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March 13, 2019

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Speakers & Judges

  • Jeffrey Paine

    Founding Partner - Golden Gate Venture

    Jeffrey Paine is the founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital fund based in Singapore investing in Southeast Asia with over US$75 million under management investing in over 35 companies since 2012.

  • Eddie Thai

    Partner - 500 Startups

    Eddie Thai is a partner with 500 Startups, the San Francisco-based global early-stage venture capital firm, and a general partner of 500's Vietnam-focused fund.

  • Kuan Hsu

    Co-Founder and General Partner - KK Fund

    Kuan Hsu is the Co-Founder and General Partner of KK Fund, focusing on early stage internet and mobile investments in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

  • Kazuya Murata

    Senior Director - NTT Docomo Ventures

    Kazuya Murata leads activities in Southeast Asia in NTT Docomo Ventures, the corporate venture capital of NTT Group. After a career of IT infrastructure specialist and project management, he experienced Post Merger Integration of acquired companies in NTT Group before joining NTT Docomo Ventures.

  • Bobby T.Y. Liu

    Senior Director - Topica Edtech Group

    Co-Director - Topica Founder Institute

    Bobby Liu is a global citizen, having lived and worked in 5 different countries. A keen learner, he appreciates the differences in cultural background of people and what make them tick.

  • Leo Pham

    Program Manager of VIISA

    Leo is the Program Manager for VIISA (Vietnam Innovative Startup Accelerator), a corporate-backed accelerator investing $6 million to build global-ready startups in Vietnam. He also supports the Vietnamese tech community as the Chapter Director for Startup Grind in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Justin Nguyen

    Advisor of Monk's Hill Ventures

    Justin is an entrepreneur, investor, and engineer who has played instrumental roles in four start-ups in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, and Vietnam. Most recently, he founded Asianfocused gaming company Aspect Gaming, where he raised more than $18 million in funding and lead it to become a leading supplier in the industry.

  • Andy Kondo

    Managing Director - NTT Docomo Inc.

    Andy Kondo has been serving the Internet/Telecom industry for more than 2 decades. Out of the period he spent over 12 years in the States

  • Hiroshi Nishikawa

    Partnership Manager - Orange Japan

    Hiroshi has been a Partnership Manager at Orange Japan, Orange Group’s wholly-owned open innovation center in Tokyo since 2010.

  • Akie Iriyama

    Associate Professor – Waseda Business School

    Professor Iriyama joined WBS in 2013. Prior to joining WBS, he served as an assistant professor of State University of New York at Bufallo, United States, for five years. He received MA and BA in economics from Keio University, Japan, and Ph. D. from University of Pittsburgh, United States.

  • Andreas Surya

    Principal - Kejora Ventures

    Since 2015, Surya leads the investment activity and portfolio management activity in Kejora Ventures.

  • ST Chua

    Principal of Sun SEA Capital and Sunway Ventures

    ST Chua helps Sunway, one of the largest diversified conglomerates in Malaysia to participate in the digital economy via venture capital investments. He was instrumental in setting up Sun SEA Capital.

  • Nikhil Kapur

    Head of South Asia - GREE Ventures

    Nikhil Kapur is Principal and Head of South Asia at GREE Ventures. An entrepreneur by background and developer by training, he spends his time sourcing and managing the fund’s portfolio across South Asia.

  • Nanae Uchida

    CEO - Toyput

    Founder and current CEO of TOYPUT, a personal marketing company in the US, The place for new dreams to come. Sparked by I-mode by NTT in 1999, an internet enthusiast and an female entrepreneur.

  • David Soukhasing

    Managing Director - ANGIN

    David has been leading ANGIN since 2015. After a career in Private Equity and startups, David moved to Indonesia in 2013 to manage the accelerator program and investments of a global impact investor supporting high-growth and impact companies.

  • Norhizam Abdul Kadir

    Vice President - Growth Ecosystem Development Division MDEC

    Norhizam Abdul Kadir brings with him over 15 years’ experience in multi-market IT and energy industries across Asia Pacific. He has strong experience in corporate marketing, end-customer sales, business development, communications and channel marketing and enablement.

  • Irmansyah Putera

    Head of Accelerator - Incubator of MDI Ventures

    Irmansyah Putera is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and a corporate innovation practitioner with 5+ years experience in the Dutch tech startup scene. Over the past few years he has also been involved in corporate consulting projects.

