Upcoming SME events

iAdvisory Seminar: East Africa - Discover the Opportunities in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania

Date: July 21

Time: 1pm to 5.30pm

Venue: IE Singapore, 230 Victoria Street, Level 10 Bugis Junction Office Tower, Little Red Dot Seminar Room

Fee: $40

East Africa is an economically promising market, having seen an 18.5 per cent increase in foreign direct investment over the past six years. Its economy is expected to grow 7.5 per cent in the next five to seven years. It is the continent's most regionally integrated market and offers businesses access to a market of 144 million consumers.

East African nations are diversifying and growing their economies. This translates to opportunities in natural resources, transport and logistics, manufacturing and services. This seminar will offer exporters market insights into East Africa and networking opportunities with like-minded businesses.

For tickets and more information, visit www.gevme.com/iadvisory-seminar-doing-business-in-east-africa

2015 Startup Summit

Date: July 23

Time: 8am to 4.30pm

Venue: 11 Eunos Road 8, Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore 408601

Fee: $60

The day-long summit is about bringing the pillars of money, innovation and management together. It will feature engagements surrounding crowdfunding, branding, data-driven marketing, tax, grants, and intellectual property and rights.

Find out more and register at www.dpbureau.com.sg/startupsummit. For inquiries, e-mail bureau@dpgroup.com.sg or call 6829-9800.

SME Forum on Alternate Financing

Date: Aug 12

Time: 1.30pm to 5.30pm

Venue: SBF Seminar Room 2 (21st level, Keppel Towers)

Fees: SBF members - $70; non-members - $90

Access to financing is a major obstacle for many entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses seeking growth and development.

In recent times, other forms of financing, such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, have gained popularity as alternative channels.

Alternative financing is not just about raising funds, but has also further evolved into a social media space for start-ups, and small and medium-sized enterprises, to raise awareness of their brand names and products.

This forum aims to highlight the various aspects of alternative financing. Key insights will be shared by experts and practitioners, ranging from the various types of alternative financing platforms, to the regulatory framework.

For inquiries, please contact Ms Zera Lim at smec4@sbf.org.sg or on 6827-6810.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2015, with the headline 'Upcoming SME events'. Print Edition | Subscribe