Gina Heng at UNDP Entrepreneurship Forum in Beijing

Gina Heng, Co-Founder of LATTICE80, Co-Founder & CEO of Marvelstone Group and Founder of Miss Kaya, shares her thoughts from UNDP Entrepreneurship Forum in Beijing.

Left to right: Alvin Miu, Jeremy Liddle, Gina Heng, Chandula Abeywickrema, Avril Zhang, David Galipeau


I was in Beijing last week for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the All China Youth Federation, to share the story of LATTICE80 and how we are building the fintech/blockchain ecosystem. The aim of the Forum was to foster youth entrepreneurship to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs; also known as ‘Global Goals’) laid out by the United Nations.


LATTICE80’s KAYA Network works towards the SDGs through connecting entrepreneurs and organisations globally, to foster innovation through encouraging creativity and experimentation. We believe that by putting startups with common objectives together into an enabling ecosystem, we can bring massive collaboration to overcome challenges. The energy of a positive network effect can have a lasting impact in meeting problems.


It was really amazing to see the work of the Regional Programme for Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in reaching out and training over 1,700 young people that led to the launch and development of over 140 social enterprises across a total of 11 countries. Innovation labs where the youth – an entire generation with a fresh perspective of the world – come together with ideas and a passion for identifying new challenges to solve are shaping the future.