April 23rd 2015

Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan



VentureCon Afterparty

Awabar: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 4−10−11

A971 bar: Tokyo, Minato, Akasaka, 9−7−2 Tokyo Midtown East 1・2F

April 23rd 7:00PM


e27’s premier investor conference comes to the land of the rising sun.

As always, Venturecon promises to bring together the most influential investors from East Asia and beyond. With rapid market growth throughout Asia as a whole, this edition aims to facilitate discussions on investment into and out of Japan. Don’t miss this chance to connect with leaders of the private equity arena and build high-powered partnerships among a highly targeted audience.



9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration & Coffee

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Opening and Sponsor Remarks

Mohan Belani, CEO, e27

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

Keynote 1: Japan, the crucial piece in Asia’s jigsaw puzzle

In the last decade, Japan has successfully spurred growth in Southeast and Northeast Asia, driving competition in the two regions’ investment and acquisition scenes. Without Japan, many of the innovations seen in industries like e-commerce, gaming and the Internet of things would not have happened. However, as it is one thing to look back at what Japan has accomplished in building up various ecosystems in Asia, it is another to look forward and envision the future. What will Japan-based companies and investors do in the next five years? In the global marketplace, what will Japan’s role be?
Taizo Son, President & CEO, Mistletoe, Inc.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel 1: A look into Japan’s domestic investments

While Japanese companies have set sail into other parts of Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, many of them are still investing locally, building a largely domestic portfolio. This panel will give you insights on how Japanese firms invest locally, the risks and returns when doing so, and whether they might be inclined to look to other shores in the year ahead.
– What are the pros and cons of investing locally vs. regionally or globally?
– What are the motivations for doing so?
– Will Japan’s domestic investors start looking into South/Northeast Asia?
Moderator : Ryuichi Nishida, Senior Investment Manager, B Dash Ventures
Speakers : Tajima Soichi, CEO, CyberAgent Ventures
Yasuhiko Yurimoto, CEO, Global Brain
Isaka Shozo, Group Leader, Investment Group V, Investment Division, JAFCO

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Fireside 1: Peering into the market crystal ball: Taiwan

Meet Taiwan, a market which is quiet with few startup gems, and even fewer technology exits. What will the country need before it gets more of a voice in this region? Its hardware scene is abuzz with potential but once again, nothing seems to be happening. Where are the Taiwanese VCs and what are they up to? Is there a Series A crunch? Last but not least, the most important question: are international investors shunning Taiwan, and does it matter?
Moderator: John Fan, CEO, Cardinal Blue
Speaker: Tina Cheng, Partner, Cherubic Ventures

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Fireside 2: Peering into the market crystal ball: South Korea

With more South Korean companies looking to go global, fearing that the country is too small a market, local investors are also starting to pull up their socks. Going forward, how should international investors look at South Korea, which has been garnering increasing government support for entrepreneurship? What industries will the world see South Korean startups excelling at? What is South Korean investors’ game plan?
Moderator: Iris Leung, Editor, e27
Speaker: Fortune Sohn, Investment Manager, Stonebridge Capital

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Fireside 3: Peering into the market crystal ball: Hong Kong

Hong Kong has long been Asia’s finance hub, but how is this evolving taking into consideration the political, economic and social landscapes in the city-state? What startups should investors bet big on? What breed of investors will emerge victorious in Hong Kong? Is there a crunch in various investment stages? How are VCs working with the government? Last but not least, how can Hong Kong investors better leverage on angels and well-heeled individuals to reel in better returns?
Moderator: Tina Cheng, Partner, Cherubic Ventures
Speaker: Allison Baum, Managing Director, Fresco Capital

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

LUNCH & Networking

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Fireside 4: Peering into the market crystal ball: China

China – the market almost everyone looks to with anticipation and apprehension. What are some myths investors have about China and its investment scene? How can non-Chinese investors and companies enter the market? Is there a bubble? What are the motivations of Chinese companies – are they interested in moving out of China and into other markets like Southeast Asia, the rest of Northeast Asia, Europe and the US? What’s the role of an foreign venture capitalist in China?
Moderator: Benjamin Joffe, General Partner, HAXLR8R
Speaker: William Bao Bean, Investment Partner, SOS Ventures

1:15 PM – 1:55 PM

Panel 2: Is Southeast Asia capable of bringing the highest returns?

