Technopreneur Webinar Series 2020

Vertex Partnership Group posted on 04 Oct 2020


Vertex Holdings is pleased to present the Technopreneur Webinar Series, an 11-part guide for aspiring technopreneurs. Aimed at facilitating the exchange of knowledge about entrepreneurship, partners from Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India and Vertex Growth will speak to founders from Vertex portfolio companies as well as strategic partners, to share their advice and entrepreneurial experiences.

“Prior to COVID-19, Vertex regularly organized events and activities via our Technopreneur Circle community. COVID-19 has made it impossible to organize such physical networking events, which is clearly an integral part of entrepreneurship, one that also involves learning from each other. As part of our efforts to give back to the wider innovation and startup community, we have decided to bring our mentoring online through this Technopreneur webinar series,” Chua Kee Lock, CEO of Vertex Holdings said.

“This series aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas and insights from many startup CEOs and founders. Critically important, it provides aspiring technology founders and leading innovators a fundamental understanding on the intricacies and art of entrepreneurship.”

The webinars ran almost weekly on Fridays from August 7 to November 6, 2020, and many joined us on this journey of discovery.

The full list of webinar topics, speakers and recording links are as follow:

# 1: An Introduction to Technopreneurship

In our first session, we introduced the Technopreneurship journey and discussed the key considerations for founders when starting up a new venture or start-up.

Featured speakers: Chua Joo Hock (Managing Partner, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), Ben Mathias (Managing Partner, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), T Fuad (Former CEO & Founder, Spacemob) and Joseph Phua (Chairman and Co-founder, M17 Group)

Here are the highlights from our first session:


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 2: Raising Capital

The second session focused on finding the right investors to build a great business and discussed the key considerations in capital raising.

Featured speakers: James Lee (Managing Director, Vertex Growth), Nikhilesh Goel (Co-founder & CEO, Validus) and Cindy Kua (Co-founder & CEO, Sunday)

Here are the highlights from our second session:


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 3: Term Sheets & Legal 101 (Part 1)

This is the first part of Term Sheets & Legal 101 where we discussed the key concepts when reviewing legal documents such as shareholders agreement. The second part will take place in session 6.

Featured speakers: Chua Kee Lock (CEO, Vertex Holdings), Chan Hiok Chiou (Associate Director, Vertex Holdings) and Kevin Chua (Managing Director, Investments, RISA Partners Asia)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 4: Scaling Up & Cross Border Expansion

In our fourth session, we discussed how startups can expand to new geographies and lessons learnt when scaling businesses globally.

Featured speakers: Ben Mathias (Managing Partner, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), Vinod Muthukrishnan (Former CEO & Co-founder, CloudCherry) and Jeffrey Tiong (Founder & CEO, PatSnap)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 5: Building Great Companies

In our fifth session, we discussed the art of building great companies and shared challenges faced by leading startup CEOs.

Featured speakers: Chua Kee Lock (CEO, Vertex Holdings), Prajit Nanu (Co-founder & CEO, NIUM) and Roshni Mahtani Cheung (Founder & CEO, theAsianparent)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 6: Term Sheets & Legal 101 (Part 2)

This is a continuation from Session 3 where we expanded on the important legal considerations when structuring VC deals and explained further on how to address legal due diligence issues and exit terms.

Featured speakers: Chua Kee Lock (CEO, Vertex Holdings), Chan Hiok Chiou (Associate Director, Vertex Holdings) and Kevin Chua (Managing Director, Investments, RISA Partners Asia)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


#7: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence

In this session, we explored the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and some of the best practices of using AI.

Featured speakers: Tam Hock Chuan (Managing Director, Vertex Growth), Kanika Mayar (Investment Director, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), Dyota Marsudi (Executive Director, Vertex Ventures SEA & India) and Ravi Shankar (Co-founder & CEO, Active.Ai)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 8: Leveraging the Power of Cloud Services

The eighth session focused on how leading startups can harness the power of cloud services to build a successful business.

Featured speakers: Carmen Yuen (Partner, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), Digbijoy Shukla (Lead, Startup Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services) and Amiram Shachar (Former Founder & CEO, Spot.io)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 9: Growing Your Company with Digital Marketing

In this session, we discussed the key concepts in effective digital marketing and the tips in building your marketing funnel.

Featured speakers: Liu Genping (Partner, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), Jenny Choi (Head of Client Solutions Management, Facebook), Dhruv Vohra (Director, Digital Natives & Technology, Facebook), Meghna Apparao (Chief Business Officer, Licious) and Duri Granziol (CEO & Co-founder, Mama’s Choice)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 10: Cybersecurity & Your Startup

The tenth session shed light on the 5 important security levers which companies should direct their focus on as well as the best practices in fortifying businesses against cyber threats.

Featured speakers: Tam Hock Chuan (Managing Director, Vertex Growth), Jingshen Ng (COO, M17 Entertainment) and Avihai Ben-Yossef (Co-founder & CTO, Cymulate)


You may view the full webinar recording here.


# 11: Keeping An Eye Out For Exit

In our final session, we discussed the timing for exit and the approach to thinking about exits.


Featured speakers: Piyush Kharbanda (Partner, Vertex Ventures SEA & India), T Fuad (Former CEO & Founder, Spacemob) and Vinod Muthukrishnan (Former CEO & Co-founder, CloudCherry)

You may view the full webinar recording here.


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