2014 Red Herring Asia: Agenda

Monday, August 25

19:15 – 21:00     Evening Welcome Cocktail & Registration

Tuesday, August 26

07:30 – 08:30     Breakfast & Registration

08:30 – 09:00     Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

09:00 – 09:45      Baby Steps – Early Stage Funding: In today’s environment, sources of money abound, but to acquire funding you need to stand up and be heard. How do you, as an entrepreneur, get in front of the right venture capitalist without wasting your time? And what are they looking for as they sift through thousands business plans?  Is there anything you can do to rise to the top of the list?

09:45 – 10:30     Taking the Plunge – Growth and Smart Money: There is a point when growth capital becomes a viable option for a start-up.  They iron out the early bugs and their future is mapped out.  They just need a war chest that can serve as a foundation to drive growth and lead to an eventual exit.  How does a company find and approach the right investor – one that will bring more value than a simple dollar sign?

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45     Keynote Session: Going Global:Tech companies routinely expand beyond their homeland. For nations with smaller markets, international expansion is not always a choice but a necessity. What are some of the common pitfalls encountered when going global, and how can they be avoided? As importantly, is there a universal best practice, or is each country a new Pandora’s box?

11:45 – 12:15     Keynote Session: Top 100 Asia Finalists Snapshots

12:30 – 13:30     Lunch

13:30 – 15:30     Presentations: Red Herring Asia Finalists

15:30 – 16:00     Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00     Presentations: Red Herring Asia Finalists

19:00 – 21:00     Cocktail & Dinner Party

Wednesday, August 27                                                                      

07:30 – 08:30     Breakfast & Registration 

08:30 – 09:00     Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

09:00 – 09:30      Fireside Chat: Great Expectations Prominent venture capitalist discusses opportunities in 2014 and beyond. Which sectors are hot? Which ecosystems in Asia show the most promise? Where is the money going now, and where do they see their dollars going over the next 18 months?

  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, James Huang, Managing Partner

09:30 – 10:15     Keynote Session: Closing with the Corporates

There is a point when every entrepreneur must step out of the nest and navigate unchartered waters.  On of the most daunting hurdles many face is closing a deal with a large corporate. It is a different culture, different speed and certainly a different set of priorities. How does a private company reach out to the giants? What is their vetting process?  How can they make sure to make a good first impression?

  • Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia, Josephine Chan, Vice President
  • HK Science and Technology Parks, Allen YeungVP, Business Development and Technology Support
  • Thomson Reuters, Ping He, Solutions Analytics Manager
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sharon Chow, Director

10:15 – 10:45       Fireside Chat: Accelerators

10:45 – 11:15    Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:45     Lessons From Raising a Successful Round: Exceptional entrepreneurs will share their war stories.  What mistakes were made and what was done right on the way to raising a successful venture round. Also, what will they are the next steps, now that the money in the bank?

11:45 – 12:15      Fireside Chat – Managing Growth: Inflection points lead start-ups to reconsider and change their execution plans. Companies cross invisible lines with visible effects. How can companies pivot and adapt? Is there a common set of challenges inherent in scaling a company? Is there a secret sauce to the process, or just good old elbow grease?

12:30 – 13:30     Lunch

13:30 – 15:30     Presentations: Red Herring Asia Finalists

15:30 – 16:00     Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00     Presentations: Red Herring Asia Finalists

19:15 – 22:00      Red Herring 100 Asia Award Ceremony & Dinner