Date: 8-9 Nov 2018 (Thu-Fri)
Venue: 8 Nov: Function Rooms, Level 3, Core E, Cyberport 3
9 Nov: Multi-Function Room, Smart-Space FinTech, Level 4, Core E, Cyberport 3
Theme: Driving Next Wave of Tech Investment
Keynote 1: Dispelling the Myth – Fundraising Sets to Thrive amidst Peaking Internet Growth
Partner from renowned Mainland China VC will take an in-depth look into the maturing internet ecosystem, share with us which internet sectors will breed the next unicorns, as well as what internet forces remain to be unleashed and awaken
Panel Discussion 1: Sealing the Deal – Top Innovations Sought by Investors
Featuring leading VC from China & Greater Bay Area on how technopreneurs should identify both the tech and funding trends, how to stay ahead of the curve and create more value while capitalising on the region’s development
Panel Discussion 2: Strategy in Action – Blockchain & Digital Currency Opportunities along Digital Silk Road
VC and tech experts to discuss how Asia becomes the future hotbed of digital currency, regtech & smart contract with blockchain applications, the Belt & Road opportunities, and what are the strategic implications to VCs and startups
Keynote 2: Shifting Dynamics of Tech Investment Ecosystems
An in-depth analysis on the forefront startup and investment trends in the digital technology ecosystems throughout Asia, with a comparison on the different investment landscapes in Silicon Valley, China and Southeast Asia. With Asia as the hotbed of tech disruption, this session unfolds the outlook of leading tech sectors and high-growth markets that investors and start-ups cannot afford to miss!
Panel Discussion 3: The AI Revolution
Technology today is being rocked by a new era of artificial intelligence or AI in smart cities, autonomous driving, robotics, smart homes, biotech and retail. AI venture funding has been soaring: nearly 2200 AI startups globally have raised $32 billion. China leads the world in funding of AI startups, at 48 percent of investment, trailed by the U.S. at 38 percent. Experts predict that China will catch up to the U.S. long-established lead in AI within five years. Credit China’s talent pool, big data resources, VC funding, and government support. From Baidu to Alibaba to Tencent to Facebook, Amazon and Google, the AI race is on.
Panel Discussion 4: Sino-US Trade Tensions on Tech Venturing (hosted by Cyberport Investors Network)
Escalating China-US trade frictions is casting shadows over cross-border tech investments. More Chinese investors are pulled back from funding US tech due to increased regulatory red tape, as also seen from Chinese giants like Ant Financial and Tencent. US investors, on the other hand, have different approaches amidst the surging tech growth in China.
How would the situation look set and effect on venture funds’ short term plans?
Panel Discussion 5: From Start-up to Scale-up in Fintech (14:15-14:45)
Chinese entrepreneurs raised a total of 368 billion yuan ($54.1 billion) in the first six months of 2018. According to source, about 80% of the Asian startups that hit the $1 billion milestone (AKA unicorns) in last 5 years are based out of China, with Shanghai creating 29 and Beijing creating 17, where New York only created 13 in the same period of time.
With the innovative business plans and emerging technology support in Fintech, how should local start-up plot the roadmap in order to join the Chinese Unicorn Club? What are the aspects capital is looking into when considering start-up investment? Which type of Fintech companies are most welcome in coming years? Any specific market opportunities with the presence of virtual banks?
Investor – Investee Dialogue: Smart City/Smart Living (14:45-15:15)
Promising Cyberport companies with their investors to chat on how tech innovation has transformed their businesses & get funded
Investor Workshop: The Founder Friendly Approach (Concurrent, 14:15-15:15)
Why and how committing to supporting the founder helps an investor generate better long run returns for both current and future portfolio companies.
AI / Big Data / IoT
Fintech / Blockchain
Smart Lifestyle (eCommerce, Edtech, Gaming)
A deep mentoring and interactive session targeting digital tech start-up founders or aspiring entrepreneurs to grow effectively, understand investors’ needs & learn fundraising strategies
Think like an investor – Pitch like a professional
Pitching is a key skill of every successful entrepreneur. Understand what investors typically ask about business models, learn about key metrics to stay on track and for effective communications with your stakeholders, as well as refine your differentiation to stay relevant.
In this workshop, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Denes Ban will address
Techstars: and what it can do for tech entrepreneurs (11:10 – 12:30)
Uber, PillPack, Twilio, SendGrid. Learn how you can work with Techstars – the firm that has invested in all of these plus another 1,500 companies from around the world.
Simultaneous interpretation in English and Putonghua will be provided on Day 1.