X-PITCH SUMMIT 2021
Challenges and Innovations under the Pandemic
At the X-PITCH SUMMIT held on August 3, 2021, delegates from Asia's leading ecosystem builders unanimously agreed that digital transformation is the key to success for startups during the pandemic. During the Summit, a Joint Declaration was signed by the delegates, who are committed to jointly promoting technology innovation in tackling the New Normal. More than 300 guests from 18 countries attended the event online.
An Ha is the Director of International Relations at BSSC, which is the largest startup ecosystem builder in Vietnam with a very close-knit community of 10,000+ startups & SMEs in Vietnam; and a strong network of 1,400+ experts, investors and other key players in the region. She is also the COO of Investment and Business Partners (IBP) focusing on consulting and supporting startups and SMEs to approach corporates, investors and partners in Vietnam and abroad.
Engr. Edward Paul Apigo is the Senior Technology Transfer Officer of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). He is also the Program Manager of the Startup Research Grant Program and the Funding Assistance for Spin-off and Translation of Research in Advancing Commercialization (FASTRAC) Program of DOST-PCIEERD.
Agustiadi Lee is the Program Head of Innovation Factory, the innovation arm of the Salim Group and the first metrics-driven and growth-focused pre-seed program for technology startups in Indonesia. He is a seasoned connector and ecosystem builder within the Singapore’s and Indonesia's startup ecosystem. In the last 7 years, he has worked tirelessly at NUS Enterprise building up innovation and entrepreneurship clusters, both on-campus and off-campus as well as overseas.
Ryan Chan is the Head of Global Business Development and Global Growth Acceleration at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). He is a business and technology manager with expertise in the areas of sales, business development, web technology, and mobile technology, also has experience in selling solutions such as internet banking, mobile banking, and other e-business solutions.
Julius Yeo is a serial entrepreneur and is currently Managing Partner of Asian Aero Ventures, which is an advisory & investment firm specializing in the Aviation & Aerospace industry. He has an professional career track record in multi national company ‐ Rockwell Collins heading their commercial strategy as well as it’s program responsibility for the digital roadmap before embarking on the entrepreneur journey. As Managing Director of Starburst Singapore, he is driving the Starburst innovation footprint in Singapore and beyond.
Dr. Arumugam Balachandran is the Senior General Manager at VIT-Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI). He is also the Vice President of Indian STEPs and Business Incubators Association (ISBA), and was a governing body member of ISBA from 2009 to 2014. He has around thirty years of ‘Techno-commercial’ experience and is in-charge of VIT-TBI from its inception in the year 2003. He has been coordinating a number of innovation and entrepreneurship programs with the support of various departments of the India Government.
Kevin Yu is a serial entrepreneur since the age of 23, with three exits and 3 failures. Domain expertise across SaaS, platform, digital media, corporate finance and investor relations. USD300M+ capital raised for his own ventures and other startups. Founding Partner of Taiwan Accelerator, the first seed accelerator in Taiwan. Previously Co-founder and CEO of MZ Asia, one of the leading investor relations firms in the region, serving 300+ public companies across Asia. Chief Advisor of Taiwan Investor Relations Institute (TIRI).
Jason Liu is the Managing Partner of XCEL NEXT VENTURES, a cross-border early stage VC firm and startup accelerator. Recently Greater China Director at Nest VC, running CVC programs for enterprises including FedEx, DBS, Infiniti, AIA, etc. Prior to Nest VC, he held mid-senior roles at Accenture and NGI Equity Partners. Previously Co-founder of Bling Communications, a digital agency that counted Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Uber and Swire as clients. Co-founder of Founder Foundation, a global startup advisor network.
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