Innovation relies on the support of venture capitalists (VCs). They have the power to affect the development and direction of tech innovation. The BEYOND Global Investment Summit will gather global A-list VCs to build a network with innovation at its core and advance the development of businesses with the help of their expertise.
The BEYOND Global Investment Summit consists of two parts: the Global Investment Forums and One-on-one Business Meetups.
Global Investment Forums
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has faced complex challenges including Sino-US relations, unemployment, and rising inflation. We need a humble attitude and perseverance to deal with the problems at hand.
At the same time, the post-pandemic world has the potential to usher in new waves of growth. It’s an opportunity for VCs to explore new directions and achieve breakthroughs in their respective fields. We need to embrace the future of innovation, and explore new ways to collaborate and break out of this pandemic together.
The Global Investment Summit Part I is currently scheduled on Aug. 26 from 2–6 p.m., while Global Investment Summit Part II is scheduled Aug. 27 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The two days will include deep-dive forums to exploring the following topics: global investment trends, Corporate VC (CVC), cross-border investment, private equity markets, and sovereign wealth funds.
One-on-one Business Meetups
After a capital trough in 2020, VC activity in China has warmed up significantly in 2021. A total of 2019 fundraising events occurred in the first quarter, according to research by Qichacha, with a year-on-year increase of 71%. The amount of financing disclosed in the first quarter totaled RMB 841 billion, representing 186% year-on-year growth.
As the pandemic abates, VCs are growing more optimistic. BEYOND Business Meetups will engage entrepreneurs, investors, and financing institutions in one-to-one conversations on-site and also via online video conferences.
Participating teams should meet the following criteria:
- The entrepreneurial team should have produced a prototype.
- The company’s product(s) should fall into one of the following tech verticals: Agricultural and food technology, Green economy/energy conservation and environmental protection, medtech/healthtech, life science, future mobility, smart city, 5G and the Internet of Things, financial technology, smart living, consumption upgrading, or future tech.
In addition to top investors from China to share the future of VC market trends and new investment strategies, a few influential global investors will also be invited to participate in the dialogue at BEYOND. We will also be working closely with the Macao Government to invite several highly distinguished international guests. From the perspective of international VCs, we will discuss the future development opportunities in China’s innovative economic industry and analyze the construction of the new world order.
We are honored to announce the following confirmed speakers to participate in panel discussions on investment opportunities in a post-pandemic era and cross-border investment trends.
Hugo Shong | Founding Chairman of IDG Capital
In 1993, Hugo Shong launched and led IDG Capital starting venture capital investment in China. To date, IDG Capital has invested in nearly 1000 companies and made over 200 successful exits across the globe through IPOs and M&A. In the US and Europe, IDG Capital’s investments include Legendary Entertainment, Circle, Ripple, Farfetch, Moncler, Zoox, Acne Studio, Rossignol etc. In China, we have backed Tencent, Baidu, Pinduoduo, IQiyi, Meituan, Meitu, Xiaomi, Bilibili, CreditEase, Ctrip, Qihoo 360, Home Inns, etc. which have all gone on to become industry leaders. In other parts of the Asia-Pacific region, investments include Razer, Gentle Monster etc.
Hugo completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in the fall of 1996. He conducted graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1987-88 and earned his MS degree from Boston University’s College of Communication in 1987. He studied Journalism at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences from 1984 to 1986 and he received a B.A. degree from Hunan University in 1981.
Among his many affiliations, Hugo has served as members of the Board of Trustees at Boston University, Harvard Business School Asia Advisory Committee, and the Leadership Board of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
About IDG Capital:
IDG Capital is a leading investment firm focused on developing extraordinary companies through our expertise in private equity, venture capital and mergers & acquisitions. Since its inception, IDG Capital has expanded into thirteen cities around the world, including New York, Boston, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Hanoi, etc. Accumulated assets under management have grown to approximately $20 billion today. To date, IDG Capital has invested in more than 1,000 companies and made over 200 successful exits across the globe through IPOs and M&A. In the US and Europe, IDG Capital’s investments include Legendary Entertainment, Circle, Ripple, Farfetch, Moncler, Acne Studio, Rossignol, Coinbase, Zoox, Infront etc. In China, IDG Capital has backed companies such as Tencent, Baidu, Pinduoduo, IQiyi, Meituan, Xiaomi, Bilibili, Didi, Ctrip, Qihoo 360, Xiaopeng Motors, NIO, and Pony.ai, which have all gone on to become industry leaders.
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee | Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures
President of Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing $2.5 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading venture capital firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China, and senior executives at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree from Computer Science from Columbia University, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is the Co-Chair of Artificial Intelligence Council for World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Times 100 in 2013, WIRED 25 Icons, Asian Business Leader 2018 by Asia House, and followed by over 50 million audience on social media.
About Sinovation Ventures:
As a leading venture capital and entrepreneur-centric ecosystem builder, Sinovation Ventures focuses on developing early and growth stage companies in the areas of artificial intelligence & advanced tech, automation, education, consumer Internet, B2B enterprise services, and healthcare. To date, Sinovation has invested in over 400 companies with 18 unicorns. Well known portfolios include: Zhihu, Meitu, Megvii, 4Paradigm, Momenta, WeRide, XAG, UISEE, WaterDrop, Moji Weather, VIPKID, IT Cast, Aixuexi Education, VIPThink, MEWE Media, XYLink, Animo, Molbase, MediTrust, Wallaby Medical, Vedeng Medical, Insilico Medicine etc.
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