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Member Highlight: XNode

Clara Chen


Innovation Lead


XNode is a community of entrepreneurs, innovators, founders, and explorers. Their passion lies in bridging the gap between corporates and startups, foster strong intrapreneurship, and provide both corporates and startups with a platform to demonstrate their expertise.


Clara spearheads the XNode innovation team in Singapore to network with startups expanding into the Chinese market. She does this by helping organizations identify, prioritise, and implement innovation projects based on their business goals.


Check out interesting facts Clara shared with Found8 below!



1. What about your work excites you?

Accelerating founders from Singapore in China and helping them expand to the world’s second largest economy; commercialising IP from Singapore and forming Deep-Tech ventures to take them to market.


2. What’s the best thing you’ve got going on in your life at the moment?

People. Newly onboarded team member no. 2 in our Singapore satellite office; collaborating with like-minded impact entrepreneurs; and time with my yoga (and life) partner.


3. What topic(s) could you give a 20-minute presentation on without any preparation?

  • The Chinese Model of Innovation

  • The Deep-Tech ventures we have built from technologies sourced from the world’s top research institutes - including CERN, European Space Agency, TU/e and so on.


4. What are your interests or hobbies?

Yoga, and volunteering in the mental health space inclusive of impact entrepreneurship.


5. Do you have a message for our community?

“Happy to grab a coffee to discuss or exchange insights about

  • Innovation in China,

  • Deep-Tech Venture Building, and

  • Impact Entrepreneurship.”


With a pool of rich knowledge gained from XNode’s thriving tech ecosystem, it is no surprise to hear Clara share amazing stories about acceleration programs and the XNode community! Find her at our Tanjong Pagar office to learn how you can bring your business into China.



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