2016 Red Herring Asia: agenda

Monday, September 12

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday, September 13

07:30 – 09:00    Breakfast & Registration

09:00 – 09:15    Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

09:15 – 10:00    Getting Funding

In today’s environment, sources of money abound, but to get 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 of business plans? Is there anything you can do to rise to the top of the list? And as importantly, where else can you look to get the capital you need? Are there other funding sources than a traditional VC investment?

  • Gobi Partners, Kay-Mok Ku, Managing Partner
  • Vickers Venture Partners, Jeff Chi, Vice Chairman

10:00 – 10:45 Lessons Learned: Entrepreneurs share their insights, strategies and their recipe for success.

  • iRidge, Akiko Saga, President & CEO
  • Lamudi, Jacqueline van den Ende, CEO
  • Medinfi Healthcare, Ravi Shankar Mishra, Co-founder & CEO

10:45 – 11:15   Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00    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?

  • iCare Benefits, Trung Dung, Founder & CEO
  • iCare Benefits, Ryan Galloway, Co-Founder
  • LifeTrack MedicalSystems, Eric Schulze, Founder & CEO
  • SmartNews, Vincent Chang, Senior Manager Global Communications*

12:00 – 12:30 Keynote Session

  • Top 100 Asia Company Highlights

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 – 21:30 Cocktail & Dinner Party

Wednesday, September 14

08:00 – 09:00    Breakfast & Registration

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

09:30 – 10:00    Fireside Chat: Great Expectations

What opportunities exist in 2016 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?

  • Globis Capital Partners, Emre Yuasa, Principal

10:00 – 10:45 Taking the Plunge – Growth and Smart Money

There is a point when funding a company’s growth becomes a viable option. They iron out the early bugs and their future has some predictability. They just need a war chest that can serve as a foundation to drive growth. How does a company find and approach the right investor – one that will bring more value than a simple dollar sign?

  • Tophant, Bruce Xie, Co-Founder & COO*
  • Vickers Venture Partners, Terence Sim, Partner

10:45 – 11:15   Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00 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? What are the common challenges inherent in scaling a company? Is there a secret sauce to the process, or just good old elbow grease?

  • Denave, Snehashish Bhattacharjee, Global CEO
  • Interactive Bees, Monica Gupta, Founder and CEO
  • Zuu Online, Kei Fukada, CSO and Director of Strategy

12:00– 12:30 Keynote Session

  • Top 100 Asia Company Highlights

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

18:45 – 21:00 Red Herring 100 Asia Award Ceremony & Dinner