The program will assess the factors that lead to success for Asia's emerging companies: talent, team, technology, business model, capital, profitability, and global/regional impact. Several founders who were profiled in the recent Forbes Asia issue, 30 under 30, will take the stage to tell how they are getting ahead in today's competitive marketplace with disruptive technologies and business models. A panel of venture capital and corporate investors who have financed these startups will tell the reason and will provide an outlook on these upstarts' future -- IPO, M&A deal, expansion to the West.
The conference includes such prominent venture capitalists as Thomas Tsao of Gobi Partners from Beijing, James Cen Bonsor of Fosun Capital from Shanghai and Jeffrey Paine of Golden Gate Ventures from Singapore. Corporate investors and strategists Grace Yun Xia of Tencent, Cindy Chow of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and Shalini Sujanani of ING round out an investor and dealmaker panel.
Startup founders featured at the event span such sectors as fintech, energy, social enterprise, IoT, enterprise technology and the sharing economy. Tech chats with these entrepreneurs reveal how their emerging businesses attracted capital from Asia's leading startup investors.
Now in its fifth year, this annual event is led by Silicon Dragon founder Rebecca Fannin, an expert on global innovation trends, a Forbes contributor, and author of two well-received book about startups – Silicon Dragon (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and Startup Asia(Wiley, 2011).
The Silicon Dragon conference brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and leaders of the startup ecosystem for discussions on what's next in Asia's emerging tech and venture markets. Participants will gain insights on how to raise financing and develop strategies to succeed in the region and in leading innovation hotspots such as Silicon Valley.
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About Silicon Dragon
Silicon Dragon runs a series of tech innovation and venture investment forums in Asia, the U.S. and Europe, publishes e-newsletter Silicon Dragon News, and develops thought leadership reports. Formed in 2010 by author and Forbes contributor Rebecca Fannin, Silicon Dragon is based in San Francisco and New York, and reaches 25,000 business and tech professionals globally.