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Third Wave Power and The GoodWater Company collaborate to bring portable solar power and lighting to rural communities

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


1st September 2015 – Third Wave Power Pte Ltd (TWP) and The GoodWater Company Pte Ltd (TGWC) have established a strategic partnership to bring solar power and lighting to people living in rural communities.

Under the Memorandum of Co-operation (MOC), both companies aim to achieve positive social and environmental impact by enabling local communities to gain access to sustainable energy solutions.

“Third Wave Power’s range of portable power solutions enable rural consumers to fulfill off-grid power needs like charging mobile phones and providing light for work and study. NGO professionals travelling to these rural areas can also rely on our solar chargers for their power needs. With GoodWater Company paving the way, we will be able to empower these communities faster and more effectively.” said VS Hariharan, CEO of Third Wave Power.

Sean Tan, CEO of The GoodWater Company added, “Both companies share the common belief that the lack of water and energy have led to many of today’s challenges in environmental and social issues. With Third Wave Power’s know-how in sustainable power solutions and The GoodWater Company’s deep understanding of the challenges and issues faced by these communities, we believe that our combined efforts will make a significant impact.

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News release: Third Wave Power introduces diverse range of portable solar chargers for smartphones to laptops

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Latest offerings range from lightweight solar power banks to a high-capacity laptop charger.

Singapore, 27 April 2015 – Singapore-based company Third Wave Power Pte Ltd today announced the launch of its latest portable chargers, its most diverse range to date. The new collection of products – with prices ranging from US$59 to US$199 – powers a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets and laptop computers.

The mPowerpad 2 Mini solar charger measures no larger than the palm of a hand but packs 3000 mAh of power, sufficient to charge up to two smartphones. Clad in a water-repelling silicone sleeve, its highly efficient 3.3 watts solar panel charges in under 7 hours under the sun. Weighing just 240 g (0.5 lb), the handy mPowerpad 2 Mini is easy to carry around, slipping unobtrusively into any travel bag.

For outdoor enthusiasts looking for a lightweight, thin and durable solar charger, the mPowerpad 2 Go may just be what they need. Sporting a thickness of just 15 mm (0.6 in.), the 3000 mAh solar charger comes with built-in ring holes that attach to backpacks and windows for charging via carabiners or suction cups. Its 5 watts solar panel charges [...]

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All charged up on Aconcagua – the highest mountain outside of Asia

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015


Kurt Wedberg is the founder of Sierra Mountaineering International Inc  – a mountaineering guide service that has led trips in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and other high peaks around the world. With over 30 years of mountaineering experience in the Sierra, Kurt has guided more than 100 expeditions in all seven continents.

Bringing portable electronics on trips has become standard for Kurt and his team and these include GPS watches, satellite communication devices, digital cameras, portable music devices and speakers.

For several months, Kurt has been using mPowerpad 2 Pro solar charger to charge his and his clients’ devices on many multi-day backcountry trips in the Sierra Nevada. Recently, he felt confident enough to take along mPowerpad 2 Pro while guiding a two-week expedition to Aconcagua located in the Andes mountain range near the Chilean border. Standing at 6,962m (22,841 feet), it is the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia.

“It was easy to leave mPowerpad 2 Pro outside our camps to soak up the sun in the daytime. At night inside my tent, I plugged in my devices and within an hour, they were completely charged,” said Kurt. These included a Suunto Ambit3 GPS watch, a Delorme inReach [...]

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The day the Prime Minister of Singapore came to visit

Monday, January 26th, 2015


Third Wave Power’s workspace is located in a really cool building (called Blk 71) which also houses many other start-up companies. On 23 January, when our landlord JTC Corporation opened two more such buildings in neighbouring blocks, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was invited to officiate at the launch. During his walkabout, PM Lee dropped in at our incubator space to find out more about what we and our co-start-ups do.

CEO Hariharan introduced our current product mPowerpad 2 to the PM, and also offered a sneak preview of our new product line-up. PM Lee asked some interesting questions during the session and later on, even gave us shout-out in his speech and Facebook posting.

