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Entrepreneurship: Partnerships Acquisitions & Internationalisation [clear filter]
Tuesday, March 19
 

3:40pm +08

Facing failure - how founders overcome setbacks
Burn out, retention, capital raising, pivots, data breaches, compliance... a familiar nightmare? In this session, our seasoned founders will draw out their biggest challenges and lowest blows to compare their war stories and lessons learnt.  

Moderators
avatar for Mirna Sleiman

Mirna Sleiman

CEO, Fintech Galaxy
Mirna Sleiman is the founder and CEO of Fintech Galaxy, a global crowdsourcing platform that connects the fintech ecosystem. A senior executive with 15+ years of experience in government relations, business strategy, digital communications and journalism, mostly within the MENA region.Mirna... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Davy Goh

Davy Goh

CEO and Founder, BCoin.sg Exchange
As the CEO and Founder of BCoin.sg Exchange, Davy is an outspoken blockchain and cryptocurrency evangelist. A motivated leader and serial entrepreneur, Davy has a proven management track record and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in corporate financial strategies and management.Having... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Lynch

Patrick Lynch

CEO, First Circle
Patrick is the Co-Founder and CEO of First Circle where he leads strategy, corporate development, and the performance and staffing of executive team.Previously Patrick was the Vice President of the Compare Asia Group where he built the emerging markets business across the Philippines... Read More →
avatar for Charishma Chotalia

Charishma Chotalia

General Manager - India, Branch International
Based in Mumbai, Charishma leads Branch’s India operation, and was the key leader responsible for leading Branch's expansion into India. She holds vast knowledge and experience in navigating dynamic, ever-changing regulatory environments to allow companies to scale at speed. Prior... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2019 3:40pm - 4:20pm +08
Champion's Podium

4:20pm +08

Reverse Pitch: Why you (fintech) should take my money (VC)!
It is standard practice to push the fledgling startup into the lions’ den: forcing them to summarise their life’s work into 3-minute pitches before deep-pocketed investors and corporates tear their business models apart. But what happens when the roles are reversed? Join us to see VCs and CVCs in the hotseat. The pressure is on for venture capitalists to justify why startups should take their money and prove that their expertise and FinTech nous is worth the time of our panel of FinTech judges.

Moderators
avatar for Lizzie Chapman

Lizzie Chapman

Co-Founder & CEO, ZestMoney
Lizzie is Co-Founder & CEO of ZestMoney, the digital consumer lending company that is revolutionising the way Indian consumers transact online. Lizzie moved to India in 2011 to spearhead the India operations for UK based digital lender Wonga.com, which was later put on hold. In 2013... Read More →
avatar for Katrina Cokeng

Katrina Cokeng

CEO & Co-Founder of Xen, Co-Founder of Oriente, Xen
Katrina Cokeng is the Co-Founder and CEO of Xen, the first-of-its-kind digital securitization platform providing a one-stop solution for access and liquidity in alternative investments (hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds etc.). It is the first licensed security token... Read More →
avatar for Theodora Lau

Theodora Lau

Founder, Unconventional Ventures
Theodora (Theo) Lau is an innovator and technologist, whose work seeks to spark innovation to improve consumer financial well-being and health. She focuses on developing and growing an ecosystem of financial institutions, corporates, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists to better... Read More →
avatar for Kelvin Teo

Kelvin Teo

Co-Founder, Funding Societies | Modalku
Kelvin Teo is the co-founder of Funding Societies | Modalku, the largest SME digital financing platform in Southeast Asia, licensed and operating in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It gives loans to small-medium businesses for growth, crowdfunded by individual and institutional... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Aw

Christopher Aw

Operating Adviser, Monk's Hill Ventures
Christopher is an operating adviser with Monk’s Hill Ventures, a Series A focused venture capital firm, a member of the selection committee for the German Accelerator in South East Asia as well as a mentor at Chinaccelerator in Shanghai and the MOX accelerator in Taipei. He independently... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Ho

Jennifer Ho

Principal, Dymon Asia Capital Ventures
Jennifer started her career in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in New York, covering financial sponsors and consumer / retail companies. She returned to Singapore in 2011, when she joined TPG Capital, evaluating investment opportunities in Southeast Asia. Jen also spent... Read More →
avatar for David Gowdey

