digital environment.”
Mr Gan Chee Yen, Senior Advisor to V3 Fintech, noted, “SMEs today can harness technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and e-payments to optimise their operations, enhance profitability, and empower their workforce to do well. Through Beyond Lab, we hope to help SMEs embrace these technologies in an effective and collaborative way. By coming together at Beyond Lab as they embark on the digital journey, SMEs can collectively learn, connect, and adopt relevant digital initiatives that boost their competencies and competitiveness. I believe EY brings as an advisor its experience of helping companies embrace digitalisation to transform themselves and meet the challenges of the digital future, with regard to its credentials in the FinTech arena, including digital bank customers in South Africa and South Korea.”
Beyond Lab is set to kick off its first programme in early 2020.