Protege Ventures Info Session


Here comes the first ever student venture fund in Southeast Asia - Protege Ventures! This is your chance to hear first-hand from, and to network with, the founders and the VCs supporting this Programme.

Protege Ventures - for students, by students - was created in partnership by Kairos ASEAN and Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) at the Singapore Management University.

Leveraging Kairos ASEAN’s network in the regional startup ecosystem as well as Singapore Management University's expertise in entrepreneurial know-how, it prepares university students for real world success in venture capitalism and entrepreneurship through a ten-week structured curriculum. Upon graduation, these student venture capitalists will get their hands on real-life experience in analysing and investing in technology-enabled startups (with at least one student founder) in Southeast Asia.

Introducing our panelists for the evening:

Panel Discussion: The VC Life: Unveiled

B. Paul Santos, Managing Partner, Wavemaker Partners

Paul Santos is the Managing Partner of Wavemaker Partners and leads its Southeast Asian office. He is an experienced entrepreneur and early stage investor. He co-founded 6 companies and sold 3 of them. He has made over 50 investments in Southeast Asia including Luxola (acquired by LVMH), Pie (acquired by Google) and ArtofClick (acquired by Xurpas). Paul sits on the Board of Directors of the Draper Venture Network (DVN) and on the Advisory Board of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Center.

Isaac Ho, CEO, Venturecraft

Isaac is the founder of Venturecraft Group. He is an experienced serial entrepreneur focused on MedTech and ICT startups. He is an advisor to several emerging startups and a favored expert speaker on enterprise links between Singapore, Taiwan and China.

Panel Discussion: Pursuing a Career in VCs

Sheng Le Yong, Associate Director, Venturecraft

Sheng Le is seasoned in assessing the robustness of a business plan and the valuation of a startup. Prior to joining the Venturecraft Group, Sheng Le founded his own startup (Rentafi) in late 2013. Rentafi is the first company in Singapore to provide rental of high-speed WiFi router for tourists and corporate events. In early 2016, he sold his shares in Rentafi, earning a 250X return on capital within 2.5 years. Sheng Le enjoys meditation and believes in actively contributing back to the startup ecosystem by sharing his experience with other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Joel Ang, Analyst, Wavemaker Partners

Joel Ang is an Analyst at Wavemaker Partners in the Southeast Asian Office. His previous experiences include being part of the M&A advisory team in PwC and the Finance department of Singapore government VC Infocomm Investments. Joel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Singapore Management University (SMU) with double degrees in Business Management and Accountancy, where he was awarded the Lee Kong Chian Double Degree Scholarship. He is also a member of the international business honors society Beta Gamma Sigma.

Protege ventures is proud to be sponsored by four prominent venture capital firms - Wavemaker Partners, Venturecraft, Marvelstone Group and TSR Partners.

Come on down to network, and to find out more! Applications end 31st August 2017.

Sequence of events:

1830-1930: Registration, Networking, Food

1930-1950: PV Programme Introduction by Kairos and SMU

1950-2000: Programme Q&A

2000-2020: Panel Discussion: The VC Life: Unveiled

2020-2030: Q&A

2030-2050: Panel Discussion: Pursuing a Career in VCs

2050-2100: Q&A

2100-2130: Networking

2130: End

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Tue Aug 1, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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