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Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (HKT)

Startup Investors Forum

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We’re back! Bigger and better!

This April, the Startup Investors Forum will bring together 200+ investors of all sizes for a full-day conference to discuss the latest trends in Asia in the startup space.

57% of venture capital is deployed outside of the US in 2017 and that number increases every quarter. Presently, 47% of unicorns are headquartered outside of the US, and the trend is for that number to grow. Venture Capital deals in China alone surged 70% to a record 236.4 billion yuan in 2016.

The Startup Investors Forum will feature candid discussions and Q&A with leading investors on trends, investing theses and strategies used to build high-performing startup portfolios. Listen to regulators and policymakers to share insights on investing in startups and how they see the market opportunities, and what they plan to do to nurture the industry from the government side.

Join us and network with angels, VC’s, PE’s, family offices, business owners, etc. and learn what the region’s top investors see as opportunities, threats, and how they see the startup ecosystem in Asia evolve in the coming years.

Interested in knowing more?
DOWNLOAD the Startup Investors Forum event report from October 2017 here.

Watch the highlights from the October 2017 Startup Investors Forum:


Who Will Attend?

200+ experienced angel investors, private equity firms, family offices, and venture capitalists as well as professionals from Asia’s top legal and accounting firms

They are joined by high net-worth individuals and business owners looking to invest in new ventures, as well as other investors who are looking to diversifying their portfolio.

Executives from government agencies, industry groups, as well as regulators and policymakers from the Greater China region will round up the participants. 

A Must-attend Event If You...

• Are investing in startups and want to keep up to date on the latest trends in Asia
• Are looking to do your first startup investments and want to learn from the experts
• Are interested in learning about the latest opportunities, how to identify new ones
• Want to find out which industries are poised to deliver the best returns in the coming decade
• Want to build your network of peer investors from the region
• Want to learn about the latest development from the hardware sector
• Are interested in the most exciting investment competition in Asia where startups will pitch to win USD 40,000

Event Highlights

• Thought-provoking panel discussions on today’s most important topics
• Interactive forums consisting of lively discussions with audience Q&A
• Investment competition finalists pitching to win USD 40,000
• VIP tours to the Startup LaunchPad tradeshow
• Networking with your investor peers from China, Asia, and beyond



9:15 - 9:30


Room 201C AsiaWorld-Expo. Please arrive 10 mins before the event starts

9:30 - 9:35

Opening of the Startup Investors Forum
Global Sources Startup Launchpad, partners and sponsors welcome participants to the 2nd Startup Investors Forum.


9:35 - 9:45

Welcome Address

Craig Pepples, Chief Executive Officer, Global Sources

9:45 - 10:30

Panel Discussion I: Build a high-growth tech ecosystem and create an A-level playing field for backing high-growth entrepreneurs

The panel will discuss different motivations among capital providers, how can interests and outlook of different investors be aligned better with the company's. Panelists will also explore what more needs to be done at local and national level to build further investment capacity and how to build an effective ecosystem to provide long term support and investment to scaling business.

William Bao Bean, Managing director, SOSV & China Accelerator
Kyle Ellicott, Founder, ReadWrite
Charles Ng, Associate Director-General, Invest Hong Kong
Marta Dowejko, Research Professor, HK Baptist University


10:30 - 11:15

Panel Discussion II: The proliferation of Corporate Venture Capital and the role corporates play in supporting long term growth for the Greater China's market disruptors

Players from leading corporates will discuss their approach in supporting innovation and increasing the potential for successful growth in key sectors, and share the added value that they bring alongside angel and early stage investors. The panel will also explain how a CVC differs from a VC, including investment remit and exit strategies, and discuss how CVCs can best add value to the startup ecosystem

Conrad Huang, Investment Director, Acer
Leo Shen, Head of Ecosystem, RocketSpace
Michael Xue, Investment Director, Lenovo Capital

11:15 - 12:45

Startup Launchpad VIP Tour

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch and Networking Time

13:30 - 14:20

Panel Discussion IV: What are the barriers for angel investors and venture capitalists in taking business from start-up to successful high growth?
The panel will identify the key trends, focus and challenges of startup investment in the year ahead and the expectations of growth and returns

- Leading angel investors will share their way of growing portfolio business, analyze the cliff edges in moving through the various finance stage and how to avoid them.

- Along the growth journey, what are the opportunities and challenges for liquidity? What more can be done in the marketplace?

Herbert Chia, Venture Partner, Sequoia Capital
Chibo Tang, Managing Director, Gobi Partners
Thian Chiew, Managing Partner, Polar Ventures
Carman Chan, Founder & Managing Partner, Click Ventures

14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion IV: Government initiatives and entities in place to support startups and venture capital in HK and mainland China. New strategies and policies for backing Greater China's leading innovators and attracting global entrepreneurs
The panel will Identify the initiatives which have been the most effective and the effort in creating conditions for long-term growth capital, as well as explore government role in funding long term growth of businesses going forward and identify the opportunities for the angels and early stage community

- Gain insights about opportunities to engage with the new funding models for commercialization of research and technological development through the funds

Hongbo Xu, Founder & Chairman, Innohub
Dr. Winnie Tang, Co-founder and president, Smart City Consortium
David Chung, Under Secretary, HK Innovation and Technology Bureau
Dickie Liang Hongke, Founding General Partner, PURE Capital

15:10 - 15:30

Tea Break and Networking

15:30 - 16:15

Panel Discussion V: The role of Capital Markets in building long term growth business
The panel will discuss the role that the primary markets are playing in the financing ecosystem for long term growth for entrepreneurs, and see what support is available to angel and VC-backed businesses to increase their potential for successful scale-up, as well as explore how to create a better pathway to IPO for angel and VC-backed businesses

Irene Chui, Partner,KPMG
Zhi Li, Vice President, Prosperity Investment
Dickie Liang Hongke, Founding General Partner, PURE Capital

16:15 - 17:00

Startup Launchpad pitching competition FINAL ROUND
Top three winners from 1st round of competition will pitch at this session

17:00 - 17:15

Award Ceremony

17:15 - 17:55

Keynote Speech: The Journey of a high growth entrepreneur from startup to exit
The speaker will reveal insights on the challenges for founders in successfully growing their tech business and accessing the finance they need at key stages of development. The talk will also cover how the company successfully drew upon angel and several rounds of VC until achieving exit

Wang Xiaochuan, Chief Executive Officer, Sogou, (Invited)

17:55 - 18:00

Closing Remark

18:00 - 20:00

Cocktail and networking party


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Attendee Profile

Speaker Testimonials

“An event like this provides an opportunity for people to exchange ideas, share their experiences, and maybe go back with one or two ideas that they can actually act on in their respective fields.”

Kim Chan
Executive Director, HPI Financial Group

“This is a great event and I think this kind of conference is very important for people who want to transform into investors, as well as for entrepreneurs who are entering China market.”

Weimin Chen
Managing director and president of China, Houlihan Lokey

"I liked the discussions that happened and thought the quality of both the speakers and the startups were very good."

Jayne Chan
Head of StartmeupHK, InvestHK


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Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (HKT)

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Startup Launchpad (SULP) is Asia’s largest hardware trade show that facilitates global distribution between startups and renowned online and offline retailers. 

Our event showcases 300+ startups to more than 35,000 global buyers from 240 countries and regions. 

Held twice a year in Hong Kong - an international trade and sourcing hub - Startup Launchpad features a full-fledged conference program with more than 50 thought leaders covering topics from on topics ranging from challenges to innovation, IoT & big data, investment trends and emerging technology like blockchain, fintech, etc.

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