Click here for PM Lee’s Facebook posting

Click here for interview with Hari on ChannelNewsAsia

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Keeping things running in a Thai orphanage

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

On motorcylist-adventurer Terence Tay’s most recent adventure to northwest Thailand, Third Wave Power sponsored two units of mPowerpad 2 solar chargers to the Heavenly Home orphanage in Mae Sot. Here’s what Terence has to say:

“Thank you Third Wave Power for gifting the mPowerpad 2 to the 60+ orphans of Heavenly Home, Mae Sot, Thailand. It’s a thoughtful gesture. Mr. Thant Zin (the guardian of the children) could hardly contain his joy when he saw the solar cells. It’ll come in very useful whenever there are power outages at the home. The orphanage can now use the portable solar cells to power small electronic items and mobile devices. My partner Cherios Yippo and I are proud to be associated with your company and we share your philosophy in introducing renewable energy to remote parts of the world. We look forward to more innovative products from your company this year.”

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New videos posted on Third Wave Power’s youtube channel

Friday, December 26th, 2014


Visit Third Wave Power’s youtube channel to view some 10 new videos that we’ve just filmed and posted. Everything you need to know about mPowerpad 2 – how to use it, what it can do and more.

Click on Third Wave Power’s youtube channel now!

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Powering tablet-based tutorials for Filipino village children

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


Earlier this year, Skoolbo and The Patatas – two organisations dedicated to enabling people living in developing communities – came together to help some 40 impoverished Filipino children in Victory Village receive tablet-based tutorials. The tutorial classes are conducted by Tiwala Kids & Communities, a non-profit organisation that works with underprivileged and street children in Legazpi City, Albay in the Philippines.

The tablets are pre-loaded with Skoolbo, an educational application designed to help children learn English and Mathematics through interactive games. In the wake of the devastating typhoon Haiyan, power supply has not yet been fully restored in the village. Taking advantage of the abundant sunshine there, these tablets are instead powered by five mPowerpad 2 solar chargers. Besides keeping the tablets charged and running, mPowerpad 2 also provides a great way for children to learn about the use of sustainable energy.

With no downtime from their tablets, the kids have been making good progress in learning and class participation. By enabling education through digital resources, it goes a little way to help these children step out of poverty. At Third Wave Power, we are glad that energy is not only made good, it also does [...]

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News release: mPowerpad 2 solar charger receives recommendation from members of National Tactical Officers Association

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


Singapore, 21 October 2014 – Singapore-based company Third Wave Power Pte Ltd announced today that its mPowerpad 2 Lite solar charger has been tested and recommended by members of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) in the United States.

The NTOA is set up to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel with the goal to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.

The NTOA’s ‘Member Tested and Recommended Program’ allows manufacturers to have their products tested in the field by the law enforcement community. Products are tested and scored on a scale of 0–5 in 13 categories including Design, Performance, Quality, Durability and Versatility.

In the evaluation, mPowerpad 2 Lite solar charger had an overall score of 4.2 which puts it in the ‘Very Good’ range as ‘a product that exceeds advertised specifications on a regular basis and outperforms others in usefulness and quality of workmanship.’

The reviewer had this to say, “I was really impressed with this product and strongly recommend it. This device could be used on callouts, at home, camping, hiking or any other time you need a power source. While I was testing this product, a [...]

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014


In this gadget review we look at yet another power pad. Power pads are handy devices for trekkers, campers and urbanites that face regular power outages – or simply like to think of themselves as survivors. We had reviewed the Evaki power pad in an earlier post. This product, the mPowerpad 2 Plus from Third Wave Power is quite similar in its applications but differs in terms of design and charge delivery capabilities.


On the design front, the mPowerpad 2 Plus is remarkably light, weighing only 575g. It comes in a standard rectangular casing that houses the electronics, a 6,600 mAh battery on the standard model, various ports and control knobs with and an output of up to 2 amps.

The product basically provides power for any USB device – phones, music players, fans or lights. While the primary task is to deliver power to external devices, the product comes with two built-in LED lights. The light in the front serves as a torch to the camper or the hiker and the light in the back panel serves as a reading light. That is great, but holding the device either as a torch or as a reading light can be quite [...]

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News release: Third Wave Power receives 2014 Frost & Sullivan North American Solar Portable Battery Charger New Product Innovation Leadership Award

Thursday, July 17th, 2014


Flagship product mPowerpad 2 solar charger launches in the US and will make its show floor debut at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow 2014

Singapore, 24 July 2014 – Singapore-based company Third Wave Power Pte Ltd announced today that Frost & Sullivan has awarded the company the 2014 North American Solar Portable Battery Charger New Product Innovation Leadership Award.

This is part of the Excellence in Best Practices Awards presented by Frost & Sullivan each year to recognize companies that demonstrate outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices.

