conducted online by one of our Partners at Meet Ventures, monthly
Farhan Firdaus, MSC
Farhan Firdaus, Partner at Meet Ventures, is a Venture Builder with a proven track record previously as a Series B startup COO and as Head of Venture Building for an ASEAN-focused agriculture investment firm.
As an experienced venture builder and startup advisor, Farhan has mentored hundreds of startup founders in programs run by 500 Startups, TechStars and SeedStars.
Farhan is also active in the academic scene, having been invited as a Guest Lecturer at leading universities such as NUS Business School and Singapore Institute of Technology. He is also a Technopreneurship Scholar at Nanyang Technological University and an Advisory Board Member at the Singapore Polytechnic School of Business and King's College London Entrepreneurship Society. In 2021, Farhan was appointed to the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Committee for Review on Applied Education.
An emerging thought leader, Farhan was recognised by the European Commission as a EUVP Young Leader and was also awarded the Free-Market Humanitarian Award by the UK Trade Board Advisor, The Right Honorable Lord Hannan. Farhan was also invited as a panelist alongside Minister Ong Ye Kung for the Channel News Asia (CNA) Panel on “Economic Disruptions in the Future Economy”.
John Lim, MBA
John Lim, Partner at Meet Ventures, is an experienced professional in the startup and innovation sector. He began his career at SGInnovate and KPMG Innovate before moving on to start his own practice. He now helps corporates and growth-stage startups to work together for win-win outcomes.
Throughout his career, John has reviewed thousands of pitch decks and worked with hundreds of startups. Some of the programs he managed include WingArc Accelerator (Big Data), LongHash Accelerator (Blockchain), CISCO Innovation Program (IoT), IBM-Watson Innovation Program (AI) and more. He has also managed the Travel To SEA Market Access Program and the SEA Anchor Market Access Program.
John has also been invited to judge at various regional pitch competitions and speak at multiple conferences. Some of these pitch competitions include Project Kairos 2018, Win In Nanjing Pitch Contest 2019 & 2022, Startup Elevate 2019, Suzhou Venture Contest 2020 and Slingshot 2020 & 2021. He was also Keynote Speaker at the Yale-NUS China Summit 2019, Maritime Port Authority (Singapore) Innovation Summit 2019 and TEDx Newton 2022.
During his free time, John volunteers as a mentor at Protégé Kita and Social Impact Catalyst. He is a firm believer that every person has the potential to succeed, and that people are the key to an organization’s success.