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Networking Simplified: Strategies for Building Meaningful Connections at APAC Summit

Networking is the skill of opportunity and innovation that has catalyzed many startups from an idea to a unicorn status. It's the channel through which opportunities manifest and connections transform into partnerships and meaningful collaborations.

Whether you're a startup founder, a corporate leader, or an investor, forging valuable connections can open doors to partnerships, investments, and insights that propel your career or organization to new heights. Whether you’re a networking veteran or just starting in your early career journey, there's no better place to embark on this networking journey than at the APAC Summit 2023.

Strategies for Successful Networking

An infographic listing Strategies for Successful Networking at APAC Summit

1. Pre-event Research and Preparation

Do your homework before you even set foot in the event venue—successful networking begins with thorough research and preparation. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the speakers, attendees, and trending topics. Identify individuals and organizations that align with your goals and initiatives. Having a game plan for who you want to connect with sets the stage for productive interactions.

2. Approaching Conversations and Introductions

Starting conversations can be intimidating, but remember that everyone is there to network. First impressions matter, so start with a smile while approaching conversations with a genuine interest in the other party.

Craft simple, but compelling introductions that resonate and leave a lasting impact, and remember, it's not just about what you say but how you say it. You might be surprised how often this leads to engaging discussions.

3. Effective Elevator Pitches

An effective elevator pitch is your gateway to successful networking. It should be concise, engaging, and memorable, capturing the essence of who you are, what you bring to the table, and what sets you apart from the crowd.

What are the key criteria for an effective elevator pitch?

  • Brevity: Your pitch should clearly communicate your unique value proposition and objectives concisely.

  • Engagement: It should be concise enough to deliver in under a minute (generally around 30 seconds), yet compelling enough to spark the listener's curiosity in that timeframe and invite further conversation.

  • Memorability: Craft your pitch in a way that leaves a lasting impact, ensuring that those you meet will remember you and your value.

  • Relevance: Tailor your pitch to the context and your audience, emphasizing the aspects that matter most in the given networking scenario.

4. Active Listening and Building Rapport

Networking is a two-way street. It involves not only talking and hearing but fully engaging with the speaker to foster deeper, sincere connections. Try the following to practice active listening:

  • Give full attention: Focus on the speaker by maintaining eye contact and showing genuine interest through displaying open body language.

  • Avoid interrupting: Allow the speaker to finish their thoughts before responding

  • Ask open-ended or clarifying questions: Encourage deeper discussion by showing your engagement and seeking clarification when needed.

  • Empathize: Show empathy by putting yourself in their shoes, and understanding the speaker’s feelings and perspectives.

5. Nurturing Connections Post-Event

Successful networking doesn't end when the event concludes. Don't let the connections you've made fade away with time. Follow up with your new contacts, express appreciation for the interactions, and explore ways to collaborate. Nurturing connections is where the true value of networking comes to light.

Networking at APAC Summit This November 2023

The APAC Summit is more than just a gathering; it's a catalyst for change. It's where the brightest minds in innovation converge to explore, discuss, and drive progress.

The APAC Summit is where the brightest minds in innovation converge to explore, discuss, and drive progress. With a rich history of facilitating connections, the summit is a prime networking opportunity that brings together startups, corporations, investors, and industry experts from across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Networking as a Startup:

For startups, the APAC Summit offers access to a pool of potential investors and partners, creating the perfect stage to pitch groundbreaking technologies to industry leaders. It's not just about gaining visibility; it's about connecting with the very individuals who can provide the fuel for your journey toward exponential growth.

Networking as a Corporation:

Corporations can explore potential partnerships with startups at the APAC Summit. By engaging with the startup ecosystem, established companies can stay competitive by tapping into fresh ideas, innovations, and solutions to drive growth and adapt to changing market dynamics through corporate innovation.

Networking as an Investor:

At the APAC Summit, investors can diversify their portfolios by connecting with startups. Attending such events provides access to potentially the next big opportunities, allowing investors to spot promising ventures early in their journey. Growing your investment portfolio hinges on staying ahead, and networking events are the fertile ground for discovery.

Elements of the APAC Summit That Enhances Networking Experiences

1. High-profile speakers and panelists:

The APAC Summit compiles a lineup of experts and thought and industry leaders who willingly share their insights and knowledge. This unique blend of knowledge makes the event a platform to learn from the best, a chance to gain insights that can elevate your game, and an opportunity to engage with the brightest minds.

2. Diverse attendees from APAC:

It's the diversity of attendees, from startups to corporations and investors, that sets the stage for meaningful connections. The event's diverse and international attendee base ensures your networking opportunities extend beyond borders, connecting you with global perspectives.

3. Key activities that drive networking:

At the APAC Summit, networking is powered by:

  • Startup Pitches: Witness groundbreaking technologies and innovations unfold.

  • Exhibition Booths: Engage with innovative exhibits by a diverse range of companies and visionary entrepreneurs.

  • Investor-Startup Speed Dating: Exclusive 1:1 sessions between investors in our Plug and Play network and startups, providing an opportunity for in-depth discussions and evaluations (invite only).


The APAC Summit 2023 is not just another event; it's a top-tier networking opportunity. The event empowers attendees to forge valuable connections and spark collaborations that can change the trajectory of their careers and organizations. Don't miss this opportunity to take your networking skills to the next level.

Ready to Network?

Don't wait—secure your spot at APAC Summit 2023 now! Registration closes on Monday, 20 November 2023 at 10:00 AM.


Plug and Play APAC is a leading global innovation platform that brings together startups, corporations, and investors to drive innovation and foster collaboration. With a strong presence in the Asia Pacific region, Plug and Play APAC supports startups through various programs, including accelerators, corporate partnerships, and venture funding. They provide startups with access to resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities to help them scale and succeed. Plug and Play APAC also facilitates collaboration between startups and corporate partners, enabling them to explore new business opportunities and drive digital transformation. With a focus on fintech, insurtech, health, and sustainability industries, Plug and Play APAC plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of innovation in the Asia Pacific region.


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