A lot has been said about Southeast Asia and its potential to bring in the returns, but up till now, it still remains as a region which lacks talent and a ready infrastructure. How long more will Southeast Asia need before it can produce the next billion-dollar technology startup? What sort of help will it require? Should investors look at particular sectors instead of geographical markets, or is it the other way round?
Moderator: Pete Bonee, Partner, Innosight Ventures
Speakers: Vinnie Lauria, Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Plern Tee Suraphongchai, Director at Ardent Capital
Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups

1:55 PM – 2:25 PM

Panel 3: How US success can be replicated in Asia

US-based technology startups have long been held in high esteem, admired from afar, and thought of as the benchmark. This is changing. Asia has produced a few names which are able to fight nose-to-nose with top-level American startups. How can Asia produce more of such companies, and what is the investor’s role in this process?
Moderator: Douglas Abrams, Founder and CEO, Expara and Expara IDM Ventures
Speakers: Mike Prasad, Founding Partner, VentureLab
Mike Holt, Managing Partner, get2volume
Toshiya Otani, Co-founder and Managing Director, TransLink Capital
Akira Kurabayashi, Managing Director, Draper Nexus Venture Partners

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Keynote 2: Global Venture Capital models

What is the future of venture capital and the models it can come in the form of? Adrian Vanzyl of Ardent Capital will talk about the four key models for venture capital: government, corporate, traditional and operator. What are the big trends now and tomorrow? What’s the best way of operating each model in various territories? Where have the returns been, and where will they be?
Adrian Vanzyl, CEO, Ardent Capital

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Keynote 3: Fragmentation of stages

Angel, advisory, seed, seed 1, seed 2, rolling close, bridge, pre-A, Series A, A1, A2… Too many terms. The fragmentation of stages is something startups and investors deal with. How should investors look at the different naming terms, and align it with their strategy?
Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups

3:05 PM – 3:35 PM

Panel 4: Exit strategies: IPOs and M&As

Should investors gun for an IPO within their portfolio instead of a merger-and-acquisition deal? What should these VC folks know about the IPO situation in Japan, the US and Southeast Asia? What’s the best market to go for, and why? How difficult are the procedures and how long will they last? What are government regulations foreign investors should realise? What are lock-in periods and how should investors work with market depressions during such periods?
Moderator : Jeffrey Char, Managing Partner, SEAbridge Partners
Speakers : Hidetoshi Nagata, Head of Global Listing, Tokyo Stock Exchange
Akio Tanaka, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Infinity Venture Partners
Saemin Ahn, Managing Partner, Rakuten Ventures

3:35 PM – 4:05 PM

Panel 5: Corporate Venture Funds 101

What are corporate venture fund managers looking for when investing in startups, and how can they work with other investors to better grow the ecosystem and reach a win-win situation? At what level is corporate venture the most effective, and why?
Moderator : Masaru Ikeda, Co-founder, The Bridge
Speakers: Tomohiro Ebata, Director, KDDI
Shingo Kato, Vice President, Recruit Strategic Partners
James Riney, Principal, DeNA
Shinji Asada, Japan Head, Salesforce Ventures

4:05 PM – 4:25 PM

Debate : Should VCs diversify or keep portfolios concentrated?

The art of portfolio management is something every GP should understand and have at their fingertips. Whether they’re into diversifying or keeping their portfolios concentrated, they should all listen to these investors duke it out in a concise debate format, and realise the pros and cons of each strategy.
Diversify: Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Diversify: Mike Prasad, Founding Partner, VentureLab
Concentrated: Adrian Vanzyl, CEO, Ardent Capital
Concentrated: We will be announcing this shortly.

4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

Panel 6 : Co-investment strategies: VCs share why you should or shouldn’t

Go into the battlefield alone, or with friends – it’s a common dilemma faced by investors who have not figured it out yet. These VCs share how co-investment should be done, the red flags when investing with other firms, and how such a strategy could benefit portfolio startups.
Moderator : Ikuo Hiraishi, President and CEO, SunBridge Global Ventures Inc.
Speakers : David Milstein, Japan Head, Fidelity Growth Partners
Sameer Narula, Managing Director, ACP
Akio Tanaka, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Infinity Venture Partners
Kuan Hsu, Principal, GREE Ventures Asia

4:55 PM – 5:05 PM

Closing remarks

5:05 PM – 6:00 PM




Build relationships with investors from every funding stage. Structured networking within the event provides the opportunity to meet next stage investors or market expansion partners for your portfolio companies.


Gain real insights from successful investors about securing exits in and out of Japan. Participants will learn about delivering returns and working with other investors during funding rounds.



We are opening up Venturecon to selected startups for the first time. The exhibition floor will match investors to promising startups and facilitate dealflows.

Fundraising Exhibition

We are opening up Venturecon to selected startups for the first time. The exhibition floor will match investors to promising startups and facilitate dealflows.



Market Anyware is an R&D lab located in Bangkok, Thailand. We research and develop financial intelligence platform on mobile devices that help investors to screen and make decision for their investment be it for the long term value investor or technical trader.


BoniO Inc. is an edtech startup based in Taiwan founded in the spring of 2014. Our mission is to create the best software to enhance education through our award-winning product PaGamO, first-ever massively serious online gaming platform for education in the world!


Nestia is a property rental startup in Singapore. Using patent pending technology, our mission is to move rental to online.


