Thinking Like a Start-up

Thinking Like A Startup

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Update 26 February: Event registration is closed.

The Norwegian Business Association Singapore (NBAS) invites you to an evening dedicated to innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset in collaboration with Seven Peaks and AWS.Our event, Thinking Like a Start-up, aims to provide insights into the key factors that drive start-up success, such as embracing risks, uncovering new opportunities, encouraging a customer-centric approach, maintaining agility, and the importance of a supportive network. The event benefits more prominent companies, which can learn from the thinking of start-ups, and start-ups can build networks with larger companies.

Event details

28 February 2024

6:00 pm onwards (Please ensure you arrive on time, as the security check may require a few additional minutes).

Amazon Web Services Pte Ltd, 23 Church St, Singapore 049481

Complimentary for both members and non-members (please register early, as seats are limited and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis)


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Leonard Opitz Stornes:

President of NBAS, Partner and Managing Director of QUARKS Asia.

Will Robinson

Will Robinson:

Partner, Strategic Partnership at Antler. Will is an accomplished builder of multiple category-defining emerging tech, venture capital, and Fortune 500 companies with experience across the entire business lifecycle. He has designed & executed go-to-market strategies, built & managed multi-disciplinary revenue and capital formation teams globally across 4 continents, and consistently surpassed milestone targets for multiple high-growth companies with ownership over revenues ranging from $2M to $200M.

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Angela Ng:

Angela has 20 years of corporate experience in the APAC’s Media and Marketing industry where she honed her skills as a human-experience designer.In 2016, she decided to embark on her 2nd career in learning and development to fulfil her childhood dream, moving from Designing for Consumerism to Designing for Education & Well-being. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer with SIT and also a leadership trainer for Singapore Armed Forces. She develops and delivers both academic and professional training programs relating to Communication and Experience Design. She has a Master in Positive Psychology, and currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Psychology with University of Reading. She is the author of the book, “What Colours Are You Feeling?”, TEDx Singapore 2019 Speaker on “Design Think To Happiness” and launched the “Emotional Baggage” board game in Singapore Design Week 2022.

Jostein Aksnes Profile

Jostein Aksnes:

Jostein Aksnes, CEO of Seven Peaks Software in Bangkok, has a strong software engineering and management background. He is dedicated to delivering high-quality software and design services at Seven Peaks, together with a team of 200 passionate tech professionals


Ram Gopalakrishnan:

Ram leads AWS Private Equity Business Development in ASEAN. In his role, Ram works with leading private equity firms to drive technology adoption and digital value creation initiatives at their portfolio companies.

Prior to AWS, Ram spent 15 years in Private Equity and Financial Services, leading or supporting over $3bn in transactions across 16 private equity investments in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Ram has led investments in pharmaceuticals, consumer, transport, and infrastructure and has been a board director/observer for numerous companies.

Ram holds a Bachelors of Engineering (Computer Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is a CFA charter holder. Ram is an AWS Certified Cloud Solution Architect Associate and holds a Senior Director accreditation issued by the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Håkon Ellekjær

Håkon Ellekjær:

Chief Commercial Officer at Pelagus 3D, a thyssenkrupp Wilhelmsen joint venture. Passionate about innovation and transformation, he develops and brings innovative products, solutions, and services to the maritime and offshore industry. In his role as CCO in Pelagus 3D, he is fulfilling the vision to disrupt the spare parts supply chain for maritime and offshore OEMs and end users.

Jon Loken

Moderator – Jon Loken:

Seasoned leader and venture builder with a proven track record in Digital Technology in the B2B space with a particular focus on hard to abate industries.Based in Singapore since 2012, building and transforming businesses. Extensive change management and digitalisation experience as well as ESG and decarbonisation specialisation.Experienced in sourcing and making investments successfully, and passionate about energy transition and sustainability.




6.00 pmArrival and registration, pizza and beverages served
6.25 pmWelcoming AddressLeonard Optiz Stornes, NBAS
6.30 pmWhat Corporations Can Learn from Startups on InnovationWill Robinson, Antler
6.50 pmDesign Innovation for LeadershipAngela Ng, Singapore Institute of Technology
7.10 pmBuilding Like a Start-upJostein Aksnes, Seven Peaks Software
7.30 pmAI on the Board AgendaRam Gopalakrishnan, Head of Private Equity Business Development ASEAN, AWS
7.50 pmThe New Corporate Innovation MindsetHåkon Ellekjær, Pelagus 3D
8.10 pmPanel Q&AModerator:  Jon Loken, Bluco
8.30 pmClosing RemarksJon Loken, Bluco


Seven Peaks

Seven Peaks Software is a technology company recognised for facilitating digital transformation and promoting sustainable growth through innovative strategies, great designs, and high-end tech implementations. The company was established in Bangkok in 2014 and is now entering the Singapore market, providing access to its world-class design and tech resources.




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AWS Singapore, a subsidiary of the global leader in cloud services, Amazon Web Services, Inc., has been rapidly expanding since its inception in 2021.

Important Note: To gain access to the venue, we will be required to share participants’ email addresses with Amazon Web Services. Rest assured that these email addresses will be deleted following the event.