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A Microsoft-BizSpark Event

Contributing writer Caroline Yeung had the opportunity to talk about Young Upstarts at a recent Azione Capital-Microsoft BizSpark night. Addressing close to 100 members and guests, Caroline highlighted featured companies, and partners who have worked with Young Upstarts since its inception. She also talked about public relations fundamentals for her second presentation. On this evening, three individuals also pitched their mobile applications for Windows Phone 7 at this first Azione Capital-Microsoft BizSpark co-call for proposal collaboration and they included the following:

  • BusGuide by Muhammad Mulyadi, a Windows Mobile 6.5 developer. This application allows users to view bus arrival timings, and search nearby bus-stops in Singapore.
  • Several applications ranging from productivity to games and lifestyle were also shown by Melvyn Suan and Michael Ng from Nanyang Polytechnic.
  • Indie game Armor Valley, by CEO of Protégé Production Janelle Lee (whom we interviewed before). This next generation, 3D game application currently runs on Xbox Live Community Game Platform.

The Azione Capital-Microsoft BizSpark co-call collaboration provided a shot at the S$50,000 MDA’s iJAM microfunding scheme (through Azione Capital), specialised mentorship, and market access to East Asia.

Panellists for this pitching session included:

  1. Alex Toh, President, Mobile Alliance Singapore; and VP (Asia Pac), Top Image Systems; Vice Chairman, SiTF.
  2. Loo Cheng Chuan, Principal, Singtel Idea Factory
  3. Alvin Yap, CEO, The Mobile Gamer (we’ve interviewed him too)
  4. Nelson Allen, Director, Console & Accessories Asia Pacific and Greater China Entertainment and Devices, Microsoft
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A Windows Phone makes an appearance during the Azione Capital-Microsoft BizSpark night.

Scheduled every two months, BizSpark’s Start-up Night is aimed at technology entrepreneurs and companies. The event presents an opportunity for mingling and expertise-sharing amongst fellow technology entrepreneurs, investors and like-minded innovators. BizSpark aims to provide software, support and a visible platform for entrepreneurs to understand more about the interaction between technology and business which in turn will help them to succeed at different stages.

“Within BizSpark, we have a set of network partners that we have good relations with, and they are from all over the world. These organizations include incubators, government agencies, universities, and media. They are all positioned to help our entrepreneurs and start-ups to succeed,” said Eugene Fabian, Program Manager, Microsoft Innovation Centre Singapore.


Young Upstarts is a business and technology blog that champions new ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. It focuses on highlighting young people and small businesses, celebrating their vision and role in changing the world with their ideas, products and services.

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