Our Team

Singapore Management University

The Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship anchors the SMU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Area of Excellence. IIE is a practice-oriented institute that provides support for innovation and entrepreneurship related activities across all the schools at SMU. IIE activities range from events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops, training programmes, study missions and internships for entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs, as well as a full-fledged incubation programme which helps aspiring entrepreneurs take their ideas to market.

Kairos Asean

“What if the world’s most influential leaders were friends 20 years ago, working together to tackle some of the biggest problems?”

Kairos ASEAN is a highly curated community of young entrepreneurial talents across Southeast Asia. As part of the global Kairos Society with supporters such as Bill Clinton, Richard Branson and Peter Diamandis, it challenges the next generation of entrepreneurs to solve big problems where governments and the industries have previously failed.

Launched in 2014, Kairos ASEAN has expanded to 6 countries with over 100 members and mentors. It offers a network of executives, strategic investors, advisors and fellow entrepreneurs to support young individuals who are building businesses and meaningful ventures that change the world. Regional initiatives such as the K360 Business Mission and Kairos Sharing Table offers members the opportunity to be connected both locally and beyond.

Anaanya Bijay

Anaanya Bijay

Managing Partner

SMU Year Four, Business Management (Finance & Financial Forensics)

Sherwin Ng

Sherwin Ng

Managing Partner

NTU Year Four, Banking & Finance

Jordan Ang

Jordan Ang

Principal

SMU Year Three, Economics & Quantitative Finance

Bob Tan

Bob Tan

Principal

SMU Year Three, Business Management

Dean Tay

Dean Tay

Principal

SMU Year Three, Business Management

Ling Ling Woo

Ling Ling Woo

Associate

NUS Year Three, Business Administration

Zi En Lim

Zi En Lim

Principal

SMU Year Three, Business Administration and Management

Jin Jie Ong

Jin Jie Ong

Principal

NUS Year Three, Economics & Business Administration

Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee

Principal

SMU Year Three, Business Management

Chuan Yang Chua

Chuan Yang Chua

Principal

NUS Year Three, Business Administration (Finance)

Mei Shuen Tham

Mei Shuen Tham

Principal

Yale-NUS Year Three, Law & Liberal Arts

Abdullah Khurshid

Abdullah Khurshid

Principal

SMU Year Four, Economics

Kazel Koh

Kazel Koh

Associate

NP Year Three, Information Technology

Low Zi An

Low Zi An

Associate

NUS Graduate, Life Sciences. NTU PhD Year Two, LKCMedicine

Amira Azman

Amira Azman

Analyst

SMU Year Four, Business Management (Finance & Entrepreneurship)

Wei Long Tang

Wei Long Tang

Associate

SMU Year Two, Information Systems

Yu Qi Tan

Yu Qi Tan

Associate

NUS Year Three, Computer Science

Keen Tat Chin

Keen Tat Chin

Analyst

NUS Year Four, Business Administration

Jonathan Liem

Jonathan Liem

Analyst

NP Year Two, Business Studies

Alif Anshari

Alif Anshari

Associate

NUS Year Three, Business Administration

Max Yeo

Max Yeo

Analyst

NUS Year Three, Business Administration

Valery Tan

Valery Tan

Associate

SUSS Year Four, Human Resource Management and Services

Joanna Teo

Joanna Teo

Analyst

SMU Master of IT in Business (AI, Fintech & Business Analytics)

