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Makanpreneur: Secrets To Keeping Your Food Start-up Alive

Makanpreneur Events is a series of monthly affairs open to the public that runs from January to March 2018. It is as part of the Makanpreneur accelerator program, Southeast Asia’s first food sustainability programme organised by UNFRAMED that aims to build a cross-sector ecosystem around food sustainability and innovation.

Everyone knows that running a start-up in Singapore is not easy, with 30% of businesses failing within the first 2 years. It is important for entrepreneurs to know what it takes to survive and retain a competitive edge especially as they face ever-increasing challenges a cut-throat business environment.

Take advantage of this opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs, and learn from their mistakes and best practices in managing a food related start-up in Singapore.

Look forward to mingle with like-minded participants from our Makanpreneur Programme, who are working on their own food-related initatives, and perhaps even trigger potential collaborations to make a bigger food sustainability impact.

Who should join?

  • Aspiring or current entrepreneurs working with food-related initiatives
  • Anyone or even professionals with an interest in making a social impact through food-related ideas

What you will gain:

  • Learn about how entrepreneurs can manage different challenges faced by food related businesses in the industry
  • Learn about how how to scale a food-related business sustainably while balancing profits and social impact
  • Learnings about ongoing food sustainability initiatives such as Makanpreneur and the start-ups involved
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities with like-minded individuals


  • 1830 - 1930: Registration & Light Dinner
  • 1930 - 1940: Welcome & Introduction
  • 1940 - 2000: Sharing by Panelists on their personal learning journeys
  • 2000 - 2045: Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • 2045 - 2200: Showcase by Makanpreneur Start-ups and Networking

About This Panel


Walter Oh, boxgreen

Founded in 2014, boxgreen creates wholesome snacks and delivers them to your doorstep or office desk. Its member base and revenue grew by 10 times in 2015 and has expanded to Malaysia 2 years after inception. In the company’s first 6 months of operations, they donated 1,000 meals to needy through their 1 box 1 meal programme. Boxgreen obtained its b-corp certification last year.


Seng Choon Koh, Project Dignity

Seng Choon is the Executive Director of Dignity Kitchen, Singapore’s first social enterprise food court and hawker training centre for disabled and disadvantaged people. Project Dignity has helped over 520 people gain employment since its inception in 2010. Seng Choon has also developed Dignity Mama Stall, a second-hand bookstore, and Dignity Art Gallery to tackle challenges faced by parents of disadvantaged children. Project Dignity is the winner of the President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Award 2015.

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