Kairos ASEAN is an invitation-only entrepreneurial community of the brightest, new generation leaders across ASEAN changing the world through high-impact ventures.
We are the regional chapter of The Kairos Society, an international organisation founded in United States in 2008, which works to find and empower the young pioneers who will push the world forward through entrepreneurship and innovation.
WHAT WE OFFER
Top 50 most innovative startups
Every year, Kairos Society scours the world for the top 50 ventures founded by young entrepreneurs, and invite them to Kairos Gobal Summit. 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.
Since 2014, Kairos companies have raised over $90,000,000 in funding, 6 have been acquired, and 30 joined top accelerators.
Global recognition & Lifelong Journey
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.
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 Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit, TiECon, TechVenture and Tech in Asia.
Exclusive Regional Events
Interact with the Best
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
Kairos360 Business Mission (K360)
Singapore, Indonesia 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 will be visiting startup communities in Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok from 17 to 24 July 2016.
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Kairos Apprentice Programme
The Kairos Apprenticeship (K-APP) Programme is a 3-month programme that provides entrepreneurial students with challenging, real-life projects to develop their entrepreneurial skills, while being guided by a Kairos Mentor.
Selected apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from the best and win prizes at end of each mission (e.g. sponsored trip to an exclusive Kairos island retreat)
Kairos Sharing Table
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 at http://kairossharingtable.com/
Kairos Business Advisory Network
The Kairos Business Advisory Network (KBAN) is a program by Kairos ASEAN in Philippines that aims to help the youth in generating business ideas, executing business ideas, and sustaining existing ventures through a series of intimate and personal mentoring by Kairos members.
Mentees are scouted and hand picked by Kairos ASEAN Philippines chapter and are then invited to join our sessions where we identify what problems they are facing and come up with a strategy to solve it. At present, KBAN has launched one startup in the form of Task, an app that aims to connect establishments with their customers more intimately. The program is expected to launch two hardware startups in the next year.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT KAIROS ASEAN
Jian Min SIM
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.
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Co-founder, Vice President
Lujie is the author of 'Seek to Keep: How to Find the Best Mentors and Keep Them', and he graduated from Stanford University with Master's in Management Science & Engineering. He is currently working at National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, overseeing Singapore's digital technology landscape and managing the government's co-investment schemes in tech start-ups through incubators and VCs.
Director of Engagement
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.
Director of Memberships
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.
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
Director of Malaysia
Gwen Yi has spent the past two years working with teachers, social enterprises and NGOs to reform the Malaysian education system. Next year, she will take her work to a whole new level - by contributing to a reinvented university experience that will change higher learning as we know it.
Director of Philippines
Farouk Meralli is the Founder and CEO of mClinica, a mobile health technology company backed by leading Asian and American venture capital firms. He also actively advises and invests in several startups across the healthcare, consumer and enterprise sectors.
Director of Philippines
Jerome Ibañez is the former Co-Founder of MetroPlate, a gamified food delivery system for college students, which he started during his junior year in college. Afterwards, he worked on different projects such as Epitome, a local news app with automatic text summarization in Filipino, and had stints as a Business Apprentice at Openovate Labs and as a User Experience Designer at UXMNL. He is an incoming student at IE Business School pursuing a double Master’s degree in Management and Business Analytics & Big Data under the IE Foundation Scholarship.
Director of Indonesia
Levi graduated from USC with a major in Biochemistry and minor in Entrepreneurship, and is a Harvard Business School candidate in the class of 2018. She is looking to act within the Indonesian healthcare system, especially through clinical applications of genetic testing and diagnosis.
Director of Indonesia
Raditya Pramana was the former President of Student Committee in Binus International University, and he has been involved in a lot of organization development. Currently, Radit is an Associate at IMJ Investment Partners Pte. Ltd., Singapore-based, Japanese VC, responsible to Deal Source early-stage tech startups, focusing on scalable disruptive technology led by a passionate team with global mindset in Indonesia.
Director of Vietnam
Ngoc is the co-founder of Viet Youth Entrepreneurs, a non-profit in Vietnam promoting entrepreneurship among college students. He graduated from National University of Singapore with a degree in Computational Biology, and is working as a software engineer at Zopim, which was acquired by Zendesk in 2014. During his university time, he is selected for the prestigious NUS Overseas College programme where he spent a year working in Silicon Valley while taking classes at Stanford University.
Advisory Board Member
Paul W. Bradley has been involved in international business throughout his entrepreneurial career spanning senior management positions in Fortune 500 companies, the creation of 7 start-up companies and the launching of two 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 Asian Advisory Board for the joint venture Avista Houlihan Lokey investment bank; Advisory Board of the Kairos Society for the ASEAN Region; Industry Advisory Board of the S.P. Jain School of Global Management; and Vice Chairman and Board Member of Supply Chain Asia.
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.
Kairos ASEAN searches for the brightest, new generation leaders across ASEAN changing the world through high-impact ventures. These members join an invitation-only community spanning over 50 countries in which we connect them to international fellows, mentors, ideas, opportunities and resources to help them accelerate their path to market.
If you are interested, please contact one of the executive board members to be nominated for the application, and to obtain an access code.