speakers

1. Anh-Minh Do
Director of Communications at Vertex Ventures

Vertext Ventures Holdings is a member of Temasek Holdings. It focuses on venture capital investment opportunities in the information technology and healthcare markets, primarily through our global family of direct investment venture funds.

Headquartered in Singapore, Vertex Ventures collaborates with a network of global investors who specialise in local markets. The Vertex Global Network encompasses Silicon Valley, China, Israel, India, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

Also read: It’s all about execution: Chua Kee Lock, CEO, Vertex Venture Holdings 

2. Jonas Eichhorst 
CEO at Silicon Straits

Silicon Straits is a regional group investing into and building technology products, companies and communities. Founded in 2011, Silicon Straits was born in Singapore as the result of the Neoteny Early-Stage Investment Fund. The firm expanded to Saigon the following year and has since rapidly scaled its Saigon office. In 2014, Silicon Starts entered the Myanmar market.

3. Eddie Thai
Venture Partner at 500 Startups

500 Startups is a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fun and startup accelerator founded by former Paypal and Google alumni. The firm has invested in over 1,400 companies in more than 50 countries around the world. Its largest exists to date are MarketBot ($400M by Stratasys), Wildfire ($350M by Google), and Viki ($200M by Rakuten).

Accelerator programmes are run in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, emphasising design and user experience, distribution and customer acquisition, and lean startup practices and metrics. The investment team is comprised of over 100 people operating in eighteen different countries.

Also read: Interview: Two venture capitalists at the forefront of Vietnamese innovation

4. Coco Sun
Head of Global Partnerships and Marketing at TechTemple

Founded in 2013, TechTemple is dedicated to building the largest O2O startup ecosystem in Asia by providing co-working spaces, incubation services, community, events, financial services and investments. TechTemple’s programmes are designed to empower and accelerate startups’ greatest success.

The firm closed its first fund of $50 million in 2015 with over 16 pre-NEEQ companies invested primarily in the TMT industry. The second fund is planned to raise #35 million for venture capital investment on approximately 10 startups.

5. Charles Rim
General and Founding Partner at Access Ventures

A fresh face to the venture capital scene, Access Ventures aims to target a fund of US$50 million and plans to make its first close in early November. First investments will range from between US$500,000 to US$1 million. The strategy is to take around a five per cent stake in the first investment and follow-up to build a 10 per cent stake.

As mentioned by Rim, his advantage as an investor will stem from his time spent on the other side of the tech M&A world – having bought companies for Google, Yahoo and Tapjoy.

Also read: Google’s former M&A man in Asia just launched a new VC fund 

6. Shuyin Tang
Principal at Unitus Impact

Unitus Impact is a venture capital firm with offices in Bangalore, Hanoi, Jakarta and San Francisco. It invests in scalable businesses that improve the livelihoods of the working poor in Asia’s fastest growing economies. The firm does so through engaging the working poor, addressing market inefficiencies and maximising social and financial return.

Portfolio companies include industry leaders in the agriculture, rural distribution, health care, employee benefits, training, education and inclusive finance sectors.

7. Eddy Lee
Founder and Managing Partner at Coffee Ventures

An early-stage venture capital firm focusing on startups that address Southeast Asia markets, Coffee Ventures focuses on sectors including health tech, education tech, financial tech, IoT, data analytics, artificial intelligence and marketplace.

The firm believes that startups need partners, not plain capital. At Coffee Ventures, foundations always come first.

Also read: This investor wants to create opportunities in digital health for emerging markets

8. Michael Blakey
Managing Partner at Cocoon Capital Partners

Cocoon Capital Parnters is a Southeast Asian-focused seed investor working closely to scale digital businesses to Series A with two of the region’s most experienced investors.

9. Hian Goh
General Partner at NSI Ventures

NSI Ventures makes investments in early-stage technology companies based in Southeast Asia. Typical investments are at Round A or B stage, where revenue traction is building and capital is required to drive rapid growth. The firm’s existing portfolio covers B2C and B2B technologies who are accessing local, regional and global markets.

NSI Ventures is part of the Northstar Group and is headquartered in Singapore.

Also read: NSI Ventures’ Hian Goh: An investor’s perspective on Vietnam’s challenges and potential

10. Peter Huynh
Partner at Qualgro VC

Qualgro VC invests in Series A and Series B technology startups in Southeast Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Focus areas include fintech, data analytics, education, health and enterprise SaaS.

Also read: IDG Capital’s Li Xiaojun is coming to Echelon Vietnam

Hurry! Grab your Echelon Vietnam tickets here and stay updated with the latest Echelon happenings.

Echelon is headed to Vietnam this 18th and 19th of November in Ho Chi Minh City. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to gain first-hand access to all the action in Vietnam!