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Meeting an investor isn’t as cheeky as chatting someone up at the bar. As with all forms of networking, investor deals benefit from appropriate circumstances.

Thankfully, Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 has the perfect opportunity for startups to network with investors. The event’s Startup-Investor Speed Dating features eight hard-hitting investors from the 50 that you can meet on May 15 & 16.

1) NSI Ventures

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NSI Ventures finds early-stage tech startups to turn into unicorns. Residing in Singapore, the firm focuses on startups in the Southeast Asian region. Their investments usually take up Stages A and B, boasting of up to US$2 million in funds. NSI Ventures’ portfolio includes Uber competitor Go-Jek, Chope, and Whispir.


Preferred investment size: US$1 million – US$5 million
Countries of interest: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore
Verticals of interest: Ecommerce, Fintech, Healthcare


2) B Capital Group

Co-founded by Facebook’s Eduardo Saverin, B Capital Group invests in startups along tech-reliant verticals like healthcare, transportation, finance, and consumer enablement. The firm stretches across the globe with offices in California and Singapore. Among others, their portfolio include Bright.md, Ninja Van, and SilverCloud.

Preferred investment size: US$5 million – US$15 million
Countries of interest: India, US, rest of the world
Verticals of interest: Enterprise Solution, Healthcare, SaaS

3) Coffee Ventures

Coffee Ventures shows that coffee isn’t just for sleepless nights. The investor firm pinpoints driven partners as worthy investment opportunities. Besides funding, they recognize that startups also need resources and keen experience along their journey. The firm has already guided 99.co, BlockCypher, and Carro to grow.

Preferred investment size: US$50K – US$200K
Countries of interest: Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, USA
Verticals of interest: Enterprise Solution, Fintech, Lifestyle, Sharing Economy, Human Resource Tech

4) Monk’s Hill Ventures

Monk's Hill Ventures Team photo

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It takes one to know one. Monk’s Hill Ventures takes this motto to heart with a team composed of seasoned and experienced entrepreneurs. With their years of experience, the firm scours the industry for the best up-and-coming startups in the region. Despite their tenure, their team believes in the power of technology to disrupt industries. Their portfolio includes C88, Playlab, and Zipmatch.

Preferred investment size: US$1 million – US$5 million
Countries of interest: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
Verticals of interest: Analytics, Fintech, Health

5) AddVentures

AddVentures is the recently established investing arm of industrial conglomerate The Siam Cement PLC. With decades of experience in the Southeast Asian region, the firm engages in the industrial, B2B, and enterprise sectors of the startup industry. They hope to bridge their ASEAN-focused portfolio with key regions in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and China. They have already partnered with Vertex Ventures, Wavemaker Partners, and Giztix.

Preferred investment size: US$500K – US$5 million
Countries of interest: China, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, USA
Verticals of interest: E-Commerce, Enterprise Solution, Logistics & Transportation, Marketplaces & Platforms, Real Estate

6) Hub Ventures Fund

Launched by Impact Hub Singapore, Hub Ventures Fund interests itself in building a friendly ecosystem for startups. The early-stage investment firm focuses on mentorship and support for the startups in their portfolio. They are backed by experienced mentors, prominent investors, and a stylish event space from Impact Hub. Their portfolio includes Soho and Horangi.

Preferred investment size: Less than US$50K – US$200K
Countries of interest: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Verticals of interest: Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Solution, Logistics & Transportation, Marketplaces & Platforms, Software as a Service (SaaS)

7) Fenox Venture Capital

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Built from Silicon Valley, Fenox Venture Capital connects disruptive tech startups with the global business world. Their team branches out with offices from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Armed with business leaders, their global reach guides startups from product development to global expansion. Their portfolio includes Jibo, Genius, and Affectiva.

Preferred investment size: US$50K – US$1 million
Countries of interest: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Verticals of interest: Big Data, Fintech, General Internet, Healthcare, Software as a Service (SaaS)

8) SeedPlus

SeedPlus prides prides itself on an army of mentors willing to go hands-on with their portfolio. The firm drives a network that can support startups through thick and thin. While they focus primarily on Singapore-based startups, they value teams who push themselves with a more global vision. Their portfolio includes Appknox, CoveIoT, and Evie.

Preferred investment size: US$200K – US$1 million
Countries of interest: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
Verticals of interest: Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, General Software, Hardware, Software as a Service (SaaS)

Time for a date?

If you have a startup and want to be part of Speed Dating, you first need to purchase a conference ticket. Applicants will enter a curation process to match their compatibility with investors’ criteria. Participating startups will get a chance to other investors, besides the eight listed here.

Tickets are still on sale – you can enjoy a 15 percent discount (code: tiasg15) if you purchase your tickets before April 8, 2359, (GMT +8). Simply click on the button below to get your passes!

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