David Gowdey

Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures
Mr. Gowdey is currently a Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based venture capital firm focused on internet and technology investments in South Asia. Prior to Jungle, David spent 3.5 years at TPG Capital where he led internet investments outside of the US within the... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm +08
Champion's Podium
 
Wednesday, March 20
 

11:00am +08

Money20/20 Startup Pitch: Part 1
We are proud to present the Money20/20 Asia Startup Pitch contest 2019. We have selected 15 of the very best startups working across a range of geographies presenting the greatest opportunities for growth. Join our panel of seasoned VCs to help select the final 3 who will go ahead to pitch on our main stage on Thursday. The brightest entrepreneurial stars are pitching for $40k SGD.

Moderators
avatar for Moaffak Ahmed

Moaffak Ahmed

Serial Entrepreneur and Early Stage Investor
Serial entrepreneur and early stage investor with over 25 years of marketing and business development experience in Europe, North America and Asia. Moaffak has invested in over 60 early stage technology companies. Prior to this, Moaffak was co-founder of Trema (today: ION Trading... Read More →
avatar for Doris Au-Yeung

Doris Au-Yeung

Vice President, Motive Partners
Doris began her career at Morgan Stanley where she held multiple roles within Capital Markets over a span of six years. While at Morgan Stanley, she was responsible for driving strategic initiatives across Legal & Compliance in New York and leading clients' revenue and profitability... Read More →
avatar for Sam Hall

Sam Hall

Managing Director, ASEAN, Rainmaking Innovation
Samuel Hall is Managing Director, ASEAN @ Rainmaking Innovation. He works with market-leading corporates & MNCs on growth and renewal through two key areas of focus: de-risked collaboration with mature startups, and the application of emerging business model and technology trends... Read More →
avatar for Dave Ng

Dave Ng

Venture Partner, B Capital Group
Dave Ng is a Principal at B Capital Group, a global venture capital fund with offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore. Dave invests in fintech, consumer, enterprise and digital health, and leads the fund’s investments in Southeast Asia and US. Some of his recent... Read More →
avatar for Mancy Sun

Mancy Sun

Co-head & Managing Director, Principal Strategic Investments (APAC) Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs’ Principal Strategic Investment Group
Mancy is a managing director Min the Principal Strategic Investments (PSI) team in Asia Pacific, a strategy and investing team that manages a global portfolio of strategic investments in financial technology, market structure and enterprise software. She is also a lead investor for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anish Achuthan

Anish Achuthan

Co-founder & CEO, Open
Anish is a Fintech professional with 15 years of experience in payments, consumer mobile & internet space. He was previously part of the senior leadership of PayU & Citrus Payments. Prior to this, Anish was the founder of payment startup- Zwitch, India’s first contactless mobile... Read More →
avatar for Naga Tan

Naga Tan

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Dana Cita | Bukas.ph
Naga is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Dana Cita | Bukas.ph. Before founding Dana Cita, Naga worked as a fixed income trader at Morgan Stanley in London and in the Hedge Fund Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs. Naga holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Thornton

Stuart Thornton

CEO, hoolah
Stuart is the CEO and Co Founder of hoolah – A Singapore headquarted Fintech business. As CEO his role is focused at leading the strategy and growth of hoolah across Asia – a company focused at building closer relationships between retailers and consumers by driving responsible... Read More →
avatar for Ashish Anand

Ashish Anand

Founder & CEO, Whrrl
Ashish is founder of Whrrl, a Blockchain driven financial inclusion lending platform for farmers. Whrrl uses an innovative financial product called "Warehouse Receipt Loan" for enhancing the income of farmers and simultaneously reducing the risk of banks.Before pivoting to Whrrl... Read More →
avatar for Chandrima Das

Chandrima Das

Founder & CEO, Bento - Investing Simplified
Chandrima Das is the CEO & Founder of Bento, Asia's first B2C & B2B2C human led robo- advisor. She has over 20 years experience in asset management and private banking industry. Bento was conceived to bring an institutional portfolio based investment process to the wealth management... Read More →
avatar for Josh Foreman

