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Fostering the Next Generation of Unicorns
Southeast Asia, after a late start, is fast emerging as one of the world’s most dynamic and innovative venture capital scenes. The region boasts a dozen unicorns, with many more startups poised to cross the U.S. $1 billion valuation threshold. The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t diminished investor interest in Southeast Asian ventures: in 2020, the region’s start-ups raised $8.2 billion, an amount equivalent to pre-pandemic funding levels.

For entrepreneurs, Southeast Asia poses unique challenges—not least the difficulty of achieving scale in a region with 11 different nations and a dizzying diversity of cultures, languages, religions, and income levels. But it also offers new possibilities. Southeast Asia, like no other marketplace, has attracted investors from nearly every corner of the globe with high-profile backers from the U.S., China, Japan, India, and South Korea. And because most of the region’s economies are still developing, there is relatively little legacy infrastructure to inhibit experimentation and innovative technologies. 

Our conversation will include an esteemed panel of experts:
- Edwin Chow, Assistant CEO, Innovation & Enterprise, Enterprise Singapore
- Ee Ling Lim, Head of APAC Business Development, Global Innovation, 500 Startups
- Leo Jiang, Chief Digital Officer – APAC, Huawei Cloud & AI
- Moses Lo, CEO & Co-Founder, Xendit

Moderated by:
Clay Chandler, Executive Editor, Asia, FORTUNE

Topics may include:
- What are the opportunities and challenges currently faced by start-ups, especially in Southeast Asia?
- What are some of the complexities of the venture scene?
- What is needed to take the tech scene to the next level?
- Where will the region’s next unicorn come from?

Jul 23, 2021 04:00 PM in Hong Kong SAR

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