Designed by restaurant for restaurnts, iCHEF is the fastest restaurant POS app. Awarded as the No.1 startup in Japan, iCHEF is used by 500+ restaurants from Tokyo to Bangkok and serving 3,000,000+ customers every month. Leading IT media sources praise iCHEF as “…the restaurant efficiency saver.”


fastacash provides a global platform which allows users to transfer value (money, airtime, other tokens of value, etc.) along with digital content through social networks and messaging platforms, enabling secure and cost-effective transactions domestically and internationally.

fastacash partners with banks, mobile operators, remittance companies, mobile wallets and payment service providers to bring its technology to end-users.


BookQuickly is a platform that lets you book appointments 24/7 at the best local services with instant confirmation and optimizes the sale of merchant’s unfilled time slots through our Dynamic Pricing Algorithm.


Sekai Lab is a Japanese Global Sourcing Platform that help companies find and outsource to software development teams across Asia with additional facilitation and quality assurance provided by Sekai Lab itself. There are currently over 90 teams in 14 countries registered on our platform.


ShopSpot – discover cool shopping ideas!
ShopSpot is a new way to shop from all stores on your mobile.
Discover cool products, latest trends & style from our community of trendsetters


VMFive is building the largest cloud based virtual mobile platform with its leading technologies. The premiere product, AdPlay, is a cloud service that transforms game apps into playable ad units. AdPlay disrupts the current app promoting pattern by letting users try apps before downloading, and becomes an effective advertising solution, which acquires higher quality game users while providing a better user experience than traditional ads.

synergy-logo-big is a strategic market research and data analytics company with Fortune 500 clients like Fujitsu, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Shell and Oracle. We started work in Asia and the Philippines. We plan to take a share of the US$20B offshore opportunity in North America due to a shortage of 140-190K analytics professionals by 2018.


Vibease is the platform for smart and connected sexual wellness devices. Vibease has successfully launched the world’s first smart vibrator with tens of thousands units shipped. It disrupts the $15 billions sex toys industry with its proprietary technology that creates an immersive pleasure experience. A technology that is based on the key factors of female orgasm.


MobiCart is a simple way to build and manage an m-commerce store as a native or web app.


Higher Identity Technology Pte. Ltd created the EMERGE Business App; a highly scalable SaaS for global product distribution & trading companies.

The highly flexible yet simplistic workflow system targets micro & small enterprise users; regardless of their IT competencies, to automate or solve operational issues.


Wall of Sport aspires to be the leading provider of sports engagement services for consumers, broadcasters and media groups. For each event it provides Social Sports Insight, promising relevant social media, live sports analytics and its own sports predictive engine targeting positive ROI. Coming soon, new to the market, virtual currency leader boarding gamification offering.


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Innosight Ventures is an early-stage venture firm based in Singapore. We leverage more than 20 years of applied research and industry fieldwork by innovation thought leaders like Clayton Christensen and the Innosight Consulting team. Combined with our own experience as high-tech entrepreneurs, this enables us to work closely with startup teams to help them grow their companies into successful enterprises.

Innosight Ventures’ first fund, the IDEAS incubator, started in 2009 and focuses on disruptive startups in Singapore. Our newest SE Asia fund is investing in disruptive startups throughout the Southeast Asia region.

At VentureCon, we are looking to meet entrepreneurs, investors, and other members of the venture ecosystem.


Abacus Ventures is a newly established business division within Abacus International Pte Ltd. The team is made up of an eclectic group of individuals with diverse cultures and international experience who share a common passion for the travel industry. This open-minded and highly enthusiastic team has joined forces to reshape the travel landscape.

Abacus Ventures was formed to pursue Merger & Acquisition, Joint Ventures and alliances to support revenue diversification and growth for Abacus International. The team aims to fund ideas and embrace innovation in the field of travel to create ‘new’ business lines.


Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) was established via the business combination between Tokyo Stock Exchange Group and Osaka Securities Exchange on January 1, 2013.

JPX operates financial instruments exchange markets to provide market users with reliable venues for trading listed securities and derivatives instruments. In addition to providing market infrastructure and market data, JPX also provides clearing and settlement services through a central counterparty and conducts trading oversight to maintain the integrity of the markets.

In the course of working together as an exchange group to offer a comprehensive range of services, we continue to make every effort to ensure reliable markets and create greater convenience for all market users.



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Entry and Exit

Access to the venue will be available from 9:00am on April 23, 2015 at the West Entrance of the TSE Building. Kindly take note that the venue must be clear of participants by 6:00pm.
Please PRINT OUTthe ticket for VentureCon Japan 2015 for verification by TSE Building security at the entrance. If you forget to bring it, you will not able to enter the building.


Participants may reach the venue via these Tokyo Metro stations:
Kayabacho Station (Tozai line, exit 11) 5 minutes’ walk
Kayabacho Station (Hibiya line, exit 7) 7 minutes’ walk
Nihombashi Station (Toei Asakusa line, exit D2 ) 5 minutes’ walk
Car Park :
Please note that you CANNOT park your car at TSE building.
Nearest public car park is as follows:
NihonbashiKabuto-cho Parking
1-13 NihonbashiKabuto-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo


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