Josh Foreman

Founder & CEO, InDebted
Josh is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology and data. He has been working at the intersection between finance and tech for the past five years, with extensive experience in the financial management of businesses small and large.He co-founded a technology training company... Read More →
avatar for Sara Koslinska

Sara Koslinska

CEO, Limitless
Sara Koslinska is the CEO of Limitless, a fintech startup providing a microinvestment app to financial institutions. She’s one of the Forbes 30 under 30.Previously, she worked for startups including Rocket Internet's Foodpanda in Singapore and an Israeli online platform and was... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm +08
Innovators' Zone

11:20am +08

When to pivot in the intense payment race
Timing is everything! From when you launch your product to expansion to even pivoting a business model. What are drivers and how do you know when the time is right? Hear from a panel of CEOs who will share their candid insights on when to pivot, how to evaluate new verticals and adjacencies and the commercial dynamics at play. Where are the new commercial opportunities in financial services and what is the right model to capitalise upon them?

Moderators
avatar for Rogier Rouppe van der Voort

Rogier Rouppe van der Voort

COO, Payments & Cards Network
Rogier, the COO of Payments & Cards Network, has been with the company for the last 6 years taking responsibility for building this headhunting agency from an organisational point of view. Headquartered in Amsterdam and also with offices in Atlanta and Singapore, they cover the most... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bipin Preet Singh

Bipin Preet Singh

Founder & CEO, MobiKwik
Bipin Preet Singh is the Founder and CEO of MobiKwik, India’s leading digital financial services platform. He founded MobiKwik with the vision to transform the digital payments landscape in the country, which was almost non-existent when the company started operations in 2009. Today... Read More →
avatar for Andy Li

Andy Li

CEO, Silot.ai
Andy is the founder and CEO of Silot, a Singapore based Fintech Company that empower financial institutions for next-generation efficiency & capability by connecting data and functionalities silos, with the immersion of AI and BlockChain.Silot pioneers the development of streamlined... Read More →
avatar for Max Liu

Max Liu

EMQ, Co-Founder & CEO
Max Liu is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMQ. A veteran of the financial services industry, Max’s career spans more than 20 years across Asia and the United States. Across Asia, Max has seen how conventional banking excluded large segments of society, particularly low-income... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:20am - 11:50am +08
Champion's Podium

3:30pm +08

Money20/20 Startup Pitch: Part 2
We are proud to present the Money20/20 Asia Startup Pitch contest 2019. We have selected 15 of the very best startups working across a range of geographies presenting the greatest opportunities for growth. Join our panel of seasoned VCs to help select the final 3 who will go ahead to pitch on our main stage on Thursday. The brightest entrepreneurial stars are pitching for $40k SGD.

Moderators
avatar for Samantha Ghiotti

Samantha Ghiotti

Partner, Anthemis Group
Samantha Ghiotti is a Digital Finance executive, venture investor and entrepreneur who spent 20 years founding, growing, transforming and exiting businesses, leading people and organisations through change.She is currently a Partner at Anthemis group, the leading fintech venture investor... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Hajdu-Howe

Andrea Hajdu-Howe

Partner, Global Head of Capital, Antler
Andrea Hajdu-Howe is a Partner within Antler’s global team. She is responsible for driving the global strategy and execution behind securing capital for Antler and it’s portfolio companies. With an illustrious international career spanning 17 years, Andrea has worked extensively... Read More →
avatar for Sam Hall

Sam Hall

Managing Director, ASEAN, Rainmaking Innovation
Samuel Hall is Managing Director, ASEAN @ Rainmaking Innovation. He works with market-leading corporates & MNCs on growth and renewal through two key areas of focus: de-risked collaboration with mature startups, and the application of emerging business model and technology trends... Read More →
avatar for Bhavani Rana

Bhavani Rana

Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
Bhavani joined Amadeus Capital Partners in 2015. Bhavani brings investment experience in India and the US to Amadeus’s emerging market team. Based in Bangalore, Bhavani focuses on investments in India and South East Asia and focuses on marketplaces, fin tech and their intersection... Read More →
avatar for Shuyin Tang