In the evaluation for the New Product Innovation Leadership Award, Third Wave Power was commended for Visionary Innovation and Product Excellence, scoring well in benchmark criteria such as Pioneering Best Practices, Reliability and Quality, Product/Service Value, Match to Needs, and Design, among others. Third Wave Power was also deemed best in class for understanding demand, nurturing the brand and differentiating from the competition.

According to Vishal Sapru, Research Manager and Growth Consultant at Frost & Sullivan, “Having identified [...]

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Green Drinks Singapore: Have you tried out the mPowerpad 2 yet?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


In 2012, the mPowerpad was voted one of Green Drinks’ top 10 green products for the year, and since, a more sleek and powerful version of this portable solar charger has been made available.

Early in the year, Third Wave Power launched the new and improved mPowerpad 2, which weighs only 500g, and is built for use in rough outdoor environments. Water- and dust-resistant, this device is meant for people who are constantly on the go, this comes with both an internal as well as a removable battery pack for extra energy mileage, and can be charged using the sun, USB, or wall.

According to its manufacturers, mPowerpad 2 is more efficient at capturing solar energy and has the capability to charge a smart phone 7 times over. Other than the ability to charge handheld devices, it includes features such as an insect repellent, SOS signal, light as well as radio.

This device is a great source of emergency back up power, and sustainable too. We’re sold!

Find out more about mPowerpad 2 at Third Wave Power.

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Powering the Motorcycle Diaries

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


Bitten by the adventure touring bug, Terence Tay quit his lecturer job in early 2014 to take his motorcycle, a BMW GS 800 Adventure, on a three-month long journey through Indo-China. The solo trip – which covered Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia – spanned some 13,000 km in all, taking him through far-flung places and remote border crossings.

“The goal was simple. It’s to show that an ordinary fellow can just pack up his bag and follow his dream, and that despite the turmoil gripping this region, Indochina is less hostile than imagined,” says Terence.

To document his adventure, the budding photojournalist took along devices such as his iPhone, iPad, action cameras as well as mPowerpad 2 Pro solar charger. His journey took him across rice fields, up mountains and into rural villages, where power outages were common. So while riding between two points – often between 6-10 hours in the saddle – Terence would strap mPowerpad 2 onto the back of his bike to charge under the sun. Essentially, this ensured that he would have sufficient power to charge his critical devices at his destination.

Even on days when he was not riding, he would [...]

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The Examiner: Recharge via solar with mPowerpad 2

Monday, April 28th, 2014


mPowerpad 2 is perhaps the most versatile solar power panel I’ve ever encountered. Not satisfied to just be a solar collector, the mPowerpad 2 is the Swiss Army knife of solar panels. Sure, it collects power, but let’s look at all it does after the collection process.

I’ve been testing the Pro model (also comes in the Lite, Plus, and Ultra.) Not all the features come on the other models, so check the Product Range tab to see which features come on which models.

Two storage units gather and hold power. The main unit has a 6600mAh capacity and the removable mPowerpack50 holds another 5000mAh. The small power pack will easily fit in your backpack and give you multiple iPhone recharges. Together, the two units could charge your smartphone 5 to 8 times or your iPad 1 to 2 times.

Each unit comes with its own flashlight. Press the button twice and get a handy stream of emergency illumination. There is also a tiny reading light on the front of the unit. Both the flashlight and the reading light can function as an SOS light, pulsing out the message in Morse code.

The Pro model also comes with [...]

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HardWareZone: First Looks: mPowerpad 2 Ultra Solar Charger Charges Your Phones with the Sun

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


Power, power, power. If you own a modern smartphone, chances are you’ve experienced the heart-chilling moment when your battery drops to zero and your connection to the world goes to a gentle sleep.

That’s where something like the mPowerpad 2 Ultra solar charger comes in. There are battery cases and battery packs, and then there are everything-including-the-kitchen-sink devices like the mPowerpad 2 Ultra. This thing doesn’t just convert sunlight into stored electricity, it also has a removable battery pack, plus built-in FM radio, reading light, flashlight, SOS signal and ultrasonic insect repellent (there are six versions of the mPowerpad 2 with varying features).

The mPowerpad 2 Ultra looks innocuous with a plain beige design. The plastic shell doesn’t feel high-grade but Third Wave Power, which makes the product, says that it’s sealed with a silicon gasket and grommets, and is water as well as dust resistant. Its height and width are only slightly larger than an iPad, at 610g (for the Ultra version) and it doesn’t feel too heavy (unless you’re an ultralight backpacker).

