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Pursue your start-up dream.
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From Hong Kong FOR Hong Kong!
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So we understand you!
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Is equally important to us.
“海闊天空”, or “A Brighter Future”, was a song performed by the popular Beyond rock-and-roll band in early 1990s Hong Kong. The name is also perfect for our fund because musicians in Beyond wrote their song – “海闊天空” – around the concept of pursuing dreams.
A major issue for Hong Kong start-ups is that the limitations of a small local market make funding difficult to find. Beyond Ventures aims to change all that by making the sky the limit for start-ups.
The fund’s mission is to revitalise Hong Kong’s ecosystem of innovation by bringing together local venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to invest in new ideas and start-ups.
Ms. Winnie Chiu, JP holds a BSc from King’s College, University of London and currently is the President & Executive Director of Dorsett Hospitality International, Executive Director of Far East Consortium International Limited (FEC, HKSE: 035) and the Chairman of AGORA Hospitality Group Co., Ltd (Stock code: 9704 - the 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange). As of June 2020, the portfolio of the major shareholder of Dorsett’s parent company FEC owns, manages and develops 64 hotel properties with approximately 14,000 rooms worldwide through different structures.
Ms. Chiu is the Chairman of Hong Kong Art School; Council Member of Hong Kong Arts Development Council; Joint Vice President of The Society of The Academy for Performing Arts; Board Member of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Asia Youth Orchestra and Wu Yee Sun College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Vice Chairman and Vice Convener of Consulting and Public Relations Committee of the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation.
Ms. Chiu has also served on a number of government committees including the Council Member at The Better Hong Kong Foundation; Board Member of The Community Chest, Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Honorary Vice President of The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners and Member of Hong Kong –Japan Business Co-Operation Committee.
Being one of the youngest Justice of the Peace (JP) appointed by the Hong Kong Government, Ms. Chiu was accorded an Honorary Fellowship by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Vocational Training Council, the 2017 Female Leader Legacy Award, the Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneur Award, the World Outstanding Chinese Youth Award and the Women of Hope 2016 Award: Global Champion category, Forbes Asia 2014: Top 12 Asia’s Power Businesswomen and the 2014 Hong Kong Professional Elite Ladies Award.
Born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong, Lap Man was educated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has become a well-known TMT entrepreneur and angel investor. He is founder of DYXnet Group, which is now a market leader in the provision of MPLS-based virtual private network, data centre and cloud services throughout more than 700 cities worldwide.
The company launched in 1999, a year after Lap Man exited LinkAge Online – Hong Kong’s largest enterprise Internet service provider – as shareholder and core management team member.
He has experienced the entire lifecycle of start-ups – from founding, seeding, growing, expanding and eventually exiting a business. In addition, he earned invaluable experience by navigating extremely difficult circumstances such as the TMT bubble burst in year 2000, as well as the slump caused by an outbreak of SARS in 2003 and the devastating effect of the 2008 financial tsunami.
Lap Man is also able to see start-ups from the perspective of venture capitalists, following his years as an angel investor.
Seasoned entrepreneur Marvin Hung is Vice Chairman of Hung’s Group and Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hop Hing Group Holdings Limited (stock code: 47). Born in Hong Kong, he studied in the US from the age of 14 to acquire a western education. After graduation, he embarked on an exciting entrepreneurial journey of innovation over two-and-a-half decades, which involved starting his own business in mainland China, where he has been building and managing enterprises ever since. More recently, he expanded his business interests by investing in retail-driven and technology-enabled companies, while engaging as an angel investor.
