EP 38 – Dr. Geok Leng Tan, Jong Tong Foo, Kayvon Deldar and Zal Dastur – Plug and Play Roundtable – It Might Be Innovation Tourism


Theresa is the founder of the Asia InsurTech Podcast and a Thought Leader on innovation in insurance in Asia. She has worked for ten years for leading multinational insurers in Europe and Asia before turning to management consulting and venture building with the goal of transforming the insurance industry and helping shape its future in the region.

Jong Tong the Regional Vice President - APAC at Nexar. Prior to Nexar, he was with Shift Technology and Microsoft Singapore leading the Public Sector and Business Dev. Under IBM, he was the IBM Integration and Sales Leader for IBM APAC (inc Greater China Group). He steered business investments, business-building requirements and established teams across APAC to grow the IBM SoftLayer Cloud business. He had been awarded a Fellow under the Singapore Computer Society.

Zal Dastur

Zal is the founder Lucep. Lucep is a mobile app that helps connect a businesses digital marketing channels such as your website, social media, lead ads and email campaigns directly to your sales agents that are using the app. The agent gets an instant notification along with information on what the prospect is interested in.

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At the Singapore Fintech Festival AIP founder Theresa Blissing recorded a special episode with Plug and Play Singapore and three of their startups from batch 0 and batch 1. In this episode were Kayvon Deldar, Program Head, Singapore Insurtech and Fintech at Plug and Play Tech Center, Dr. Geok Leng Tan, CEO of AIDA Technologies, Jong Tong Foo, Asia Sales Director at Shift Technology, and Zal Dastur, COO & co-Founder of Lucep.

Plug and Play Singapore serves as the regional hub for the company’s investments and innovation platform in Southeast Asia. They connect the technology startups and the world’s largest corporations. Plug and Play have completed 2 batches of startups and has accelerated 49 startups in the process. Startups from all over Asia are invited to submit their applications for the Fintech and Insurtech program which focuses on areas such as Data Analytics, Automated Underwriting, Trade Finance and Reg-Tech amongst other key areas.

AIDA was established in Singapore in 2016 with a key focus on AI and ML-based predictive analytics and intelligent systems. Through their AI-based predictive analytics solutions, AIDA is able to address key automation challenges by augmenting a human experts ability to make decisions when confronted with huge amounts of heterogeneous information from diverse sources.

Shift Technology is a French company and is focused on creating AI-native solutions to help the world’s leading insurers deliver amazing customer experiences while winning the fight against fraud. The Company was founded in 2014 and has insurance clients in over 25 countries. As of March 2019, they have raised USD 100 million. 

Lucep was established in 2013 and provides a software-based system which involves agents responsible for a territory of products getting lead generation data and analytics based on their response to availability. The focus is on developing mechanisms that enhance the engagement of customers to sales team based on leads generated from digital channels. Zal Dastur has been on the show before. You can find his episode here

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