Date/ Time
6 May 2021 - 7 May 2021

Companies that do not innovate risk being obsolete and irrelevant in today’s fast-moving and competitive business world. Open innovation allows companies to adopt external ideas and technologies in their own businesses while allowing their unused ideas to be utilised by others, which would result in greater overall business growth.

The Open Innovation Workshop offers innovation and R&D managers in SMEs, public research institutes and government agencies insights into how open innovation can be applied to their organisations and field of work. Through this workshop, participants will also gain access to tools and platforms from IPI to accelerate their innovation journeys through collaboration and co-development strategies. 


Dates: 6-7 May 2021
Time: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm (GMT +8)

Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Room
230 Victoria Street #09-00
Bugis Junction Office Tower
Singapore 188024

Registration Fees
(per participant):

Standard fees: S$1,400
Subsidised fees: S$1,000 (for Singapore government agencies, SMEs and public research institutions)

Who Should Attend:
  • Corporate and SME innovation managers seeking to bring new products or services to market more quickly through embarking on an open innovation strategy
  • Officers and managers in R&D or innovation and enterprise management who would like to learn about the various types of intellectual property (IP); IP protection and strategies; the concept of Open Innovation, and its tools and platforms.
Objectives: By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of Open Innovation and its best practices to accelerate internal innovation;
  • Apply different types of Open Innovation tools and platforms to support you and your organisation;
  • Understand and access the global innovation networks;
  • Acquire the basics of IP rights, concepts in IP management and knowledge on IP strategy in Open Innovation; and
  • Learn challenge-driven innovation and platforms to support innovation challenge initiatives.
Workshop Modules: DAY 1
  • Introduction to Open Innovation
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) and IP Management
  • Understanding and Accessing Innovation Networks 
  • Essentials of IP Strategy in Open Innovation
  • Essential Tools and Platforms to Support Open Innovation 
  • Challenge-Driven Open Innovation
  • This is a hands-on workshop. Participants are advised to identify some technologies need or problem statements as materials to prepare for the practical sessions.
  • Please bring along your internet-accessible laptops for both days as practical assignments will be carried out during the sessions. Wifi access will be available.



Dr Sze Tiam Lin
Innovation and Technology

With more than 18 years of experience in commercialisation of new technologies and IP management, Dr Sze leads the IPI team in addressing technology and innovation needs of enterprises from the industry in areas spanning across Infocomm Technology & Electronics, Energy & Environment, Materials & Chemicals, Health & Personal Care, Manufacturing, amongst others.

Prior to IPI, Dr Sze was the Senior Vice President at ETPL (now A*ccelerate), the commercialisation arm of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). He worked on commercialising new technologies and, being a pioneer, contributed to several best practices in industry-research collaboration, licensing, technology and market intelligence, IP management and strategy, and licensing professional skills and training.

Dr Sze is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a council member of the Executive Committee of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), Singapore. He holds a PhD and a Bachelor of Engineering in Automatic Control & Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK and received an executive education in Strategic R&D Management at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.


Michael Goh
Deputy Head
Innovation and Technology

Before joining IPI, Michael was the Deputy Director, Enterprise Development Department, Infrastructure Capability Development Division in Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), where he worked with public agencies to develop IP management capabilities. Michael was also with ETPL (now A*ccelerate), the commercialisation arm of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), where he was involved in commercialising technologies from research, managing technology portfolios, undertaking technology and commercial intelligence projects, as well as developing go-to-market strategies for new technologies. Michael spent eight years as a project manager of defence related projects before ETPL.

Michael graduated with a Masters of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology.


Alvin How
Food, Healthcare and Chemicals

Alvin How works with local food, healthcare and chemicals related enterprises to understand their innovation gaps and connect them to enabling technologies, innovations and know-how from an extensive network of technology partners.

With more than five years of industry experience working as a Senior Chemist in chemical firms, Alvin has accumulated knowledge in formulating, developing and providing technical assistance for industrial resins, decorative resins and other wood related resins. He has completed numerous studies on chemical compounds, materials surface, polymer systems, and also successfully supported multiple scale-up trials in Malaysia, Thailand and China.

Alvin holds a Masters of Business Administration from Singapore Management University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore.