• ABOUT US

    Kairos ASEAN is the regional chapter of The Kairos Society, a global community and fund that discovers, connects, and invests in young entrepreneurs who are rethinking traditional industries.

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  • WHAT WE OFFER

    Kairos 50

    Top 50 most innovative startups (Global)

    Every year, Kairos Society scours the world for the top 50 ventures founded by young entrepreneurs, and invites them to showcase their work to more than 100 leading investors at the Kairos Global Summit held on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. With the newfound support of peers, business leaders, political leaders, media and investors, these entrepreneurs can accelerate their company’s growth into global market leaders.

     

    Over the past 4 years, K50 alumni have raised over US$500 million from VCs (such as Andreesen Horowitz, Greylock and New Enterprise Associates), lead companies with a combined valuation of over US$2 billion, and have made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list 42 times.

    Kairos Global Fellowship

    Recognition & Lifelong Journey (Global)

    Our international community of fellows and mentors are on a constant mission to find the future pioneers who are already changing the world in their own unique way, and those who are on the path to do so. Nominated individuals are evaluated through a rigorous application process that ensures the fellowship represents the best and brightest of the next generations of entrepreneurs. A select few candidates are honored to represent their region and ultimately recognized as fellows.

     

    We are on the lookout for people who fit the following description:

    • Age 25 and under
    • Currently studying at University or already starting/have started an impactful venture/project
    • Committed to helping and collaborating with others to push each other forward in their pursuits
    • Problem solver or connector with a passion and a distinguished skill-set, resources, or experience: e.g. business leaders, engineers, scientists, designers, inventors
    • Thought Leader
    • Has a track record of execution - leadership skills, past entrepreneurial endeavors, inventions, top awards etc.

    Partnership Conferences

    Exclusive Opportunities (Global)

    Due to our reputation, our members are given exclusive access to prestigious conferences and competitions. These give our members a head-start in their careers to establish long-lasting relationships with leaders of tomorrow.

     

    Some of these conferences include SLUSH, Forbes 30 Under 30, Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit, TiECon, SWITCH, RISE, Tech in Asia and Echelon.

     

    Exclusive Regional Events

    Interact with the Best (ASEAN)

    Kairos ASEAN organises quarterly events exclusively for members to interact with the best in their fields. Some of these events include Exclusive Networking with Google, Big Data Event with Zalora, DBS and A*STAR as well as an app launch event with Starhub. We also organise small scale dinners for our members to interact more intimately with our mentors.

     

    Our Kairos360 Business Mission allows our members to meet with startups, VCs and ecosystem builders in the region and build valuable connections to scale their ventures.

     

  • KAIROS ASEAN INITIATIVES

    Protege Ventures

    Singapore

    Protege Ventures is the first student venture fund in Southeast Asia. A joint initiative by Kairos ASEAN and the Singapore Management University (SMU), it leverages Kairos network in the regional startup ecosystem as well as SMU's expertise in entrepreneurial know-how to prepare university students for real world success in venture capitalism and entrepreneurship.

    Students will learn from “the other side” of the startup landscape through curated, structured training and mentorship from seasoned VCs to practise venture capital knowledge and skills. Student VCs will be equipped and guided to source for student ventures, conduct due diligence, pitch to the investment committee and contribute to investment decisions. Innovative student ventures will receive funding from Protege Ventures' VC sponsors as well as post-investment support.

    Find out more here!

    Kairos360 Business Mission (K360)

    Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand

    K360 stands for 3 countries, 6 days, 0 boundaries - It is an exclusive and immersive journey into the startup ecosystems of 3 cities in Southeast Asia over 6 days.

     

    The week-long trip will bring a team of 15 hand-picked young entrepreneurial talents from one startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia to another, where they will participate in specially-customised talks on local business practices, visit top startups and engage in enriching cultural, scenic and epicurean experiences.

     

    Participants of the K360 program can expect to learn about startup best practices and glean exclusive insights from experienced and successful startup founders from across the region.

     

    For the inaugural 2016 event, the K360 delegation visited startup communities in Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok. Take a look at what they experienced here!

    Kairos Sharing Table 

    Indonesia

    Kairos Sharing Table is an internship matching event platform for promising start-ups to find the best talents.

     

    An initiative led by Kairos ASEAN Indonesia chapter, our goal is to be the bridge between students who are interested to work with a start-up and start-ups which are keen on hiring promising talents. We believe that internship experiences with start-ups are important, particularly for those who are keen on pursuing a path in the world of entrepreneurship.

     

    Find out more here!

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  • Media Feature

    CNBC

    When it comes to solving the world's greatest societal ills, many millennials are committed to making a difference. A few have leap-frogged the status quo to garner millions from VCs to launch ventures to do just that. The catalyst: a global foundation known as the Kairos Society —a peer-to-peer community of some 1,000 student entrepreneurs. .... read more

    Forbes

    “For any entrepreneur, starting a company is a crash course in life.” So says 22-year-old Ankur Jain, founder and chairman of the Kairos Society, an entrepreneurial community making the ride a little smoother for young business people.... read more

    Business Insider

    After they arrive in New York City on April 20, the 200 young fellows of Kairos Society will board helicopters bound for the Rockefeller Estate north of Manhattan. There they will attend a dinner, dine with world leaders, and set the agenda for the next two days of discussions aimed at using entrepreneurship to solve the world’s biggest problems.... read more

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  • EXECUTIVE BOARD

    Lujie CHEN

    Co-founder, President

    Lujie is the co-founder and President of Kairos ASEAN and Head of Protege Ventures, the first student venture fund in Southeast Asia. He is also the co-author of 'Seek to Keep: How to Find the Best Mentors and Keep Them'. Lujie is currently working at the Smart Nation & Digital Government Office (Prime Minister's Office), overseeing industry capabilities and partnerships. Prior to that, he worked at Temasek (Enterprise Development Group), investing in early stage disruptive tech companies (Series B/C) and VC funds globally

    Jian Min SIM

    Co-founder, President

    Jian Min is an Engineering Science graduate of Oxford University. In 2011, Jian helped Gloobe win the 2011 Open Innovation Competition in Geneva, organized by International Telecommunication Union, United Nations. In 2012, he was also selected to do a 1 year study at Princeton.

    Nicholas Gerard

    Director of Singapore

    Having graduated from the University of London (Lead College: London School of Economics and Political Science) with a BSc. Management (Second Class Honours), Nicholas is currently doing Business Development for Japanese startup, Peatix.

    Delane Foo

    Director of Singapore

    Delane is the Co-founder & Chief-Design Officer of Novelsys a Singapore based startup with a vision of powering the world. She is also the Director of Special Projects of the Kairos Society ASEAN Chapter and an ASEAN Director of Miss Campus Summit (MCS).

     

    She has raised a successful Kickstarter campaign with her Novelsys Team for Ampere, the world's first wireless charging sleeve all while pursuing her Bachelors of Arts, Industrial Design at NUS.

    Varat Bisalbutr

    Director of Thailand

    Having graduated from Vanderbilt University in Economics and Computer Science, Varat worked in Business Development for property management firm Central Pattana Plc. before co-founding Mainspring Solutions, a chemical solutions company based in Thailand

    Djoann Fal

    Director of Thailand

    Djoann is Co-Founder and CEO of Getlinks, a Tech hiring marketplace for Asia, accelerated by 500 Startups California backed by Japanese CyberAgent Ventures operating in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and India. He graduated from ESCP Europe master and Rocket Internet (Lazada-Alibaba). He is an active supporter and connector of Tech Industry, coordinating “Drinkentrepreneurs”, a startup community networking event in 12 cities in Asia.

    Heislyc Loh

    Director of Malaysia

    Heislyc Loh founded StartupMamak in 2011, the largest tech start­ups community in Malaysia with over 5000 patrons.

