Drinks with Stewart McTavish, founding Director of ideaSpace, Cambridge University’s entrepreneur hub (9 March 2017)

We had the pleasure of hosting Stewart McTavish on 9th March, the founding Director of ideaSpace, Cambridge. ideaSpace is a hub for high impact potential founders that work in close proximity to the University of Cambridge. It is currently home to over 150 members, who range from just graduated undergraduates to repeat entrepreneurs who have raised venture capital and taken companies public. Initially developed as part of the vision for the Hauser Forum, on the University’s West Cambridge campus, ideaSpace has expanded to offices in the Cambridge City Centre and Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus.

Stewart shared insights drawn from his role at ideaSpace, as well as from chairing the University Enterprise Network, and advising the British Antarctic Survey Aurora Innovation Centre, makespace and biomakespace, amongst other entrepreneurial initiatives. We discussed some of the challenges facing young entrepreneurs in Cambridge and in Singapore, and the effect of the policies in the UK and here on starting, growing and developing a successful business. The evening was a wonderful chance for everyone to network with like-minds and we hope some new friendships were formed in this informal setting! Our thanks to Stewart and the near 20 alumni for attending. We look forward to more events of this nature soon!

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Singapore World Water Day 2017 Boat Race at Marina Barrage


Oxbridge Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam and Boat Club Captain Ng Yeau Chong pose with Ministers Masagos Zulkifli and Dr Amy Khor and PUB CEO Ng Joo Hee at World Water Day.


Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli signs the Oxbridge Society’s Guestbook as Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam looks on.


Oxbridge Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam attends World Water Day with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, and Ministers Masagos Zulkifli and Dr Amy Khor.


Oxbridge Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam and Boat Club Captain Ng Yeau Chong pose with Ministers Masagos Zulkifli and Dr Amy Khor, and PUB CEO Ng Joo Hee at World Water Day.


Oxbridge Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam poses with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Ministers Masagos Zulkifli and Dr Amy Khor, and PUB CEO Ng Joo Hee at World Water Day.


Oxbridge Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam receives an award of appreciation to the Society from Minister Dr Amy Khor for our active contribution to World Water Day.


Oxbridge Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam and Boat Club Captain Ng Yeau Chong pose with an award of appreciation to the Society at World Water Day.


Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean poses with Oxbridge Society President Dato Paul Supramaniam and Boat Club Captain Ng Yeau Chong at World Water Day.

Oxford started in front of Cambridge in the first race and were bumped at the 400m mark. In the second race in which Cambridge started in front, Cambridge rowed over.

Winning Cambridge Crew
Kenny Low  (cox)
Andrew Lea-Cox (stroke)
Alex  Petrovic (7)
Anibal Gonzalez (6)
David Li (5)
Elizabeth Brown (4)
Becky Walker (3)
Eleanor Great (2)
Ong Siok Ming (bow)

Oxford
Dong Yuepeng (cox)
Aaron Green (stroke)
Mayank Soni (7)
Ian Chai (6)
Sandra Chua (5)
Antonio Alvarez (4)
Grace Sai (3)
Vanessa Tok (2)
Malika Saksena (bow)

James Ng (Cam) was in the safety boat.

Watch out the highlights of the race here:

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Oxford Alumni Weekend Asia, 24-26 March 2017

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Book now at https://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/events/meeting-minds-alumni-weekend-asia


Oxford University’s Alumni Weekend in Asia will take place in Singapore 24-26 March 2017. Alumni and their guests are warmly invited to a range of social and academic events, including talks highlighting Oxford’s latest research, a black tie gala dinner and brunch at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

Below is an overview of the activities that will take place over the weekend. Click on the right hand banner to view each of the events.

FRIDAY 24 MARCH 2017

Alumni Dinners
Evening activities in locations around Singapore

More details about alumni dinners hosted by individual colleges and departments at https://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/alumni-dinners

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SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017

Academic Programme
8.30am-5pm, Marina Bay Sands, Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
A full day of academic sessions and lunch, starting with an optional continental breakfast.

University Gala Reception and Dinner
7.30-11pm, Flower Field Hall, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Black tie dinner in the Flower Field Hall overlooking the Marina Bay skyline and the colourful displays of one of the largest glass greenhouses in the world. Guests are welcome to enjoy the Flower Dome before the start of the reception from 6.45pm.

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SUNDAY 26 MARCH 2017

Brunch at the British High Commissioner’s Residence
11am-1pm, Eden Hall, 28 Nassim Road Singapore 258403
Set in tropical gardens, Eden Hall was built in 1904 in the late Edwardian-classical Revival style and has been the Residence of the British High Commissioner since Singapore’s Independence in 1965.

Comedies, Histories and Tragedies: An Exhibition of the First Folio
1-5pm, National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
This is an opportunity to view first hand one of the Bodleian’s two copies of William Shakespeare’s First Folio. Admission is free.

The Row for Hope Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Boat Race
2.30-6pm, Passion Wave @ Marina Bay (Marina Barrage Channel)
The annual boat race in Singapore between Oxford and Cambridge alumni, organised in partnership with the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS).

Click here to book now!

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Row for Hope 2017

OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE ALUMNI BOAT RACE, ROW FOR HOPE
Sunday, 26 March 2017
2.30pm-6pm, Passion Wave @ Marina Bay (Marina Barrage Channel)

To make a donation, click here.

The annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge alumni in Singapore will take place during the Oxford Alumni Weekend Asia (24-26 March 2017) this year. The event is organised by The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore in partnership with National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) as a charity fund-raising event with the objective to raise awareness and funds to benefit cancer care and survivorship of those affected by cancer.

Oxford University’s Chancellor Lord Chris Patten and Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson will be special guests at the Boat Race, which will feature an array of refreshments along with live music and an awards ceremony.

Cancer is still the No. 1 killer in Singapore, accounting for 30% of all deaths in 2014. This is 5 times more than deaths caused by accidents, violence and poisoning put together. Last year, NCCS attended to more than 145,000 patient-visits and treated close to 70% of cancer cases in the public sector. The cost of cancer treatment has also increased significantly.

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore is partnering NCCS to raise funds through this event in aid of patient care programmes to improve the quality of life of cancer patients in the hope that less will suffer from this terrible disease. From this event, we hope to raise $100,000.

Make a donation to the cause now by clicking here.

There is no need to book to attend this event, which is open to the general public.

Call for rowers : those who are keen to participate in the Boat Race may contact the Society’s Boat Club Captain Ng Yeau Chong (+65 9188 8817 yeauchong@yahoo.com) or Vice-Captain Mark Nelligan (+65 9633 1353 mnelligan63@gmail.com)

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Check out the highlights from last year’s race!