Startups fundraising during the COVID-19 was done almost virtually - pitch days, demo days, etc were shifted online and conducted via video conferencing tools like zoom. Meetings between investors and startups, due diligence of the startup are also conducted online. It was very different from what we were used to.
Many founders lamented that fund-raising was doubly tricky and tough, while many investors had openly commented that they could not commit without meeting founders directly.
As we ease into phase 2 of the economy reopening (with many fearing the possibility of 2nd wave), we have invited both founders and investors who fund-raised and/or invested successfully to share their experiences with us. What did they do differently to achieve success? What’s the mindset or perspective differences that we could all learn from? While we all hope and pray that the COVID-19 would quickly go away, it is once in a lifetime learning opportunity we should really exploit.
Join us on 22nd July, 4-5 pm, to hear the stories of three startups who fund-raised successfully and from two investors who actively assess and invest. Register early to get the zoom access! In event of overwhelming response, we would arrange for live-streaming.
Managing Partner, Cocoon Capital
Michael Blakey is Managing Partner at Cocoon Capital.
Neo Wei Sheng
Weisheng is an Investor at Qualgro, where he is involved across the investment process from sourcing, due diligence through to portfolio management. He has a focus on B2B businesses and is also part of the Indonesia coverage team at Qualgro.
Prior to Qualgro, he was Head of Southeast Asia at UpGrad, an online education startup, where he launched the Southeast Asian office. He was previously based in Hangzhou at Alibaba Group where he led projects to help startups engage with the Alibaba ecosystem. Weisheng began his career at Parthenon Group, where he advised on strategy and due diligence across Southeast Asia and China.
Weisheng holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Singapore Management University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Dustin Jefferson Onghanseng
Co-Founder & CEO, uHoo
Dustin believes that everyone needs to have technology that empowers people to create healthier living and working environments. From this belief, he founded uHoo to help people understand their indoor environment and to take action that enhances their health, safety and comfort. uHoo is deployed in tens of thousands of households and in more than a hundred enterprises and governments across Asia and Europe. Prior to creating uHoo, he was a management consultant with Deloitte. He also holds an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor’s from the National University of Singapore.
Tan Peck Ying
Co-Founder & CEO, PSLove
Peck Ying co-founded pslove with the focus of powering women to make better lifestyle and health decisions through seriously good design and data. Today their products have grown its presence across >10 countries and have helped millions of women through period pains.
Prior to founding pslove, Peck Ying was part of NUS Enterprise, where she crossed paths with countless tech-startups; connecting mentors, funding, partnerships and such. She was also part of the pioneering team at Blk71 which established Singapore’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, now known as LaunchPad @ one-North.
Co-Founder & CCO, PSLove
Caleb spear-heads pslove's regional growth by negotiating with key channel partners to bring their products to the masses, and has successfully gotten their products into over 5,000 doors.
He also focuses on upstream digital and physical product innovation, at the nexus where engineering, design and product meet.
Caleb built his first computer at 12 years old, and eventually built enterprise hardware conveyor & inventory management systems while studying in NUS Real Estate Finance & Technopreneurship (First Class Honors).
He was also from NOC Singapore and has more than 8 years of experience in business development & sales.
Co-Founder & CEO, Ackcio
Nimantha is Co-founder and CEO of Ackcio, a company building reliable wireless monitoring solutions for industrial monitoring applications. Before starting Ackcio, Nimantha obtained his PhD in wireless networks from the National University of Singapore, and some of his PhD research has been patented and used by Microsoft to improve the quality of Skype calls.
Partner & Chief Angel, AngelCentral
Shao-Ning is the Chief Angel and co-Founder of AngelCentral (www.angelcentral.co). AngelCentral started as a community in Feb 2017 to facilitate angel investments in Singapore. The community grew rapidly to almost 280 strong within ten months, and helped raised 8+M since 2016. Seeing the enthusiasm and support from the community, Shao-Ning together with Teck Moh and Der Shing, decided to incorporate and provide deeper angel training and investment support, with the key mandate to bridge good angels with good startups in Southeast Asia.