For Osaka Innovation Hub: Expanding startup businesses in Singapore
20 startup entrepreneurs and students from Osaka Innovation Hub visited WASABI Creation as part of their one week study tour in Singapore. Tong (Founder, CEO), together with Yuta Morita (Intern, SMU MBA student) conducted a seminar for the group on how they can expand their businesses from Japan to Singapore. They covered topics such as incorporation in Singapore, Singapore's demographic, consumer behaviour, influencer marketing, popup store marketing, etc. The participants were very interested in these topics and asked many questions such as "What are the common difficulties and errors Japanese companies have when doing business in Singapore." Tong was glad to have shared his experiences and expertise in these areas.
For foreign domestic workers & caretakers
WASABI Creation was requested by a nursing training school to conduct Japanese lessons to its students comprising of foreign domestic workers and caretakers. The students are attending the school to step up their skills in nursing care for the elderly. As Japan is seriously facing the hit of aging population, and lack of manpower in providing care to the elderly, they have opened up working opportunities in Japan to foreign caretakers.
In view of this, these foreign domestic workers are trying out learning Japanese to equip themselves with the language skill that will enable them to work in Japan in the future.
Seminar to Ryokoku University: How Singapore's policies have shaped a multiracial and international society.
2 Sep 2018
A group of 40 students from Ryokoku University, Japan visited WASABI Creation as part of their educational tour in Vietnam and Singapore. WASABI Creation founder, Tong conducted a seminar on Singapore policies that have shaped the country's multiracialism, and built an international society.
More and more Japanese companies realise the need to venture overseas market as its domestic market continue to string due to aging population and depopulation, however there is a lack of talent within Japan who has the experience, skills, and know-how to bring business across boarders. We hope the seminar will be able to share with the students some ideas and tips on how to be a global talent.
Seminars to Business Schools in Delhi, India
WASABI Creation was invited by our partner, Intraversity in Delhi, to conduct talks to students of various business and management colleges in India. Over the week, we visited and met students from Jaipuria School of Business, JK Business School, Institute of Technology And Sciences, and Accurate Institute of Management & Technology. We shared with the students about our business, market trends in Japan and Singapore, and answered the students' questions on entrepreneurship.
WASABI Creation is also in talks with the schools to work with our partner in bringing students to Singapore for educational tour and internship.
"How SMU MBA Students can prepare themselves in working with the Japanese?"
6th Jul 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by SMU MBA Class to speak at "Japanese Business Night". Tong shared about his experiences when he was working as a fresh graduate in Japan, and talked about Japanese business culture that is unique and special to non-Japanese people.
Tong also talked about basic Japanese business etiquette, such as exchanging business cards, and seating positions for Japanese business meetings. The MBA students shown great interest with many questions.
The event ended with a party serving Sushi for everyone.
Entrepreneurship Training Camp 2nd edition
"Partnership with SAI International College Bubhneshwar, India"
WASABI Creation hosted 8 Indian students from SAI International College Bubhneshwar over 4 days for an intensive Entrepreneurship Training Camp at WASABI Creation's office. The students worked in groups of 2 on various topics such as coworking space business, India market entry, Japanese F&B market research, as well as overseas travel trends for India.
An extensive research in in these were done by the students, who also came up with creative proposals to implement new business into the fast growing market. Many presentations and discussions were held with the students to finalise the proposal.
At the end of the program, each student received a certificate of participation for their enthusiasm during the program.
"What can Japanese students do to become international professionals?"
16th Mar 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was contacted by a group of students from Tokyo University, who are interested to learn about doing business internationally, as they planned their self-funded trip to Malaysia and Singapore. A sharing session was conducted over web conference, where Tong answered questions from the students, shared his own experiences, and gave advises to the students what they can do to groom themselves into international professionals.
Here are the reviews and comments from the students.
WASABI Insight vol.10
Business in Japan~
"Japanese Business Culture & Manners"
1st Mar 2018
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong held a seminar sharing his experiences and insights on doing business in Japan, in particular on the topic of "Japanese Business Culture & Manners".
Tong shared from his own personal experience overs the years while he has been working in Japan, and doing business with Japanese companies. As he grew up and went through the education system in Singapore, knowing the language didn't seem to have prepared him enough to work in Japan as a fresh graduate. Tong talked about the episodes he had encountered all these years, and cover some of the basics about "Japanese Business Culture & Manner".
Japanese business culture 101, how are the Japanese thinking?
Exchanging business cards
Visiting & hosting a Japanese company
Useful Japanese expressions for business
More information: Business in Japan~ "Japanese Business Culture & Manners"
The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (CLAIR, Singapore)
The Founder of WASABI Creation, Tong was invited by The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore (CLAIR, Singapore) to share about WASABI Creation's business and its expertise in helping Japanese companies go global
Tong shared about his past, present, and future projects on how WASABI Creation is bridging Japan, Singapore, and the rest of Asia in terms on Business, Culture, and Tourism. In particular, Tong talked about his observation of how many Japanese companies are facing difficulty in presenting their products to the local markets overseas, and what could be so the solutions to better communicating with local consumers and making online connections for building relationships.
