Business Angel of Southeast Asia 2018 Nominations

The Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia believes that Angel Investors play a vital role in the startup ecosystem. The Business Angel awards of Southeast Asia is an annual program that identifies and honours Angel investors who have greatly impacted and inspired entrepreneurs and the ecosystem.

Award Categories

Candidates will be judged by an independent panel of judges comprising of experienced business leaders, government leaders, academia, venture capitalists and leaders of various ASEAN angel networks. The candidates will be assessed based on a scoring methodology that incorporates a set of qualitative criteria covering the investment process, mentorship and contributions to the startup ecosystem, as well as a set of quantitative performance measures including returns on investments and portfolio valuation. The judges will review the nominees independently and assign a score from 1 to 10 in each of the qualitative as well as quantitative sets. Average scores will then be calculated and combined in equal measure to reach a final score. This will then determine the winner in each category.

· Deals invested/ exited in the period January, 2016 – November, 2018 are eligible for nomination.
· Past winners are not allowed to put up the same investment for nomination in the same category.
· All information provided in the nomination forms will be kept strictly confidential for the Judges’ perusal only.

We invite you to nominate your peers or nominate yourself.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Deal of the year

Best Exit of the year

Best Mentor of the year

Up and coming Angel

Impact Investor of the year

Panel of Judges

Patrick Yeo

Partner, PWC Venture Hub

Patrick is a Partner leading our PwC Venture Hub practice where he is responsible for servicing clients in the venture and startup ecosystem. He has advised startups across the Asia-Pacific region on go-to-market strategy and has conducted startup events on related topics. He works with corporate accelerators and provides mentorship to numerous startups. Patrick is also an active angel investor within the community.

Mark Hon

Chairman, ACE

Dr Mark Hon is an accredited private investor with experience in leading early stage company to IPO. He is co-founder of Sugar venture builder and venture partner at Garage Technology Ventures. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Business Angel Network South East Asia (BANSEA), Chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), and panelist on public sector funds that support entrepreneurship. A former professor of finance, he was also visiting professor to universities in Oxford, United Kingdom and Deggendorf, Germany.

In the private sector, he has formulated R&D commercialisation strategies for MNCs in the defense industry, consumer electronics procurement road maps and mobile application strategies in the telecommunications industry, and acquisition strategies in the energy sector. He has served as c-level officer at a publicly traded company, and economic index expert to a Swiss bank.

Mark serves on the boards and committees of various voluntary welfare organisations such as the Singapore Disability Sports Council, Singapore National Paralympic Council and the Foundation of Rotary Clubs. He is Vice Chairman of Singapore National Paralympic Council
and Chairman of Finance and Investment Committee of Singapore Red Cross. He is also member of the board of trustees of the Rotary Wish and the Cotton On Foundation Youth funds. Mark was a member of the American Finance Association and faculty associate of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was recently featured in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America.

James Tan

Chairman, BANSEA

James Tan is Managing Partner at Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities. Prior to this, James was co-founder and COO of 55tuan, a NASDAQ listed e-commerce group that grew to more than 200 cities and 5,000 employees across China. As the first Singaporean and one of the rarefied few foreigners to found a public listed internet company in China, and for his investments in the next generation of entrepreneurs, James was recognised as an outstanding overseas Chinese by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China.

James currently serves as advisor, board member or trustee on public and private organisations such as Action Community for Entrepreneurship, Applied Innovation Institute, Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia, Beijing CYL Joint Committee on Entrepreneurship Development, Beijing Software Industry Association, National Research Foundation CGAP Fund, and Sports Excellence Business. James has been guest speaker at China-focused and entrepreneurship events such as ITB Berlin, Private Equity Insights, Stanford-PARC Digital Cities, SWITCH, Tech in Asia, and World Islamic Economic Forum. He is an advisor or mentor at Chinaccelerator, Founder Institute, IBM SmartCamp, Startupbootcamp, and PSA unboXed. He has guest lectured at Fudan, HKUST, IE, NUS, Tsinghua, and UC Berkeley.

James is a graduate of the University of South Australia, and received scholarships from both Beijing and Singapore governments for his MBA from Tsinghua University in partnership with MIT. He studied and dropped out of computer science at NUS during the first dot-com era to work on two-sided markets. For leisure, James enjoys photography and has been featured in ComputerWorld, Readers' Digest, and commercially represented by Liaison Agency. He backpacks Asia and volunteers in marine conservation as a PADI scuba-diving and DAN dive-safety instructor.

Dr. V. Sivapalan

Chairman, Malaysian Business Angel Network

David Soukhasing

Managing Director, ANGIN

Dominic Mellor

Senior Investment Specialist & Head of MBI, Asian Development Bank

Dominic is a senior investment specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) responsible for designing and implementing programs that facilitate the deployment and scaling of impactful technologies and early-stage business models in the Asia and Pacific. Since 2016 he has designed and implemented 6 accelerator programs in emerging ASEAN focusing on fintech, agritech, travel tech, and smart city solutions in emerging ASEAN markets. Industry partners have contributed over $6 million towards these activities that have leveraged over $14 million investment. Dominic also designed and launched the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) funded by the Government of Australia that aims to build the innovation ecosystem in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. MBI has undertaken multiple activities including capacity-building of angel investors and incubators

James Lette

Executive Director, Manila Angel Investors Network