(EN) Since 2014, Dr. Alex Lin has been inspiring, investing and co-building startup accelerators in Singapore and the region. These accelerators have groomed over 380 startups, of which more than 170 of them have raised series-A funding. This has drastically changed Singapore’s startup landscape and raised Singapore’s startup ecosystem rank from 17th to 10th within 2 years.
Alex is currently the Deputy CEO of NTUitive, the technology and commercialization unit of the globally 11th rank Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Previously, Alex cofounded ICOra Asia, which advises companies on structuring their fundraising strategies via blockchain crowdfunding. Alex also advises regulators in the region with regards to Fintech, blockchain, and innovation ecosystems that enable startups, SMEs, and listed companies to raise project funding via an Initial Coin Offering (ICO).
When not busy with startups and new venture creation, Alex supports his multiple family office with investment portfolio ranging from brick and mortar (e.g. logistics) to tech (e.g. web services) companies.
Prior to ICOra, Alex managed corporate venture funds (e.g. ST Engineering Ventures, USD 150M) and for government venture fund (e.g. Infocomm Development Authority, USD 200M). He was previously Head of Infocomm Investments (IIPL) that was pivotal in developing Singapore into a global vibrant startup hub, by investing and building startup accelerators, strengthening the links into the ASEAN, Asia, North America, and Europe ecosystems. These strong linkages enable companies in the various ecosystems to gain access to Asian markets and resources to accelerate economic growth.
Alex worked closely with the government on policies affecting the economic development in Singapore as well as in the region. He was in the committee that set up Singapore’s Infocomm Media Masterplan (IN2015 & IM2025), the Research-Innovation-and-Enterprise Masterplan (RIE2020) where his contribution shaped the Innovation, E-Commerce, and Smart Nation policies and regulations.
Alex was a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Fintech Office where he worked with MAS to set policies, especially in incentive, commerce and taxation programs that make Singapore the Fintech hub of Asia. The Fintech office has successfully anchored the Fintech Festival as an annual pilgrimage for all Fintech stakeholders around the world. Regionally, Alex advised Thailand’s Security and Exchange Commission and Commerce Department on trade policies and exchanges.
Alex is also active in Taiwan where he advised the Asian Silicon Valley Office on innovation and commerce policies. Earlier on, Alex was one of the team members negotiating for United State – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA), focusing on software and Intellectual Properties Rights (IPR) impact toward trade within the agreement.
Over the last two decades, Alex built companies, mentored entrepreneurs and invested in promising start-ups. He held entrepreneurial and investment-related roles in several organizations, worked closely with universities promoting the creation of rapid prototyping capabilities, accelerators, and incubators.
Regionally, Alex led several technology infrastructure investments in China, such as technology park developments and High-Temperature Conversion of Waste installations. Alex started and exited several technology-based companies, notably Asia’s first wireless ISP, and successfully expanded regionally to China and Indonesia before merging with larger incumbent telcos in the territories. Before his entrepreneurial journey, Alex held senior positions in global companies such as SembCorp Logistics, FedEx, and Hewlett Packard.
Alex is passionate about investing, building and mentoring entrepreneurs who would build tomorrow’s innovation-driven companies. He is an active board and council member of the SGTech (a technology trade association) & Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE, a government-supported entrepreneur trade association), and an engaging international speaker on innovation and start-up ecosystem building.
Alex obtained his Electrical & Computer Engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Doctorate at Stanford University.
(EN) IAN NGUYEN
(EN) VENTURE PARTNER - VIETNAM
(EN) Based in Hanoi, Mr. Nguyen is a serial entrepreneur in leveraging startup technologies and innovations with incumbent industries. He is the co-founder of Mullwin & Partners, an enabling platform in corporate innovation. He is involved as a sponsor / advisor on sustainable real asset mega projects in energy, transport and urban infrastructure and developments in Vietnam.
He has spent over a decade in financial markets in Southeast Asia on both the buy-side and sell-side. As a professional investor he has participated in many of the largest IPOs and equity capital markets issuances across Southeast Asia. He has invested in leading companies across all major industries including technology, telecommunications, media, financial services, infrastructure, oil & gas, energy, engineering & construction, mining, plantations, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, real estate, and more.
Prior to returning to Vietnam, he spent five years in Singapore on the buy-side covering companies in Southeast Asia. He was CEO of Cheyne Capital Asia Pte Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of London based Cheyne Capital Management LLP. Before Cheyne Capital, Ian was Director for the hedge fund Belvedere Investment Partners LLP. Ian started his early career at Investment Banks including Citibank as well as boutiques in Vietnam.
(EN) JOHN TAN
(EN) VENTURE PARTNER - SINGAPORE
(EN) John is the CEO of Saturday Kids, a curiosity school for children and young adults, and an Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader. He is also an investor in tech startups and sits on the board of Ninja Van. Other notable investments include Redmart, Chope, Airhelp, Lob, Padlet and Guesty. Saturday Kids runs Code In The Community, a Google supported initiative that is the largest free coding programme in Singapore. John is passionate about entrepreneurship and equipping young people with the skills and mindset to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.
(EN) ART KRAIWIN
(EN) VENTURE PARTNER - THAILAND
(EN) Art is the CEO of AHEAD.ASIA, an online media company that focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and startups. Previously, Art was a former lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University covering subjects including digital marketing, consumer behaviour, and innovation among other topics.
He is also a branding and marketing consultant for Digital OTOP, academic lead at RISE accelerator, as well as head committee member of Digital Economy Promotion, Thailand.
(EN) CARLOS WONG
(EN) VENTURE PARTNER - MACAU
(EN) Carlos Wong is a successful entrepreneur in Macau. He is a renowned pioneer in Macau and played a pivotal role in transforming the region into an upscale entertainment hub of China. He is one of the judges for the Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) of Macao, responsible for the awarding of funds to eligible projects. He is also the franchise owner for Sandbox VR Macau and master agent for travel-activity booking platform KKday within Macau.
Carlos built the top tier hair salon “Toni & Guy” and Asia’s most popular electronic dart system “iDarts” from the grounds up. He is also involved in property projects around the world and sits on the board of a leading hotel group in Macau.