About CLAIR, Singapore
"Popup Store Master Class,
Alternative Retail Marketing"
3rd August (Thu) 7:00pm
WorkCentral @ Dhoby Ghaut
Connecting Japan & ASEAN for casual & stimulating exchange of ideas in business.
A truly cross-border business networking event, first of its kind in Singapore.
Pop-up stores are hot on the retail scene
"Online labels have been jumping aboard the pop-up store trend. Though reports of the weakening retail market and ailing brick-and-mortar business abound, online retailers are using temporary physical spaces in malls and department stores to reach out to a wider audience... Pop-ups are a way for the company to expand its footprint and to acquire customers from different locations. You get to activate crowds in certain parts of Singapore for a few months and then you move to another location and acquire new customers again."
-The Straits Times
About the Speaker
Mr. Adrian Chan
Popup Angels Pte Ltd
Adrian is the co-founder of PopUp Angels and leads the Singapore office. He is passionate about introducing innovative and creative concepts and ideas to the market. Prior to PopUp Angels, he founded several retail businesses including F&B
brands such as fresh cut fries outlet chain Best Fries Forever and Cloud & Cream, a liquid nitrogen ice cream brand.
He also founded Singapore’s largest escape room gaming centre, Roomraider SG, which was acquired after just 14 months of operations. During his time at Roomraider, he led collaborations on various projects with major brands such as Mountain Dew and Mercedes-Benz.
Before starting his own businesses, Adrian spent over 6 years in the financial industry in the corporate banking and fund management sectors.
At this event Adrian will be sharing a Master Class on:
Who, What, When, Where, & How for your popup store.
Location! Location! Location!
What you need to know before setting up your popup store.
Marketing for your popup store to attract the target customers.
Common mistake when doing popup stores.
About Popup Angels
PopUp Angels is an online platform that makes it easy to find, rent, and set up short term retail and event spaces in Singapore and Hong Kong.
We provide retailers with two things:
A platform that allows them to find short term retail spaces easily, and
An experienced retail and marketing team that is able to walk them through the whole process of renting and setting up a pop-up store.
For landlords, PopUp Angels provides them with a means of leasing out their vacant spaces to pop-up stores. We are currently working with over 100 landlords in Singapore including mall operators such as Suntec City, Guocoland, Far East, and Cathay.
Companies that are using our platform come from a wide variety of trades and include brands such as Sasa, Chanel, GrabCar, SingPost, and Lotte.
Date: 3rd Aug (Thu) Evening: 1900~2130
Venue: WorkCentral, Brew House
Singapore Shopping Centre
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#06-03 Singapore 239924
Capacity: 50 people max
Fee: $50 (advance tickets $40),
Refreshment, drinks, beer, wine included
Dress code: Smart casual
1830~1915 Registration, Refreshment & Networking
1915~1945 Introduction & short presentation by
1945~2000 Panel discussion by speakers and
2000~2015 Questions & discussion from the participants
2015~2030 Quiz & Prizes
2030~2130 More drinks & Networking
2130 The End
BottlesXO will be joining us at WASABI Insight next Thursday to bring us nice wine and interesting craft beer.
Join us to learn about Popup Store Retailing Marketing! A Master Class on the topic bought to you by PopUp Angels.
About WASABI Insight
WASABI Insight is a regular social networking event for bridging Singapore & Japan in terms of Business, Culture, & Talents, in order to enhance interaction & exchange of ideas between Singaporeans, Japanese, as well as other expatriate professionals.
About the Host
Mr. Tong Cheuk Fung
Founder, WASABI Creation~ Creating Awesome Projects between Japan & Singapore
Tong started learning Japanese as third language at age 13. After graduating from National University of Singapore with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Tong packed his bags and flew to Kyoto for his first job, and began his new life in Japan. In 2014, after spending 5 years in Japan, Tong returned to Singapore to set up WASABI Creation, for “creating awesome projects between Japan and Singapore”.
Tong’s goal is to make WASABI Creation the catalyst for creating business opportunities, developing close relationships, and explore possibilities between Japan and Singapore, as well as the ASEAN region. WASABI Creation’s mission is to spice up ASEAN with a sprinkle of Japan’s wonders, just like the overwhelming taste and burning sensation of the green Wasasbi. (Read more)
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About the Venue: WorkCentral
Every innovative idea should be given its shot; every creative entrepreneur should have his or her moment. We understand creating something from scratch is tough. Hence, here at Workcentral, we build a vibrant, purpose-driven community that works, learns, shares and grows together in a coworking space at Dhoby Ghaut, removing barriers that creators face in bringing their creative projects to life by connecting members to a selection of service provides such as awesome digital marketers & Brand Specialists, Business Owners or Angel Investors, empowering individual projects to reach its full potential.
Besides creating a vibrant and conducive coworking environment, we have specially created dedicated event spaces catering to mid to large-scale trainings, workshops and teambuilding. For more informaion, please visit www.workcentral.com.sg or email to: Hello@workcentral.com.sg