Jonas Ngoh

Jonas Ngoh

Analyst

SMU Year Two, Business Management

Palanivelu Siva

Palanivelu Siva

Analyst

SMU Year Two, Business Management

Siva Adharsh

Siva Adharsh

Analyst

NUS Year One, Data Science & Analytics

Max Yang

Max Yang

Analyst

NUS Year Two, Computer Science

Arjun Kumar

Arjun Kumar

Analyst

NTU Year Three, Computer Science & Business

Audrey Ng

Audrey Ng

Analyst

NTU Year Three, Accounting

Anurag Birla

Anurag Birla

Analyst

NUS Master of Science, Finance

Main Ray Lim

Main Ray Lim

Associate

NUS Year Four, Engineering

Gabriel Suryasaputra

Gabriel Suryasaputra

Analyst

SMU Year Two, Business Management

Andrew Ormand

Andrew Ormand

Analyst

NTU Year Three, Engineering

Rowell Tan

Rowell Tan

Analyst

NUS Year Four, Business Administration

Lye Jia Jun

Lye Jia Jun

Analyst

SMU Year One, Information Systems

Ryan Teo

Ryan Teo

Associate

SMU Year One, Accounting

Ying Wei Toh

Ying Wei Toh

Analyst

NTU Year One, Business

Karen Taubenberger

Karen Taubenberger

Analyst

NTU Master in Business

Sean Loo

Sean Loo

Analyst

NUS Year Four, Engineering

Jovan Lim

Jovan Lim

Analyst

NUS Year Three, Business Administration

Timothy Wee

Timothy Wee

Associate

SUTD Year Four, Design & AI

Brian Chua

Brian Chua

Analyst

NP Year Three, Business Management

Tze Yuen Wan

Tze Yuen Wan

Analyst

SMU Year Two, Business

Ansel Chew

Ansel Chew

Associate

NP Year Four, Engineering Science

Michelle Felicia Darmawan

Michelle Felicia Darmawan

Marketing Executive

NUS Year Two, Business Administration

Subodhini Vignesh

Subodhini Vignesh

Marketing Executive

SMU Year Two, Business Management and Information Systems

Adam Ihsan

Adam Ihsan

Analyst

Quantic Master of Business

Brendan Tan

Brendan Tan

Analyst

SUSS Year Two, Finance

Jufri Jamil

Jufri Jamil

Analyst

SMU Year Three, Economics

Richelle Quek

Richelle Quek

Analyst

NUS Year One, Business Administration

Ethan Martin

Ethan Martin

Analyst

SMU Year Two, Economics

Ryan Lin

Ryan Lin

Associate

NUS Year Two, Business Administration

Investment Committee

Benedict Chong

Benedict Chong

Investment Committee Member

SMU Graduate, Business Management

Rahul Paleja

Rahul Paleja

Investment Committee Member

NUS Graduate

Keith Tan

Keith Tan

Investment Committee Member

NTU Year Four, Business Administration

Anaanya Bijay

Anaanya Bijay

Managing Partner

SMU Year Four, Business Management (Finance & Financial Forensics)

Sherwin Ng

Sherwin Ng

Managing Partner

NTU Year Three, Banking & Finance

Lujie Chen

Lujie Chen

Founding Partner, Protégé Ventures
Kumar Suppiah

Kumar Suppiah

Founding Partner, Protégé Ventures

Collaborating with the Best.

We work with industry leaders to provide the best startup resources.

Funding Partners

Protege Ventures Fund I

Wavemaker Partners

Wavemaker Partners is an early stage VC headquartered in Singapore and Los Angeles. Since its founding in 2003, it has made more than 150 investments in internet, mobile and enterprise technology companies and has consistently delivered top quartile returns with companies like MindBody (NASDAQ: MB), DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DIGI) and Viagogo. Wavemaker Partners opened its Singapore office in 2012 and is led by entrepreneurs from the region who have built and exited companies. It now has more than 50 portfolio companies in the region including Luxola (acquired by LVMH), Pie (acquired by Google) and Art of Click (acquired by Xurpas). It is a member of the Draper Venture Network, the world’s leading venture capital collective with 10 funds spread across 4 continents.

Dr. Jeffrey Chi

Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a veteran in the venture capital industry and a strong advocate for the promotion of venture capital, entrepreneurship & socially responsible investing. Dr Chi is active in the support of entrepreneurship and impactful venture investing. He is a founding investor and sponsor in Protege Ventures, a venture initiative aimed at providing students with an opportunity to evaluate and invest in student run startups.

Dr. Chi co-founded Vickers Venture Partners in 2005 is currently its Vice Chairman for Asia and member of its Investment Committee. Based out of Shanghai, Dr. Chi heads Vickers Venture’s investments in Asia and hasinvestments in life sciences, medical devices, healthcare, financial services (including fintech) technology and educational technology (edtech) companies. Dr Chi heads Vickers’ SPAC business and was Chairman and CEO of Vickers Vantage Corporation I (NASDAQ: VCKA) which successfully de-SPACed with Scilex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SCLX).

Dr Chi has volunteered in multiple capacities including being the former Chairman and Ambassador of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, board member of SEEDS Capital (Investment arm of Enterprise Singapore) and on the advisory panels of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the National University of Singapore Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management.

Dr Chi’s wealth of experience include investment banking (Partner at Pegasus Capital),strategy consulting (senior consultant at Monitor Delloitte) and operations (Managing Director of Spandeck Engineering SEA). Dr. Chi is a CFA Charter holder and a Chartered Valuer &Appraiser holder. He graduated from Cambridge University with 1st Class Honours in Engineering and earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology.

Protege Ventures Fund II

David Su

David Su is the Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners China and a member of the SMU Enterprise Board. David has been investing in China since early 2000 and his investments include Baidu (NSDQ:BIDU), Bona Film (NSDQ:BONA), Focus Media (NSDQ:FMCN), Kanghui Medical (NYSE:KH), AAC Technologies (2018.HK), Heptagon (SIX:AMS), Kingnet Games (SZ:002517), Nanjing Kingfriend Biochemical (SS:603707), Didi Chuxing, Youzan Mobile, Reach Surgical.

Before Matrix, David was a founding general partner of TDF Capital and KPCB China. Prior to joining the venture capital industry, David worked at Lotus Development, IBM Software Group for more than seven years and was last responsible for Lotus’ software and services business in Greater China region. David graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

David believes in cultivating a new generation of tech-savvy, agile and skilled decision-makers who can take the lead in navigating the turbulent and uncertain technological and economic landscape with sensitivity and wisdom.

Strategic Partners

Legal Partner

Lee & Lee

Founded in 1955 by the late Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew together with his wife Madam Kwa Geok Choo and brother Mr Lee Kim Yew, Lee & Lee is recognised by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 as one of the most well-regarded full-service law firms in Singapore. The firm has in recent years been actively advising startup companies in seed stage and VC stage funding round deals in Singapore. Some prominent startup companies that the firm has advised include Grab and Zimplistic.

Community Partners

AngelHub

AngelHub is Hong Kong’s first SFC licensed startup investment platform for professional investors and global startups raising growth capital. AngelHub democratises fundraising: By combining the professionalism of VCs, flexibility of Angel Investing and the power of key strategic partnerships, they make highly vetted global startups accessible to professional investors.