The Hung’s Group owns a listed enterprise – as well as a number of non-listed companies – and includes a family business that has been running for a century, with major business segments operating in provinces and cities throughout China. In particular, its edible oil-refining, processing, wholesaling and distribution businesses have clocked up more than 80 years of history in Hong Kong. The brand portfolio under its management includes Lion & Globe and Camel. The Hung’s Group, together with the Hong Kong-listed Hop Hing Group, currently owns approximately 600 directly-operated quick service restaurant (QSR) outlets in mainland China and Hong Kong under the Yoshinoya, Dairy Queen, Maria’s and Uncle Fong brands. In addition, the Hung's Group operates food retail and wholesale businesses, and manufactures light consumer products such as toys, caps and ceramics in the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta. These products have sold well in Europe and the US.
The Beyond Ventures Fund offers a pool of resourceful mentors drawn from senior management teams leading multinational corporations, as well as founders of prominent companies in Hong Kong and across the border. They include:
Prof. Wong Kam Fai
Prof. Ping K KO
Prof Alan Chow
Baniel Cheung is the Founder and Principal Strategist of Integral Consulting Asia. Being appreciated as one of the top strategists in digital transformation in the Asia region, he has been supporting China Light and Power, Bank of China, Mass Mutual, Hong Kong Jockey Club, New World Group, Jebsen Group, China Unicom, PMQ, Sotheby Institute of Art, Nike, Sanofi, Clarins, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Legislative Council, Hong Kong Customs, YWCA, etc.
Being an entrepreneur, Baniel is also the Hong Kong partner of Ginza West Japan, partner of A Rocking Production, founder and partner of Skytree Investment, and partner of Snapask Japan.
Baniel is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics and an Honorary Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong, a Guest Professor at Okayama Prefecture University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Arts at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Besides, Baniel is the Founding Chairman of Digital Transformation Alliance and belongs to the Academic Liaison Committee of CMO Council. He has received the“2013-2014 Outstanding Teacher Award” from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Hong Kong.
Fritz Demopoulos has been an entrepreneur and investor in the Chinese media and internet industries for over a decade. He is currently the Founder of Queen’s Road Capital.
In addition, Fritz is a Founder of Qunar.com, China's largest travel portal with over 40 million monthly unique visitors and ventured-backed by Mayfield, Tenaya, GSR and Granite Global. In 2011 before leaving Qunar as CEO, Fritz sold a majority stake in Qunar to Baidu, making it the largest private transaction in the history of the Chinese Internet.
Prior to Qunar, Fritz co-founded Shawei.com, China's largest sports portal which means "brave shark" in Chinese. After securing investment from Intel, Softbank and IDG, the company was profitably acquired by Tom.com.
Fritz was also the SVP of Corporate Development for Netease.com, one of China's largest online game platforms and was the best performing equity on the NASDAQ exchange from 2001 to 2003.
He first came to China with the News Corporation at which he was responsible for a range of BD projects for News Corp businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, NDS, ChinaByte and STAR TV.
Fritz was educated at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has lectured frequently on entrepreneurship and the Chinese market at Stanford, Harvard, Tsinghua, Beijing University, UCLA and the Communist Party College in Nanjing.
Kit Low joined Focus Media since Jan. 2010. He is the incumbent President, Chief Financial Officer and Director.
Before joining Focus Media, Kit once held the position of eSun Holdings in Greater China, Executive Director of the entertainment group. Previously, Kit held the position of Executive Director in media and internet research department of Goldman Sachs of the Asia-Pacific regions, mainly responsible for tracking, analyzing and researching main media and Internet companies in China.
Before joining Goldman Sachs, Kit held the position of Project Manager of Johnson Controls Inc. in charge of development of Toyota in the U.S. market. Later he held a Global Product Project Manager in Sybase Inc., an entertainment software development company of the United States.
Kit graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained Bachelor of Science degree for industrial engineering and filmmaking, and got an MBA from Columbia Business School in the United States.
Prof. Wong Kam Fai obtained his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1987. He was a post doctoral researcher in Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), UniSys (Scotland) and ECRC (Germany). At present, he is Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In parallel, he serves as the Associate Dean (External Affairs) of Engineering, the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Technology (CINTEC), and Associate Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE), CUHK. He serves as the President of Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP, 2015-2016), President of the Governing Board of Chinese Language Computer Society CLCS (2015-2017). Also, he was the President of Hong Kong Information Technology Joint Council (2007-2014) and the Vice President of VLDB School China (2005-2013).