The various features on the mPowerpad 2 Ultra are activated via a clickwheel by the side. A circle of LEDs light up to show [...]

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Reaching new heights in the Himalayan mountains

Friday, March 14th, 2014


In December 2013, Rizalde Calija and four other climbing enthusiasts – who formed Team X-Boundaries – embarked on a three week climbing expedition to the Himalayan mountains in Nepal. The trip included a 10-day climb up the 5700m high Yala Peak followed by an 8-day ascent to the 6000m Pisang Peak.

As packing light is essential for any mountaineer, the team carefully selected the items to include in their backpacks. Besides layered warm clothing, communication and navigation devices, power cords and cables, they also took along a unit of 11,600 mAh mPowerpad 2 Pro solar charger – which comes with a removable mPowerpack battery pack – with sufficient battery capacity to charge up to seven smartphones.

Up in the mountains by day, mPowerpad 2 charged up fast under the sun – working well at high altitudes and under freezing temperatures – before it was used to charge the climbers’ various devices. By night, the charger’s built-in lights came in handy for reading, while its radio kept them tuned in.

“As mountaineers, we need a reliable solar charger that can power our phones, cameras, GPS device, radios and other essential equipment. mPowerpad 2 Pro served our needs well. We are [...]

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Action Asia: New Toys

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Taking charge
Solar chargers used to be bulky and heavy but this latest generation unit has a removable battery that gives you juice right away while the base unit stays charging the master battery.

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Stuff: Infinite Energy – Third Wave Power mPowerpad 2

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

How’d you like to be able to charge your devices without a power socket, for as long as there’s sunlight? The locally made mPowerpad 2 makes it possible, charging your devices via solar power at the same rate as your wall charger. What’s more, users also have the option of adding additional battery packs that they can charge using the solar panel and remove to use at their convenience. The basic Lite version comes with a built-in 3300mAh battery, while the Pro version is equipped with 6600mAh internal power, a detachable 5000mAh battery pack, and even an FM radio.
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FHM: Hot Metal – The stuff to get this month

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

mPowerpad 2
Why’s it good? This solar charger is your nest mate during an apocalypse – with just an hour in the sun, the 500g lifesaver is capable of charging an iPhone (at full capacity, it charges a smartphone up to eight times). It also has a built-in radio, light and ultrasonic insect repellant, and comes with mPowerpack, a smaller detachable battery pack that can be carried around effortlessly. Best of all, it won’t have you for dinner.
Gimme: From $139; authorized retailers including Epicentre, Homefix and Greenstore

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Making a difference to Tamil Nadu villagers with mPowerpads

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In December 2013, Third Wave Power was approached by Ms Angela Sim, Managing Director of Affluence Public Relations to donate 50 units of mPowerpad Lite to villagers in India. To enable this, we worked with local NGO Integrated Village Development Project (IVDP) whose founder Kulandei Francis helped to eradicate the use of kerosene lamps in over 179,000 households over the last few decades.

The recipients of the mPowerpads are village dwellers in Anchetty, Sesurajapuram and Kottaiyur in Tamil Nadu who are typically working in agriculture, small goods shops, tea stalls and eateries, construction, plumbing and carpentry. As the villagers have used solar lights before, they were familiar with using mPowerpad even though it comes with more features. They all own basic mobile phones (that they depend on for their livelihoods) which they can now charge using mPowerpad, in addition to having light at night to work and read.

Here’s what Affluence PR has to say, “Affluence PR is proud to be a donor of Third Wave Power’s mPowerpads to villagers in India. Benefiting 50 families who now have access to power in their hands, it is Affluence PR’s intent to help these families experience the benefit of [...]

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News release: Introducing mPowerpad 2 – The world’s most versatile solar charger

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The latest version of mPowerpad solar charger is ultra fast, expandable and features a unique removable pocket battery pack.

Singapore, 13 November 2013 – Singapore-based company Third Wave Power Pte Ltd today announced the launch of mPowerpad 2 – its latest and most advanced addition to its mPowerpad range of portable multi-function solar chargers.

