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 (Global)
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.
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.
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 Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit, TiECon, TechVenture and Tech in Asia.
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
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 visited startup communities in Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok. Take a look at what they experienced here!
Find out more info here!
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.
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 Special Projects
Karan Adhikari is the Chief Operating Officer at GradGreenhouse, a Recruitment & Education Technology startup. Previously, he spent over three years as a Lead Investment Analyst for UOB's Global Emerging Market Debt Fund. In addition, he is a startup mentor at Muru-D, a startup accelerator. Karan majored in Finance & Business Info Systems in Pennsylvania, USA and graduated from the American School in Tokyo.
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 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.
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.
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 was trained in Biochemistry, worked mainly in Genetics, and is interested in increasing access to discoveries and the application and translation of science into our lives. She is a HBS MBA candidate class of 2018 with a focus on entrepreneurship and healthcare/biotechnology. In line with her interest, she is currently leading an effort to implement stratified medicine for leprosy patients in Indonesia, and helping to increase access to scientific publishing in developing countries. She also enjoys art, food, marine life, books, and sports- occasionally.
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 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.
Advisory Board Member
Victor is Managing Partner of TSR Partners, a regional private equity investment vehicle that specialises in growth capital and buyouts for SMEs. Prior to co-founding TSR Partners, Victor started and managed Growth Enterprise Fund, a mezzanine fund that invests in promising Singapore SMEs, for SPRING Singapore.
Victor has also advised and co-founded a number of start-ups in the past decade. Most recently, Victor co-founded Prospectus, a business that helps working professionals conveniently and affordably test the feasibility of their business ideas.
On the personal front, Victor is passionate about developing future community leaders, and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA with Singapore Management University.