[Webinar] Evolving VC Landscape in China and Opportunities for Swiss Startups

In this webinar speakers will share insights and suggestions to startups with intention to raise money in China.

Event Details

Date

April 3, 2020, 9:00 - 10:00 (Switzerland) / 15:00 - 16:00 (China)

Cost

Free, RSVP required

Venture capitalists in China are operating under a climate of increasing uncertainty, while startups haven taken a hit and are scrutinized more rigorously than in the past. Significantly impacted by a series of factors such as the trade tension between China and US and the slow-down of the Chinese economy growth rate, Chinese VCs are undergoing a shuffle and are changing their game. In the meantime, as China marches towards technological advancement, the dynamics of china innovation landscape are changing. Furthermore, as with the situation all over the world, the unexpected outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has shifted the established order of things, and startups are forced to look further afield for investment.

For this webinar, swissnex China has invited speakers with investment and accelerator management backgrounds to share tips on how startups should present themselves in meetings with Chinese investors. We will have Tang Hao, Vice General Manager at TusPark Jiangsu, the largest science park network in China, to share the experience and suggestions on how to leverage the network and resources from local accelerators backed by the government; David Chang, Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association and CEO of Blocknology Digital Venture, will talk from a Chinese VC point-of-view regarding the general attitude to and appetite for tech-led startups. Last but not least, Dr. Rajwinder Lehal, Chief Scientific Officer at Cellestia Biotech AG, who leads the fundraising for Cellestia and have had experience with Chinese investors (having taken part in Venture Leaders China 2018), will provide deep insights into how his startup successfully raised money from China. This webinar will be moderated by Jordi Montserrat, a distinguished expert in building successful ventures and supporting world-class Swiss entrepreneurs and startups with fundraising. As the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Venturelab, he also acts as business angel and board member in the vibrant Swiss high-tech scene.

 

The Q&A session allows interaction between the experts and the audience.

 


Event Rundown

 

*Time in Switzerland (UTC+2)

09:00 – 09:05

Introduction & Opening Talk


by swissnex China and Jordi Montserrat, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at VentureLab

09:05 – 09:35

Presentations (10’ per speaker)

Leverage smartly the network of Chinese accelerator in fundraising and market entry

 

Tang Hao, Deputy General Manager of TusPark Jiangsu Development Co. Ltd. and the General Manager of TusPark Innovation Research Institute

 

 

Post-Pandemic Funding Landscape for International Startups

 

David Chang, Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association, industry fellow of UC Berkeley Blockchain Accelerator and CEO of Blocknology Digital Ventures

 

Chinese VC: An opportunity for Swiss startups to raise capital and market entry into China

 

Dr. Rajwinder Lehal, Chief Scientific Officer at Cellestia Biotech AG

 

 

09:35 – 10:00

Q&A and Conclusion


About the Speakers

Moderator

Jordi Montserrat
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at VentureLab

For the past 20 years, Jordi has been active in the vibrant Swiss high-tech scene, contributing to the development of innovative businesses and stimulating the Swiss start-up ecosystem.
He currently heads Venturelab Ldt, a Company supporting world-class entrepreneurs and startups on their path to building successful ventures and fundraising, and is co-managing director of Venture Kick – a financing initiative supported by private donors. He also acts as a business angel and board member in start-ups.

Specialties: launch and growth of high-tech businesses, startup financing, business development, internationalization, new ventures economy, entrepreneurship training.

 

Tang Hao
Deputy General Manager of TusPark Jiangsu Development Co., Ltd. and the General Manager of TusPark Innovation Research Institute

Tang Hao, the Deputy General Manager of TusPark(Jiangsu) Development Co., Ltd. and the General Manager of TusPark(Jiangsu) Innovation Research Institute, who is responsible for the incubators in the park, overseas S&T cooperation and innovation research. He holds double MBA degrees from the University of Missouri and Nanjing University, and has more than 10 years of working experience in the world’s Fortune 500 foreign companies. He has participated in and led many transnational technology transfer and industrialization projects. He led the team to establish and operate innovation centers in Europe, is familiar with the open innovation environment and entrepreneurship ecology in Europe. Besides, he has established cooperation with a number of European universities and incubators in entrepreneurship incubation services, and has established the “Soft Landing Pad” Program which help overseas S&T innovation projects to be settled in China.

 

David Chang
Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association and CEO of Blocknology Digital Ventures

Mr. David Chang is Vice President of Shanghai Blockchain Association, industry fellow of UC Berkeley Blockchain Accelerator and CEO of Blocknology DigitalVenture(BDV), BDV is an ecosystem of private and public capital, startups, experts with domain knowledge on a global scale, with global reach and dedicated to innovative and impactful digital technologies, with specific focuses in BrainTech, PrivacyTech, Fintech, CleanTech, EdTech, Blockchain, Digital Governance. BDV also formed strategic relationships with national labs on digital economy governance and cybersecurity,  is also part of the task force in piloting digital city management and governance, and is also forming a digital family office platform with HK and mainland families.  Mr. Chang is the founder of Blockchain Fund Global Alliance (BFGA), a global platform dedicated to institutional investors in the blockchain industry, also the founder of China Cryptoeconomy Lab, a research organization dedicated to the development of crypto-economics in China. Mr. Chang was Vice President at JP Morgan Asset Management, Managing Director at Corporate & Investment Bank of BNP Paribas, Member of Management Committee and Head of International Business at Guotai Asset Management and also managed hedge fund investment for Canadian largest family, Thomson Family. Mr. Chang is also a leading figure in private wealth management and presented numerous training on traditional and digital wealth management to China Banking Association, China Construction Bank Private Bank, China Merchant Bank Private Bank.

Mr. Chang holds a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Computer Science, and Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science, all from Cornell University

 

Dr. Rajwinder Lehal
Chief Scientific Officer at Cellestia Biotech AG

Dr. Raj Lehal serves as CSO and Board member at Cellestia Biotech. He spun-out Cellestia Biotech from EPFL based on his 12 years of research in cancer and drug discovery. Dr. Lehal did his graduate studies at University of Toronto before moving to EPFL, where he established a drug discovery platform to target undruggable transcription factors. The lead molecule from Cellestia’s drug development program is currently in phase I trial. Cellestia Biotech is preparing to launch Phase II studies during 2020. With the recent closing of Series B (CHF 20M), Cellestia Biotech has raised a total CHF 49M. The company is managed by an experienced team of pharma executives and advisors.

In 2017, Dr. Lehal also co-founded an imaging-based microscopy start-up Viventis Microscopy. The company is already marketing its lead product in the EU and plans to expand beyond EU.

 


Partners

Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. It is a federal entity under public law with a separate legal personality. Innosuisse’s role is to promote science-based innovation in the interests of industry and society in Switzerland.

Innosuisse Market Entry Camp is a joint initiative between Innosuisse and swissnex China, offering a rare and unique opportunity for Swiss entrepreneurs to broaden their Chinese market. We support Swiss start-ups by connecting them with networks of China’s fast-growing market and industrial experts to support them for successful market entry in China.

 

Since 2004, Venturelab designs and operates flagship startup programs such as Venture Kick, Venture Leaders, TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award, Innosuisse Start-up Trainings to support the best entrepreneurial talents.

Venture Leaders China and Venture Leaders Fintech are co-organized by Venturelab and swissnex China for the Swiss National Startup Team to take intensive roadshow across Chinese cities.

 

 

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