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This year, our TOP100 competition wants to create a deep connection between the startups and investors. This is why we will be hosting the pitching competition in private. The goal is to dig deep into your startup so that the judges have an in-depth understanding about your future plans.
Let’s take a look at 9 more!
The TOP100 Judges
Thao Nguyen — 500 Startups
Nguyen is part of the investment team at 500 Startups Vietnam. The fund has about US$14 million and is hoping to invest in 80-100 Vietnam-connected startups by 2020.
Prior to joining 500 Startups, Nguyen was the Deputy Director of Group Financing at Topica Group.
Eugene Kim — SparksLab
As a Partner at SparksLab Kim manages the day-to-day operations of the accelerator program. Prior to joining SparksLab, he was the Director of Global Business Development at Tencent Korea. He has a long career in business development as well as sourcing and publishing properties within a given market.
Tina Jabeen — Startup Bangladesh
As an Investment Advisor for Startup Bangladesh, under the Bangladesh ICT Ministry, Jabeen has a keen understanding of the relationship between the Bangladesh government and the startup community. She also is deeply embedded in early-stage startups, leading the investment and accelerator program for Startup Bangladesh.
Jabeen has a CPA and has worked in the investment industry for over 25 years. Before her current job she was a Director of Finance and Tax at Horsely Bridge Partner, a fund of funds.
Shpangental Golan — Anemone Ventures
Golan is the Co-founder and CEO of Anemone Ventures, a Taiwanese firm that aims to help corporates and startups work closely with one another. Shpangental has a 20-year history of starting businesses and rolling them out across Asia.
She is an active member of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce and works to bring the international community to the island.
Sia Zong Xi — Cocoon Capital
Sia is an Associate for Cocoon Capital, an early-stage investment company focussed on Southeast Asia. They provide a unique strategy of capping the amount of investments made annually in an effort to help Founders spend more time with the VC.
Sia graduated from King’s College in London. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and graduated with honours.
Booway Balhaajav — Boston Champions
Balhaajav is the Founder and CEO of Boston Champions, a consulting and development firm based in Mongolia. The company has a diverse set of clients, ranging from mining companies, finance firms and tech startups.
Prior to starting Boston Champions, Balhaajav was the President and CEO of Naran Trade Group.
Elen Goel — Singapore University of Social Science
Goal is the Head of the Entrepreneurship Programme at the Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS). She has years of experience helping connect corporate programmes (Like Alibaba’s Entrepreneurship Certificate) to budding entrepreneurs in the region.
Prior to joining SUSS, Goel was Founder of 22 Experience, an online discovery platform and event management company supporting by the Singapore Tourism Board.
Azman Hood — Cradle Fund
Azman Hood is the Vice President of Investments for Cradle Fund. In his job, he helps lead the direction of one of Malaysia’s most important early-stage investment firms. Hood was previously a Senior Investment Manager at Cradle and has been with the company since 2010.
He is an avid fisherman who has a fantastic quote on his biography: “The key to enjoying your job is to have a hobby that is much worse.”
Jason Pard — Monk’s Hill Ventures
Pard is an Investment Analyst at Monk’s Hill Ventures. His job duties include deal sourcing, investment analysis, portfolio management, community building and research.
During his time at the University of Illinois, he was the President of Illini EcoConcept, an organisation that designs and builds a hydrogen-fuelled concept car.