Shuyin Tang

Partner, Patamar Capital
Shuyin is a Partner at Patamar Capital, a venture capital firm that targets risk commensurate returns for its investors while also seeking to unlock better economic opportunities for Asia's low income communities. Patamar Capital supports visionary entrepreneurs who are building high-growth... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson

IR & Board Adviser, Humans.net
Joel is a Founding member of Generic Robotics. He performs strategic & investment advisor roles at 3D Sparrow and HiUp App and is a venture capitalist. He was formerly an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Adam Street. Joel holds a BSc in Finance and Business Economics from Kelley... Read More →
avatar for MD Mehedi Hasan Sumon

MD Mehedi Hasan Sumon

Co-Founder, MyCash Online 
Mehedi Hasan is the Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of MyCash Online, a multi-award-winning FinTech start-up that empowers unbanked migrants across Asia. MyCash Online is working as a link between unbanked migrants and their home country and fixing their communication, trust... Read More →
avatar for Bharat Ravuri

Bharat Ravuri

Founder & CEO, MintZip
Bharat Ravuri is 25-year experienced professional in Financial Services, having held senior roles at Citibank, Fidelity Investments, Shinsei Bank, IHS Markit across US, UK, Japan and India.Bharat launched his FinTech Startup - MintZip - a financial companion (driven by Conversational... Read More →
avatar for Dias Lonappan

Dias Lonappan

CTO, TRACETO.IO PTE LTD
Dias, is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for the overall technology strategy for traceto.io. He is a crypto evangelist and a privacy advocate; a strong believer that the KYC and Identity space is broken and needs to be fixed. He will be speaking on the role of crypto... Read More →
avatar for Olga Feldmeier

Olga Feldmeier

CEO & Co-Founder, Smart Valor AG
Olga Feldmeier is CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has an extensive experience working in the banking and financial industry for global players such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth... Read More →
avatar for Mike Lovegrove

Mike Lovegrove

CEO & Founder, JRNY Limited
Mike is the CEO and Co-Founder of JRNY, an AI company that streamlines the customer journey with artificially intelligent digital assistants. As the CEO, he leads a team of people who are revolutionising the financial advise industry through technology.Through his career, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Doug Wallace

Doug Wallace

COO & CFO, Logos Network
Doug joined Logos Network at its inception and is its COO and CFO - focused on building the operating and growth aspects of the Company. Logos Network is a high-performance, hyper-scalable decentralized network enabling the payments of the future, today. In combination, our speed... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm +08
Innovators' Zone

4:30pm +08

Comms masterclass: Getting your messaging right
Telling a compelling story is key to getting noticed. In a crowded, dynamic start-up environment, how do you cut through the noise and build trust for your brand? Getting your messaging right is more than describing what you do. This session will provide insights into leveraging content, timing and industry trends to deliver messages and narratives that will engage all your stakeholders – the media, investors, customers and partners.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Worthington

Mark Worthington

CO-Founder & Managing Director, Klareco Communications
Mark Worthington is Co-founder of Klareco Communications. As a former BBC correspondent with over a decade as a journalist in Asia and Europe, Mark is a career media and communications expert with extensive experience in strategic corporate communications, crisis management and media... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 4:30pm - 4:40pm +08
Innovators' Zone

4:40pm +08

Seven things you should know before you step into my office
Seeking investment is not as easy as it was before. Where is today's shining seed investment industry and how are that affecting valuations? What do today's VCs expect when they see a founding team? Are incubators, venture builders and accelerators back on the rise again? These are the few things you should pay attention next time approach to VCs' office.