  • Herman Widjaja

    VP of Engineering – Tokopedia

    Herman Widjaja as Vice President of Engineering in Tokopedia, overseeing the development of Tokopedia's Fintech and Digital Goods products. Prior to Tokopedia, he had work with Google AR/VR, Oculus VR, Amazon and Microsoft and has passion to grow and to globalize the Indonesian technology community.

  • Vijay Sarashetti

    Head of IT – Indonusa Dwitama

    Vijay has been in the Information technology business for 33 years. During this period he has worn many hats from VP of Architecture, Global Head of Engineering, Consulting Architect for strategy, and so on. He is also investor, CEO and Tech innovator who developed a solution to manage storage as a utility and was granted a patent for his design/solution.

  • Ashran Dato’ Ghazi

    Chief Executive Officer - Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC)

    Ashran is a serial entrepreneur with his first exposure to startups in 2001. Some of his notable accomplishments include Rave Ventures and ComicXcel. He laid the foundation for an ASEAN regional award for startups with Rice Bowl Startup Awards.

  • Rohit Agarwal

    Investor - Sequoia Capital

    Rohit has spent 3+ years at Sequoia across India and Singapore offices. He has been involved with Sequoia's investments in One Championship, Traveloka, Insider, HealthEngine, SmartKarma, OnlinePajak, CardUp, Flyrobe, OneAssist etc. and serves on the board of several of these companies.

  • Dr. Lau Cher Han


    Dr. Lau is the founder of LEAD and founding director of MaGIC Academy. He has trained and advised major companies, organizations, and government agencies across countries including IBM, OCBC, Standard Chartered, Intel, and Jabil. Currently, Dr.Lau focuses on helping clients and mentoring startups.

  • Audrey Ling


    Prior to Next Academy, Audrey was a consultant at Ernst&Young where she handled companies from various industries and exposed to different aspects of businesses. She then move to startup scene as the CEO of Next Academy, coding and digital marketing school in Southeast Asia.

  • Bryan Chung

    DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENTS - Mountain Partners Malaysia

    Apart from his role in Mountain Partners Malaysia, he is an active advocate of fintech applications and the Councilor of CPA Australia, Malaysia division. He was previously, the COO of an equity crowd funding platform operator. Executing corporate finance transactions as well as investing and incubating start-ups in the ASEAN region are some of his specialities.

  • Shannon Wong


    Shannon Wong invests in startups and strategic ventures for Astro's corporate venture capital fund. Previously, he co-founded a startup focused on recruitment which client list consist of 15 multinationals companies in Malaysia. Then in Bain, he specialised in Strategy, private equity and operational improvement for clients across Southeast Asia, China and Australia.


    Acting Head of Technology Hub Development Division of Cyberview Sdn Bhd

    Shafinaz currently holds the post of Acting Head of Technology Hub Development Division in Cyberview Sdn Bhd. She has more than 10 years of working experience various capacities.


    Chairwoman - Board of Advisor of SIHUB

    Nguyen Phi Van holds an MBA from Australia majoring in marketing communication. Her experience spans over 20 years as a senior executive in brand, retail, and franchise development across global emerging markets in Asia, The Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

  • Truc-Dao Phan

    Incubation/ Acceleration Program Director of BSSC

    An entrepreneur, an entrepreneurship trainer and a value-oriented executive with 7 years of experiences in multi-stakeholder (CSOs, Governments, Corporates, Start-ups, Institutions) and multi-cutural contexts (US, EU, ASEAN, Korea, Japan, India) with competencies in Strategic Planning, Ecosystem Development, Business Transformation and Communications of Social ventures, CSR/sustainability and Digital businesses.



1st Winner
Best Innovation Award
Best Marketing Award
Orange Fab Award


1st Winner
Best Innovation Award
Best Marketing Award
Orange Fab Award


1st Winner
Best Innovation Award
Best Marketing Award

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Our Goal is to support startup ecosystem in Asia and scale or leverage startup business through the alliance with NTT Communications

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NTT Communications (NTT Com) is one of the world`s largest telecommunications company and wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Group).
NTT Com Booked Operating Revenues of USD 13 Billion (11% out of NTT Group Total Revenue) as a result of FY 2016.

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