The new mPowerpad 2 solar charger charges fast – both from the sun and to devices that are plugged into it. With a battery capacity that is expandable from 3300 mAh to 11600 mAh, it can charge a smartphone up to 8 times*. It also features a pocket battery pack called mPowerpack that can be docked and removed from the main unit, as well as built-in radio, light and insect repellent. Weighing just 500g, mPowerpad 2 is half the weight and 40% thinner compared to the previous version – making it a highly portable and sustainable source of energy for users constantly on the move, within and without the power grid.

“Based on users’ feedback on the first mPowerpad, especially in terms of performance and portability, we went back to the drawing board and radically changed its design. Typically, solar chargers have a trade-off between charging [...]

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Three units of mPowerpad 2 Plus up for grabs!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

To celebrate the launch of mPowerpad 2, we’re giving away three free units! Just visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page, then tell us why you want mPowerpad 2 or how you will use it. The best three posts win an mPowerpad 2 Plus each. Hurry, contest ends December 31, 2013.

Terms and conditions:
This contest is open to participants from around the world. All entries must be posted on the Third Wave Power Facebook page. Multiple entries may be submitted. The judges’ decision is final. Winning entries will be announced on the Third Wave Power Facebook page. Limited to one prize per winner. Winners will need to provide a valid shipping address (PO boxes are not acceptable). Prizes are non-exchangeable for cash or any other services. Closing date for entries is December 31, 2013.

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Media Release: mPowerpad, the world’s first portable multi-function solar charger, expands its product line-up

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

New mPowerpads offer a choice of functions to target individual lifestyle and work needs.

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FHM: mPowerpad – Charge your pad and kill insects at the same time

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Created by locally based Third Wave Power, mPowerpad is the world’s first portable solar charger with gesture-based control (operate by tilting device). Through two USB ports, charge various devices from phones to tablets and cameras. That’s not all; this geek’s delight features a radio, reading light, flashlight and ultrasonic insect repellant.

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Hardware Mag: Third Wave Power mPowerpad Solar Charger

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The mPowerpad from Third Wave Power functions via tilt controls while serving as a radio, reading light, torch and ultrasonic insect repellant. Recharging the mPowerpad is as simple as putting it into the light.

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Media Release: Introducing mPowerpad, the world’s first all-in-one portable solar charger with gesture-based control

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Singapore-based ‘Most Eco-friendly Start-up’ Third Wave Power unveils multi-function renewable power solution for users operating in rural or remote locations.

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Third Wave Power wins Most Eco-Friendly Start-up award at Techventure 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Third Wave Power made waves at Techventure 2011 by winning the Most Eco-Friendly Start-up award. We are elated!

As winners, we get to be mentored by a panel of successful entrepreneurs and innovators including Eduardo Saverin (Co-founder of Facebook), Jared Lim (Founder and Managing Director of Asiasons Capital Ltd) and Eddie Chau (Founder and CEO of Brandtology).

It’s a great recognition for us and a fantastic introduction for mPowerpad, which will be unveiled to the world very soon. Stay tuned.

Techventure 2011 Press Release

Engineering innovations at Techventure 2011

Lianhe Zaobao news article

Excerpt from Lianhe Zaobao, 14 October 2011

‘Another winning start-up is Third Wave Power. Founded on 21 March2011 – backed by the Small World Group and the National Research Foundation – Third Wave Power won the ‘Most Eco-friendly Start-up’ award at Techventure 2011.

Co-founder Lim Chuin Kiat said that the company is currently seeking its second round of funding ranging between $100K-2,000K to manufacture and commercialise its solar-powered device.

48-year-old Lim is also the company’s chief technology and operations officer. He said the solar device has ample power to charge two iPhones or an iPad. The device, which can charge gadgets via a USB [...]

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mPowerpad to be launched at Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Third Wave Power will be launching mPowerpad at the Clean Energy Expo Asia (CEEA) 2011 to be held at Suntec City, Singapore from 1 – 3 November 2011.

CEEA is the premier trade fair and conference in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together the leading players from the technology, services, finance and government sectors, in order to address key issues in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility solutions.

Come visit us at Booth F05 and be among the first to try out mPowerpad.

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Sneak peeks of mPowerpad at Techventure 2011

Monday, October 10th, 2011

For a sneak preview of mPowerpad, come on down to Techventure 2011 to be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre from 13 – 14 October 2011.

Now in its 15th year, Techventure is Asia’s premier event for high net worth individual investors, business angels, venture capitalists and their limited partners. These international investors will be gathering in Singapore to uncover and realize the hottest investment opportunities in Asia.

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