His research interest focuses on Chinese computing, database and information retrieval. He has published over 250 technical papers in these areas in different international journals and conferences and books. He is a member of the ACM, Senior Member of IEEE as well as Fellow of BCS (UK), IET (UK) and HKIE. He is the founding Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Processing (TALIP), and serves as associate editor of International Journal on Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing. He is the Chair of Conference Co-Chair of NDBC2016 (SZ), BigComp2016 (HK), NLPCC2015 (Nancheng) and IJCNLP2011 (Thailand); the Finance Chair SIGMOD2007 (BJ); and the PC Co-chair of lJCNLP2006 (Jeju). Also he is a Programme Committee member of many international conferences. He was awarded by the HKSAR Government Medal of Honour (MH) for his contribution to information technology development in Hong Kong in 2011, by the Shenzhen Innovation technology Council “Virtual University Campus Outstanding Project Investigator Honor Certificate” and by the Hong Kong Scout Association, the Medal of Long Services in 2013.
Julia Charlton was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1985 and has practised as a solicitor in Hong Kong since 1987 and is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, securities, derivatives and funds. Julia is a Mandarin speaker and vastly experienced in private equity investment in the PRC, advising European, US and Hong Kong based funds on investment in a range of sectors. Julia has worked with companies in the mining and minerals sectors on a variety of deals.
Julia, a corporate finance lawyer, advises regulators, financial institutions and listed companies on the listing rules of both the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the Growth Enterprise Market. She is experienced in the fields of securities law, capital markets, private equity, M&A, investment funds, restructuring and regulatory issues.
Julia Charlton is a senior fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, a member of the Takeovers Panel and the Takeovers Appeals Panel of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, a member of the Investigation Panel A of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Company Law Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society and a member of the Education Committee of the HKSI.
Joe Wu is a serial entrepreneur and the founding partner of MFund.
Joe left Baidu 91 Wireless in 2014 after he successfully facilitated the merger of Baidu and 91 Wireless. He served as the CEO and Executive Director of 91 Wireless, China’s most influential smartphone service platform from 2010. In 2013, the company was sold to Baidu for USD 1.9 Billion, making it the largest M&A case in the acquisition history of China’s Internet sector. Before his legendary achievement in 91 Wireless, in 2004, Joe was the CFO of NetDragon, a leading company specializing in online games and mobile internet related projects. He took the company to IPO in 2007 in Hong Kong. He is currently the INED of two public listed companies, Tian Ge Interactive Holdings Limited and China Parenting Network Holdings Limited. He also serves as the Honorary Chairman of Global Chao Ren Innovation Economic Promotion Association. He is also a member of fourth class of the China Fellowship Program from Aspen Global Leadership Network. Joe graduated in 1994 from UC Berkeley and later on earned his Masters degree from Duke University in 2004.
He founded MFund in 2015 in the hope of helping the next generation new entrepreneurs.
Ir Dr. Derrick Pang, JP joined Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited (Formerly known as Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited) in 2001 and holds directorships in certain subsidiaries of Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited (“AAI”, a company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 00711)). He has been appointed as Executive Director of AAI since April 2010 and acted as the Deputy Chairman from April 2010 to March 2017. Pang has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AAI since April 2017.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the United States in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree and obtained a Master of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States in 1998 and a Master degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2014.
Ir Dr. Pang is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the United Kingdom and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California, United States. He has over 18 years of geotechnical design and construction experience in the United States and Hong Kong. He has been appointed as a non-official member of the Land and Development Advisory Committee since July 2015 and has served as a member of the Construction Industry Council since February 2017. He has also been appointed as a non-official member of the Task Force on Land Supply since September 2017. Ir Dr. Pang was appointed Justice of the Peace by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in June 2017.
