The Role of Angel Investing in Asia

12th June 2020 2:00pm Singapore Time

Session Highlights:

  • Angel investors, while still nascent in Asia in comparison to the West, play an extremely important role to plug the gap for funding enterprises that do not qualify for traditional funding methods. When start-ups are in the very early stage, they would be unable to qualify for traditional financing methods from financial institutions. As such, angel investors provide the necessary funding for the start-ups with potential to scale.
  • Besides providing capital, angel investors also provide valuable resources such as network and mentoring, and since the angel investor has personally invested, they tend to be more engaged to ensure the best chance of getting a return. Going beyond financial contributions is what really sets angel investors apart from other funders.
  • The management team of a start-up is a crucial factor for angel investors to decide whether to invest. The angel investor needs to know whether his/her values are aligned with that of the team, and whether they are able to add value to the organisation.

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Session Description

With entrepreneurship rapidly emerging as a pillar of modern economic development, it is more important than ever that capital is deployed to support their growth, particularly for impact enterprises.

The catalyst for this session is the ground-breaking report that SPF has undertaken with ANGIN, which examines angel investing in Southeast Asia.

The session will explore best practices for the provision of early stage capital, the benefits of working in syndicates and networks and how to enhance the flow of capital into impact enterprises. During this session, delegates will hear from a range of key actors working within the angel investment ecosystem.

Key Takeaways

  • An understanding of the angel investing landscape
  • A deeper knowledge of best practices for angel investors
  • How to increase the flow of capital with a gender lens


Lily Yu

Moderator: Lily Yu

Senior Advisor, Gender Investment and Innovation Department The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Jennifer Viloria

Jennifer Viloria

Founder and CEO IISLA Ventures

Elaine Kim

Elaine Kim

Co-Founder CRIB

David Soukhasing

David Soukhasing

Managing Director ANGIN

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