Venture Capital Panel:”Trends and Themes Driving Investment”
Thaddeus Koh – Co-Founder at E27
Thaddeus is the Co-Founder of E27 and also the company’s Chief Revenue Officer. He is also an NUS Overseas Colleges Silicon Valley alumni where he worked at the startup, Cataphora, and received his minor in Technopreneurship at the Stanford Centre for Professional Development. He has traveled extensively in Asia speaking to startups, investors, corporates and government agencies on the SE.Asia markets. He is passionate about the growth of the SE.Asia startup eco-system and strives to link up even larger mature markets to the various pieces in SE.Asia with e27 as centrefold.
Emmanuelle Norchet – Associate Director, Investments at Golden Equator Capital
Emma is an investment professional with experience investing and supporting businesses across the Southeast Asia region, with a focus and interest for sectors such as online travel, media & entertainment, digital health and financial technology. As part of the investment team, she is involved with sourcing, due diligence on new potential investments and works closely with portfolio companies to help them with their expansion strategy, corporate partnerships, customer acquisition and fundraising. Prior to joining Golden Equator Capital, Emma worked with Nest, an early venture capital firm focusing on B2B technology plays in sector such as healthcare, financial services, automotive and insurance. She was previously gained operational experience acting as general manager for Investable.vc, a first-to-market equity crowdfunding platform in Hong Kong set up to help early-stage companies get access to financing through a community of over 800+ accredited investors.
Hui Jie Lim – Founder & CEO at ITF Corporation
At the age of 26, Hui Jie became one of the youngest Executive Directors of a London Listed Company. Hui Jie has sat on the Board of 3 listed companies and has successfully founded and listed his Company onto the Australia Stock Exchange in 2015, achieving a market valuation over USD$230million on Opening Day. Today Hui Jie is the founder and CEO of ITF Corporation (IntoTheFuture) who envisions to build the World’s First Fintech Bank with the key goal of bringing Financial Freedom to the Masses by providing better financial accessibility, financial opportunities, and financial literacy. Early investors and shareholders include Mr Jim Rogers, Cofounder of Quantum Group of Funds and Dr Lee George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport Hong Kong.
Ridy Lie – Founding Partner at Insignia Venture Partners
Ridy Lie is a founding partner of Insignia Ventures Partners, an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia. Prior to that, Ridy was the CTO of Orami, the leading baby e-commerce platform in Indonesia. Ridy has previously spent eight years in Amazon.com, leading various project developments including building AmazonFresh system. Ridy holds a BSc of Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Raiyo Nariman – MD & Partner at Serendipity Ventures
Raiyo specializes in commercialization of technology & intellectual property, and the development, funding and growth of start-ups. As a Venture Manager, Raiyo personally invests in, and partners with, founders & innovators, taking a hands-on role, to ensure successful execution of commercialization & growth strategies, business development, internationalisation & market entry. As the founding VP for the Malaysian Business Angel Network, he played a key role in establishing the current angel investor community in Malaysia and has also established, developed and managed angel networks in Hong Kong and Singapore, and works with angel clubs and associations across Asia and the West. Raiyo is MD and Partner in Serendipity Ventures, a Hong Kong-based boutique venture management firm, where he personally invests in early-stage ventures and takes Executive Director positions to execute the commercialization, growth and internationalisation strategies.
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Mark Cheng – Partner with Gladiolus Capital, Advisor at Start-Up Brunei
Mark Cheng has 8 years’ experience in the venture capitalist, social enterprise and commercializing start-ups. Mark is a Partner with Gladiolus Capital, which helps companies list (IPO) in ASX, NADAQ, SGX and HKEX. He is an adviser with Start-Up Brunei, the biggest accelerator in Brunei and strategic adviser for Blockcelerate, a selective accelerator that leads highly potential blockchain companies for Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Mark has a LLM, specializing in corporate law with University of London (University College London- Queens University). In 2010, he was awarded a fellowship to read non-profit leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.
Gus Liu – CEO at The Hungry Lab’s Asia Office
Gustavo has been managing private wealth and assets for international families, including setup of a family office for prominent families in Asia. In the last two years, he co-founded a venture engine to support early-stage startups and investors across Asia and US. He is also on the board of various startups involved in deep tech and cross-border businesses. Gustavo is an international citizen fluent in five languages and whenever possible, he takes backpacking trips to third world countries to experience culture and life as a nomad traveler.
Frank Belitz – Family Office Investments
Over 20 years experience of direct / PE investment, business advisory, investment banking and asset management in a diverse range of sectors spanning infrastructure, consumer goods, renewable energy, real estate, agriculture, and technology. Has worked for private funds, investment banks, institutional investors and family offices to source, assess, negotiate and manage investments. Based in Asia for the last 16 years.
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Anson Zeall – CEO & Co-Founder at CoinPip
Anson Zeall is a seasoned blockchain and fintech entrepreneur. He is the Co-founder/CEO of CoinPip, a blockchain-based funds settlement service for businesses invested by 500 Startups and incubated by StartX, a Stanford University backed accelerator. He is a Council member of Infocorp Foundation (sentinel-chain.org), a blockchain-based last mile financial inclusion solution provider. Anson is also the Chairman of ACCESS, Singapore’s Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association, and committee member of the Singapore Fintech Association. He is an instructor of the fintech and blockchain workshop for Asian Development Bank that helps educate the various central banks in South East Asia.
Alexander Angerer – Co-Founder at CoinPip
Alexander is a co-founder of CoinPip, a B2B Blockchain payments company backed by 500 Startups and StartX, as well as ACCESS, the Singapore Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavours, his corporate experience was in the financial sector, both on the buy side as a hedge fund analyst and on the sell side as a currency options trader. He is also an investment partner at TechU Angels, an MIT alumni angel group. Alexander received an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BA from the University of Oxford.
Vishal Harnal – General Partner at 500 Startups
Vishal is a General Partner at 500 Startups, the most active venture capital firm in the world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 500 has invested in over 2200 companies across 70 countries from a family of 16 funds (AUM ~$500M). Vishal is based in Singapore from where he leads 500’s investments across Southeast Asia. He has led over 100 investments in the region’s most talented, passionate founders and promising, high-growth startups. Over the past 3 years, the 500 Durians Funds that he manages have invested in over 160 companies across multiple verticals in the region including flagships Grab, Carousell, Bukalapak, Kudo (acq. Grab), Nugit, Fave, Revolution Precrafted and Gilmour Space. Prior to joining 500, Vishal was a lawyer at Asia-Pacific’s top law firm Drew & Napier where he specialised in resolving complex and high-stakes international investment, shareholder and political disputes for conglomerates and governments. Vishal dedicates much of his free time to learning and teaching. He is a Kauffman Fellow and has also taught a programme on venture capital at INSEAD, the world’s top ranked business school.