Moderators
avatar for Gabriel Yang

Gabriel Yang

COO, Beyond Blocks
Gabriel Yang is the Chief Operations Officer of Beyond Blocks, the force behind the Beyond Blocks Summit in Bangkok, Tokyo and Seoul. Gabriel has built Echelon, the APEC Summit, and other major technology and conference brands in his ten years in the business. Gabriel is a coffee... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Inanc Balci

Inanc Balci

Co-Founder & Partner, Crestone VC
Inanc Balci is the Co-Founder and Partner of Crestone Venture Capital, a growth-stage Emerging Markets Fintech fund covering LatAm and SEA focusing on payments, credit intermediaries and open banking verticals.Balci began his career at an investment bank in London where he worked... Read More →
avatar for Roland Yau

Roland Yau

Managing Partner, CoCoon Ignite Ventures
Roland is Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures, L.P., an early stage venture fund focusing on investments in technologies. At CoCoon Ignite Ventures, Roland has led investments in companies including Cafe X, Soundbrenner and GoBee Bike. Roland graduated from the New York University... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 4:40pm - 5:00pm +08
Innovators' Zone
 
Thursday, March 21
 

9:55am +08

Investment thesis from a VC legend
Jenny Lee was recognized by the Forbes Global 100 VC Midas, ranking as the #1 woman and #10 overall in 2015. In 2016, she was named to the Vanity Fair New Establishment list, Fast Company Most Creative People in Business list and was recognized by The New York Times and CB Insights among the top 100 venture capital investors worldwide, ranking #17 and one of the only two selected from Mainland China. As an investor in companies like Alibaba, Xiaomi, Didi Chuxing, Toutiao, Grab and many others, Jenny has an enviable record. This session, unlike any ever before, will be a fireside chat with Jenny and Sanjib Kalita, her classmate from 3 university degrees and serial entrepreneur with 2 successful exits, including Money20/20 and currently CEO of Guppy.

Moderators
avatar for Sanjib Kalita

Sanjib Kalita

CEO & Founder, Guppy
Sanjib Kalita is Co-Founder and CEO of Guppy, the next generation credit bureau built on blockchain technology. Guppy’s groundbreaking platform, powered by cryptographic tokens, delivers transparency, control and revenues to banks, account providers and consumers in a radical, new... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee

Managing Partner, GGV CAPITAL
Jenny Lee joined GGV Capital in 2005 as a managing partner and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China.Jenny’s previous operation and finance work experience including Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Morgan Stanley and JAFCO Asia. Jenny graduated from Cornell... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 9:55am - 10:15am +08
The Matrix

10:15am +08

Money20/20 Startup Pitch Finals
We are proud to present the Money20/20 Asia Startup Pitch contest 2019. Having meticulously evaluated over 100 startups from across Asia, we selected 14 to take part in the competition onsite. Hear from the top 3 startups selected by our panel of expert VCs and find out who will be crowned the winner of this year's Money20/20 Asia Startup Pitch contest.




Moderators
avatar for Melissa Guzy

Melissa Guzy

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures
Melissa is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures. Prior to founding Arbor Ventures, Melissa was Managing Director and Head of VantagePoint Asia, a $4.5 billion venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. As a thought... Read More →

Thursday March 21, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am +08
The Matrix

11:00am +08

Growth strategies and raising capital
What are the principal challenges startups face in translating a successful business idea into sustainable scale? How can they source capital from the right investors to grow to the next level? What do they need to keep in mind to effectively build their team and localize into new markets? This series of sessions will deepdive into the drivers of fintech growth in APAC.

Speakers
avatar for Sameer Singh Jaini

Sameer Singh Jaini

Founder & CEO, The Digital Fifth
Sameer is a digital strategist focusing on removing friction across Banks, NBFCs, Fintechs and Software providers. He works with Financial Institutions for establishing their digital strategy in alignment with business strategy. He runs Indiaʼs First Fintech Masterclass as well as... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:05am +08
Innovators' Zone

11:05am +08

Fintech Deep Dive part 1: Sustainable scale vs unit economics 
The need to scale your business at the expense of profits can be great, especially when managing stakeholder expectations. How can you strike the right balance between scaling sustainably and commercially? Hear from a panel of pros as they impart the lessons they've learned and insight on the right model while managing stakeholders expectations.

Moderators
avatar for Markus Gnirck

Markus Gnirck

Co-Founder, tryb Group
Markus Gnirck is Co-founder of tryb Group, a leading ASEAN Fintech investor that provides growth capital to entrepreneurs that are transforming the ASEAN financial industry ecosystems. Additionally, Markus is the founding committee member of the Singapore FinTech Association, co-author... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angelie Panteli

Angelie Panteli

Chief Financial Officer, LendInvest
Angelie is CFO of LendInvest, the UK’s leading online marketplace platform for property finance and investing. Angelie is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser and has extensive experience in roles across both large global listed businesses and more recently, fast growth... Read More →
avatar for Tamer El Emary

Tamer El Emary

Chief Commercial Officer, WorldRemit
Tamer heads up WorldRemit’s commercial and business development teams, and is responsible for driving global growth and strategic alliance activity.A seasoned global business development executive, Tamer has more than 20 years of experience delivering accelerated growth and increased... Read More →
avatar for Satyen Kothari

Satyen Kothari

Founder, Cube Wealth
Cube is Satyen's 5th company.He was previously the founder/owner of Citrus Payments, which was acquired by Naspers in 2016. He has started 3 other companies in Silicon Valley and worked with leading companies like Apple and frog design.Cube's mission is to change the world of investing... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 11:05am - 11:35am +08
Innovators' Zone

11:35am +08

Fintech Deep Dive part 2: Localisation
Just how much does winning in your domestic market translate into an ability to compete in overseas markets? Is your plan strong enough for sourcing local talent, coping with regulatory requirements and negotiating with business partners, how confident can you be?

Moderators
avatar for Anthony Sar

Anthony Sar

Founder & CEO, FINNOVASIA
Anthony founded FINNOVASIA in 2015 and Hong Kong FinTech Club in 2017 to meet the growing demand in financial technology knowledge from the industry.FINNOVASIA is the officially appointed organiser of the Hong Kong FinTech Week, the leading industry event with over 8,000 attendees... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Val Ji-Hsuan Yap

Val Ji-Hsuan Yap

CEO & Founder, PolicyPal
Val Ji-hsuan Yap is the Founder and CEO of PAL Network and PolicyPal Singapore. Before founding PolicyPal, Val Yap worked as the Assistant Vice President at OCBC Bank in Singapore, where she headed a wide range of digital initiatives and campaigns,working closely with wealth and marketing... Read More →
avatar for Leo Shimada

Leo Shimada

Co-Founder and Group CEO, CROWDO
Leo is the Co-Founder and Group CEO of Crowdo. He is recognized as a top leader within the Asia Pacific fintech industry having been named as a top fintech influencer and leader by Visa, EY, Next Money, Lattice80, and Fintechnews.sg. Leo is a highly sought after industry opinion leader... Read More →
avatar for Shailesh Naik

Shailesh Naik

Founder and CEO, MatchMove Pay
Mr Shailesh Naik is Founder and CEO of MatchMove Pay (www.matchmove.com), one of the world’s fastest growing and most disruptive fintech companies in digital payments and next-generation banking.MatchMove’s proprietary Banking Wallet OSTM enables 'Banking-as-a-Service' with Spend... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 11:35am - 12:05pm +08
Innovators' Zone

11:40am +08

Feedback loops, how to build a customer-centric product
Financial services remains a ripe space for the development of creative new products and services. While this movement has benefited consumers, innovation has primarily been product and technology-centric. The industry is still asking consumers to behave more like bankers, communicating what’s happening with their accounts through ledgers and interest rates instead of providing intuitive solutions. Is it time to disrupt the way we think about financial products and services? Learn from experts and experience the challenges and benefits of human-centered design for products, services, and organizations.

Moderators
avatar for Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Director, Zone Startups India
Ajay is a startup executive with strong skill sets in business development, partnerships and operations; built over 15 years, across East Africa, Canada and India. Since 2014, Ajay has been in a pan-India leadership role, growing Zone Startups' India operations to be a leading name... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Prajit Nanu

Prajit Nanu

CEO & Co-Founder, InstaReM
Based in Singapore, Prajit is responsible for expanding the business into new markets and overseeing business operations across the global offices in cities including Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Lithuania, Melbourne and Gold Coast. He is also in charge of driving innovation... Read More →
avatar for Lizzie Chapman