    Heislyc is also the Co-­Director of the Kuala Lumpur & Penang chapter of Founder Institute, the world's largest training ground and launch pad for start­up entrepreneurs in 100 different cities.

    Currently he is working on his startup - Corate, to develop a knowledge management tools for working professionals to store and search information in a contextual manner.

    Revvo Kasman

    Director of Indonesia

    Revvo graduated from Binus International University, majoring in International Business. By day, he works for Monk's Hill Ventures to build the startup ecosystem in SEA, and by night, he focuses on initiatives that bridges the educational gap between students and their future employability. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology and the culinary arts, and spends his free time reading, travelling, and more recently - doing Crossfit.

    Pham Quang Huy

    Director of Vietnam

    Huy graduated from Nanyang Technological University, then worked for large and small companies in Singapore, having led strategic marketing and business development. After more than 7 years in Singapore, Huy decided to return to Vietnam and selected Lozi as the next place to continue his career path. He also served as a speaker of TEDx Conference, Startup Grind and participated in talk shows on Vietnam Television on entrepreneurship.

  • ADVISORY BOARD

    Paul Bradley

    Advisory Board Member

    Paul W. Bradley has been involved in international business throughout his entrepreneurial career spanning leadership positions in global companies (including the Li & Fung Group, Arshiya, APL and the Mitsubishi Group), the creation of 7 start-up ventures and the launching of 2 IPO’s. He has established new business entities in China, South East Asia, India and the United States. Mr. Bradley is the Chairman and CEO of Caprica International. He also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the S.P. Jain School of Global Management; Emeritus Vice Chairman and Board Member of Supply Chain Asia and on a number of other corporate and university boards, and government committees. He also serves as a Mentor to Tech Start-ups in Asia. Mr. Bradley was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the Forty “New Asian Leaders" and as the “Asian Supply Chain Manager of the Year by Lloyds publications. He is a frequent speaker at global conferences, and his articles have been published in books and magazines in 4 continents. He previously worked in the U.S. Senate and the British House of Commons.

    John Kim

    Advisory Board Member

    John’s career has taken him across a diverse range of operating and investing environments from early stage startups to fortune 500 companies. For the last decade before founding cross border venture capital firm Amasia, John focused in finance, serving as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, Senior Vice President at Mercuria Energy Group and Portfolio Manager at Korean National Investments.

    John started his career as an entrepreneur, founding music internet and e-consulting businesses before joining Merck & Co as a System Specialist. He left Merck to start his third company, a Delaware incorporated rock band called The Ally. John toured across America and recorded with top artists most notably receiving a platinum record for his album contribution with Grammy award winner Brandy.

    Victor Ng

    Advisory Board Member

    Victor is currently Executive Director (Investments) & Futurist at Mistletoe, a mission-driven organization that nurtures and invests in start-ups working to solve the grand challenges of our world. Prior to Mistletoe, Victor started his career as a serial entrepreneur, before becoming a finance professional with diverse experiences in venture capital, private equity, M&A and investor relations. Victor has a BSc(Economics) and an Executive MBA from Singapore Management University.

    Keenan Kwok

    Advisory Board Member

    Keenan is passionate about bridging China and South East Asia. He founded GetLinks.co (Asia’s largest tech talent network) and AsiaStartups.com for the very purpose of rounding in his friends and partners to this journey. Keenan has also co-founded and runs K Ventures Fund with a network of Asia’s most prominent families, investing globally in innovation to transform traditional industries; and Aera.vc, endorsed by global leaders of The B Team such as Richard Branson and Mohammed Yunus, to invest in social impact companies with families such as ChanZuckerberg and GGV.

    Keenan started his career in investment banking in the Silicon Valley, before moving back to Asia where he listed one of Asia’s largest Tech IPOs. He still owns his first startup which he’s ramped up to an ARR of near $100m, as well as his publicly listed tech manufacturing business for Sony, Philips, Samsung, LG and other top tech brands. Biotech and education are on his brewing list.

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