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Cultivating the Risk-taking and Entrepreneurial Mindset of Singaporean Leaders

Wednesday, 1st November 2023


About The Event

In partnership with Antler, we brought together a dynamic mix of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and leaders to participate in an engaging 2-hour interactive workshop. Focused on cultivating participants' entrepreneurial mindset and skillsets, the workshop featured moderated dialogues and group discussions, all enriched by the invaluable insights of our distinguished panellists. Our speakers from both the entrepreneurial and corporate realms included:


  • Magnus Grimeland, CEO & Founder of Antler

  • Dr May Yap, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer at Jabil


We extend our heartfelt thanks for the support and active participation of all who attended.

Key Takeaways

1️⃣ Embrace Boldness and Courage

Recognise that getting “No’s” is often the default in our entrepreneurial journey. Put your pride aside, develop a hustler mentality, be curious, and position yourself strategically to capitalize on maximising opportunities that you can seize. This will help develop your grit and resilience. 
2️⃣ Invest in Personal Strategic Risk Management


Frontload your efforts by investing time in the present to lay the groundwork for future successes. Leadership and entrepreneurship are inherently risky ventures. Reflect on your risk appetite, remain adaptable, and embrace the unknown. We only fear what we do not know. 
Minimise the Risk of Failure, and Fail Fast and Forward

Curate a robust support system and reliable partners to cushion the impact of failures. Set meaningful milestones on the path to long-term goals, but be prepared for setbacks. When failure occurs, accelerate your growth by swiftly learning from it and pressing on.

Key Moments

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About the Singapore Leaders Network

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Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and managed by the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), the Singapore Leaders Network (SGLN) aims to prepare Singaporeans for global leadership roles. We aspire to help advance the social capital of Singaporean corporate leaders who can support one another on their professional and personal leadership journeys - whilst cultivating a vibrant and robust community. This is achieved through activities that enable members to learn, lead, and link including through large scale in-person events, smaller business networking sessions on various topics of interest, a structured mentoring programme, an Ambassador programme, as well as an online LinkedIn community.

About Antler Singapore

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Antler is the investor backing the world’s most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. Founded on the belief that people innovating is the key to building a better future, Antler partners with people across six continents to launch and scale high-potential startups that address meaningful opportunities and challenges. Their global community backs people from the beginning with co-founder matching, deep business model validation, initial capital, expansion support, and follow-on funding. Fueled by a personal passion that goes beyond traditional investing, Antler has helped create and invested in more than 850 startups across a wide range of industries and technologies, with the goal of backing more than 6,000 by 2030.




Magnus Grimeland

CEO and Founder of Antler

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Antler (, the world’s most active seed-stage investor, Magnus leads a team dedicated to developing the next generation of world-changing companies and creating a global pipeline for top talents to pursue a career in entrepreneurship and innovation.

He previously co-founded Zalora, Asia’s largest fashion e-commerce company. It was later acquired by Global Fashion Group (GFG), where Magnus served as COO and Managing Director, rolling out the firm’s marketplace across 26 countries.

Magnus is an alumnus of Harvard University and McKinsey & Company, where he worked for six years. His last role at McKinsey & Co was as a Junior Partner, working across North America, Europe, and Asia in the global telecom, media, and high-tech industries.

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Overseeing global IT operations and digital transformation across more than 100 sites worldwide, May spearheads Jabil’s critical transformation programs in digitalization and factory excellence. Leveraging technology, smart systems, and analytics, she leads initiatives from designing enterprise-wide cloud and mobile-enabled ecosystems to building a sustainable data pool, providing strategic direction on IT policies and cyber-security, and optimizing automation and connectivity on Jabil’s production floors through AI technologies.


May was promoted to Global CIO in 2020, having first joined Jabil Green Point as a segment CIO in 2014. May brings to the company strong technical expertise and deep leadership and transformation experience gleaned from prior senior leadership roles in multinationals, including IBM and PwC Consulting. Focusing on IT strategy formulation and implementation, IT management, and business and process transformation, her international work experience spans the USA, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Japan.


Graduating with double majors in Mathematics and Computer Science, May also has both MBA and a Master’s degree in Computer Science. She has also recently completed a Doctorate degree from New York University where she focuses her research work on how to enable local leaders to pursue senior leadership roles in a multicultural environment. 


May is an honoree on Forbes’ inaugural CIO Next list, and in 2021, May was recognized as IDC’s Asia Pacific and Singapore CIO of the Year and also received AmCham Singapore’s Women HERo Awards as “Trailblazer of the Year” for her efforts in advancing women leaders at Jabil.


In her free time, May volunteers as a museum guide and translator for a local Chinese Literature Association to help promulgate Chinese literature to youth in Singapore. 

Dr. May Yap

Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer at Jabil

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