Prof KO received his BS degree in Physics with special honors from the University of Hong Kong in 1974, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, in 1978 and 1982 respectively.
In 1982 and 1983, he was at Bell Labs, Holmdel, leading a research team to develop high-speed MOS technologies for communication circuits. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1984. He was the Director of the Berkeley Microfabrication Laboratory from 1984 to 1993, and the Vice-Chairman of the Department of EECS from 1991 to 1993. He came to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in August 1993 as Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering until April 1995, and as Dean of Engineering from May 1995 through June 2000.
Prof KO has authored or co-authored one book and over 200 research papers. His works on MOS technology, MOS device physics and modeling, and integrated circuit reliability are renowned worldwide. He has extensive experience serving the industrial as well as the professional and academic communities. He was associate editor of the IEEE transaction on electron devices from 1988 to 1990, and was on the program committee of many major international conferences. He was the Chairman of HK Research Grants Council from January 1994 to July 1999, and a member of the UGC from April 1993 to March 1998. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE).
From October 2000 to April 2003, Prof KO was on-leave from HKUST to serve as the Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Authosis Inc., a venture capital firm he co-founded. Authosis’s investment focus is in IC fables design companies in China. He returned to HKUST in May 2003, but is still actively involved in funding and assisting IC design companies in China. In 2003, he joined in Wearnes Technology Group and took on Chairman and President of Wearnes Semiconductor focusing on the semiconductor development in China and an idea of collection of various top-notch fabless IC Design house called IC Federation entered his mind. In order to speed up the federation’s growth, Prof Ko actively negotiated with Wearnes Technology Group and bought off Wearnes Semiconductor through the new investor, Silicon Federation International (SFI), an offshore venture company which consists of more than 10 member companies and each of the investees is top-notch in its own area of specialization. Prof KO is also the President and CEO of SFI.
Christophe Lee is the founder of JP Asia Partners which offers advisory services to asset & wealth management and FinTech companies. He is also a Fintech mentor at HK X Foundation. Mr. Lee has 26 years of financial service industry experience and has worked at Morgan Stanley, Sun Hung Kai Financial, Goldman Sachs and Bankers Trust.
Mr. Lee played an active role is the development of the asset management industry in Hong Kong. His HKSAR government appointments include the advisory committee of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) from 2007 – 2009, and the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) – New Business Committee since March 2013. He led the working group on FSDC paper titled “The Future of Fintech in Hong Kong” published in May 2017. Mr. Lee chaired AIMA Hong Kong (the global trade association for hedge funds) for 8 years from 2004 to 2012. He was voted by AsianInvestor Magazine as one of the “Top 25 most influential people in Asian hedge funds” and by Asia Fund Manager as one of the “Top 50 Industry Leader”.
Mr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Winnie is the CEO of Asia Insurance Company Limited (a leading composite insurance company in Hong Kong). Prior to Asia Insurance, she was the CEO of Aon Risk Solutions Hong Kong/Macau and Assistant General Manager of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance. She has over 20 years’ experience in Insurance and Risk Management Consulting.
She is very active in the insurance industry and community and is currently a Council member of the Financial Services Development Council, Panel Member to the Resolvability Review Tribunal, Member of The Human Resources Planning Commission, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Advisory Committee, Travel Industry Compensation Fund Management Board, Higher Rights Assessment Board, HKTDC Belt and Road Committee - Professional Services Working Group, Steering Committee on the Pilot Program to Enhance Talent Training for the Insurance Sector.
Winnie is a Councilor of General Insurance Council, Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Hong Kong and Employees Compensation Insurer Insolvency Bureau. She is a member of ZONTA International, Director of the Alumni Association of Shaw College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the MBA Alumni Advisory Board of The HK University of Science & Technology (HKUST). She was Chairperson of the Fire Insurance Association in 2003 and first female President of the Hong Kong Insurers Club in 2008.