Lizzie Chapman

Co-Founder & CEO, ZestMoney
Lizzie is Co-Founder & CEO of ZestMoney, the digital consumer lending company that is revolutionising the way Indian consumers transact online. Lizzie moved to India in 2011 to spearhead the India operations for UK based digital lender Wonga.com, which was later put on hold. In 2013... Read More →
avatar for Adam D'arcy

Adam D'arcy

Chief Product Officer - Mapan, GO-JEK
Adam is a seasoned creator of digital consumer products. Adam's previous role was in HSBC where he convinced a global bank to leverage friendships to create and win in the mobile payments space. The award winning 'PayMe from HSBC' gained over 1m users in its first 18 months and has... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 11:40am - 12:10pm +08
Champion's Podium
  Entrepreneurship: Partnerships Acquisitions & Internationalisation
  • about At Zone Startups, Ajay oversees the flagship India accelerator operations as well as leads new initiatives, including corporate innovation programs and thematic accelerators under the Zone Startups brand.<br><br>Over the past 3 years, Ajay has successfully led setting up accelerators with Barclays and Axis Bank; as well as, corporate innovation programs with Visa, Thomson Reuters, HDFC Bank, ICICI Lombard, EY and Australia Institute of Sports.<br>Prior to Zone Startups India, Ajay was the Director – India Operations for SkillsDox Inc., a Canadian ed-tech company; wherein he helped the company set up in India and establish its initial partnerships, as well as raise INR 150 Cr.<br><br>In an earlier role, Ajay worked for the Government of Ontario, Canada for 5-years, where he was responsible for bilateral trade and investment relations between Ontario and India.<br>Ajay began his career working in Tanzania (East Africa) for 4 years, where he was involved in World Bank and African Development Bank projects. During this term, he assumed the role of an “intrapreneur”, and built a social enterprise in the agri-inputs value chain, wherein he built revenues in excess of $1Mn within the first 1.5 yrs.<br><br>Ajay is an MBA in Marketing &amp; Finance and a B.Com in Financial Management from Mumbai University has 13 years of cross-functional work experience with startups, international business and Governments, across North America, East Africa &amp; South Asia.

12:05pm +08

Fintech Deep Dive part 3: Raising capital
With the rise of the alternative methods to raise capital, is the VC model still an attractive option for many startups? What are the key issues in attracting risk capital for early-stage startups and what are the markets currently doing to address this?

Moderators
avatar for Yinglan Tan

Yinglan Tan

Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Ventures Partners
Tan Yinglan founded Insignia Venture Partners in 2017, an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia and has partnered with regional champions like Carro, Payfazz, Cohive, Janio and Logivan amongst others. Prior to founding Insignia Venture Partners, Yinglan was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joey Kim

Joey Kim

CEO & Founder, PeopleFund
Joey Kim is the Founder and CEO of PeopleFund, Korea's fastest growing marketplace lender that is creating better alternative investment opportunities for everyone. The tech-driven platform connects borrowers and investors to deliver loans and a full spectrum of investment products... Read More →
avatar for Vic Tham

Vic Tham

CEO, Quantum Energy Asset Management
Vic Tham is a seasoned portfolio manager who has been in risk management, investments and compliance control for more than 30 years. He currently manages several investments in his capacity as the portfolio manager for QEX Fund SP, as the CIO of Pundi X Labs Pte. Limited and, as CEO... Read More →
avatar for Michele Ferrario

Michele Ferrario

CEO & Co-Founder, StashAway
Before founding StashAway, he was the Group CEO of ZALORA where he was responsible for it growing 15x and becoming the undisputed leader in the market. Michele previously founded the Italian and Pakistani operations of Rocket Internet, launching 5 companies in these 2 countries.From... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 12:05pm - 12:40pm +08
Innovators' Zone

12:10pm +08

Catch the spy
Fintech startups are driving improved customer experiences and creating innovative products and services. This session will introduce you to a few of the fascinating trends our VCs are seeing. And you, our brilliant audience, can get in on it. Join with our seasoned VCs and experts in deciding which trends will create the next potential rock star firms and which will fall short. Can you spot the BS faster than our experts?

