Founder friendly investment

Starting a business used to be very difficult. Mountains of paperwork. Long queues. Lengthy processing timelines. Weird (sometimes shady) documentation required by regulating bodies from startups. Scarce funding opportunities.

And that’s just when you’re starting a business in your home country. Now imagine if you’re starting one elsewhere.

But, like everything else, technology has caused significant improvements to the setting up process and startups are capitalising.

For example, some governments are more supportive of the startup community, even as far as forming institutional bodies to focus solely on creating efficient processes and funnelling resources to startups.

And it is not just governments that are actively supporting the startup revolution. The private sector, particularly the large corporations and enterprises, are getting in on it, too. A network consisting of accelerators, incubators, VCs, and CVCs are growing and ready to take on the challenge of helping startup get that idea out to the market.

But what really consists a founder friendly investment ecosystem? And where is Asia at when it comes to achieving it?

Join speakers Craig Dixon (Entrepreneur-in-Residence at muru-D), Jeffrey Paine (Managing Partner at Golden Gate Ventures), and Pieter Kemps ( Principal at Sequoia Capital) as they discuss what it takes to create a founder friendly ecosystem at Echelon Asia Summit 2017. The panel, which is moderated by Roshni Mahtani (Founder & CEO of TickledMedia), will cover various topics including terms and documentation, startup-investor matching tools, and how it’s done in Silicon Valley.

The panel discussion on founder friendly investment ecosystem happens on the Future stage, accessible to all pass-holders.

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About the panel

founder friendly ecosystemCraig Dixon has been the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Telstra-backed muru-D accelerator since June 2016. muru-D is a vertical-agnostic digital accelerator with four locations and staff in Silicon Valley; accepting teams from all over SEA to its Singapore program. He is also the co-founder of ZUMATA, a B2B travel technology startup founded in 2013 and a portfolio company of Wavemaker/DFJ and 500 startups, among others. He is an investor and advisor in early-stage startups and is keen to promote “founder-friendly” practices in the regional startup ecosystem. Prior to co-founding ZUMATA, Craig worked in banking and received his MBA from the University of Maryland (USA) and HKUST (Hong Kong).

founder friendly ecosystemPieter Kemps is a Principal at Sequoia Capital based in Singapore. Partnering with amazing entrepreneurs as an investor in early stage technology companies in South East Asia, he has been privileged to serve on the Board of Nugit, Funding Societies, 90 Seconds, and Kfit. Pieter is working closely with Go-Jek, Tokopedia, Carousell, Zilingo, and Sirion Labs.

founder friendly ecosystemJeffrey Paine is a Managing Partner at Golden Gate Ventures and also the Director of The Founder Institute. He considers himself an avid learner of the startup process, ecosystem development and ideation research. Jeffrey is also a mentor for Chinacelerator and Start-up Chile and has a long career in investment management.

founder friendly ecosytemRoshni Mahtani is the CEO and Founder of Tickled Media, the publisher of parenting social network – ParentTown, and media assets – theAsianparent.com and IndusParent.com. Her company reaches 10 million Asian mums monthly and has operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. She has over 10 years of media experience across the US and Asia Pacific. Roshni is also actively involved in the start-up community. In 2015, she founded the Female Founders Network, a group of over 2,000 female founders. She also sits on the board of TIE Singapore and is a mentor at JFDI and the Crib where she works with early stage start-ups.

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