Winnie was graduated from CUHK, obtained an MBA Degree from HKUST and completed the International Management Development Program at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and fellow member (FCII) of the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) of the Insurance Institute of America.
Scarlett Chen, Managing Director of Prudential Corporation Asia, is responsible for Strategic Investments at Prudential Corporation Asia. In this capacity, she looks for innovative technologies, products and services which are relevant to Prudential's innovation and long-term growth, as investment and/or partnership opportunities. Her focus sectors are healthtech, insurtech and fintech. Ms Chen’s second role at Prudential is Founder/CEO of a healthtech startup under Prudential.
Ms Chen is a passionate personal investor in the healthtech space. She founded Global Healthtech Capital, which she dedicated to making early-stage investments in the healthtech space.
Before joining Prudential in 2016, Ms Chen headed up FIG (Financial Institutions Group) for Anbang Capital and co-headed APAC Investments. Before this, Ms Chen was an investment banker for more than a decade, having worked at Merrill Lynch and Barclays, mostly in New York, focused on capital markets and advisory transactions, and executed over USD$30bn in transactions.
Prof Alan Chow is a serial entrepreneur with startup experience in information technology, investment, mine and resources, property and education. He is now serving as the INED of a HKEx listed company.
He is the Founder of Focus Capital Group Ltd, and Focus Capital Investment Inc, which invested in companies in Greater Bay Area and Silicon Valley. He is also the Advisory Partner of Beyond Ventures, a Hong Kong Government Innovation and Technology Venture Fund (ITVF)’s Co-Investment Partner.
Prof Chow also serves as Professor of Practice and Adjunct Professor of HK and China universities for Entrepreneurship as well as Honorary Judge and Professional Mentor of various Start-up competitions in various countries to promote entrepreneurship.
He has studied and graduated from Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Renmin University of China and the University of Hong Kong respectively. In the past, he founded and led the company to be listed on the main board of Singapore and Hong Kong in 3 and 5 years, and served as a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the Investment Committee.
Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC regions since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund and also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$9.8 billion as of 2018 Q2 and currently commands assets of over USD$18.3 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retails centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties.
Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He’s especially interested in re-positioning distressed heritage properties. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Douglas Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group.
Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Construction Management from Stanford University.
18 years’ venture capital investment in Greater China includes:
China’s largest search engine
• Focus Media Group
China’s largest interactive lifestyle digital media network
a provider of digital map content, navigation and location-based solutions (acquired by Alibaba in 2014)
• Didi Chuxing
formerly Didi Kuaidi, now China’s largest taxi-hailing and car-sharing company
• AAC Technologies
the world’s leading provider of micro-component solutions
• Sunny Optical
one of China’s leading optical manufacturers
a provider of digital entertainment services
• DYXnet Group
Greater China’s leading carrier-neutral network service provider
Hony Capital, founded in 2003 and sponsored by Legend Holdings, is an investment company that specializes in buyout deals. It currently has US$10 billion under management and its investors include Legend Holdings, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings, the National Social Security Fund, China Life Insurance and leading investment institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Temasek, European and U.S. pension funds and endowment funds. It has invested in over 100 companies in areas across pharmaceutical and healthcare, media and entertainment, consumer products, food and beverage, as well as machinery and equipment.
Hony Capital’s portfolio companies include China Shijiazhuang Pharmaceutical Group (CSPC), Zoomlion, China International Marine Containers (CIMC), Suning, Shanghai Chengtou Holding, Jin Jiang International Hotels, ENN, PizzaExpress (UK), STX (US) , WeWork (US) ,etc. The assets value of these companies totals about RMB 2.9 trillion with sales volume of RMB 860 billion, providing more than 450,000 jobs.
Hony Capital has developed well-recognized expertise in state-owned enterprise (SOE) restructuring. It has invested in nearly 30 SOEs with all gaining steady and rapid increase in business value.