Moderators
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Utsav Somani

Partner, AngelList India
Utsav is responsible for bringing AngelList to India. AngelList is the world’s largest startup platform to fundraise, recruit and launch - with over US $950m delivered to over 2000 startups. He holds degrees in Information Systems Management, Innovation & Finance from Singapore... Read More →

Speakers
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William Bao Bean

General Partner, SOSV
William is a General Partner at SOSV, a US$400m venture capital fund known as "the Accelerator VC” with a >30% net realized IRR, where he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, SOSV’s global Internet accelerator and the first accelerator in China and Managing Director of... Read More →
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Dirk van Quaquebeke

Managing Partner, BEENEXT
Dirk is a founding managing partner at Beenext a venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage technology start-ups in southeast Asia including India, Japan and the USA. Prior, dirk co-founded alps ventures as an early stage investor and company builder with a focus on... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 12:10pm - 12:30pm +08
Champion's Podium

12:30pm +08

Behind the behemoth: in conversation with Jonathan Larsen
Following 18 years at Citigroup, Jonathan Larsen is now running a $1bn fund for Ping An Group. the fund is focussed on investments that give Ping An strategic access to tech that can create value for the company - specifically an asset-light model where Ping An can be a tech enabler. The idea is to make tech behind Ping An's facial and voice recognition, digital lending, credit scoring and fraud scoring available to other companies around the world. Hear from one of the most influential figures at one of the leading tech companies in China as he shares his strategic vision, detailed investment thesis and insights on how the tech landscape will shape up in 2019 and beyond.

Can you afford to miss this session?

Moderators
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Samantha Ghiotti

Partner, Anthemis Group
Samantha Ghiotti is a Digital Finance executive, venture investor and entrepreneur who spent 20 years founding, growing, transforming and exiting businesses, leading people and organisations through change.She is currently a Partner at Anthemis group, the leading fintech venture investor... Read More →

Speakers
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Jonathan Larsen

Group Chief Innovation Officer, Chairman & CEO, Ping An Global Voyager Fund
Jonathan Larsen is now Chief Innovation Officer of Ping An Group and Chairman and CEO of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund.Jonathan spent 18 years at Citigroup where he was most recently Global Head of the firm’s Retail Banking and Mortgage businesses, generating ~$12Bn in Revenues... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 12:30pm - 12:50pm +08
Champion's Podium

12:40pm +08

Fintech Deep Dive part 4: Recruiting talent and building a team
Recruiting, developing and retaining talent is a constant challenge for founders. What are startups and financial institutions doing to attract talent? Shortages are acute and the talent challenges vary by country, but what skillset will be in highest demand and what are the next steps to meet the gap?

Moderators
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Olivier Legrand

Managing Director, APAC, LinkedIn
Olivier Legrand assumed the role of Managing Director for LinkedIn in the Asia Pacificand Japan region on January 1, 2016, and continues to lead the company’s Marketing Solutions business in the region.Olivier brings with him more than a decade of leadership, marketing and business development... Read More →

Speakers
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Ralf Germer

CEO, PagBrasil
Ralf Germer is the co-founder and CEO of PagBrasil. He is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of international track record in sales and marketing in the tech industry.He was Vice President of Product Marketing Europe at Actebis and later founded Carpo, 4M and co-founded... Read More →
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Prajit Nanu

CEO & Co-Founder, InstaReM
Based in Singapore, Prajit is responsible for expanding the business into new markets and overseeing business operations across the global offices in cities including Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Lithuania, Melbourne and Gold Coast. He is also in charge of driving innovation... Read More →
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Steve Vickers

CEO, Thunes
Steve is a strategic business advisor with over 25 years experience gained in Europe, USA, and APAC. He joined Thunes (Previously TransferTo) in August 2018, to lead the business expansion and transformation of the enterprise as a pure-play FinTech organisation.For the last 2 years... Read More →
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Nicki Ramsay

CEO, CardUp
Nicki Ramsay is CEO and Founder of CardUp, a fast-growing credit card enablement platform for payments and cash management. An expert in the payments industry, she has built digital payments products and previously worked for American Express across both Asia Pacific and Europe. During... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 12:40pm - 1:15pm +08
Innovators' Zone