The HKVCA 3rd Hong Kong Venture Capital Forum 2016
The third annual Hong Kong Venture Capital Forum (HKVCF), organized by the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA), was held on Friday, March 18, 2016. Hosted at KPMG’s impressive conference rooms at Hysan Place, the Forum proved to be an overwhelming success with over 200 industry professionals in attendance.
Welcoming remarks were delivered by Rupert Chamberlain, Partner and Head of Private Equity, KPMG Hong Kong, while opening remarks were delivered by the Hon. Nicholas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong SAR Government. A most memorable keynote address was provided by Nisa Leung, Managing Partner of Qiming Ventures.
The first panel of the day was on robotics, with a panel that featured James Savage, Partner at Hendale Capital; Rocky Lee, Asia Managing Partner & Head of Greater China at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; James Chan, Vice President (International) at GreyOrange; and Denis Tse, Executive Director at MaxNerva.
The second panel discussed the latest investment trends in healthcare and featured Judith Li, Partner at Lilly Asia Ventures; Dr. Benjamin Li, Chief Executive Officer at Lee’s Pharmaceutical Holdings; Dr. Xueming Qian, Founder, Chairman & CEO at MabSpace Biosciences; and Lawrence Wang, Managing Director at Vivo Capital.
The final panel of the afternoon focused on blockchain technology and featured a lively discussion with Melissa Guzy, Co-founder & Managing Partner at Arbor Ventures; Rocky Lee, Asia Managing Partner & Head of Greater China at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Darren Camas, CEO at BitNexo; Dr. Joseph Wang, Chief Scientist at Bitquant Research Laboratories; Maarten Hartog, Senior Manager at Corporate Treasury Advisory KPMG China; Han Verstraete, Founder at Otonomos; and Jehan Chu, Director at Vermillion Art Collections.
The Forum ended with a demo session where a variety of local startups were able to present to the audience and received valuable comments from our expert judging panel, which included Varun Bery of TVG Capital Partners; Duncan Chiu of Radiant Venture Capital; and Mae Wang of Focus Ventures Asia. A lively cocktail reception followed, hosted by our sponsor KPMG, and all the participants – investors, advisors and entrepreneurs – were able to be part of a valuable networking opportunity.
We would like to thank most sincerely our generous sponsors, specifically our Platinum Sponsor, KPMG; our Venture Forum Sponsor, Cadwalader; and Silver Sponsor, Ascent Partners. Finally, we would like to thank the Association’s Venture Committee and all the participants for their continued support and contributions that helped make this special event possible.
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